If the idea of all eyes being on you in a dimly lit room sounds enticing, we’d be willing to bet you’ll be a fan of the latest makeup trend: glow-in-the-dark makeup. The look is exactly what it sounds like—makeup that shines bright under a black light. It’s perfect for upcoming Halloween gatherings or an Instagram selfie that will leave your friends glowing with envy. Ahead, we share a step-by-step tutorial for a glow-in-the-dark makeup look that’s guaranteed to make you the center of attention.
STEP #1. PRIME YOUR FACE
As with any makeup look, you’ll want to start by applying a makeup primer. This will help blur imperfections and allow your makeup to last longer. Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base, which helps minimize the look of pores and fine lines.
STEP #2. PERFECT YOUR BASE
Even though the star will be your glow-in-the-dark makeup, you’ll still want a flawless complexion. Imperfections like blemishes and dark circles can take away from the overall look. First, buff the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight onto your face with a makeup sponge, bouncing it across your skin until you build the lightweight formula to full coverage. To diminish the appearance of under-eye bags, apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage in an upside-down triangle with a color that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. Then, blend the concealer with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to create the illusion of a more awake complexion.
STEP #3. PRIME YOUR EYES
Part of your glow-in-the-dark makeup will be centered on your eyes, so applying an eyelid primer is a must, too. This will help your eyeshadow appear more vibrant and keep it from fading throughout the night.
STEP #4. PAINT YOUR LIDS
Now for the fun part—applying your glow-in-the-dark makeup. We recommend using a cream or liquid glow-in-the-dark eyeshadow, as it will go on smoothly and opaquely to really give you the most dramatic effect. Swipe a glow-in-the-dark green shade all over your lids, extending the color past your inner and outer corners to create two wings.
STEP #5. LINE YOUR WATERLINE
To help boost your eye makeup, you can fake bigger eyes by applying a nude eyeliner to your waterline. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Nude to do just that.
STEP #6. COAT YOUR LASHES
You don’t want your eyelashes to get lost in the midst of your bold glow-in-the-dark eyeshadow. Finish your eye makeup by applying a few coats of a volumizing mascara. Layer on the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable for a lash fringe that can hold its own.
STEP #5. COLOR YOUR CHEEK
If you’re about to reach for blush—not so fast. Instead of applying any more face makeup, reach for some glow-in-the-dark face paint instead. Apply a few swipes of neon color all the way up one side of your face—from your jaw to your temple. Don’t worry about each swipe being perfect—an imperfect painted look will only enhance your glow-in-the-dark makeup.
Editor’s tip: For a more wearable look, you can skip this step. Glow-in-the-dark eyes on their own will make a statement without being too out there for every day.
STEP #6. AND YOUR LIPS
There’s one last place you need to apply glow-in-the-dark makeup—your lips. Pat on a glowing neon pink shade for an eye-catching pout.
STEP #7. SET YOUR LOOK
When all is said and done, we’re sure you won’t want your glow-in-the-dark makeup to fade before the night is over. Mist the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray over your face to seal your new look.
BONUS: PAINT YOUR BODY
If you want to take your look a step further, you can use body makeup to paint your shoulders, collarbone, back, and wherever else you choose. For an artistic look, try flicking the body makeup on for an undone, abstract paint-like appearance.
Next: You don’t have to stop at glow-in-the-dark makeup. To continue your black light-activated look, Try Glow-in-the-Dark Hair Dye For a Fun Color Change.
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