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We haven't seen this much neon on the streets or in the stores since roundabout 1989— which means that even the biggest bright-wear enthusiasts among us might be a little rusty on some of the finer points of wearing the spring trend. Your makeup, for example. We're curious how all of you out there are mixing up your beauty routines to balance out the blinding colors coming from every other direction, and in pursuit of some answers, we asked Nicole Loher of The Style Student how she's handling it. Below, three ways she's experimenting with color on her lips to play up the neon in her wardrobe. Got any ideas of your own? Let us know in the comments.
Since lipstick and neon pieces are such bold statements independently, putting them together can become very tricky, especially in the daytime. Below are a couple ways I do it, in order of most daring to easiest to pull off. Feel free to take this guide from my everyday outfit and GPOY Instagrams as a mere suggestion on how to pair your lipstick with your favorite neon.
Orange Dress/Red Lip
Red and orange is my favorite combination this season. Choosing hues with equal saturation will help maximize the effect. Try Nars’ lipstick in Red Lizard to go with your brightest neon corals. The result is bold, but still elegant and feminine.
Yellow Sweater/Dark Lip
Another way to make a statement is to contrast a neon with a darker lip. Try Yves Saint Laurent’s Vernis A Levres glossy stain in violet. I paired it with this neon yellow jumper for an effect that's urban and edgy, and definitely not for the faint of heart.
Pink Blazer/Beige Lip
If you’re not feeling quite that bold, balance a neon with a neutral lip. Try Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipstick in Chai, a flattering caramel nude. The attention will stay on your clothes, rather than your makeup.