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Written By EVELYN CROWLEY
A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #MarilynMonroe  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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Between days spent lounging poolside or lobbing tennis balls on a pristine Bel-Air court and martini-fueled late nights at Ciro’s, it’s easy to imagine Hollywood’s iconic silver screen goddesses as experts on the subject of leisure. So if you’re stumped about how to spend the the holiday weekend, we suggest following their lead. Whether you swim with exotic wildlife like Tippi Hedren or fly-fish in a brisk New England stream à la Bette Davis, it’s sure to be a 4th of July worth savoring.
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A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #BetteDavis  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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When the actress needed a reprieve from Hollywood, she would decamp to her New Hampshire cottage, Buttermilk, where you could have found her knee-deep in the nearest river with a fly-fishing rod, intent on catching that night’s dinner.


VIOLET SAYS: Book a room at Twin Farms in Vermont for a weekend of hiking, fly-fishing, and cocktail hour croquet.


A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #TippiHedren  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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One might think Hedren’s notoriously harrowing experience on the set of the Hitchcock 1963 thriller The Birds would have turned her off the animal kingdom all together. But in the early 1970’s, the actress, together with daughter Melanie Griffith and then husband, Noel Marshall, adopted Neil (pictured), the first in a series of live-in lions. Today, Hedren serves as founder and president of The Shambala Preserve, a big cat sanctuary in Acton, California.

VIOLET SAYS: While it’s unlikely you have a pet lion at your disposal, a Maslin & Co Jaguar Hide Beach Towel makes an exceptionally chic substitute.
A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #JaneFonda  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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In 1965, Jane Fonda threw a 4th of July bash at her Malibu beach house that drew together Hollywood icons (Gene Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Sidney Poitier, producer Darryl Zanuck) and the newest additions to Tinseltown (Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Natalie Wood). The festivities, co-hosted by her father and brother, included a performance by The Byrds and lasted until sunrise. 

VIOLET SAYS: Recuperate the day after your own beach bash with Fonda's engrossing autobiography My Life So Far. It will (almost) make you forget your champagne-induced headache.


A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #KatharineHepburn  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s sparring in films like Adam’s Rib (1949) was Classic Hollywood at its finest. So it’s not surprising that the famously headstrong actress made a worthy opponent offscreen as well. She excelled at tennis, which she played every morning well into her eighth decade, and also could hold her own on the golf course. Then of course, there was Parcheesi, a game for which Hepburn’s mastery is said to have been unrivaled.

VIOLET SAYS: Attempt to establish your own parcheesi record with this vintage set.
A Very VIOLET 4th of July, #DianeKeaton  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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A voracious reader, the contents on Keaton’s bookshelf run the gamut from design and architecture tomes like Todd Hido’s House Hunting to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. The actress has also penned several books of her own including this year’s memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, in which she muses on subjects like aging and beauty.

VIOLET SAYS: A beach read with a royal pedigree, Helen Rappaport’s The Romanov Sisters is poised to be one of the buzziest biographies of the summer.
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When hosting a 4th of July fête, a seasonal summer glow is as de rigeur as the after-dinner fireworks. Thus, we enlisted expert makeup artist Stephen Sollitto (the man behind Amy Adams' complexion) to share the products he deems will have you perfectly bronzed overnight, plus others that will outlast even the most exuberant party guest.
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“Who has time to lounge around all day working on a tan? (Plus that sounds so ‘70s.) For a quicker, not to mention safer alternative, apply St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse head-to-toe the night before your party and you’ll wake up with the perfect sun-kissed glow.”
— stephen solLitto, Makeup artist
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“After showering, substitute your regular moisturizer with St. Tropez One Night Only Glow Body Lotion to deepen your faux tan and give your skin a gorgeous, silky sheen.”

— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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“If your event is outdoors during the day, it’s wise to top things off with a few spritzes of Soleil Toujours Mineral Based Sunscreen Continuous Mist SPF 50.  It's efficient and effective — perfect for a busy hostess.” 

— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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“Now, for the face. I personally use Revive Sensitif Renewal Cream Daily Cellular Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen on a daily basis. It’s the creamiest, most hydrating daily SPF you can find. Simply apply it under your makeup.”
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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“Instead of foundation, I’m partial to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. It helps conceal discoloration but still keeps your skin looking like, well, skin.”
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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“Dust NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna at your temples, hairline, chin, tip of the nose, and cheeks (almost like a ski mask swipe up to your nose).  If you’ve added too much, use a loose powder brush to sweep away excess color.”
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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“For eyeshadow, sweep Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick across your lids for a touch of color.”
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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"Whether the party is inside or out, Serge Lutens' mascara will not smudge and will last until the remaining revelers go home."
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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"As a hostess, you might not have a moment to retouch your lipstick. YSL's ingenious glossy stain has incredible staying power while also providing an intense dose of color. Plus, it leaves lips perfectly glossy and hydrated."
— STEPHEN SOLLITTO, MAKEUP ARTIST
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