With summer on the horizon, the weather is getting warmer, the days longer, and the sun brighter. With this mood-boosting rebirth of everything around us, we’re experimenting with wearing color in all sorts of new ways.
The same way we’ve begun infusing color into our spring and summer wardrobes, why not opt for all things bold and bright when it comes to our makeup? And with so many brands launching magical pigment-packed mascaras and brow products—Kat Von D, Dior, and Urban Decay most recently—it’s now easier than ever to experiment with an inventive neon look.
Curious as to how you can pull this trend off? Below, makeup artist Tony Tulve breaks down five fresh looks to try.
When it comes to bold lashes, opposites attract. “Pairing opposite colors is the quickest way to bring a look together for the most impact—and with the least amount of products,” says Tulve. “Adding an opposing tone to a monochromatic look can quickly take it from soft to bold in no time at all.”
Having trouble deciding on a shade? Use as many as you please—and draw inspiration from the world around you. “Mix and match colors based off the nearest source of inspiration. Your outfit, houseplant, favorite image on the ‘gram—the possibilities are endless,” says Tulve.
Infuse an extra jolt of color to your look by applying pigment directly to or around your brows, keeping the rest of your look simple to avoid overpowering. Want to ensure your brows will stay bright (and in place)? “Brush a bit of translucent powder through the brow to absorb any remaining oil or skin care [product] before applying any [makeup] product for the best color payoff and performance,” says Tulve.
Nikki is wearing a Tapley necklace and a Donni hairpiece. Brooklyn is wearing Arc Objects earrings and a Donni hairpiece.
Photo by Tory Rust
Not only do contrasting colors make for an interesting look, but they also make your eyes pop. “Matching a color to your eyes will create a bigger field of color, while contrasting colors will make your eyes seem brighter. Using both tones will make your eyes steal the show,” says Tulve.
Amelia is wearing a Donni top and an Arc Objects bracelet.
Photo by Tory Rust
Of course, never underestimate the power of a bit of sparkle. “Bring light to your eyes with touches of the silver mascara. The metallic finish will ‘pull’ the lashes longer and create a personal spotlight on your eyes,” says Tulve.