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Introducing Color to your Makeup Look!!!

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Introducing Color to your Makeup Look!!!

Once you have come to grips with varying the intensity of a look, it is time to experiment with color. Contrary to popular belief, most colors suit most people, if applied properly and blended well. It is important, however, to know what works particularly well for you and your eye color.

Color Theory

             It is my belief that anyone can wear any color of makeup as long as they choose the correct shade or hue of color, it is correctly applied, colors used are complementary, and nothing is clashing. Older women can wear color, but it should be more suitable.

             To make the right choices when selecting makeup, some understanding of color, how colors are classified, and what colors work together and why, is required. Color is fun and everyone enjoys looking at a color, but it is often very difficult to communicate and accurately describe. For the purpose of makeup, colors are classified in three ways- hue, brightness, and intensity. Hue is the difference between pure colors. It is what we are actually asking when we say “what color is that?” If we talk about red, yellow, and blue, what we are describing is the hue. Brightness is the range of a color from light to dark. There is a scale of brightness for all colors. Intensity is the strength or heaviness of any pure color or point on the gray scale.

               Colors used for makeup need to coordinate. The color wheel can help you understand which colors work together. The common color wheel is an organization of colors in a circle, showing the relationships between the colors considered to be the primary, secondary, and complementary colors. Primary colors in makeup are blue, red, and yellow. Secondary colors are green, orange, and purple. Complementary colors are opposite each other in the color wheel. Colors that complement each other tone each other down; this explains why you use a green-tinted primer if you are prone to redness. If two colors share a pigment, such as blue and green, they are harmonizing colors.

                  All colors arise from the primary colors. They cannot be made by mixing other colors together. Mixing together equal values of any two primary colors creates the secondary colors.

                    Use a color wheel to choose colors that work well with your eye, hair, or outfit color, but don’t be ruled by it. Experiment with color and if you feel it works for you, go for it!

                       With makeup it is important to get the tonal difference between colors correct. To make a color into a tint, add white; to create a shade of a color, add black.

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