July in Nashville promises patriotism, unbelievably hot weather and more not-to-miss local events. From July 4th on, this month is packed with noteworthy activities. With all of these exciting happenings in mind, we gathered some style inspiration to keep you on trend and ready to take on the heat. Our friends at The Cosmetic Market assembled some fresh and fun beauty looks, while Meredith Mathis styled the latest arrivals from local boutiques to showcase the best in summer fashion.

Wearing makeup in the summer heat may seem like a hassle, but makeup expert Emily May of The Cosmetic Market encourages simplicity. She says, “In the summer, I think less is more. I love water-based foundations for their lightweight feel and natural coverage, and bronzed cheeks give a sun-kissed glow without the sun exposure. It’s a win-win.” Modeled by Allison Duke Budslick and Jesse Harbison of  the “Mirror Mirror” podcast, these styled looks will be some of your new go-to styles and makeup looks for all of your summer outings!

The Event: Fourth of July in Nashville

  • July 4, 2017
  • Casual attire

Fourth of July in Nashville boasts a handful of star-spangled celebrations: Rooftop Bash at 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, 4th of July at Acme, the Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival and Music City 4th of July. Embrace your patriotic self and slip into something red, white and blue in the form of clothing, accessories and makeup. Don’t be afraid to go bolder in your lip color if you are wearing something simple, but if you are donning all the colors of the American flag, opt for more neutral colors in your makeup.

Look #1:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Allison, from Hemline: Beach Walk Sophie blue top, $148; Alma white jeans, $195; red tassel earrings, $94

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

You can’t get more festive than a pair of tassel earrings!

Look #2:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Jesse, from Hemline: Misa blue ruffle dress, $320; white beaded bracelets, $28 each

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Instantly add some patriotism with a bold red lip paired with a navy ensemble.

Look #3:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Allison, from MODA: Suncoo red dress, $178; JJ Winters blue bag, $86; beaded long necklace, $176

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

A prime example of pairing a natural makeup combo with an already colorful outfit.

The Event: 38th Annual l’Eté du Vin

  • July 20-22, 2017
  • Cocktail attire
  • Six wineries represented
  • Tickets start at $175 

This annual event returns for the 38th year! At l’Eté du Vin, The Nashville Wine Auction’s main event, upgrade your cocktail attire by playing up your makeup. Makeup artist Emily May of The Cosmetic Market says of this look, “We kept the eyes soft, with a natural pink color on the lips, a go-to look that anyone can wear.” Going to L’Eté du Vin or another summer cocktail party? Copy these looks!

Look #1:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Allison, from Hemline: Ramy Brook blush dress, $320; White tassel earrings, $94; Madly Yours leopard clutch, $218

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

If your outfit falls on the neutral side, a printed clutch is always a welcome addition.

Look #2:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Jesse, from MODA: Lacausa seashell dress, $202; JJ Winters snakeskin bag, $86; Robin Haley necklace, $196; Robin Haley earrings, $152

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

We love this natural makeup look — perfect for summer nights!

Look #3:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Allison, from Hemline: New Friends Colony beaded dress, $254; Drop diamond necklace, $270; Madly Yours gray foldover clutch, $195

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Add some edge with this unique heather grey clutch with gold accents by Madly Yours.

The Event: Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewer’s Festival

  • July 29, 2017
  • Attire calls for elevated casual 
  • Tickets start at $39

Held outside, Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewer’s Festival calls for casual attire, kicked up a notch. During the day session, you are sure to see folks wearing as little as possible to beat the heat. For the evening session, the sun will be setting and the outfits will be a bit more focused on fashion rather than function. For a quick makeup transition, Emily suggests applying a fun shade of lipstick to easily take the look from day to night.

Look #1:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Jesse, from MODA: Gentle Fawn plaid shirtdress, $94; Janessa Leone straw hat, $207; David Galan bone bag, $450; Chunky chain, $125; Delicate spikes, $295

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

A lightweight hat is the perfect addition to any outdoor summer event; it will keep you cool and add some flare!

Look #2:

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Allison, from MODA: CMEO Collective pearl blouse, $160; Koch silver shorts, $295; Fleur de lis locket, $750; Bar earrings, $98

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Add some cute (but comfy) lace-up heels, and you’re all set for a night out!

Look #3:
Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

On Jesse, from Hemline: ASTR black dress, $140; Agate tie necklace, $270

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

You can twirl around in this maxi all night long!

A look behind the scenes …

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Emily May of The Cosmetic Market effortlessly working her magic

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Jesse admiring her freshly applied makeup

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Meredith Mathis making sure every detail is in place

Great summer outfits and makeup looks!

Post-shoot smiles from our lovely models, Allison and Jesse of the “Mirror Mirror” podcast

Special thanks to Allison Duke Budslick and Jesse Harbison of the “Mirror Mirror” podcast for being our models, to Meredith Mathis for styling the shoot, and to The Cosmetic Market for their makeup expertise and shoot location. And of course, thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos!

Get beauty advice and product picks from “Mirror Mirror” here

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