How to bring colour into your Makeup Routine
This is probably one of the best times of year for many; we have thawed off winter and are not yet mopping our brows from the hottest days of summer. We start to feel more optimistic and especially so this year, as the worst of COVID-19 is behind us. I have jokingly wished some friends Happy New Year as it really does feel like the fresh start we’ve been longing for!
Every season brings with it the opportunity to re-visit your beauty regime to suit not just the climate but the seasons wardrobe and even the activities you partake in. We often change our hair colour to suit the weather so I ask why not our makeup?
As a makeup artist, a question I ask every person I work with is, ‘What makeup are you comfortable with?’ Most people feel safe in the ‘neutrals’ zone using a mixture of browns and peach tones and it works across all skin tones, as you just up the warmth and intensity based on how fair or dark you are.
Many steer clear from using colour because we all have nightmare flashbacks to the 80’s and the eclectic blue eye shadow but makeup has advanced enough for us to not fear the power of colour.
A colour wheel is a fun and easy way to experiment with new makeup looks!
All of us are familiar with our primary colours, Red, Yellow and Blue- these 3 colours can’t be mixed from any other shade.
Between our primaries sit our secondary colours; (mix of 2 primaries) Secondary colours are orange, green and purple.
Next up we get Tertiary colours which are a mixture between primary and secondary colours so this is where you get your red-oranges, yellow-oranges, yellow-greens, blue-greens etc.
Analogous: Analogous schemes use colours which sit aside one another on the wheel and are generally harmonious, balanced and easy to wear.
Complimentary: Complimentary colour schemes sit opposite one another on the wheel, and the high contrast when used against one another is very vibrant. Be careful not to go too crazy here!
Monochromatric: This is a colour scheme most people use unconsciously- it means moving around within the same colour and just varying the intensities. For example- a light brown all over the eyelid, with a dark brown worked into the crease and a shiny beige/ gold type highlighter.
Triadic: Triadic schemes are evenly space around the wheel in a triangular shape and these tend to be very vibrant schemes. Another scheme to have fun with but be wary of going too colour crazy with.
Split-complementary: This is a variation of the above scheme but uses not only the opposite colour but also the two alongside it.
It’s important to note that you can create the entire scheme not just with various makeup colours but with your outfit, accessories or even your eye colour. For example, a person with green eyes can use a red lipstick to off-set their eye colour. This would be using the complimentary colour scheme. Plus, you can always try something new but in a ‘toned down’ version. You can attempt the split- complimentary scheme using an olive green eyeshadow with a coral shade of lipstick and a light pink blusher.
Remember one of the golden rules is to choose a focus feature -if you decide to go bold on the eye, tone down the lip choice or vica versa. Save the OTT makeup for dress-up parties and never forget that makeup and beauty while important need not be taken too seriously. Have fun bringing some colour into your life as we all step out in the brighter season. After all, happy girls are the prettiest girls!