There's nothing like a punch of retina-burning color to brighten up those days when the sun sets just a handful of hours after it finally struggles to any sort of height in the sky.
It seems that neon is making its way into our makeup cases yet again this year. I swear it's been a 'trend' for several years running. Certainly was a few years ago... and last year... and again.
Maybe it's the crap-ass state of global financial affairs and our diminished spending power. A swipe of dayglo green is a cheaper way to freshen up an outfit than to go out and buy an entirely new one as you would have done six years ago.
Like a speed-addled teen en route to a rave in stolen high-vis, it's predicted that this spring we too will zing the eyeballs of fellow humans with traffic-stopping yellows and fuschias and oranges aplenty.
Plus ca change...
I'd like to think I have a mind of my own and that I'll be wearing neon only if I very well feel like it, thankyouverymuch, but we all know that's not the case... with any of us. Bet I'll have one neon eyeliner by summer.
Bet you will too.
Though it will probably be just one. The trend this time around seems to be softer, there's a more gently gently approach. Neon Cambridge satchel and that's it. Fuschia lips and nude makeup elsewhere.
It's a far cry from the head-to-toe looks of Lisa, Kelly and Jessie. Oh, the neon biker shorts and sweatshirts I used to wear... the Lipsmackers. The plastic earrings from Claire's. The undercut... Kids In Corporated, Clarissa Explains It All, Saved By The Bell.
Those, my friends, were the days... before I wanted to look good.
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