Facts About Color Wheel Makeup Chart Explained – Pay Good Attention To This!


Color Wheel Makeup Chart

Have you ever wondered, how is it that professional makeup artists manifest such fine jobs for fashion, ramp, photoshoots and bridal makeup whilst you stay stuck wondering what colors to use and what not to use? There is a secret here – the color wheel makeup chart, which most professional makeup artists have learnt and studied about, and wouldn’t tell you much as well.

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Why Is The Color Wheel Makeup Chart So Important?

The color wheel makeup chart is the platform through which the Makeup Artist Basics are born. Let’s take an elaborate look here at the primary, the secondary and the complimentary colors on the wheel, and understand the basics of using color in makeup and cosmetic chemistry too.

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If you want to know what colours would look good on you, you need to know the difference between warm and cool colors. Consider your face to be a canvas, a canvas on which you as an artist would display your creation. This is exactly what the Color Theory talks about- how to use the right colors that suit your skin tone and how to blend them to make unique and tantalizing shades too.

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For example, if you ask a makeup trainer or a Makeup Artist about the color wheel, you would be told that specific pigments can enhance a look or make it shabby, and hence the wheel is used to help you realize which shades and hues can best complement your skin tone at its best.

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What Are Complimentary Colors?

Primary colors are known as red, blue and yellow, while complimentary colors as seen on the wheel would be a shade opposite to that of the primary and secondary – a mix of the two in some cases. For example, if you have bright eye color, you should choose a directly opposite color to shade your lids with. This would create a balance from the dark to the light, and wouldn’t make it tough for combos to use, which helps create darker or brighter tones as needed.

Color Wheel Chart For Makeup

  1. Warm undertones would need warm colors, such as reds, pinks, peaches, orange and yellows
  2. Cool undertones would need cool colors, such as blues, purples, magentas, greens etc

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Combos In The Color Wheel Chart For Makeup

You can also go ahead and combine colors to come up with a unique tint, tone and shade for your look as well, and from your eye or lip color palette too. But first let’s explain the jargons in the wheel.

  1. Hue is basically the purest form of any color you see – the primary colors to say so. Now when you mix two or more primary colours, you have secondary colors rising out of the palette, without whites and blacks added to them. And when you remix the secondary with primary colours opposite to the wheel, you end up with complimentary colors.
  2. Tints are nothing much but additions of white pigments to the hue to make a lighter color come through
  3. Shades on the other hand help darken the hue to make a darker color come through
  4. Tones would be done by adding grays to the hues
  5. Complimentary and contrasting colors are often the opposite colors on the wheel to each other.

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It is all about imagination and creativity at the end of the day, and should you want to learn more about the color wheel to use when applying daily or special event makeup, it would be best to speak to a professional makeup artist or enroll at an institute that teaches the same in depth!

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