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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Colour Wheel Within Makeup

Being an art student, I adore the colour wheel and theory and refer to them on a regular basis.
I am fascinated by the meanings of colours and everything else behind them.
However, we all use the colour wheel in some shape or form more regularly than you think- 
through makeup.
I feel as though using the colour wheel as a base of your makeup inspiration will
not only give you a wider spectrum of ideas, but also find looks more suited to your own complexion.

Let's start of with the basics, analogous and contrasting colours.
Analogous colours are the ones that lay together on the wheel meaning that they compliment
each other quite well. Colours like this are often used in smokey eyes
for example since it is a lot easier to create more depth.
Contrasting colours are the complete opposite, they sit facing 
each other on the wheel, like orange and blue for example.
These colours are fab if you really want a pop of colour and want the colours to stand 
out against one another. When contrasting colours are used together,
 they appear more vibrant and bright.
A way to do so is by using one colour on your lid, for instance orange, and the contrasting colour long your bottom lash line which in this case would be blue.

Another way in which referring to the colour wheel will help you pro your makeup game is by
choosing colours which will compliment your eye colour and undertones throughout your skin.
Even though more brands are starting to bring out products aimed at specific eye colours, like Kat Von D and her eye shadow quads for example, this subject is still quite taboo.
The idea behind this is basically the same as using contrasting colours, but the colour contrasting
the hue of your eyes. I myself have blue eyes, so I know that if I want to emphasise that I should use orange, coppery or even slightly coral/peach shadows on my lids. This trick will make 
your eyes appear so much stronger and brighter.
Berry tones work amazingly for green eyes and brown eyes look beautiful with a taupe or 
grey look. 
However, you can use the colour wheel to help choose more suited bronzers too.
This is more down to your skin undertone and complexion.
If you're cool toned like myself, which means you have more pink tones in your skin than yellow, 
ashy colour whereas warmer skin tones suit orange based bronzers better.
Colours also have so many meanings behind them.
This is quite valid information if you're taking photos or study photography for example.
You can very easily use colours to convey the person's feelings and emotions.
So if you're doing a project or wanted to deeply portray a specific
emotion or message throughout a photo or makeup look, its worth knowing which colours suggest what meaning.