Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Color Theory Part 1: Intro to Color

This is the first in a series about color. I am hoping that this will help everyone understand color a bit more and how it effects everything that you do with make up. 

When it comes to color it's pretty basic. Most people have seen a basic color wheel at some point in their life. 


Here is another color wheel that gets more in depth about how you split plots up on the wheel. 

There are different ways we group color called Color Harmony. Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of part (ie: color, music, poetry) 

Primary: red, yellow, blue

Secondary: the colors you get from mixing primary colors 
yellow +blue=green
red + blue= violet
yellow + red= orange 

Analogous: colors found next to each other on the wheel, often in the same family 

Complementary: colors found opposite on the color wheel
red and green 
yellow and violet 
blue and orange 

Split-complementary: in addition to the base color, it uses the two color adjacent to it complement. 
yellow, blue-violet, and red-violet 

Tertiary: colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary

Monochromatic: variations in lightness and saturation of a single color 

Intermediate: formed when a primary color is formed with an adjacent secondary: blue(primary) mixed with a violet (secondary) to produce blue-violet. 
Sometimes known as tertiary, but not all tertiary colors are intermediate. 

Here is another color wheel that might be helpful for visual learners 



The color wheel can be split into 2 main parts.

Warm: red, yellow, and orange
Cool: blue, green, violet, and true blue based reds 


So you might be asking why I'm sharing all this information? Color is the basicis to make up. I honestly believe that a basic understanding of color is the first step in make up even before buying any products. 

Look forward to Part 2: Skin tones! 
I will be sharing a log of information on the different skin tones, how color affects different skin tones, and how to determine your skin tone. 






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