Cat-eye won’t ever go out of style, and tightlining is still a thing (though I’ve yet to pull it off), but some eye makeup trends are more fleeting. Like neon eyeliner, for example. I don’t expect something like this stick around for long, given the inherent childishness of it, but during a season full of ‘90s throwbacks and bright, colorblocked looks, it fits right in.
The neon look was a big hit at the Met Gala this past May, given the theme of Notes on Camp. Since then, though, it seems like plenty of A-listers are stuck to the brights like glue. Example: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line launched neon eyeliners and lipsticks as part of its summer collection in May.
The Kardashians, too, who typically stick to monochrome ensembles, are stepping out of their Yeezy-dominated comfort zones and popping with color.
While you don’t need to take the bold bursts to your entire outfit, why not go a little off-book with some tweaks to your makeup routine? It’s summer, after all! Naturally, experimenting with such a vibrant twist can be intimidating, but settle in for some tips to get you started.
Go for a pop just in the inner creases.
It’s like a fun little surprise! Plus, the inner crease placement is gorg. Start with Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio.
Keep your liner neutral and add some bright shadow.
Hitting up the neon trend with an eyeshadow instead of liner can be a simpler way to ease yourself in. Give it a whirl with Huda Beauty’s Neon Obsessions Palette in Neon Orange.
Match your top to a thin edge of bright liner.
Like Kendall Jenner, colorblocking yourself makes you look put-together instead of all over the place. Try it with Givenchy’s Khol Couture Waterproof Tangerine.
Go understated with the rest of your makeup.
If the rest of your face is done up in neutral tones, you can afford the bold flick of a testy color. May we suggest the Kat Von D Crush Technicolor Crayon Set?
Go at it with a light touch.
Grab a neon color, but go at it with a feather-light hand. The subtle touch will be trendy without overdoing it. Pick a more subdued neon hue with the NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic Eyeshadow Palette.
Experiment with a not-so-insane color.
Your look is less likely to be too out there if you go with a color you use often, like a pink -- just pick a brighter shade! Try it out with Coloupop’s Ducky BFF Liquid Liner, which is just a hair above the neon line.
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