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It may be a no-brainer that you’d want to wear bright makeup, but how to do it is another story. You’re likely used to quickly brushing on neutral eye shadows and swiping black eyeliner against your lashes—it might even be second nature to you at this point—but adding fun eye makeup shades into the mix changes things. Of course, we wouldn’t want that to scare you away from trying out new hues. It really isn’t so different from using the everyday colors you’ve come to love. With just a few tips, anyone can apply—and pull off—a bright eye makeup look. Get all our best tips, below.
Blending various shades of eye shadow together can no doubt be beautiful, but when you’re working with neon or bright colors, it isn’t necessary. One is enough! Using a single bright shade is not only a major makeup trend, but it’s easier than messing with multiple hues. Simply apply a bright eye shadow of your choice, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Jet Set Blond, to your lids, then use a clean brush to soften any harsh lines.
When it comes to wearing bright eye shadows, you aren’t limited to a wash of color on your eyelids. For a pop of unexpected color, keep your upper lash line bare and bring the brightness downwards, placing the shadow along your lower lash line instead. Using a small eye brush (or a cotton swab in a pinch), smudge an eye shadow like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea or Glistening Garnet against your lashes.
Unless you want hot pink or neon green eye shadow sprinkled over your under-eye area (not a super-flattering makeup look), you’d be advised to try and steer clear of eye shadow fall out. While it isn’t always totally avoidable, there are a few steps you can take to help. The most important rule of fending off fallout is to tap excess eye shadow off your brushes before using them, that way there’s less “dust” to fall under your eyes.
You can also save your face makeup for last, which allows you to use the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types to wipe away anything that’s fallen without ruining your concealer. Or, if you prefer to do foundation and concealer first, apply a thick layer of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder under your eyes before applying any eye shadow. Once you’re finished with your eye shadow, you can simply take a makeup brush and sweep away the setting face powder, along with any fallout.
Let’s not forget, eyeliner comes in bright colors, too. In fact, using a neon or bright eyeliner is one of the best ways to update your classic cat eye. Keep your eye shadow simple—or don’t wear any at all—and apply your eyeliner just as you normally would, adding a wing at the end. The only difference is you’ll be using a bold shade instead of your basic black. If you’re partial to pencils, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple or Cobalt Blue. If you’d prefer a liquid option, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Vivd Aqua or Intrepid Teal. (Need a refresher on how exactly to wing out your eyeliner? Check out our article, Wing It: Tips for the Perfect Cat Eye.)
Of course, you’ll want your look to last. Beyond that, you’ll also want your eye makeup to be as bright as it can be. Both of those facts should lead you to the same place—that you’re in need of an eye primer. Rather than using a sheer or flesh-toned one, try a white primer. Your makeup will stay put, plus, when you use a white base, your neon eye shadows or eyeliners will stand out even further.
Looking for a way to add some vibrancy to powder eye shadows? All you need to do is get your makeup brush damp before dipping it into the eye shadow. Voila, instant brightening.
No matter what colors are coating your lids, full lashes are always a good idea. For more voluminous-looking lashes, tightline your eyes with a black eyeliner and then follow with a fiber mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara.
When you’re sporting a show-stopping eye shadow or eyecatching eyeliner, you won’t want your face makeup or lip color to steal the show. Since not every aspect of your makeup look needs to be bright, keep everything but your eyes neutral. That means wearing a sheer blush and a nude lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dazzling Doe.
Wondering what to do with your hair color? To get matchy-matchy, find out How to Do Neon Hair.