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Neon Eyeliner (But Only A Little) For Everyday

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Frances Coombe photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Sil Bruinsma. Styled by Anna Santangelo.

Somewhere between attention-grabbing beauty looks and ones that require no more than a single product falls makeup artist Sil Bruinsma’s work. A brief scroll through his Instagram and you’re hit with editorials in which his subjects sport anything from vampy matte lipstick to nothing but a sheen of dewy skin. Everything you see is gorgeous; not all of it is realistic for everyday. But hand him a fistful of eyeliners in bright, neon shades and he’ll give you: An extraordinarily livable look. Carefully executed with fresh, pretty skin, it’s a clean take on makeup that’s both exciting and easy to wear.

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Hot Pink

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Why the neon? “I love how, with very little makeup—and effort—you can create a look that catches instant attention without being overbearing,” he says. “It’s fun to play around and place the lines differently than you would a [more muted] eyeliner.” You’re left with somethig unbelievably refreshing in its simplicity. ”Since the colors are very saturated and the look is graphic, in terms of makeup, you won’t need much else.” For that natural, clean skin (and to help the neon really stand out), he used a bit of Rodin Olio Lusso and some Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint.

Frances wears a vintage Ann Demuelemeester sweater from James Veloria and an APC denim skirt. Earrings and stockings are stylist's own. On her skin, she wears Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine & Neroli Face Oil, Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm, and Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light throughout. Eyeliner is Kryolan Aquacolor UV Dayglow in Pink.

Silvery White

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If you’re unsure about neon for your everyday, Sil understands—but he has some tips for transposing the examples here into something you feel like you can actually wear. First, he advises that you simply let the looks inspire you. “The silver slashes work great with her earrings—like jewelry for the eyes.” Of the yellow line across the eyes, he says, “I love how it’s really bold, but delicate at the same time. The pink, graphic neon is beautiful in combination with that Yves Klein blue cashmere sweater, and the neon orange eyeliner on Frances’ bare face with the white shirt and skinny tie reminds me of something Annie Lenox would wear in her Eurythmics days.” Play around and you might end up with something you really love. Even if it’s unexpected.

Frances wears Simon Miller pants. Earrings and bra are stylist's own. Eyeliner is Make Up For Ever Aqualiner in Diamond White.

Yellow!

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Chances are you’re not a makeup artist and like most mere humans, struggle to get that line just right. “A helpful trick is to use a credit card on the "flat" planes of the face” Sil says. “...you dip the thin side of the credit card in the desired color cream liner and just roll it from the side of the temples up to the corner [of the] eye. Same for the other side of the face.” He adds that you can finish the line off with a thin brush until it’s exactly perfect.

Frances wears Tibi shirt, vintage Jil Sander jacket from James Veloria, and Leigh Miller earrings. Eyeliner is Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in Yellow #84.

Straight Orange

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None of the looks here will take very long to do, even on yourself at home. You’ll just need one thing, and that’s an eyeliner. If liquids are your preferred medium, Sil recommends brands like Make Up For Ever, Fenty Beauty, YSL, Dior, MAC, Covergirl and Kryolan for their “really saturated and bright” liquid eyeliners.

Frances wears an Acne shirt, Simon Miller pants, and a vintage Dior tie from James Veloria. Eyeliner is Kryolan Aquacolor UV Dayglow in Orange.

Bright Green

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If you're impartial, cream liners can be great for these looks, too. With a “slanted eyeliner brush” such as MAC 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush, Sil suggests any one of the following for that bold neon line: Kryolan HD Cream Liner, MAC Chromaline, Kryolan Aquacolor UV Dayglow, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Colorpaint, or Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel.

Frances wears a Tibi sweater, a vintage Dior vest from James Veloria, Simon Miller pants and Leigh Miller earrings. Eyeliner is Kryolan Aquacolor UV Dayglow in Green.

Neon Blue

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And lastly, from Tom: "I liked this shoot because it feels like an amalgamation of the beauty trends we've seen for the past few years—restraint, not adding a lip, not adding a cheek, tying yourself down to looking fresh and bare...but then adding a wink of makeup somewhere. It's subtle, but bold at the same time. A lot of Sil's work is like that. Which is why he was perfect."

Here, Frances wears all Simon Miller. Eyeliner is MAC Chromaline in Hi-Def Cyan.