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If you thought neon makeup was relegated to music festivals and fashion ramps, you cannot be more mistaken. The fact that a single swipe of bright colour can suddenly become a major trend is proof that we are ready for some bold looks this year. 

 

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The tale of the neon liner is not an easy one to cop because it’s mostly seen as age-specific, which means no one above the age of 18 can wear it without raising an inquisitive eyebrow. And then, there is the problem of the choice of colours – will it be red, blue or god forbid, bright cheery yellow that only suits a few skin tones? We’re happy to note that the neon eye trend is alive and kicking and is not a concern for the problems listed above. In fact, when worn in the right doses, with the right choice of outfits and colours – the neon liner trend can be a boon to women who are looking to add a bit of fun to their rather staid makeup regime. 

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We’ve already seen it on the likes of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Masaba Gupta and every blogger worth their salt in good looks and great vibes. Not only a flat liner look, this time, neon liners go a long way in creating more monochromatic looks, geometric shapes and most importantly, unique ways of application – from subtle to flashy to outright whimsical. The 80s are a great time and neon was a wonderful trend to sport – but one needs restraint and sophistication to pull it off well. 

So say goodbye to that oft-used smokey eye and adios to the cat-eye, it’s time to go vibrant and do it without an eyeshadow palette – just get in with a good liner, a gel one preferably and you’re the belle of the ball. 

Here are the best looks we loved on our favourite influencers:

But before you take that plunge, remember these tricks to keep the look as alluring as possible. 

  1. Use a gel liner to get the look right. Gel liners are smoother and less cakey, they give you a smoother finish than a mere eye pencil. 
  2. Look out for colours that work on your skin tone – most Indian skin tones pair perfectly with greens, blues and purples. An occasional yellow or green does work too. 
  3. Always keep your face neutral or nude when you are working with neons – it’s about accentuating just one feature, the eye – in this case. 
  4. If you’re on-the-go, just add a pencil into your routine instead of an eyeshadow. You can line your eyes and then smooth them over your lid to give it a faded effect, if you find a liner to be too strong. 
  5. You can go wild by lining your eyes with more than one shade too, just layer them one after another to create a 3-D effect of sorts.

To help you even further, we picked out the best liners money can buy, here:

 

Shiseido Kajalink Artist Shadow, Liner, Brow – 07 Sumi Sky, Rs 2,100

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, Rs 1,900 (Approx) 

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen – Matte Sienna, Rs 1,190

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil – Iridescent Pop Green, Rs 1,975

M.A.C Pro Longwear Fluidline – Waveline, Rs 1,700

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Ivy Shimmer Ink, Rs 1,600

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel – 99, Rs 1,200

Fenty Beauty Fly Pencil Longer Eyeliner, Rs 1,500 (Approx)

Givenchy Khol Couture Eye Liner – N6 Lilac, Rs 2,075

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner – Lionfish, Rs 1,820

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.