From subtly patriotic to some serious stars and stripes, we rounded up 20 of our favorite inspiring ideas for Fourth-of-July-inspired nail art. Click an image to see more from these mani experts. Have a safe and happy 4th!

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Sunscreen, sun protection, sun care, UVA, UVB, SPFs … there are so many choices and a lot of jargon when it comes to taking care of your skin in the sun. Sometimes you just want an expert to tell you what they wear, how they wear it and why they love it.

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We rounded up seven of our Beauty Stylists to give it to us straight and find out the secrets to wearing sun protection: which ones to get for specific needs, how to wear it with makeup–both before you put on makeup and reapplication that won’t ruin your look after–plus the best new products out there.

Turns out, even with all the options available, there was a hands-down favorite among almost all of them. Read on to find out what it was and see all their other sun-care essentials.

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Now that summer is here, sunscreen is a must for me, and I carry these products everywhere I go to make sure I stay protected throughout the day. They make it super easy to touch up, and they never run or cause my makeup to look cakey.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: My go-to touchup powder. It’s super slim, compact and leaves my makeup looking fresh and natural all day without a heavy look or feel. I love that it comes with a convenient little puff. Plus, you can’t beat that it has your sun protection added as well! I also make sure to press the product into the skin rather than swiping; it gives a more natural look.

2. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10: Our lips need some love too when it comes to sun care, and this is one of my ultimate favorite lip balms for the day. It is nice and creamy, super hydrating and plumping as well. I use it during my morning routine alone, and I carry it with me to touch up. The great thing is that you can apply on top of or mix into any lip color you want (I’ll usually use a lip brush). Trust me, this product lasts a long time and is worth the price.

3. COOLA Suncare ‘Classic Face’ Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30: Here’s another little gem that I’ve added to my purse recently (it’s amazing for traveling). I am constantly looking for the newest additions for sun protection–especially something for touchups, since we should be reapplying every two hours. I apply right before I leave the house to set my makeup and easily reapply it during the day too. It not only instantly hydrates, but leaves you protected as well. Just remember: don’t get too close to the face, and you’re good to go!

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Laura Mercier–one of the biggest names in the beauty world–guides us on a trip to Paris, gives us a peek into her handbag and answers the one question she gets asked the most about makeup.

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What makes the perfect lipstick?
For me, it’s all about the formula. It must feel comfortable to the point where you forget that you are wearing lipstick, must wear all day and must not bleed. Choose a color that is in tune with your mood and personality, truly making it a signature accent to your look.

What three beauty products do you never leave home without?
Secret Camouflage, Primer Radiance and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Love yourself before you can love anybody else.

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Tips and expert advice for getting your eyebrows looking their best–no matter their type–with the new M∙A∙C Wash & Dry The Brow Collection. From Senior Artist Gisel Calvillo.

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Brows are back in a big way! Beautiful brows act as a frame for your face, so it’s important to shape them properly. Luckily, M∙A∙C has three different brow products within the Wash & Dry Collection that will help enhance the look of brows.

Fullness and Definition for Fine Brows:

M∙A∙C’s Fluidline Brow Gel is great for anyone trying to achieve a fuller, defined brow. You can paint on hairs using your choice of color along with a M∙A∙C 210 Precise Eye Liner brush. This product creates dimension in a very natural way.

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A signature fragrance. That beloved scent worn as part of a unique identity. It may change over time as tastes and moods shift, but we’ve all experienced an encounter with a familiar combination of aromas, even after years have passed, and they immediately trigger memories: evoking thoughts of mom, dad, friends, an old flame. Scent, as we all know, is a powerful thing. Which is why, in this new series, we explore the signature fragrances of real women–what they love and why they love it–to navigate this invisible world and discover new fragrances to adore.

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Liz Marley is a wordsmith by day and perfume genius by night. We know her here at Nordstrom HQ as a talented writer, but she also happens to have her own line of perfume she’s worked to develop and launch–PARFUM MAGNÉT. She’s serious about fragrance and clearly a perfect choice to tap for our inaugural signature fragrance story. Read on as she shares what she’s wearing now and a few choice recommendations.

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Liz’s work in her fragrance studio on her Instagram.

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Our Trending Now shop is all about summer beauty this month. To celebrate sunny days (and staying safe out in them), our East Coast Beauty Director Laksmi Sam shares her three expert picks for sunscreen.

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After a long, dreary winter, who doesn’t eagerly welcome the feel of warm sun on our skin? While Vitamin D does a lot to boost our spirits and inspire us to throw on shorts, sundresses and swimsuits, it’s important to care for and protect any exposed skin during summer months. To navigate it all–with so many sun products out there for face and body, and questions about how often to apply–here are the 3 sun items I think your beach bag really needs.

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During her pregnancy, Nordstrom Beauty Buyer Tawni Hart tried some homemade organic balm, and it was so good, she jumped at the chance to bring the product to Nordstrom. She tells us her story behind discovering the Redefining Body Balm from Tata Harper Skincare.

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Tata Harper at her organic farm in Vermont

“This body balm is so special to me—it was born from a homemade version I created to keep my skin looking its best through my three pregnancies. This version contains some of the world’s most advanced toning and fortifying ingredients, and it’s a miracle for keeping stretch marks at bay. I’m so excited to share it with Nordstrom!” —Tata Harper

I met Tata Harper when I was four months pregnant with twin girls. My best friend had used her products and swore by them. Tata, a mom of three, said to me, “You have to use my body balm. It’s all homemade and truly organic. I’ll send it to you; just use it daily on your stomach to help with stretch marks and to keep your skin soft.” I thought, With twins I’ll try anything!

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The new Dior Tie Dye Collection launched earlier this month with some cheery, sunny shades. Since it’s Friday, and we’re currently in a new-mani mood, we thought we’d turn to a few beauty mavens around the internet. We love what these savvy ladies are doing with Dior’s newest collection; follow the links to see more reviews, ideas and how-tos.

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Luba Romanova

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Mostly Sunny Blog

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Wisteriaful

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SHOP: Dior Tie Dye Nail Collection

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M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli dishes out tips on getting that warm, healthy summer glow without the need for exposure to harmful UV rays. 
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The perfect sunless tan is a look all of your favorite celebrities have, and you can too! It’s that sandy, caramel tone that’s both chic and effortless. Achieving the perfect tan is about getting the finished look to be believable. Here’s how to do it.

MAC Cosmetics Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is a unique gel formula that feels lightweight and sculpts the face. It’s a silky, sheer powder in realistic, sun-soaked shades–like M∙A∙C Wash & Dry’s Golden Rinse. Sweep the bronzer along your forehead, temples and jaw in the shape of a “3” for an everyday warmth using the 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush.

Take your tan to the next level by dusting Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in a “W” shape across cheeks, nose and chin. Whisk Mineralize Skinfinish powder high on the cheekbones with a fluffy brush to imitate a sunny flush.

For a luxurious, glowy base, prep your face for bronzer and finishing powder with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and soak up all the approving nods from your peers.

For more tips and inspiration, f0llow Gina Bettelli on Twitter.

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“Summer is all about the Right Bright Lip! Shades of watermelon, raspberry and orange are a must. The texture can vary; it can be a lipstick, a gloss or a stain…as long as it’s bright, it’s right!” –Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

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SHOP: The Right Bright Lip

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