Makeup Mix Up: American Beauty Makeup Look


Makeup Mix Up

I totally didn’t think I’d have the time to create this look, but after boot camp class thoroughly kicked my ass (and about an hour of recovery), I was hit with a huge wave of energy and actually did come up with a simple look for what I’d consider “American Beauty.” It’s a super easy-to-achieve makeup look that I literally did by applying the makeup entirely with my fingers so you know you can definitely do it too! I’ve also included some other makeup looks I’ve done in the past that you can try as well if you want 🙂


{my “b*tch please” face}

American Beauty Makeup Look

In creating this look, I wanted a red lip. Red lips seem quintessentially American girl in my mind. It’s not just because everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor have rocked one either. It’s just that it seems to embody what the American woman is – bold, beautiful and not afraid to stand out. That’s how I imagine the USA is as a country and a people (so cocky, I know, but it’s kind of who we are) – proud, fearless, and willing to stand against the odds.


It might sound cheesy, but it’s something I take pride in; my mother’s family has a huge military background that goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. My great-great-grandfather, Theodore Penland, was even the last Commander In-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. It’s bizarre to think he was featured in Life Magazine in 1949 for his services in the Civil War (and time in the GAR, an organization for Civil War Vets). There’s even an article featuring my uncle talking about him. So, to me and my family, Independence Day means a lot more than just stars, stripes, and BBQ (though we love that too!). Anyway, back to the makeup post 😛


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This look was so easy to do that I’m quite sure anyone can pull it off. Coppers, taupes, and other neutral browns tend to look great on anyone with any skin tone, eye color, etc. And, to be honest, red lips look amazing on everyone. Just make sure you pick a cool or warm tone that you feel pretty!

On a more sad note, here’s what I look like in natural light just for reference so you can see how pale I actually am – I’m not about that false advertisement. Apologies for the fuzziness; the sun was setting so the lighting was a bit wonky.


I also thought it would be fun to share some other makeup looks with you all just in case this one doesn’t suit you.

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{ Get the details for this makeup look HERE }

These other 2 looks are a bit different in that the one directly below uses more golden toned eye shadow and the lips are more burgundy wine than red. The look at the bottom is a lot more beach beauty and uses a coral pink lipstick alongside sandy nude browns instead of deep coffee colors so it feels a lot brighter and less bold.

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Get Bronze Eyes + Red Lips Makeup Look

I’m not sure why I look so blank in this photo, but the makeup look is pretty on point for Independence Day so I thought it was worth sharing again, especially since the colors are so perfect for any day this summer. To replicate this look, I’ve listed all the products in the original post, but you can easily do something similar with things you already own. To do so, simply use coppers, golden bronze, and neutral browns on your eyes, peachy pink blush, a little bit of bronzer and contour powder, and bright red lips. The lipstick used here is bright red with a little bit of a pinkish hue, but if you prefer true red, it will look just as pretty.

If you want more inspiration for this weekend or maybe just some inspiration for summer makeup looks, be sure to check HERE and HERE where you can find more makeup looks to try ♥

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11 thoughts on “Makeup Mix Up: American Beauty Makeup Look

  1. July 2, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Gorgeous! I love that you blended everything with your fingers. Sometimes those are the best makeup tools we have! =)
    Miranda Writes recently posted…The Makeup Mix-Up: American BeautyMy Profile

    1. July 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      Thanks Miranda 🙂 Agreed! Plus, makeup brushes can feel so limiting haha. I love that my fingers blend everything just right. Plus, cleanup is a little easier. Thanks for hosting this fun link up!

  2. July 2, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    All of these are such great looks! I can’t believe you blended all that with your fingers. Had I tried that it might have looked like a toddler smudged stuff all over my eyes haha but yours looks awesome!! Participating in this link up will get me to practice and hopefully help my skills! xx

    1. July 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      thanks! I’m really glad you like them 🙂 No way haha. My trick is that I use Alima Pure mineral eye shadows. Seriously, they cannot look bad ever. I’m not the best at makeup, but these are so easy to blend. Can’t recommend them enough. I’m glad you liked the look – thanks for coming by and have a great 4th of July!

  3. July 2, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Such a pretty natural look… very American Beauty!!!!
    Sarah Blodgett recently posted…4th of July Cocktail: Starlet SparklerMy Profile

    1. July 2, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      thank you! Glad you like the look 🙂 ♥

  4. July 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Gorgeous make up! Love the family background as well 🙂

    1. July 3, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      glad you like the look! 🙂 thanks for visiting! Happy late Canada Day Helene! ♥

  5. July 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing at the Pinterest Love Weekend Pin-It Party 🙂
    by Michelle Westbrook recently posted…On The List – July 2015My Profile

  6. July 7, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    LOVE those red lips! I’m so so so glad you joined us. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for Winged Out. 🙂
    Jaelan recently posted…Kimono CoolMy Profile

  7. July 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!
    Elaine recently posted…Happy 4th of July!! And A Little Crafty Project…My Profile

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