Back to Basics

21 Oct

In a previous post, I mentioned that make-up is just like art. So besides the right tools you always a need a good old fashioned lesson in colour theory. Boring as it may seem, it really does make sense. The primary colours are RED, YELLOW and BLUE. By mixing equal amounts of 2 primary colours, secondary colours are achieved. For example red+yellow=orange, blue+red=violet and yellow+blue=green

So the question is how does this relate to make-up? Well when looking at the colour wheel look at opposite colours(complementary) for some answers. Complementary colours can  help with corrective purposes on the skin. If you have yellow or sallow skin use a lavender concealer, if you have any redness use green to neutralize it, if you have a purple bruise use a yellow concealer. 

Complementary colours can help you find an eyeshadow colour. Instead of matching the colour of your eyes to your shadow, try the opposite and pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel. Colours that are opposite make the other stand out. Blue eyes try browns, golds,and  peaches. Green eyes, try violet. Brown eyes are considered a neutral so you can almost try any colour.

Look to the colour wheel for some inspiration. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine so try somthing new! We wear make-up to highlight our best features,  so obviously other factors come into play when picking colours such as undertone, skin tone, eye shape  . . . but that’s a whole other lesson all together.

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