Sometimes, subtlety is overrated. With bold, punchy and orange lips making major statements this spring, this is not the season to be color-shy. One trend that’s taking our bold tendencies even further, pushing beauty into fluorescent territory, is neon lips.
Seen at Missoni, Giles, and Dries Van Noten, these brilliantly bold lips are statement-making, and also surprisingly flattering. Here are our tips on how to wear this trend without appearing cartoonish.MDC Product Picks: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in Fuchsia Neo-Classic; Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Sheer Lipstick #301;Lancôme La Laque Fever Argentine Tango in Heated Tangerine; Lancôme Baume in Love in Urban BalletPrep: Dazzling neon will bring all the attention to your lips, so it’s important to make them as flawless as possible. First, exfoliate to remove flakiness and then apply a primer to give your lip color something to adhere to. We’re currently using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish to scrub and Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion to prep.
Line: Lining your lips is an important step to prevent your lip color from feathering. Instead of matching your liner to your lipstick, use a nude liner to trace just the outside perimeter of your lips. We love the staying power of NARS Lipliner Pencils.
Apply: Don’t risk a messy pout with sloppy application. Use a lip brush for precision, painting from the center of the lip outward, and blot with a tissue to remove excess pigment.
Finish: Since your lip color is attention grabbing, the rest of your look should be subdued. Opt for glowing skin and a swipe of L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara–and don’t forget to curl lashes for extra oomph.
What’s your take on neon lips? Are you ready to try the trend?
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Photos: L’Oréal, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Thinkstock