Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 3.5
Aveda Inner Light Translucent Mineral Finishing Powder
NARS Blush in Sin
NYX Stay Matte Finishing Spray
NYX Brow Cake in Brunette
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
MAC Eyeshadow in Soba
NYX Love in Florence Palette
Rimmel Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in White
e.l.f. Lock and Seal
Kryolan Eyeshadow in UV Yellow
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry
I was at the makeup store the other day beefing up my kit for a job this coming weekend when I suddenly remembered a makeover/friend photo shoot a few weekends out that involves neon makeup. I was planning to order online from Chicago, but since I was in a store I figured I'd get similar products there.
Instead of ordering these, I ended up building my own Z Palette with Kryolan pressed neon eyeshadows. I think ultimately the cost evened out, but I had the bonus of both building my first palette and shopping locally. I can't tell you how thrilling it is to have a neon rainbow neatly packed in a hot pink palette- you'll have to experience it (or its equivalent) for yourself.If you haven't seen it yet, click this immediately.
Instead of waiting two weeks to use the neons, I decided I wanted to try out a color the next day and incorporate it into my look. Neon hues demand attention and aren't for the faint of heart. My method of successfully rocking bold anything is to make sure the rest of the look is neutral. I chose my shirt intentionally because of its color and then built the rest of the color palette around that. I used Soba all over the lid because it's a few shades darker than my natural skin tone, so it's a great all over color. After that, I used the NYX Love in Florence palette to shade the crease by using the flat matte brown of the pans provided. The colors together set a neutral base that's strong enough to balance a bold eye/lip while providing structure.
For neon makeup to really stand out (hint: same rule applies for nail polish), it is recommended you wear a white base underneath for maximum pop. I used the Rimmel pencil to line my upper lid. Originally I was going for a cat eye, but it got a bit messy and in the interest of being to work somewhat on time, I did away with the flicks entirely. Also, I originally attempted to do this with Medusa's Makeup Electro White Pot Eyeliner and it was awful. SO STREAKY. I thought it'd provide a more opaque white than the pencil, but ultimately the Rimmel gave more even coverage. I just hate pulling at the skin of my eye with a pencil that isn't too pigmented. But, a couple of sweeps and boom, you're good.
Next, I used an angled brush to push the powder from inner corner to outer corner, tracing over the white. Here the yellow really started to become vibrant, but it wasn't terribly opaque. To remedy this, I scraped some pigment out of the pan and mixed it on the palette with the e.l.f. mixing medium to create a neon yellow liquid eyeliner, which sort of sealed everything together. A mixing medium is AWESOME for that kind of stuff. One pass with the mixture yielded that screaming bright hue.
This was my first neon look, and I gotta say...I'm a fan.