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

Updated 04/21/17
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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.

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

rainbow eye shadow - neon makeup looks
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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
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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
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Draw attention to your eyes with a watercolor lid composed of sunset hues.

blue mascara - neon makeup looks
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It doesn’t get better (or easier) than nude nails and 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
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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.

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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).

hot pink lipstick - neon makeup looks
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Master the neon beauty trend with a hot pink lip courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Trapeze Pink ($37).

pink smoky eye - neon makeup looks
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Swap out your everyday smoky eye for this pink version come spring.

dior fall 2018 eye shadow - neon makeup looks
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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
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Bring out the brown in your eyes with a radiant turquoise shadow.

pink graphic eye shadow - neon makeup looks
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Nail the neon trend with a hot pink graphic eye.

green eyeliner - neon makeup looks
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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 Green Shimmer ($20) just below your brow bone.

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

orange eyeliner - neon makeup looks
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Turn typical eyeliner on its head, and use a super-saturated orange liner like MAC Work It Out Chromagraphic Pencil ($17) on the bottom lash line only.

orange makeup - neon makeup looks
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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 orange look.

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

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