Tutorial Tuesday: Lemon Lime Makeup Tutorial

Mmm, I just love lemon lime. Whether it’s a food or drink, it nearly always tastes good. What a great flavor combination! Since it can be so good for flavors, why not for makeup, too? Sure, we won’t be tasting this look, but it can still look as fresh and bright as lemon lime.

I was actually inspired to do this look today because I’m wearing a green shirt. You’ll see that in the end, the green on my eyes doesn’t really match the green on my shirt.

Oops! Oh well, you can’t always help what the end result is once you use your inspiration. Right?

Get ready, because we are so about to learn the Lemon Lime Look.

Follow these steps and you should come out with a similar makeup look.

First thing’s first. We always, always, start with a naked, pre-makeup face:

I don’t look very happy. I think it’s because I prefer to be wearing makeup. Don’t worry, past Trisha. You’ll have makeup on soon enough.

Before anything else, you need to get your face ready. I used translucent powder. No foundation for me today. If you want to learn more about this step, check out a previous post: Priming the Canvas: Getting Your Face Ready for Makeup.

Then, it’s time to gather all of your tools:

This is what I used today. You can get away with using other, similar makeup just as long as you choose colors that go along with what I use.

Here’s a list of all the beauty products used in this makeup tutorial:

  1. Cupcake Cult Eye Primer
  2. Elite Pro Cosmetics 88 Eye Shadow Pallet
  3. N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black
  4. Mary Kay MK Signature Waterproof Mascara in Black
  5. Almay Hydracolor Lipstick in #545 Pink Pearl
  6. Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Lemon Splash

That’s all! On to the first step:

First, I used eye primer on my lid. I used Cupcake Cult Eye Primer over my entire lid, as well as my lower lid just under the lash line. Basically, you should put this anywhere that you plan on putting eye shadow.

I used this because it gives more vibrant colors, sort of a harsh look. Since this is all about Lemon Lime, it was important to make this look bright.

Then, onto the shadow:


Here’s all of the colors I used from the Elite Pro Cosmetics 88 Eye Shadow Pallet. I’ve numbered them based on the general order that I use them in this makeup tutorial. Since the colors don’t actually have a name, I’ll refer to them by number.

I’ve used Color #1 at the outer corner of my eye. This is a dark, lime green. It should resemble the kind of green you see on St. Patrick’s Day and on shamrocks.

Next, it’s Color #2. This is even more lime in color, and a bit lighter than the first. Blend this into the first color and move it out to cover around 1/3 of the lid, as shown. If you’re having trouble blending, make sure that you’re using a medium shadow brush, instead of a sponge applicator. I promise it works better.

Here’s the third color, Color #3. This is sort of a yellow/green, of course in the lime family of colors. Blend this in with everything you’ve done, even into the first color. This will soften everything up so that it doesn’t look so harsh. Make sure to bring this color across about 1/2 of your eyelid.

Now we start getting into the yellow, Color #4. This is a bright yellow that can really pop. As you can see, I not only blended this in with the last color, but I also put it along the top of everything, just below the eyebrows. This softens the lines some more.

Then I added a paler yellow, Color #5, to the inside corner of my eye and out into the previous color.

Before I move on to the next color, we’re going to go back in time a little (mostly because I forgot.) Grab the third color, Color #3, and bring it just under your lash line on your bottom lid. You should sweep this from the outside corner and in about halfway.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here, I added Color #6, an almost white color, to just below my eyebrows, on the brow bone. This adds highlight to the look, making it look brighter.

Super Makeup Trick: Alarmed by the overwhelming brightness of the look? You can soften up what you just did by swirling a clean round brush over your lid. This will wipe away excess shadow and it won’t be so bright and noticeable.

We’re done with the shadow. Now it’s all about the finishing touches.

I used liquid eyeliner for this look, bringing it from the outer corner of my eye, across and just before the inside corner of my eye. I used N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black. If you want to learn more about using liquid eyeliner: How to Use Liquid Eyeliner.

And here we have some mascara. I used it on both the top and bottom lashes. Mary Kay MK Signature Waterproof Mascara in Black was my mascara of choice.

Now, onto the lips:

Since my eyes are so bright, I didn’t want to draw too much attention to my lips or that would just be too much. Instead, I’m using a subtle color effect, and also bring the Lemon Lime theme to this area of the face as well.

First, I used Almay Hydracolor Lipstick in #545 Pink Pearl. This is a soft pink, opalescent color. Then, I used Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Lemon Splash. After some blotting and reapplying, I got a good mixture of both.

We’re done. After all that, I ended up with a pretty great Lemon Lime Look. Check it out:

See? It doesn’t really match my shirt in the end. Oh well! Now that I have this look in my aresenal, I can use it again when I’m actually wearing something that would go along with it.

What did you think of the Lemon Lime Look?


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  1. Hey, nice job! Love the colors! But where is the Cupcake Cult primer available?

  2. Thanks Maha! I originally picked up the Cupcake Cult primer at Hot Topic. They don’t have it there anymore and I can’t find it online. Sorry! As an alternative, you might want to try Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. That’s gotten really good reviews.

  3. I love it but I thought ur clothes were NEVER supposed to be the same color as ur makeup?

  4. ash, I disagree. Matching isn’t a bad thing. It’s sort of like that ‘never wear white after labor day’ rule. Really, in fashion as well as makeup, there are no rules. At least none that use the word ‘never’, 🙂

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