Neon Eyeliner Is the Only Way to Celebrate Warm Weather

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Photo Illustration: Ava Cruz
Getty | Daniele Venturelli Flavio Coelho
Photo Illustration: Ava Cruz
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Though eyeshadow was the pick of choice in the early 2000s and 2010s, graphic eyeliner has solidified itself as the fan-favorite way to spice up your makeup look for 2023. Playing with fun shapes is a great way to add personality to your eye makeup, but going for a neon-eyeliner look takes it to a whole other level.

As much as you can't go wrong with a classic cat eye, nothing screams "cool" quite like an out-of-the-box eyeliner trend. "Floating crystal" eyeliner, "fishtail" eyeliner, and "LED" liner are just a few standout favorites from the last year, but nothing can compete with the vibrancy of neon liner.

This bold makeup look is a popular choice for celebrities on the red carpet and social media beauty enthusiasts alike. A few popular neon-eyeliner looks are paired with a minimal base to really let the eye makeup shine. This has been expertly demonstrated by stars like Maddie Ziegler, Marsai Martin, Storm Reid, Chlöe, and Priyanka Chopra, to name just a few.

There's truly no limit to this trend, and all you need is a neon eyeliner or a neon-eyeshadow palette — and a little practice. If you're a fan of gel or pencil formulas, try the Haus Labs Optic Intensity Eco Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($22) or Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($25). If you prefer liquid eyeliner, you can't go wrong with the Half Magic Chromaddiction Matte Eye Paint & Liners ($24), because they pack a lot of pigment and are easy to apply. You can combine multiple colors for a super-impactful, eye-catching finalé or use just one to complement your outfit.

To get inspiration for your own neon-eyeliner look to add to your makeup catalog for the new season, keep scrolling.

Pink Neon Eyeliner

This neon-eyeliner look features a design on the eyelid and lower lash line to really pull attention to the eyes, as seen here on Zolee Griggs.

Pink Neon Eyeliner

For a subtle touch of color, try adding a small neon-eyeliner design to the outer corners of your eyes like Camila Cabello here.

Blue Neon Eyeliner

The bold neon-blue color of Thuso Mbedu's double wings takes this classic eyeliner shape and makes it feel like art.

Multicolored Neon Eyeliner

Lucy Boynton loves an eye-catching liner moment, and this neon white, pink, and purple look is truly unique.

Purple Neon Eyeliner

If a bold neon color isn't enough, add some glitter to the design like YaYa Gosselin did.