While copious amounts of shockingly outrageous color once served the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Grace Jones well, these days we'd recommend you consume the neon trend with a teaspoon of restraint. Take notes from the fresh-faced beauties on Jil Sander's spring runway: Makeup artist Peter Philips was brave enough to whip up a bold fuchsia lip, wise enough to keep the rest of the palette starkly nude.
Too shy for a rave-worthy face-off? Dior's new candy-colored spring collection includes crazy-cool neon nail polishes in both hot-hot pink and Day-Glo orange. Their celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson loves how "neon nail frenzy" is reaching a fever pitch. "I would say keep the clothing and makeup neutral, and rock your bright nails with coordinating accessories for a look that isn't over-the-top but still trend-chic," he sagely advises. What a bright idea.
ESSIE Nail Polish in Meet Me at Sunset, $8.