18 Tips And Tricks Makeup Artists Won’t Tell You, But We Will

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Brush-Up On Your Color Theory

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If you’re serious about makeup, you need to get serious about color theory. All makeup artists should know basic color theory. It’s the foundation of makeup mastery. You need to know which colors compliment your skin tone and eye color.  In order to figure these out, you need to use the color wheel and review the fundamentals of color theory and makeup application.  Primary colors: red, blue, and yellow can be combined to make secondary colors like green, orange, and purple.

Complementary colors are contrasting colors like blue and orange, red and green, and yellow and purple.  Makeup artists use red and green to color correct blemishes, pimples, and small facial scars.  These colors cancel each other out, so if you have a pimple (which usually appears reddish or irritated), you could use a green color-corrector on your blemish followed by concealer to give you that extra coverage.  Color theory also works miracles for eye color. If you have blue eyes, bronze shadows are a stunning contrast and for brown eyes, purple shadows make your eyes dazzle.

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