This beauty how-to is the perfect guide for going from a poolside BBQ to nighttime fireworks while keeping your sparkle!

Daytime:
Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - 4th of July Makeup

1.) Begin with SUNBLOCK!!!  My favorite is La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid.

2.) To even out your skin tone try Chanel Les Beiges All in One Healthy Glow.

3.) For your cowabunga moment in the pool, keep your eyes smudge proof with waterproof mascara – any one will do.

4.) For a pop of color to suit your smile use a tinted lip balm.  I like Tarte Lip Tint.

For a quick change into the fireworks mode, burst onto the scene wearing our patriotic colors!

Nighttime:

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - 4th of July Makeup

First freshen your skin with a spritz of Evian Spray Water and pat dry.

Using a fluffy brush dust MAC Studio Fix powder foundation followed by bronzer and/or blush.

Use a shimmery pale eye shadow.  Try Senna Sparkle eye color in Sand Glass. Next, rim your eyes with a blue pencil like Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Sapphire.

Swipe a red lipstick on your mouth either as a stain or full on color.

You are now star spangled ready!

Coconut Oil: One of 2014’s most-talked-about oils for internal and external health benefits, for good reason. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids from saturated fats, unsaturated fats, vitamin’s E and A. Before the internet craze on this super ingredient started, people had been using it as a natural component in beauty routines for years. Non-toxic, non-harming, nourishing and effective; what’s not to like? 

Here are 7 Ways To Incorporate Coconut Oil Into Your Beauty Routine:

1. Lotion/Moisturizer. Tip: Use sparingly, a little goes a long way.
2. Natural Deodorant. Try this recipe for a great variation.
3. Make Up Remover. Tip: Warm between your palms & apply with cotton pad.
4. Shaving Cream. Just add water.
5. Lip Balm. Apply lightly for a moisturizing shine!
6. Toothpaste. Try this recipe for a great variation
7. Wrinkle Remover. The fatty acids present help fight wrinkles.

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Could it be that older women are becoming the new faces of beauty? Absolutely. After years of living in a culture where being over 50 meant being invisible, things are changing in a very real way. I, for one, am inspired by this. The cosmetic company NARS, announced recently that 68-year-old British actress Charlotte Rampling would be their new face of beauty and will appear in a black-and-white campaign to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary in September.

Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs
Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs followed suit with the announcement that 64-year-old American Horror Story actress Jessica Lange would be the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer ’14 campaign stars a range of women, including 70-year-old Catherine Deneuve and the Olsen sisters, through their fashion line, The Row, have chosen Linda Rodin to be their model and represent their brand.

Linda Rodin for The Row
Linda Rodin for The Row

We make up a large part of the market, so why not feature women who represent that for us? I am part of a theatre company (Rogue Machine Theatre) and the age range is anywhere from 15 to 85 among the company members. I never feel too old. I am constantly inspired by younger people. I have never understood the need to be separate.

I love that older women are being seen and marketed as beautiful, sexy, and desirable. I want to feel like that. What I don’t want is to go to the play Menopause, the Musical with my girlfriends, and afterwards, share funny stories about our dry vaginas.

I’d rather be wearing my Agent Provocateur stockings, a great dress, drinking a nice Cabernet, and thinking about sex. I want to experience my age in the best way possible. I believe that there is a depth and richness there that is sublime.

When artist Beatrice Wood, age 105, was asked the secret of her longevity, she would simply say “art books, chocolates and young men”.

That’s what I’m talking about.