COLOUR! Part 1 – The importance of colour and what it means to us by Make Up Like A Pro
Hey everybody and welcome to Colour Part 1 – The Importance of colour and what it means to us all
If you have checked out Make Up Like A Pro’s Facebook Like Page and my Twitter account this morning you will see that I am changing my plan slightly this week in what I’m going to write about. I am going to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR and the importance and effect and impact that it has on Makeup and Beauty
You may be thinking, what led me to decide to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR? The fact that I am asked, more than anything else “what colour should I wear to make my eyes stand out?” You may also be wondering what on earth I could talk about all week to do with colour!? I think you will be surprised when we get to Friday and you realise how much you have learned!
There are so many tricks and nuances that go with creating a beautiful makeup look but before you start creating anything, any makeup artist worth talking to will tell you about the importance of colour and the colour wheel. Understanding how colour works is a very important step when going about makeup application. When going for a beauty makeup or a makeup to help your eye colour and skin tone stand out, generally speaking you want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour and skin tone pigment
Did you know that colour involves some of the most complicated things on Earth; light and the human eye and brain? So to work successfully with colour, you require both emotion and knowledge
Think of some scenarios when you might need to know about colour …
- Deciding what eye shadow to wear to make your eyes stand out?
- Deciding what blusher will best suit your skin tone?
- Deciding what foundation colour you need?
- Giving advice to a friend on what lipstick she should wear?
- Trying to conceal dark circles under your eyes?
- Looking to cover up a tattoo temporarily?
- Deciding the best makeup to wear with a specific outfit colour?
As a makeup artist I need to know about colour and how it affects a whole load of different things. For instance I need to know about a client’s skin undertone so I can select the correct colour based foundation. If a client asks me what colour they should wear on their eyes I need to tell them the importance of using complementary colours and I need to be able to suggest some shades they should try
I’m sorry to have to break this to you, but if you want to get to grips with best way to enhance all your naturally gorgeous parts, then you need to get your head around colour!
Colour is an emotionally based additive which means that you can use it in your makeup to express your mood and highlight your style. Its power potential is HUGE!
DON’T PANIC though as I will talk and walk you through the most important parts over the course of this week
Before we get too technical about colour and its components, I want to first get your head around the different types of emotions that colour might evoke and where you might commonly see these colours in the makeup world
RED: a great addition to lipsticks and nails, red symbolises energy and action and is often associated with sex, power and heat
ORANGES: fantastic tones to use in your cheeks and lips, oranges symbolise the sun and warmth and is often associated with vitality and assertiveness
YELLOW: a great source of colour for highlights in your hair and on your skin, yellow symbolises power and life and is often associated with gold’s and Ancient times
BLUE: often used on nails and eyes, blue is known for peace and coolness and is commonly associated with water and health
GREEN: often used on nails and eyes, green symbolises the green growth of plants and nature and is associated with the renewal of life
PURPLE: popularly used for eyes and lips, purple symbolises royalty and romance and is a colour that often arouses your sense of smell
PINK: so commonly used on lips and cheeks, pink is one of the most feminine of colours and provides a sense of sweetness and an image of purity
So do you see the importance of colour and how it impacts your daily style choices? By the end of this week, my aim is to arm you with both specific AND generic information about colour so that you are able to make informed choices and judgements on what to wear that will make the most of yourself
After a gentle introduction today into the importance of colour and what it means to us all, tomorrow I will be telling you about the Colour Wheel and its components and how the Colour Wheel helps us to determine the best colours to choose every day