Fresh from the Fall / Winter 2021/22 Off-White catwalk, make-up artist Morgane Martini shows us how to create the perfect neon eye with a modern twist.
Eye shadows in neon tones are currently booming in beauty. Last week, singer Selena Gomez showed off her neon coral pink makeup that fades from the inner corner of her eyes on Instagram, expertly done by Los Angeles-based makeup artist Jenna Nicole. To complete the look, the pop star sported lime green nails and a summery tan.
Let's take a look at Off-White's autumn/winter show 2021/22, so neon was once again the focus. With specially made eye shadows in neon, namely neoprene orange and Yves Klein blue, which picked up the main colors of the latest collection from creative director Virgil Abloh, make-up artist Morgane Martini staged a graphic neon eye with an unusual, modern twist.
"The name of the show was Laboratory of Fun, which immediately led me to brightly colored makeup ideas, and Virgil wanted a strong eye," Martini tells us. “With neon, you put a flashlight in your face and in this case in your eyes. It was important that these looks reflect a style of self-expression that could suit anyone, regardless of gender or age. "
Here Martini reveals her top tips for the perfect neon eye with a cool, modern twist.
"My number one tip is to use neon eyeshadow sparingly. There's no need to go overboard here. I didn't want anything that would detract from the actual look. I just wanted it to be a little detail, a little pop of color - a little bit on the inner corner of the eye or a bit of eyeliner make for a strong appearance and I love that."
"The idea for these graphic elements came from the collection. They brought a touch of modernity and coolness. It didn't feel like makeup, it was more of an accessory to the eye."
"To create the look, I used tape and walked over it with a pencil. It's not that difficult - you just have to put the tape in the right place. It immediately feels modern and creative and can be both eye-catching and subtle. It is nice to try something different and explore other ways to bring out facial features."
"Be careful not to get it into the lash line and lashes. You can use a thin cotton swab dipped in micellar water to remove any imperfections after application."
"Neon is a very daring statement in itself, so you have to hold back when applying it. You don't want to look like you're going to Coachella. I used colors that I saw in the collection that felt complementary, without taking over everything."
"We kept the graphic line monochromatic. Other looks have a mixture of blue and orange, but the look that I did for Joan Smalls, for example, had the blue, but with a warmer orange, not as light. I have it kept minimal - some things have more impact when they are simple. The more you use it, however, the more gimmicky it can become and it becomes less effective. "
"We wanted the make-up to be gender-neutral, so I wanted to keep it clean and simple and combine it with fresh skin. I didn't even apply blush, contour, or mascara to the models - it was really as reduced as possible."