Don't be scared of electric neon makeup — it's the hottest trend to try now

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director

If there’s one beauty lesson to take away from New York Fashion Week, it’s that electric neon makeup isn’t just for ravers. Vivid shades of yellow, orange, blue, and green are actually flattering on all skin tones and work beyond the dance floor.

NARS led the charge on this trend, using painterly swatches to brighten models’ eyelids at Novis, Rachel Comey, and Delpozo. On the Fenty x Puma runway, we saw these dynamic tones extended to the manicures, with extra long, rectangular-shaped vibrant nails. MAC Cosmetics’s artists backstage at Chromat remixed the traditional inner-corner highlight by using an unconventional tangerine pigment near the tear ducts.

The key to pulling off electric neon makeup is to keep the rest of the skin glowy and fresh. Heavy black eyeliner or bold lipstick and blush would compete with the bright hues. A natural-looking highlight is OK. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from The Blonds and Christian Siriano, color-clashing with your clothes is fair game!

Scroll through to see different ways you can add electric neon makeup to your beauty routine.

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Spring beauty trend to try now

Electric neon makeup made a bold statement on the runways at New York Fashion Week. (Photo: NARS)

Novis

A model wears matchy-matchy bright yellow eyeshadow. (Photo: NARS)

Novis

A model wears bright yellow eyeshadow and a touch of cheek highlighter. (Photo: NARS)

Novis

Curly-haired models turn heads with bright yellow eyeshadow. (Photo: NARS)

Rachel Comey

Bold orange eyeshadow accentuates this model’s brunette locks. (Photo: NARS)

Rachel Comey

This model shows us how to rock bright blue eye pigment with standout accessories. (Photo: NARS)

Christian Siriano

When you’re carrying an “It Bag,” you need statement nail art. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

Christian Siriano

Imperfect swipes of neon nail polishes pop against a white nail base. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

Christian Siriano

The collage of electric neon nail polishes transform into a tweed-like print. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

Christian Siriano

Neon pops of color replace the classic French tip. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

The Blonds

There’s no limit when working with electric neon colors for nail art. (Photo: Getty Images for CND)

The Blonds

The bolder, the better mani. (Photo: Getty Images for CND)

Delpozo Spring 2018

A single swipe of neon orange liner with micro flecks of glitter. (Photo courtesy of NARS)

Delpozo Spring 2018

Bright orange eyeliner for two? Yes, please. (Photo courtesy of NARS)

Delpozo Spring 2018

Matchy-matchy bright eyes and designs. (Photo courtesy of NARS)

Delpozo Spring 2018

The bright orange liner pops against this model’s skin. (Photo courtesy of NARS)

Fenty x Puma

Electric yellow nails for the win. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Fenty x Puma

Long nails + bright yellow polish = mani perfection. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Fenty x Puma

Orange you glad electric neon makeup is a thing? (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Fenty x Puma

Neon green nails accentuate this outdoorsy ensemble. (Photo by Marcelo Soubhia/MCV Photo For the Washington Post via Getty Images)

Chromat

Tangerine pops at the tear duct are the new inner-corner highlight. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Chromat

Bright orange hair and eye makeup has never looked so good. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Chromat

This model has really convinced us that bright orange eye makeup is a must try. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Jeremy Scott

What goes with bright orange nails? Lots of shimmer, baby! (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Jeremy Scott

The bright and glittery combo goes even better with sequins. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Jeremy Scott

Color-clashing at its finest: from head to toe. (Photo: Imaxtree)

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