Makeup Trends + OCC Lip Tar 2011 Color Mixing

The color Honeysuckle (seen above) is slated to be the it cosmetics color for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2011 season.    It’s being described as a “playful and flirty rosy-magenta pink”  and is a definite attention getter.

I’m going to show you how you can mix this color at home like the pros do.   It’s really easy once you understand color theory.  I’m going to use MAC’s Lipmix’s and OCC Lip tars for two separate demonstrations.  Let’s see what we can come up with.

Warm version of Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle: Color Mixing Guide using MAC Lipmix’s

MAC Lip Mix Tubes

To begin I tested three potential Lipmix colors on the back of my hand to see which had the closest base to Honeysuckle:  Crimson, Red or Fuchsia.


(L to R) Crimson, Red, Fuchsia - blended with white

Crimson (on the far left) had that cool blue toned base I was after, so I went with that.   To mute the vibrancy of the honeysuckle a bit, so it looks more like the Pantone 18-2120 paint swatch, I mixed in a dot of brown to the white and then mixed this beige color in with the crimson.

(Note:  Some of the honeysuckle swatches shown  look more  peachy pink.   If you like this version of the color better, go with the middle color up above, called Red rather than the Crimson.)

Brown + Crimson + White
I used half this amount of Crimson


Caution: Don’t stir all your colors together immediately. Patience grasshopper.

During color mixing there should be a method to your madness.    Mix the brown and white together first and then slowly blend this new beige color into the red a little at a time, stopping to observe how the color is developing.  I ended up only using half the crimson show in the picture above.

Tip:  Use less Crimson if you want a softer daytime pink color, and add more if you want something bold and dramatic.

Here is the Honeysuckle color I came up with:

MAC Crimson based Lipmix - Honeysuckle
My camera is making this look brighter than it really is!
My camera had a hard time with this color - it came out too bright here


If your skin tones suits a more warm version of this color then mixing equal parts of the the red, white and a dot of brown will give you something looking like this instead:

MAC Red Lipmix based Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle: Color Mixing Guide using OCC Lip Tars

Lip Tars are another color mixing system I really like – and since they’re much easier for you to get your hands on I’d recommend you start with this brand.

I only have one red lip tar (more shades have been ordered) so I had to get creative with what was on hand.  Starting off, I tested three colors on the back of my hand to try to find one that had a base I could work with.

(L to R) NSFW, Demure and Hoochie

None of them were spot on,  but I chose Demure as it has a purple blue base which I felt I could build upon.

(L to Right) Demure, Petty Beige, Feathered and NSFW

Putting the Demure aside for a moment, I started by mixing a tiny bit of the Petty Beige in with the Feathered to get a light beige.  (see below)  A tiny bit is all that is required.

Petty Beige + Feathered = You only need a tiny bit!
You just need a drop.


Now deposit a drop of the Demure color next to your newly mixed light beige.  Begin by dipping your brush into the Demure and slowly working more and more of this color into the light beige until you have created a nice vibrant pink:


I love this pink color but it wasn’t quite “Honeysuckle” yet.  To fix this I dipped the edge of my brush into some  NSFW (a vibrant warm red) and stirred this into the mix.  It warmed everything up,  helping to elevate my color to Honeysuckle status.  See this difference it made below?


Here’s what it looks like on:

Custom Blended Honeysuckle


I think the Honeysuckle color I created with the OCC lip tars is the best recreation of the color.  What do you think?


M.A.C. Lipmix ($14.50 USD) products can be purchased at M.A.C. pro stores or online:

http://www.maccosmetics.comunfortunately MAC  no longer offer a large selection of Lipmix colors (I only see three on their website), but they do release them on special occasions as limited edition items.

OCC Lip tars ($13.00 USD) can be purchased online at:

Disclaimer:  All products featured were purchased with my own money.

Do you guys love this 2011 Honeysuckle shade or what?  If you’ve tried mixing this color at home, please tell me how it went.   If you’d like me to show you how to mix other colors,  mention your preference in the comments section below and I’ll see what I can do!



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi, I have only 5 colors so far…Katricia, Feathered, Tarred, NSFW, and Pageant. What are some good combos with those colors? What would be some good colors to add to my collection? I’m not as creative as I would like to be and would appreciate any suggestions/advice you can give, please. I am interested in alot of the different colors, but not sure which would be good to get now, instead of later down the road. Thanks in advance!

    1. Can do. Let me find these lip tars and see what I can mix up for you. Stay tuned! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for looking into this further for me! I feel honored that you will take the time to help a fellow makeup lover out. I just don’t have the creativity that I wish that I had. You did such amazing mixing that I trust and look forward to what you come up with. I haven’t played much with my lip tars b/c I am not sure what to mix with what and which colors would be good to add to my collection. Thanks again and God bless.

    1. I’m happy to help. I haven’t had the time to mix lip tars and take photos yet as I’ve been quite busy. I’m heading to the Caribbean next week for a wedding (I’m doing the brides makeup) and will be gone for a few weeks. If I can’t get your color mixing done before I leave I’ll put it at the top of my list for when I get back!

      In the meantime, I suggest you get some colors to alter the ones you already own better. What type of colors tend to look better on you – cool or warm? You might want to snap up a yellow to infuse a little warmth into some of the colors you already own. Corals and oranges are quite popular this summer and with a little yellow you could whip up some gorgeous lip tars. A brown is always nice too because it can tone down and neutralize vibrant colors that seems a bit over to top. Anyway…I just wanted you to know that your request hasn’t been forgotten. 🙂

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