18 Ways to Make Neon Makeup Subtle (Yes, Actually)

Like clockwork, neon makeup products started appearing in our Instagram feed, at the store, and on A-listers attending Coachella. And, while there is nothing cooler than a hot pink lip or electric green lid, if we’re being completely honest, we have always found the trend to be a bit intimidating. Nevertheless, when done correctly, neon makeup gives off a casual-cool vibe, which is why we are bound and determined to pull off a neon makeup look just in time for the second weekend of Coachella.

In an attempt to try our hands at a neon beauty product or two, we did a bit of research, courtesy of the runways. Much to our surprise, we now see the trend as a fresh way to update our Coachella look. From a subtle swipe of blue mascara to all-over pink lids and the perfect tangerine lipstick, neon beauty looks are relatively easy to re-create, and a necessity for festival-goers. For the neon makeup looks we can’t wait to wear to Coachella and beyond, click through the slideshow below.

Neon Eyeshadow
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Make your eyes pop with a fluorescent colored yellow shadow like NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Shadow ($5).

rainbow eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Can’t decide which electric shade to embrace? Try a technicolor rainbow situation. To get the look, use a multicolor palette, like Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette in Color 6 ($48).

two-tone eyeliner - neon makeup looks

A must-copy look for any music festival, simply line your lid with two different colored liners and finish the look with a berry-stained pout, courtesy of Glossier Generation G in Crush ($18).

watercolor eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Draw attention to your eyes with a watercolor lid composed of sunset hues.

Neon Eyeshadow
Joan Smalls

It doesn’t get better (or easier) than blue lashes. Planning to give the look a try? We highly recommend Yves Saint Laurent The Shock Volumizing Mascara ($29).

purple eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Purple can be electric too. To pull off the look, opt for a shimmering violet shadow like Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Jam Room ($24) on your lids and a dash of blush just on the apples of your cheeks.

neon highlighter - neon makeup looks

Inner-eye highlights are all the rage right now, so make your highlight one of the neon variety with Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Canary ($22).

Neon Makeup

Master the neon beauty trend with a hot pink lip courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm in Rose Saint Germain ($38).

pink smoky eye - neon makeup looks

Swap out your everyday smoky eye for this pink version come spring.

dior fall 2018 eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Pair a pastel shadow with a bright colored eyeliner like Sigma Beauty Line Ace Eyeliner in Pink ($14) for a subtle take on the neon trend.

turquoise eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Bring out the brown in your eyes with a radiant turquoise shadow.

pink graphic eye shadow - neon makeup looks

Nail the neon trend with a hot pink graphic eye.

Neon makeup
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Up your cool factor this festival season and swipe green liner, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak ($22) on your upper lash line.

blue eye shadow vivienne westwood fall 2018 - neon makeup looks

Ditch your charcoal liner this spring, and outline your eyes with a bright blue shadow instead.

Neon Eyeshadow
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Turn typical eyeliner on its head, and use a super-saturated blue liner like Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Lustrous Sapphire ($16) on the bottom lash line only.

Neon eyeshadow
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The monochromatic look doesn’t only apply to clothes. Adapt the trend to your beauty routine, and rock an all-over red look.

taylor hill makeup - neon makeup looks

More is more, right? Keep your face makeup to a minimum, and try playing with color on both your eyes and lips.

Next up: 11 millennial pink beauty products, just because.

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