Make-Up Artist Series

Make-Up Artist Series: Colour Theory – Part 1

I get lots of questions and emails from girls who want to pursue a career in make-up artistry. With that in mind I decided to do a blog series that deals with your questions.

I will start with the basics. Colour theory is extremely important so it’s the best place to begin:

There are 3 primary colours. Red, yellow and blue. When they are mixed in equal proportions they make grey.

Understanding the colour wheel is essential for colour correction work and designing make-up looks. For  instance, if you have a client who has blue discolouration under the eyes, your knowledge of colour theory will inform you on what colour to choose to counteract the blue.On the colour wheel, the colours inbetween red, yellow and blue are called Secondary colours (green, orange, purple). You can make any secondary colour by mixing the 2 adjacent primary colours together. For example, blue and red make purple, yellow and red make orange, blue and yellow make green.

Colours are classified in 3 ways; hue, brightness and intensity. A hue of a colour represents the difference between pure colour (red, yellow, green, blue etc). Each hue can be made by mixing some combination of the three primary colours.

Here are another few important terms:

Shades: are made by adding black. For example, adding black to blue makes navy.

Tints: are made by adding white.

Colour Theory Part 2 will be posted tomorrow

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