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11 Neon Eye Looks That'll Make You Break Up With Black Liner

With a little practice and a whole lotta eyeliner, these daring electric hues are surprisingly easy to pull off
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Switching out your neutral eye makeup for megawatt shades of electric purple, neon green and cobalt blue may feel out of your comfort zone, but we're here to prove the trend is worth trying. For starters, bright eyes were all the rage on Spring 2016 runways, where models sported vibrant shades at Monique Lhuillier, Honor, Armani and Diane von Furstenberg. One need only peep Kendall Jenner's gorgeous two-toned green-and-blue lids at DVF to realize bold is indeed beautiful when it comes to colorful eye makeup.

But if you're still on the fence about trying one of these of-the-moment looks, consider this: These neon makeup looks are completely wearable, as long as you're applying your products correctly — which is why we enlisted the help of Rimmel London makeup Artist Jo Baker and lead Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero to give us their top tips for pulling off these daring shades, along with the best type of products to use for each one.

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Not-So-Mellow Yellow
Bold yellow liner that's a step below neon is especially striking against darker skin tones.

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Get the Look
"When wearing a bold eye, I like to keep the rest of the face a bit mellow," says lead Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero. Keep the focus on the liner by skipping eye shadow and keeping the rest of your face natural. Get a smooth, thick line by using an angled eyeliner brush to sweep on a gel liner like Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel in 84, a creamy, budge-proof yellow. You can also smudge a pencil liner, like NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Yellow, along your upper lash line to create a thick line. For added drama, extend the line into the inner corner and down to the lower lash line.

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Increase Your Crease
For another subtle way to experiment with colored lids, Baker suggests embracing the trend with just a touch of shadow. "Try applying a bright color in the crease of the eye -- this may seem unexpected but you'll notice a subtle color pop when the eye is open," says Baker. "When your eye is moving and you're talking, you'll see that the eye becomes more of a statement. It's less daunting than putting a ton of pigmented color all over the entire lid, but still creates an interesting and different approach to wearing colored liner."

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Get the Look
If you're only going to color your crease, Baker suggests reaching for a liner or a stick shadow, because these products will provide more application control. Try Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner in Dark Side of the Blue. Another tip? "Add mascara," Baker says. "This will make for a more modern and hip look."

BY ALLIE FLINN, ROSE CURIEL | MAY 17, 2016 | SHARES
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