Turn the vivid makeup game on its head by upgrading your creamy pastels and giving them a neon bite!
Makeup guru Janessa Paré, shows us how to work these updated neons into our beauty routine.
Mint is a bright pastel and this color pops with any eye hue. The easiest way to pull it off is with a fade-out liner. Like the ombré lip, this focuses the pigment at one point — here, the inner corner of the eye — and then gently diminishes as it extends outward.To round everything out and balance the bright green, Paré added a pinky-brown shade to the lips and cheeks.
Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Mint Julep, $20, available at Sephora.
You may be wearing a bright lip, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your makeup should fall by the wayside. “Keep the rest of the makeup warm and monochromatic”. “Add a swipe of bronzer to the cheekbones, and use a warm cream eyeshadow around the eyes.” The warm, bronze shades will neutralize your look while still adding a pop of color. “They keep your skin looking very healthy,” Paré says.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Rollergirl, $18, available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in Satiny Warm Brown, $21, available at Make Up For Ever.
Paré suggests prepping your lips before you apply your shade. “When doing a center pout color, it’s important to have a base or primer on the lips,” she says. “It keeps the texture on the whole lip looking healthy. Plus, the color grabs evenly.” Once the hue was in place, Paré gently blended the orange shade toward the outer corners, so the most intense pigment was in the center of the lips and then gently faded out. “You also want to fill in your brows,” she says. “It will balance this bright lip and keep you looking more polished.”
Aveda Nourish-Mint Lip Definer, $20, available at Aveda; Wilfred Massena T-Shirt, $28, available at Aritzia.
A thick, bright wash of color is the ultimate way to conquer this trend. But, even though it appears as if there’s just one shade of yellow on the lids here, there is actually two.”Apply a cream shadow at the lashline, and fade upward with your finger,” she says. “Then, use a powder and apply it over the cream, using the same technique.” Stacking the two textures will help this makeup really pop. Be sure to apply white liner to the lower waterline with this wash of color. It will open your eyes!
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow in Lemoncello, $25, available at Nordstrom; Make Up For Ever Matte Eye Shadow in Sunflower, $21, available at Make Up For Ever; Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, $20, available at Sephora.
Bright shades, like a Pepto-pink pout, can transition to nighttime. Paré used a blush similar in color to the lipstick shade, which concentrates the vivid pink hue at the center of the face. While the pink lip is bright and cheerful, it’s the subtly moody eye makeup that really takes this from sweet to sultry. Paré added an indigo shade to the inner waterline to create balance on the cheeks and lips. “Adding a rich color liner will keep the theme and make the look more dramatic and sexy,” she says. To finish, she tapped on a taupe shadow to round out the entire eye.
Armour Lip Gloss in Hello, $21, available at Armour; Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer in Wild Indigo, $16, available at Aveda; Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush in Pravella, $26, available at Nordstrom.
Yes, even neutrals, like a bright white, can be neon. But, it’s not just the intensity of color that makes this so bold — the shape of the ivory liner helps give the look a high-impact effect. Paré started by outlining the natural crease of the eye in white. Once you’ve got the shape, you can fill it in with your eyeliner. To make the white extra bright, Paré outlined the almond shape in brown. “For added dimension, apply the shadow above your ivory shape, fading into the brow,” she says. “You should also blend it to the outer one-third of the lower lashline.” The brown acts as a shadow, which contrasts the liner and helps it pop even more.
NYX Retractable Eyeliner, $4.49, available at Ulta; endless rose White Lace Net Top, $74, available at Pixie Market.
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