The neon pink lips trend has started because everything is so nineties now. It was only a matter of time….from flannels, to chokers, to high waisted light wash denim, to neon pink lips. It was just a natural progression! How can you do a choker without neon lips? You have to commit to the whole look. I feel that neon lip color has staying power, but it will be tapered down a little bit for fall and spring. I can see metallics being combined with bolder colors, which will also provide a different kind of POP!
I think that any age group can rock a fierce, bold neon lip. It s definitely not trying too hard if you are over 25, and there are many ways to rock neon pink lip without looking over the top.
Clue #1: Know your undertones.
Clue #2: Less is more. Keep it simple with the eye make up if you are rocking a neon lip. Otherwise, you will be trying too hard.
Clue #3: Keep the blush to a minimum. Bronzer will work for this look, but it is so important to have a lighter hand.
For someone with lighter, cooler skin, it would be better to choose a lipstick with blue undertones. If you are on the warmer side, and have warmer, golden undertones, then it would be better to choose a lipstick with orange or red undertones. If you follow this, then you will be sure to get the neon lip trend right. This doesn’t mean to say that someone that is lighter can’t wear an orangey, pink color. Everyone is different, and it all comes down to your confidence level, and how it pieces into your overall look.
It is always a good idea to lightly exfoliate your lips prior to lipstick application. This ensures that you are eliminating any dry skin. There is nothing worse that lipstick on dry skin. After exfoliation, you can use a tiny bit of aquaphor or lip primer. Then you MUST use a lipliner in order to outline and fill in lips. This step is crucial, because it will prevent fading and bleeding as the day goes on. Lastly, set your color with a translucent powder. This will prevent the dreaded speckled on look, and give your color staying power!
If you are using a sheer gloss, I would recommend applying to to the center portion of your lips, in order to give your lips a little dimension. If you are looking for a matte look, it doesn’t need to be heavily applied, because you will be setting the color with translucent powder. This will allow the color to last, without having to reapply.
The only prep products that I recommend are aquaphor or a lip primer. A lip primer allows you to start your lip color on a clear canvas, and truly allows your color to pop! Aquaphor is great for moisturizing after exfoliating. In order to exfoliate, all that you need is a toothbrush, and a lip polish or even Aquaphor.
Aquaphor is amazing, and can be found at your local pharmacy or beauty supply store. I personally love Fresh Sugar Lip polish for exfoliating my lips. For lip primer, you can use a little bit of your left over foundation on your beauty blender, and this works fantastically. I also like Laura Geller’s lip primer. Lastly, for translucent powder, NYX makes a great loose powder, and it can be found in your local drug store. MAC also makes a great translucent powder, that can also be used for your lips, face, or light highlighting.
Eye makeup should be almost non existent with this look. Mascara and maybe a touch of eyeliner in your water/tight line should be the only eye make up that is used with this look. It is important that your lips are the focal point of this look, and you don’t want to look like you are trying way too hard with this look.