Rihanna, Ava Duvernay & Tracee Ellis Ross Just Made Neon Makeup A Thing

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Summer is officially here ladies, and reports reveal that this season will be a hot one. We've made it through the first quarter of the year and now it's time to retire your pastels and florals and transition into bright colors that pair perfectly with your sunkissed melanin.

xoNecole has details on a hot new makeup trend that will accentuate your bold summertime wardrobe and take your everyday makeup look to the next level.

Ava Duvernay, Rihanna, and Tracee Ellis Ross are among a few of the stars who are taking us all the way back to the 80's and making neon makeup a thing again. A change in season could be the perfect opportunity to revamp your look, and a great way to do that is by adding some vibrant colors to your everyday makeup routine. You can keep it simple and opt for colored mascara or eyeliner, or you can really turn it up with a neon eyeshadow palette or lipstick.

Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupiita was ahead of the trend when she showed up to the 2019 Golden Globes with bold blue eyeliner and mascara that stole the show. You can recreate this look using NYX Professional Makeup Color Mascara.


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Rihanna is the queen of all things bold, so it's no surprise that this Bajan queen has mastered a number of neon looks in the past. Recently, she announced the release of her new summer-inspired beauty collection that will light up your summer. You can recreate this vibrant look by using the BAECATION eyeliner trio and Poutsicle lipstick, which both drop this Friday (May 10).

Ava Duvernay

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Real beauty mavens know that sometimes, less is more. Ava Duvernay gave us all the green goddess vibes this year at the Met Gala with this subtle neon eyeshadow that she paired with matching hair accessories. You can achieve this look using your favorite green eyeshadow from any palette as well as a white primer to make that color really pop.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Did Tracee Ellis Ross like, invent negative space eyeshadow? If not, then she's probably one of the best to do it. This glorious queen rocked minimal makeup with this unique trend, but she was far from casual. Tracee compensated for her lack of glam with confidence and color for this semi-natural look. You can put a twist on your normal eye makeup routine and achieve this look by adding your favorite eyeshadow to either your crease or lash line and leaving your eyelid makeup-free.


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Whoever said brown skin girls can't rock vibrant colored makeup was a damn lie, and Lizzo is proof. The singer had all the juice when she showed up on the red carpet of this year's GLAAD Awards with a bold look that has us taking notes. Lizzo achieved this look using a drugstore favorite, Make Up For Ever Artist Color Eye Shadow in I-340 Lime Green.

Lilly Singh 

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Lilly Singh made her debut at her very first Met Gala this year, and honey she slayed this hot pink makeup look. If you're like me, this isn't a look that I'm willing to debut on a week day, so to tone it down a little, lighten up on the blush and go for a light bronzer instead.

Karrueche Tran


Karrueche can do no wrong in our eyes, and this bright purple eyeshadow is no exception. This almost-barefaced beauty radiated summertime vibes by adding this violet pop of color to her otherwise natural look. You can recreate this look using Precious Stones Collection Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Amethyst.

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This year, Halsey slid through Coachella with the Lisa Fran-inspired glitter eye makeup look you didn't know you needed. This two-toned eye makeup look features a neon yellow and blue that offer the perfect contrast. This festival look can be reimagined in the comfort of your own mirror using the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette and Glitter Goals Cream Pro Palette.

Janelle Monae

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Prince prodigy and Queen of Funk, Janelle Monae, had all eyes on her this year when she showed up at Paris Fashion Week with an electric blue cat eye that will pair perfectly with even the most simple attire. You can rock this look by using a blue eyeliner to create the cat eye shape and applying an even mix of powder and cream eyeshadow to your eyelids.

Featured image by Fenty Beauty.

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