Neon Pink Eye Makeup Just Got Super Wearable Thanks to This Tutorial

April 24, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Wear Neon Makeup
We’re always looking for a new makeup challenge to take on. Be it applying a cool graphic lip for the ’gram or experimenting with glitter, our free time is dedicated to our makeup brushes and palettes. Next on our list? Mastering neon eyeshadow. We’re talking bold, bright and sometimes messy to work with shades. Ahead, we tapped Los Angeles-based makeup artist Nikol Elaine for her tips and tricks on achieving the look below.
  • STEP 1: Pick Your Products

    The key to beginning this striking eye makeup tutorial starts with a good neon eyeshadow palette. Here, Elaine used the Urban Decay Wired Palette, which has myriad neon shades, including red, pink, green, electric blue and more. “Before applying your shadow, apply a thick layer of eyeshadow base,” Elaine advises. “This will give you the long-lasting finish you’re looking for.” Here, she started with the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

  • STEP 2: Line the Eye First

    Although counterintuitive, Elaine says to begin applying your look by lining the eye. “I first packed Slowburn, a reddish hue, onto the upper lash line with a tiny angled brush, starting from the inner corner and working my way to the outer corner.” Elaine says that she didn’t even have to wet the brush in this step — the pigmentation of these shadows is so good that they almost apply like a cream as opposed to a powder. 

    “The reason for beginning with the liner as opposed to the shadow is so that you don’t lose the potency of Slowburn when you’re applying the rest of the eye,” Elaine says.

  • STEP 3: Apply the Neon Pink

    Next, grab a flat brush and press the neon pink Savage all over the lid. “You want to avoid where you just placed the liner, and instead build the pink on top, and then buff it all over the lid,” she explains. Pro tip: Use a clean brush to blend it out so that it touches the brow bone slightly.

  • STEP 4: Apply a Contrasting Shade To the Lower Lash Line

    Elaine mixed both Jolt (yellow) and Current (emerald) to create a stunning green shade for the lower lash line. “I packed it under the lash line with another dense, flat shader brush and added mascara,” she says. For defined lashes, she used the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara.

person wearing pink, coral and green eyeshadow
person wearing pink and coral eyeshadow
person wearing pink, coral and green eyeshadow
Credits Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn Art Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy Makeup Artist: Nikol Elaine Visual Designer: Hannah Packer Producer: Jessica Thiel Production Assistant: Kaela Francesca Digital Tech: Sam McKenna Model: Krystie Wilson

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