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Make-Up Artist Series: Colour Co-ordination/Choosing Colour

Hopefully you have already read my post on Colour Theory and are now ready for colour co-ordination. (click here to see colour theory post)

As a make-up artist it is important to choose products that co-ordinate when working on a client. The colours you chose should relate to each other in the completed look.

Eyes: The prime objective is to improve and define the eyes. You should ensure that the eye make-up harmonises with the overall look.

Cheeks: The biggest blush mistake people make is matching their blush to their outfit. Blush should be harmonious with the skin tone. What you are wearing should have no bearing on your colour choice.

Lips: When choosing lip colour consider the outfit/costume, skintone and hair.

Foundation: When choosing foundation ensure it matches the clients skintone exactly. This often means mixing shades.

Eyebrows: The eyebrow colour should match the hair colour  or harmonise with it. A tip for working on blondes, use a taupe colour, reddy browns look off.

Click here to read about choosing eyeshadow for different eye colours.


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  • Desi

    Hi, Amy. Thank You so much for the interesting info! :)

    Essjay23x, I think that skin undertone is important when considering the blush color, there are people with rosy and people with peachy skin undertone. Also, I believe that if you look for a natural make-up effect, then you should buy the color you actually blush. It’s just my personal opinion, I don’t want to mislead you. Still, we better see what Amy will recommend.

  • Essjay23x

    Hi Amy. This series is so useful, thanks. With the blush, does that mean you only ever really suit one type of shade and all your blush products should be similar colour-wise? Do you have like peach blush people, red blush people, pink blush people. What is best for Ivory skin tones? I heard you should buy the colour you naturally blush but who blushes peach?!

    • Amy

      Good questions :) Regarding suiting one type one colour blush – generally a person will suit a specific family of colours, that is 1 family of colour that naturally flushes the face. For example, a person might suit blushes with a plum undertone, she could own and suit hundreds of blushes, all different but with a plum undertone. However, people tend to collect blush like eyeshadows. They like having one of every colour or match their blush to their outfit. Blush isn’t really designed that way, although I don’t believe in makeup rules. Your right about blushing peach haha I disagree with the idea of choosing a colour similar to the colour you naturally blush. If that was the case I would be wearing a reddy purple product. Do they even make those? Lol It’s works for some but not for others. Skin undertone is the most important factor.

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