Chit Chat Tuesday: Colour Theory

Colour theory is an important aspect when it comes to makeup artistry. It is the theory of what colours work well together and what influence one another in a positive way when placed either next to or on top of one another. It also tells us what colours would suit certain eye and skin colours and what would enhance someone’s physical features. Whilst also telling us what colours would clash and how colours would change if mixed together. Colour theory includes the ideas of Analogous colours, complimentary colours, colour context and tints, tones and shades.


Harmonious colours-

Harmonious colours are colours that are pleasing to the human eye, if a makeup look is not harmonious it is either too boring or to chaotic. If the look is too boring it will allow people to lose interest as it will not be as stimulating or artistic as a look that is harmonious. However if a look is too chaotic it becomes too much for someone to look at. Looking at colour theory is a way to understand how to create a harmonious makeup look.

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Complimentary colours-

These colours are colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel, for example green is opposite red. If you were to use this when it comes to makeup, you could easily learn what colours suit what eye colours, for example green eyes can pair great with a red lip.

Complimentary colours help bring out other colours in a positive way, they go well together and don’t clash in any way. They help bring out maximum contrast and stability enhancing a person’s features. Makeup artists always try and find complimentary colours to create a flattering makeup look.


Examples of eye colours and eye shadows that complement one another.

Blue eyes- Gold and brown eyeshadows

Brown eyes- Blue, purple and teal eyeshadows

Green eyes- Reds, orange and red-orange eye shadows

Analogous Colours-

This is where it can get confusing.

These are 3 colours that are side by side one another on the colour wheel, such as blue-green, blue and blue-violet. One of the colours tends to be the more dominant colour of the three, this is usually a primary or secondary which in this case would be blue.

These colours usually match well together and are often pleasing and very comforting to the eye. The more dominant colour can work well as the main colour with any makeup look, a second colour is then great at supporting the dominant colour and the third colour is great for rounding off the look and bringing it all together.

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This is just a brief summary on colour theory, I hope this post has been helpful to some of of and has give you some understanding on what colour theory is! Thanks for reading!

Lots Of Love

Lottie x


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