Colour Theory Within Make-Up Artistry

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With colours you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. There is psychology behind colours, they tell stories. By selecting the right colour scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness. I want all four of my final images to allow people to know which image is recreating what season, from my use of colours.

Having done a lot of research into different colours, I found out a lot of information to do with what the colours represent and this will be a massive help when deciding which colours I am going to use for each season.

  • Red: Passion, Love, Anger, Power, Sexy
  • Orange: Energy, Happiness, Vitality, Halloween
  • Yellow: Happiness, Hope, Bright, Summer
  • Green: New Beginnings, Abundance, Nature, Growing
  • Blue: Calm, Responsible, Sadness/Depression, Winter
  • Pink: Sweet, Lovely, First Love, Flowers
  • Purple: Creativity, Royalty, Wealth, Romance
  • Black: Mystery, Elegance, Evil
  • Gray: Moody, Conservative, Formality, Dull
  • White: Purity, Cleanliness, Virtue, Light, Snow
  • Brown: Nature, Wholesomeness, Dependability, Autumn
  • Tan or Beige: Conservative, Piety, Dull
  • Cream or Ivory: Calm, Elegant, Purity


Complimentary Colours                                                                                                    Complementary colour schemes are created by combining colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel. They bring out each other, they make a visual contrast, thus both colours appear stronger against each other.



As you can see from looking at the colour chart above, the blues are opposite to the yellows/orange, therefore they are complimentary colours. By using a yellow eyeshadow around this model’s eyes, it will amplify the blueness, as the colours are complimenting each other.


This colour theory also applies by wearing a mossy green colour eyeshadow and a bright red lipstick.The result of the complimentary colour scheme looks nothing but strikingly beautiful.








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