Guest contributor: Jenna Nicole Levine

The Fourth of July is personally one of my favorite holidays. Just the thought brings forth (fourth?) the image of mouth watering ribs, macaroni salad, and ice cold beer. I thought I would take the time this week to share some of my favorite BBQ beauty tips, so whether you are grilling out back or sipping cocktails on a yacht (aren’t we all?) you’ll look gorgeous on a dime.

GO LIGHT ON THE MAKEUP: Keep makeup simple and your look light by using a voluminous mascara in a softer color such as L’Oreal’s Voluminous Original Mascara in brown black for $7.29. For those pretty lips a light pink tinted lip balm will work wonders to brighten your smile.  You can pick up Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Tiger Lily for $7.

GLISTEN, IN A GOOD WAY: Since most of us ladies don’t leave the house without a tote bag, might as well keep it full of essentials such as Ole Henriksen’s Truth to Go Wipes 10 pack for $6 available at Sephora. This vanilla and citrus scented paraban free miracle worker will remove any makeup that starts to melt off your face, and immediately brightens skin. Remember to reapply sun block after cleansing!  Since you will be noshing on some BBQ it’s handy to carry GoSmile teeth whitening ampoules in Green Apple with you.  A 7 count pack of this product will set you back only $10, and the polishing and whitening effect will keep those pearly whites looking effortlessly flashy, keep your breath smelling not like a burger, and they taste delicious.

PUT AWAY THAT BLOWDRYER: The summer is a great time to let your beach hair take over. For loose flirty curls spritz Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly spray gel $3.99 available at through damp locks, scrunch for 2 minutes, and let the sun set your waves.  If you would prefer to keep your hair off your face, try a side braid, a low pony, or maybe it’s time to do something totally new.  For hair-back styling tips, re-read 7 Summer Beauty Trends from Allure’s Editor-at-Large, or check out this awesome piece on FashionIndie, 8 Tie Alternatives to Up Your Do.

Enjoy your long weekend… and have some American Pie!

Jenna Nicole is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian who loves experiencing everything the city has to offer. When she isn’t writing about ways to save you cash on your favorite beauty treatments, you can find her reviewing D.C. restaurants, clubs, and events. To read more from Jenna Nicole please visit Woman Around Town, or just stop by and say hello on her twitter @Jenna_Nicole.

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