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Using the color wheel to apply your makeup


Hey girls!
First of all, thank you for the congrats and such on the BellaSugar feature. It has been the highlight of my day! I’m super excited about it.
In this post rather than posting a look I decided to share with you all some info on how to use an artist’s color Wheel in the application of makeup.
As you all know, the color Wheel is divided into primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Some color wheels have more shades of these included, some have less, but it’s all the same concept. For makeup I suggest the use of one such as this one:

In this particular Wheel there’s enough shades to play around with, but not too much as to confuse you. Here comes the fun part!

Example 1:
Using the color of your eyes as a starting point.
Let’s say your eyes are Brown, and you want to do your eyes using two colors. Brown falls into the orange category. In this case, you could pick a color immediately next to it (something in the yellow family, like gold, for example. Or, something in the red family, like a coppery red, or a burgundy. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be the EXACT color, just something along the lines of it). As a second color, pick something directly opposite from it on the Wheel (like an indigo shade, or a pale blue, or even a blue-violet) to complement it. This combination of colors is sure to bring out the color of your eyes!
Example 2:
You want to use a color (let’s say green, in this case) but you don’t know what to match it with.
Basically you would use the same strategy; either go up or down in the same line ( doing a monochomatic look with different shades of green), pick colors that are right next to it (blues or yellows, to harmonize) or go crazy and pick opposites! In this Wheel, opposite green are reds and purples.
Keep in mind that neutral colors (black,White, gray…) go with absolutely anything, so you can add these to the mix whenever you want.

Example 3:
You are wearing an outfit of a certain color, but don't want to match your eyeshadow exactly to it.
Again, just choose either a harmonizing shade, or a complementary color.

I find this tool helps a lot for those days in which you are just stumped for ideas, or are unsure of what colors bring out your eyes more, etc. I hope this has helped you too, sorry if it’s a lengthy post! Any questions feel free to ask.
Enjoy!

reeskies reeskies 3 years 17 weeks
very useful!!! I sometimes use the colour wheel thanks for sharing
valverde valverde 3 years 22 weeks
have been looking for a colour wheel like this one that breaks the colours into shades - where can I get it from/ what is it called? have been looking in artists shops but they are not detailed like this it is for use in makeup in my work, many thanks
valverde valverde 3 years 22 weeks
Hi, have been looking for a colour wheel that breaks down into shades as this one - where can I get it from/what is is called? have been looking in artists shops but can't find one like this? It is to use in my work with makeup, thankyou,
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 6 years 1 week
Pretty good idea !!!
sallycinnamon sallycinnamon 6 years 1 week
very useful!
jlynn818 jlynn818 6 years 2 weeks
Looks like I kind of do this already, but it makes putting on makeup so much more.. smart haha! My eyes are closest to the innermost ring of the yellow green section and I use gold eyeshadow, as in the yellow category, and raisin colored eyeliner, as in the red or red-violet section. Cool!!
meowalycat meowalycat 6 years 2 weeks
Interesting! I just was looking at Aromaleigh and the colors are great. Love the metallics! I've never heard of any of these websites before. I'm going to have to tread carefully, because today was pay day and this stuff looks very tempting...!
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 6 years 2 weeks
My friends feel the same way, I work as an accounting assistant lol Which website? www.medusasmakeup.com ? U should also check out Aromaleigh and Bellapierre. They have a really cool selection of loose pigments. And Aromaleigh sells samples (which I haven't been able to buy because u need a credit card for that. hmph.)
meowalycat meowalycat 6 years 2 weeks
Being an art teacher would be fun! I got my BA in graphic design. I took a lot of drawing and illustration courses though, I miss art school! That's cool that you are a certified make-up artist. The job scene sucks where I am too, so instead of working as a designer, I currently work at a law school (which all my friends find very funny, that the crazy little art girl works with such stuffy people). I'm going to have to check out that website you posted, sounds like they have some cool stuff.
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 6 years 2 weeks
I wanted to become an art teacher, But I took some photoshop, drawing, printmaking and painting classes. I also took modern art history, which I fell in love with ( THE COLORS!!!). Sadly, the dream got sidetracked. I studied makeup and have two certificates (basic and advanced) but the job scene here sucks for that so I'm doing something completely out of my way lol I am in love with loose pigments. Lately I use nothing else. Pressed shadows aren't cutting it for me, as I keep buying more and more mineral pigments. I even got some micas and oxides samples from Brambleberry.com, and mix them up to create my own colors. It's a fun outlet :)
meowalycat meowalycat 6 years 2 weeks
I couldn't agree more. The face is like a canvas, and you've got your tools (look at all the different make-up brushes available!) and your media (make-up comes in such a myriad of colors now it's amazing)...so it really is art. I find that I especially love the loose pigments, when I start playing with those it's like mixing charcoals (charcoal is one of my favorite artistic mediums) or making your own paint. Can I ask what you studied in art school?
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 6 years 2 weeks
right? I totally agree. I used to go to art school too, and that's where I really got more into makeup, seeing it as an art form. I wear makeup to express myself artistically, rather than cover up any flaws and stuff like that. Makeup IS an art, and bold colors, unconventional shapes and use of different tools/techniques is just all part of it. I don't think there's a right or wrong way to wear it, people should go at it by their gut feelings alone :)
meowalycat meowalycat 6 years 2 weeks
It's funny, because I took a very extensive course in college titled, Color Theory (I went to an art school). It was very hard course, but I did gain a lot of knowledge that I found could immediately correlate to make-up application. After that class applying make-up felt more like an art form than ever before.
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 6 years 2 weeks
You're welcome! If any of you come up with something using these techniques I'd like to see them. :)
scully22 scully22 6 years 2 weeks
I also never thought of using it with makeup application. I love coming here to learn new things daily :)
sofi sofi 6 years 2 weeks
I've seen these but never understood them- this is brilliant, though! Thanks for sharing :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years 2 weeks
Such a fun and useful tool; I never really thought of using it before. Thanks!
scolls1583 scolls1583 6 years 2 weeks
really cool... _______________________________________________________ the only thing a girl should chase is a shot!
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 6 years 2 weeks
Show some pics if u decide to do something! I'd like to see results on this :) feel free to swap the color wheel lol
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years 2 weeks
Wow, this is seriously cool! I have never thought of this! What a great tool, I am going to give it a whirl next time I am trying out a look!