If you could use the same school supply highlighters you mark up your textbooks with as a liner, you’d get a neon eye makeup look that’s blowing up on Instagram. Margie Zank recently posted a fluorescent green-and-orange liner look, and her striking selfie has been liked more than 30,000. That’s 30 times more likes than her makeup selfies typically receive. (But who’s counting?)
As many noted in the comments section of the post, the neon pigments used by Zank instantly helped catch people’s attention as they were scrolling through their Explore pages. I am one of those people. The neon orange and green she lined her lids with are hard to come by. I rarely see pigments that bright. So what are they? Zank used the Stargazer Neon Eye Dust, a blacklight-reactive loose powder. “I’ve seen a few YouTubers use them and knew I needed some for myself,” she tells Allure. She ended up shopping her favorite color, orange, and green because “highlighter green doesn’t get enough hype,” she adds. Agreed. I also respect that she coordinated her nails to her liner.
To create the viral neon look, Zank started off by painting on the outline for the orange winged shape with a small brush before filling it in. Then, she created the green lines around it with an eyebrow brush. “At first, I just had the lines around the outside of the orange, but it kept feeling incomplete, so I added more,” she says. Then, she intensified the pigments by brushing Nyx Glitter Primer atop the neon liner and packed more of the loose pigment on top. She highly recommends this step to help get that eye-catching vibrancy.
In fact, the colors appear so bright that people have mistaken the look for a Snapchat filter. Others have compared Zank’s neon creation to Nickelodeon’s iconic color scheme and the Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Limón Cheetos. No matter what comparison you come up with, one thing is for sure: Zank’s neon look is making us nostalgic for the days when the word “highlighter” referred only to an office supply — not a beauty product.
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