Saturday, September 29, 2012


updated January 4, 2014

Mostly everyone has learned about the color wheel from an art class here and there, but how does it apply to the face? What is it, really? Today's lesson is in color application as a new color palette for your face makeup:  try something new!

Firstly, I present to you the color wheel:

This link describes the basic color wheel, primary colors, secondary and terciary too, and how these color schemes can fit into your decor or really whatever you are designing.  Including your face! 

Let's begin. Look at your face as a canvas, plain and simple and ready for application of color, line and paint.  Each face has it's own particular characteristics (hence your character!).

Analyze your natural given color tones. So much attention leads to our eyes, so I will make them our focal point, and go from there. Are you a brown-eyed beauty?  Blue-eyed ice goddess?  Green-eyed vixen, or hazel-eyed star?  How does eye color relate to your skin tones and hair color?  Brown, black, blonde, redhead, some mix of all? 

Determine how your eyes best fit into your personal color scheme. Be objective when looking at the relationships.Think of who you are, what is your personality? What do you want to improve upon?

Keeping all this in mind, let's go back to the face now. KNOW YOUR COLOR SCHEME!

Use a monochromatic look  for a quiet face palette as in nudes, pale pinks or bronzers for darker complexions, try Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color at Lord and Taylor, made with skin softening botanicals~
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour
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Price: 25.00

Or, this Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick eye color palette, also at Lord and Taylor, amazing monochromatic shimmer, use all together or separately, experiment!
Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette
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Price: 48.50

Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel for subtle contrast with your eye shadow, blush and base foundation:

Try this Laura Mercier eye shadow trio for faces that show intensity through your defining eyes~
Introducing Petite Baked Bonbons!!!

Laura Mercier Laura Mercier Petite Baked E...
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Price: 25.00

Contrasting colors on the wheel in complementary hues for a bolder look:

YSL at Nordstrom Midnight Blue/Solar Gold

And the TRIAD (green, gold and purple) for even bolder statement!
bareMinerals at Sephora Ready Eyeshadow 8.0

The three dimensions of the hue (color) red :

Photo credit from  Home and Garden

"Hue is commonly used interchangeably with the word color but technically refers to the pure spectrum colors in the color wheel.
The value of a hue is determined by adding white to create a tint, black to create a shade or gray to create a tone." From HG

When working with color, remember there is more than meets the eye, there are interacting components that work together to create a total effect. 

Find which dimension best meets your objective, experiment!

It is your job to decide what effect you want to create, and the color wheel will assist you with a balanced look, from quiet to BOLD!

Enjoy, and have fun with color!!

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