Women with Monochromatic makeup

Let’s face it, we all get stuck in a bit of a rut with our makeup looks.  It can be tricky trying to come up with different colors to create looks, and even really knowing HOW to use different colors.  If you’re anything like us, you’ve watched YouTubers in awe as they seem to just effortlessly know what colors to mix together to create a flawlessly gorgeous look.  How do they do it?  Well, you may be surprised to learn that a lot of makeup artists and beauty bloggers use color theory when applying different colors with makeup together.  We’re going to share how you can use color theory to mix different colors to create a look!

Complimentary
probably one of the most commonly known color theory combinations, complimentary colors are those that are directly across from one another on the color wheel.  Combining complimentary colors together to create a makeup look are a great way to enhance the colors themselves and really make them pop.  There are so many different ways to use this color theory.  For example, wearing a bright red lip with a light shade of green eyeshadow somewhere in the eyes or if you’re feeling more adventurous combining purple and yellow eyeshadows together (one on the lid and the other on the lower lash line).  The possibilities are endless!

Analogous
this color theory combination refers to 3-4 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  This color combination is one that creates a really gorgeous, flowing color effect.  Typically since these colors are close on the color wheel they’re fairly close in shade.  You can mix up the look (even though the shades may be similar) by applying different textures and tones of the colors into your look.  This is a color combination that you can apply to lips, cheeks and eyes and it not be too much.  Just adjusting how much or bold the areas of application are.

Monochromatic
The color theory that refers to using the same color, but in different shades/tints of that actual color.  This is a great way to get an overall streamlined, distinguished look with your makeup.  Taking the color pink for example, applying a light shade of pink to your eyes, a sheer pinky tone blush, and a bold pink lipstick can be a gorgeous monochromatic makeup look.

Triadic
One of the more statement color combinations (if you want it to be), is triadic.  Triadic refers to colors that are evenly spaced throughout the color wheel (secondary colors, for example).  Now since this is a color combination that can become over  the top pretty quickly, it’s advised to choose one color and area of your makeup look to be the focal point and use the other two shades in lighter shades/tints to tone down the look a bit.

Did you ever think of so many different color combinations?!  The great thing about makeup and using color theory is it really takes some of the guesswork out of knowing what colors go together.

Have you ever applied color theory to your makeup?