The dark, somber colors of winter give way to the pretty pastels of spring — and now those Easter egg shades get injected with some major life to result in summer’s brights. When it comes to the colors of Summer 2018, bolder is definitely better, especially in terms of makeup. The typical juicy, saturated shades of the season have gone next-level, with neon makeup being one of the most electrifying beauty trends of the moment.
Rather than sticking with the typical no-fuss, bronzed goddess, no-makeup look, the consensus seems to be that we need vivacious makeup to match some of the look-at-me shades on the runways (hot pink, fluorescent yellow, kelly green). Neon makeup started off small on the Spring 2018 runways with sweeps of bright eyeliner and colorful mascara replacing tried-and-true black. The trend evolved further with the surprising yellow eye makeup trend and multicolored eye makeup looks. That led us to neon shades enlivening eyes and lips — and sometimes the full face.
Neon fashion can have even the biggest color addict looking for a “safer” option, so the idea of applying neon makeup can understandably leave many intimidated. Take a cue from the runways and consider placement and color in equal measure. From fiery orange to glow-in-the-dark red to electric yellow to fluorescent green, there’s a shade (or two) that should feel more in line with your comfort level. Once the right shade has been chosen, swipe it on in a confident, well-placed stroke. For instance, a dab of intense shadow on the lower lash line can have as much impact as a neon color coating the lips.
With so much intensity, the rest of the face really doesn’t need any product. Of course, those who have built up their neon makeup comfort levels may be craving more color, so they can experiment with a face full of statement rainbow color. Get started by drawing inspiration from these 18 runway looks to pull off neon makeup.