Doe Deere, Founder and CEO of Lime Crime Cosmetics


Doe Deere is a Russian-born, New York raised female entrepreneur and is Founder and CEO of Lime Crime Cosmetics. Some may know her as the self-crowned Unicorn Queen. She is in charge of Creative Development, Product Development, and Online Marketing. Doe had always loved colorful fashions and wanted her own fashion design firm. College was necessary to gain the skills for this dream, so Doe attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

After College, Doe worked on developing her own line of colorful clothing. Her success in the fashion world was not as great as she had planned. She then started a rock band, where she met Mark, now her husband, President of Lime Crime Cosmetics, and Doe’s best friend. The rock band didn’t work out as well as they had hoped. It took long, tiring, days of work, trials and errors, and learning a lot of internet techniques. Lime Crime Cosmetics was officially introduced to the marketplace in 2008.

Lime Crime gets its name from Doe’s favorite color and her wish to develop animal free, criminally vivid colors for lipsticks, eye shadows, and nail polishes. When Doe develops new products she is always hands-on with the chemists at her lab. Doe Deere requires that she be the first to try the product, before it goes into full production. This testing is to make sure new products measure up to Lime Crime Cosmetics’ expectation of quality and vibrant colors.

Doe Deere is also a pioneer of “on-lip” swatches for e-commerce sales. This color swatch lets you buy lipsticks, eye shadows, lipsticks, or other make-ups online and
get the color wanted, with no color uh-ohs. Most other cosmetic sellers now offer color swatches for their products.

Lime Crime’s newest generation of metallic eye shadows is Superfoils, a water-activated, foiled eye shadow. A dab of water added to the
formulated eye shadow turns it into liquid foil. This magical Superfoil shadow offers an array of two-shade sets, each with a story of its own. This new addition to Doe’s Lime Crime family will be available as of June 21, 2016.

Doe Deere is a champion of entrepreneurial women and female business owners. She enjoys mentoring hopeful entrepreneurs. Doe is glad to give advice through her instagram.

Lime Crime Springs From Musical Roots

Back in 2002, a young budding rock star went looking for cute, whimsical clothing for a photo shoot. Before the days of Etsy, the greatest selection of independent clothing was to be found on E-Bay, so that’s where she went looking.

Originally, she simply purchased and resold the kinds of pieces that she enjoyed, but eventually she moved into deconstructing and redesigning her own pieces. Her creations soon gained a loyal following, and it didn’t take long for that following to be large enough to launch her own independent online store. During those early days, her creations were laced heavily with her two favorite colors: lime green and hot pink, and it was out of those colors that she found the inspiration for the name of her new store: Lime Crime.

At that time fashion and makeup were not her primary passion, however. Her original search for clothing on was the result of a fashion shoot for her band Sky Salt, and that was where her primary interests and passions truly lie. It was also from her experiences in a band that her passion for makeup found its roots. As her band stepped more and more into the limelight, Doe realized that her fair features were getting washed out and lost under the bright stage lights and needed stronger definition so she began to experiment with makeup.

Eventually, the more she practiced, the more skill she gained and she began to like some of the looks she came up with. She decided to create video tutorials to offer on her online store and they were an immediate hit. Her first tutorial involved blending dark red eyeshadow boldly into black and got a surprisingly enthusiastic response, which led to requests for more tutorials. Doe loved to transform herself into some fantastical creature and then share the process with others on the internet.

Her band put out an album that gained them a loyal following and sold well on the internet, but it still wasn’t enough to attract a deal with a label. In 2006, her band officially disbanded, and Doe was crushed. She walked away from fashion, from makeup and from music and even took a job in investment banking.

But the siren song of music steadily called to her, and in 2007 she went back into the studio to record a solo album. She released a 5-song EP that actually gained some traction and was getting some industry interest. But before it took off, Doe came to a startling realization. She realized that while she loved music very much, it wasn’t her deepest passion. She realized that it was actually makeup that allowed her to express herself in ways she never thought possible. Even without having been tended to in some time, was still getting steady traffic, so she decided to abandon music and focus on makeup instead.

In October 2008 Lime Crime Makeup was born, and it has grown steadily ever since into an internationally known and much loved brand.