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How to Wear Neon Makeup

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How to Wear Neon Makeup How to Wear Neon Makeup How to Wear Neon Makeup

As beauty fanatics, there’s no denying that we’re suckers for the hottest new makeup trends. Anytime there’s a new makeup look to try, we’re the first on board. So, it’s no surprise then that after playing around with graphic cat eyes, dotted wing tips, and unicorn horn eyeliner, we’re incredibly psyched about the newest must-try trend: neon light eye makeup. The well-blended look is nothing short of eye-catching and is sure to cause double takes left and right. Ready to get in on the season’s newest glowing trend? All you have to do is grab white liquid liner and your favorite super-bright shadows for a look that will have all eyes on you. Keep reading to learn how to get in on the neon eye makeup fun—then find a tutorial for neon lip makeup, too!


Bye, bye, boring black eyeliner. Kick things up a notch with a serious pop of color.

Step 1: Prime your lids

Your eye makeup will only look as flawlessly smooth as that base that’s underneath it. So, make sure to start off with a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer, to help create an even canvas.

Step 2: Draw on your neon glow shape of choice

This statement eye looks especially gorgeous when the color is applied in your crease. All you have to do is use a small, pointed eyeliner brush and a super-bright hue of eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure, to trace a thin line that extends across the crease and down towards the outer corner of your eye in a triangular cat eye shape. This shape will act as a guide when it’s time to add the “light” to your look.

Step 3: Blend your light

Since neon lights are all about shining bright and fading into a hazy glow the further you get away from the actual bulb, you’ll want to use a blending brush to blend the color out.

Step 4: Add black shadow

Underneath the color of your glow, apply a black shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Noir C’est Noir, all the way down to the crease line—filling in the entire blank space on the lid. Next, blend that same black shadow directly outside the top of the light shadow.

Step 5: Draw on your neon light bulbs

Using white liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in White Party, draw a precise thin line tracing through your glowing shape. Make sure that the blended color surrounds it on all sides for the full vibrant effect.

Step 6: Define your lashes

No statement eye is complete without some serious lash power. Start by applying a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base and follow it up with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mystic Black Mascara to finish things off. Now your glowing look is finally complete!

How gorgeous is that, right? We’re seriously in love with this trend, and the good news is, it doesn’t have to stop at your eyes. If you’re as enamored as we are, keep reading to find out how to bring this vivid look to your lips.


Extend this uber-bright look past your eyes and rock some serious color on your pout!

Step 1: Exfoliate your lips

As with all parts of your face, your pout will only look as pretty as the base underneath it. Use a lip scrub—like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub—to help gently slough off any dead skin cells from the surface of your lips.

Step 2: Paint your lips black

We especially love how black liquid lipstick pairs with this look, but traditional black lipstick will work as well. When filling your lips in, don’t go all the way out to the edges, because that’s where you’ll want your bright color to be.

Step 3: Add your neon glow

Using the bright color of your choice, fill in the remaining portion of your lips. Need a shade recommendation? Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate.

Step 4: Blend together

Using a blending brush, buff out any harsh lines between the glow color and the black lipstick.

Step 5: Draw on your neon light bulbs

Using white liquid liner, trace the shape of your lips within the glow color. Voila! Glowing and gorgeous for a neon look like no other.

Editor’s tip: Whether you’re working with your lips or lids, another great way to add high-shine allure is with a touch of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Stick in Astro Blue or Cosmic Pink. The holographic highlighters easily layer over lipstick and eye shadow to create a one-of-a-kind glow.

Since these looks only use three colors, they’re super-easy to experiment with and customize to your color preference, so don’t feel tied to any color in particular.

Now, if you love the ultra-bright makeup idea, but wish you could achieve something a bit more wearable for the everyday, check out our article How to Do Color Block Makeup.