The winter season is in full swing with freezing temperatures, snow alerts and an unforgiving windchill. When we aren't calculating how many layers we need to survive the day, we're usually pining for spring to return and make us feel like humans again. We miss the warmth, the colors and the fun!
As the cold rages on, we're beating the winter blues by dreaming up the fire looks we're stepping out in when it finally does warm up. From show-stopping eyelashes to dramatic makeup to gorgeous hair accessories, the Spring 2019 runways have already set a playful tone for our beauty routines. Of the many looks spotted on supermodels, neon eye art stole our hearts instantly. Labels like The Blonds, Christian Siriano and Alice & Olivia all sent out models wearing shadows in party-ready hues we can't wait to paint our faces with.
To help us get started, we rounded up our favorite looks created by several talented makeup artists and influencers. Ahead, you'll find everything from looks perfect for pumping up an everyday routine to blends so extra they deserve to be your Coachella date. Warning: This list is going to inspire you to buy so much new makeup!
Do neons the simple way with the focus on a single bright shade! Deanna Paley used a BH Cosmetics eyeshadow to create this show-stopping visual that only requires a single neon yellow hue, silver highlight in the tear duct and black liner with a tamed wing.
If you're a sucker for shades that warm up the face, then this simple orange blend for the lid and under eye area is a perfect choice. You'll be catching lots of attention with your eyes looking like the *literal* sun. (Side note: THOSE BROWS.)
All you need is a rich, bright blue hue to pull off this fun and quirky eyeliner look that takes on the shape of a whale. Margie Zank used NYX Cosmetics eyeliner in the shade, Vivid Sapphire. It's gorgeous, dah-lin'!
Few looks are sultrier than the classic cat eye and now Sonjdra Deluxe has shown us how to turn that up a few extra levels with this sharp yet minimal creation. She used the yellows and greens from the BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil palette to create one solid shade and a KKW Beauty Utralight Beam to shimmer up this bomb, Kim Kardashian-inspired look. Follow her step-by-step YouTube tutorial to nail it!
Focus all the neon fun on the water line and the inner corners of the eye for a shimmery smoked out look that has an extra pop. Sam Hendry mixed neon yellow eyeshadow and green powder pigments by Star Gazer. For liner, she used a Jeffree Star Cosmetics lipstick in the shade Venus Fly Trap.
The eyelids aren't the only place we can give the neon treatment! Go even brighter with colorful mascara for an extra pop. Alissa Ashley used an orange shadow and liner by Suva Beauty with Yves Saint Laurent mascara in a shade called "I'm The Trouble" blue.
If you already love bold eyeshadows but want to tip-toe slowly into trying neons, then liven up your smoky eye with this animated look that involves the classic black shadow blend with a simple streak. Recreate Marion Cameleon's neon swipe with a white line along the cut crease and outline it with neon yellow to give the illusion of an illuminated line.
Once you're comfortable creating the neon illusion, go even further with a heart at the end like Sasha The Pryncess! All you need is a few different purple shadows for blending and white liner. Sasha used products by brands like Sugarpill Cosmetics and Makeup Geek Cosmetics.
Anyone wanting to ease into neons but already used to bolder shadows may dig this electric smoky eye creation by Tara Buenrostro, from Kat Von D Beauty's Artist Collective. She used Melt Cosmetics and Kat Von D products to pull off her look, with her neon pink stroke done with a Kat Von D lip liner!
Advanced blenders, this one is for you! Karla Tobie is the queen of bold hues so take a page from her book with this gorgeous eye art that looks like a complete party all by itself. With a glittery gold cut crease, sharp eyeliner and all bright shades blended to perfection, Tobie used a ton of different shadows including pigments from BH Cosmetics, Suva Beauty and Makeup Addiction Cosmetics. You can score this exact look by following her step-by-step YouTube tutorial.
Feeling the rainbow vibes but want to do a tad less blending? This sharp color-blocked version by Margie Zank is the perfect touch. You'll need four bold shades, concealer and the perfect packing brushes to create those sharp lines. Zank used eyeshadows by the brands Star Gazer and Glossier.
For an alternate rainbow style — you know, because there's no such thing as too much Roy G. Biv this spring — follow Reece Ling's lead and use an orange base and then cut crease it up with three colors. Then, pair your bold eye with an equally eye-catching lip!
Ling used a red shadow by The Crayon Case Cosmetics while her other pigments are from Myomakeup.
Inspired by fellow influencer Desi Perkins, Nikkie Tutorials gave the classic smoky eye an even cooler touch with a shimmer orange center and an ultra-shock neon yellow wing and inner tear duct.
Nikkie used eyeshadows by brands including Dose of Colors, Anastasia Beverly Hills, MAC Cosmetics and liner by Lime Cime. You can follow her step-by-step YouTube tutorial to achieve this chic space alien style look.
A monochrome moment is seriously the chicest way to do neon because you get to pull off two beauty trends in one, like this green look by Yami Angelina! She blended her different shades of green using shadows from Juvia's Place and glitter from Mermaid Scales USA. We love a mermaid-y lewk.
Barbie established this years ago, but in case you weren't aware: Pink and purple are an iconic duo. The purple shade outlined by the pink gives it a beautiful glow effect. And of course, the neon fun is all the more elevated if you can match it with purple braids like Chi! She used shadows from Juvia's Place palettes to create this look.
Spring 2019 is all about being bold and having fun so scoop up your favorite vibrant palette, the brushes you can trust, and have some fun with your beat!