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Neon makeup can be a terrifying conquest. Those fluorescent fuchsias and lime greens may look gorgeous in their respective pots and tubes, but the second they hit your face, the shades can become super campy. Not great.
Well, this summer, we're turning the vivid-makeup game on its head. Instead of the over-the-top color pops you tend to see in the warmer months, we're upgrading your creamy pastels, giving them a neon bite. The best part? These shades are so much easier to wear.
To prove it, we enlisted the help of makeup guru Janessa Paré, who offered up this advice: "The most important factor in pulling off vivid colors like this is your skin," she says. "Even though this may look like swipe-on-and-go makeup, you really need to take a second to make sure your base makeup and your skin are in good shape."
Once you've got your foundation under control, you can dive right into your brights for an electric daytime look. Stepping out at night? These updated neons transition beautifully for evenings as well. Yes, they're that versatile.
Click through to see how to make these creamy neon hues work for you. You may just find yourself wondering why you ever feared fluorescent in the first place.