I’m Not a Makeup Artist but I Recreated This Lemon Eyeshadow Look

July 13, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Let the record show, I am in no way, shape or form a professional makeup artist. I’m just a regular shmegular girl with a love for makeup and all things beauty. I normally opt for a natural-looking makeup look for my everyday, but sometimes I’ll get inspired while scrolling Instagram — land of the best and most creative makeup looks and trends you ever did see — and try to recreate something on my own. Occasionally I impress myself, and other times, well, let’s just say the selfies are better left hidden in the depths of my iPhone. My latest experiment happened after I spotted Rowi Singh’s lemon eyes. Ahead, I’m breaking down how I got the look and rating this fruit-inspired makeup trend on difficulty level, wearability and more.

How to Get the Look

STEP #1: Primer

Take it from the girl who had to wipe off her eyes and start over after an hour of trying to get the pigment to stick, this step is essential. In order to get a super bright, citrus-y yellow shade, you need to layer on your eyeshadow, and the only way it’s going to stick is if you have a primer. Trust me. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion for this. 

STEP #2: Apply Your Crease Eyeshadow Shade 

For this look, I used the Maybelline New York Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette. Using a big fluffy eyeshadow brush, I applied the dark yellow shade Lemonade Craze all over my crease. I also dragged it out to the sides of my temples, hugging the tops of my cheekbones to give my complexion an orange-blushed look. 

STEP #3: Make Your Cut Crease 

Before applying your lid color, it’s important to sculpt your cut crease using a concealer or eyeshadow primer and a flat eyeshadow brush. To do that, outline your crease with the primer from the inner to outer corner of your eye. Then, fill in your entire eyelid with the primer. If you have hooded eyelids, be sure to outline slightly above your crease so that you can see the eyelid color. 

person wearing lemon eye makeup

STEP #4: Layer Your Lid Color 

Take the ecru shade Sunnies and pack it all over your eyelid until you reach your desired yellow. This part takes the longest, but it’s totally worth it to get a pigmented look. I layered this shade too many times to count. 

STEP #5: Make Your Lemon Details 

Using a liquid eyeliner, like NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Eyeliner, you’re going to draw the details of the lemon wedge. I recommend scooping product onto the back of your hand and going in with a fine detail brush. First, draw a half-moon shape on your crease. Then, create the center line connecting your half moon to your eyelid. Finally, create two more lines on each side of that center line.

STEP #6: Finish the Rest of Your Face 

For this look, Singh created very blushy cheeks and a beautiful nude lip. For my cheeks, I applied a mix of all the colors in the Catrice x Eman Blush Palette. On my lips, I went with the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Matte Lipstick in Sandstone, a pink-y, brown nude shade. 

Final Thoughts:

I’ll be honest, if I had to rate this look on difficulty level, I’d give it a 7 out of 10. Between the blending, the precision it takes to draw the lemon and getting the bright pigmentation, I bow down to Singh for her patience, talent and artistic abilities. Personally, I’m not sure if I would wear this out for a regular day. Like I said, my vibe is more natural and less vibrant. But is it fun to know that I can kinda-sort-of recreate it? Heck, yeah. Also, I’m surprisingly really into the yellow and feel like it’s a more wearable color than I originally thought. Ultimately, whether you’re a makeup artist, makeup novice, no-makeup makeup type or love a full glam, try this look. You might surprise yourself! I mean, I sure did. 

person wearing lemon eye makeup
Photography: GR, Design: Hannah Packer

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