COLOUR! Part 4 – Eye colours and The Colour Wheel
Welcome to Part 4 of Make Up Like A Pro’s week on colour!
By now you should be quite comfortable with the various terminology that is used to describe colour and the impact that colour has on every aspect of makeup, from a basic “beauty” makeup, to a casualty makeup
Knowing how colour works to turn on certain sensors in a person’s mind as well as knowing how it works on the face and body is a key part in understanding makeup in its entirety. By learning the various aspects of colour theory you will uncover just how powerful colour is and this knowledge will assist you in getting the best possible results out of your makeup
I explained the reflectiveness of colour yesterday and the direct effect that it has on products such as eye shadows, blushers etc. They each come in a “colour wheel” of colours that can be, amongst other things, metallic, shimmery, matte, shiny, sheer, and glossy
Makeup colour is often correlated to the colour of clothing that you choose – you only need to have a look at the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan to see examples of this! Depending on the style of the shoot, the models always look their absolute best – polished and preened – and the makeup is always perfect. The colour tones will complement each other, the reflectiveness will suit their skin tone and the “whole package” will be incredibly pleasing to the eye
Would you like to be able to re-create your own front cover magazine image on yourself? I will impart some very useful pieces of information that will allow you to accomplish just that. Stay tuned and read on!
It’s vital to consider your eye colour when deciding on what shade of eye makeup to go for. Do you remember Tuesdays post when I talked about complementary colours and the effect that they have on each other? Matching your eye shadow to your eye colour often gives a very monochromatic look which is why complementary colouring is so popular. The most common aim when selecting any eye shadow colour is to enhance your natural eye colour
Read on as I unveil the best colours for you! You will find product recommendations tomorrow, but today I will be talking specifically about makeup colours and eye colours. Before you read on, cast your mind back to the colour wheel and see where your eye colour sits amongst the other colours …
Blue is a primary colour and sits next to green and purple on the colour wheel. Orange is directly opposite it and is therefore its complimentary colour. Cast your mind back again to yesterday’s post and the relationship that colours have with each other. Blue and green and blue and purple are harmonising colours – they share a pigment and blend easily into each other. If you opt for a purple or green eye shadow and have blue eyes, the result will be soft. Blues can help blue eyes pop out if it’s the darker blue and used in moderation. Opting for a dark blue tone helps to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes
If you are looking to enhance the blue of your eyes, they you need to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel … like gold’s, oranges, coppers and browns. To make them really stand out, go for darker shades of brown, blacks and charcoal. If you choose a dark brown with a copper tone, you will find that your blue becomes much more prominent
For a fun twist, wear a fuscia or orange on the lid with a touch of brown in the socket line. This keeps your makeup “wearable” but it livens it up a little J If you are keen on using blue and want to enhance the blue without being too overdone, then why not try a blue eyeliner in your waterline
Brown, camel, taupe, light purple, lavender, silver and grey are all great colours for eye liners and will really complement your true colour. Grey, silver, violet or lavender are all good tones too!
If you are picking up the pace in your eyes with the colours that you choose, make sure you tone down your lips. Try out a peachy brown or a pinky brown colour (it depends on your skin tone) and try something matte. Keep your cheeks natural too
Brown is a tertiary colour and is created by mixing other colours together. Makeup that would work best for brown eyes will therefore depend on whether the brown is more of a reddish-brown or more of a greenish-brown (if you create brown by mixing red and green together that is). Traditionally the colour wheel is set up so that the colours along the outside become more neutral as you move towards the centre, so essentially more brownish. As I mentioned above, there isn’t a pure brown, as it is a combination of colours. So every brown would have a place somewhere in the interior circles of the colour wheel. To find its compliment you simply go to the brown that is across from it on the colour wheel. So a reddish-brown is the compliment of a greenish brown. Another way to think of brown is it having a split compliment, for example it always has two opposites which are made up of the two colours that were mixed together to make it! So, if you mix yellow and purple together to make the brown, then yellow and purple would BOTH be its “opposites”
A greenish-brown on the colour wheel is opposite to a reddish-brown therefore opting for reddish / coppery toned brown will make your green eyes jump out! If you have reddish-brown eyes on the other hand, then a green or blue-green tone will make your eyes stand out the most. If you have a lot of yellow in your eyes which is common with brown-eyed beauties, then a purple toned eye shadow will work wonders at bringing out your natural eye colour!
It is valuable information in being able to discern what kind of brown your eyes are as it will allow you to pair it with appropriate colours!
Although green is often associated with envy, there’s no reason that it should get a bad rep! Green eyes are uniquely beautiful and fun to make up since different eye shadow colours can appear to alter their intensity. Red and red-violet are opposite green on the colour wheel so opting for a plum or a lilac eye shadow will make your eyes really pop. Silver, blue or green could be too harsh for a green eye, unless you are opting to make a real colour statement! Neutral tones, deep browns and gold or copper shades will also look stunning on you
As I’ve mentioned above, opposites attract when it comes to the colour wheel. Bring out green eyes with makeup that is red-based so opt for raisin-coloured eyeliner and a plum eye shadow. If your green eyes are close-set, separate them by using a lighter pencil, try mauve, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye. The darker plum tones should be used at the outer edges of the eye. If your green eyes are droopy, apply the darker purple at the inner eye and use lighter colours toward the outer edges. And why not try a plum coloured mascara to really kick out the green?!
Phew! Are you saturated with colour information overload!? I hope not. I hope that you now know what colours you should be wearing to best compliment your natural eye colour. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup application but there are rules that affect how makeup can be perceived when it is on the skin and “sitting” next to other colours. The effect that colours have on each other is quite spectacular and I hope that by the end of this Part 4, you will have built up your own catalogue of colour knowledge so that you are more equipped to make well-educated makeup colour choices
So what can I possibly talk about tomorrow? What is there left to discuss to do with colour? Don’t fear… tomorrow I will be talking about specific makeup brands and I will be recommending some fantastic makeup that you can try at home
Thank you so much for reading my post today and I welcome you back, in advance, tomorrow
Thank you, by Make Up Like A Pro