Hey beauties! :)

I've been attending makeup college and absolutely loving every singe minute of it. Since we have just learn't about colour theory, I thought it would be a good idea to make a blog post on it, because little did I know that colour theory is the bases of all things makeup.

Lets get started!

Now colour can be a confusing subject, however here is a little bit of basic colour theory to help you choose the right colour for you. Firstly we need to understand colour. Today I will be informing you regarding primary colours, hues, tints, shades and tones. Within colour we also have cool and warm colours as well as complementary colours and analogous colours.

Primary colours

  • All other colours are combinations of primary colours. These consist of red, yellow and blue. Black is a mixture of all these colours together and reflects no colour, while white is an absence of colour and reflects all colours. 


  • A hue is a true form of a colour. While primary colours are really the only true colours, when we talk about hues, we are including the mixtures of primary colours. For example, mixing red and blue creates purple. While purple isn't a true primary colour, it is a true hue. In makeup terms, a hue will create the strongest form of colour. 


  • A tint is made by adding white to any hue. This lightens the hue. Using green as an example, lime green would be considered a tint of green. In makeup terms a tint will generally create a softer more natural look, making the colour more wearable. Light tints are used to bring out or highlight parts of the eye. 


  • A shade is a darker version of a hue. Which is when you add black instead of white. Forest green would be a shade of green. For eye makeup, a shade will generally create drama and add more depth wherever it is placed on the eye. 


  • A tone is classified as a level of colour. In other words how light or dark a colour is, rather than what actual colour it is. 

A recap so far:

Primary colours-> blue, yellow and red
Hues-> true colours
Tints-> hue + white
Shades-> hue + black
Tones-> hue + grey

Cool colours

  • Blue, eggplant, grey, lavender, magenta, teal, silver, rose, plum, pink, pearl, opal, navy and mauve.

Warm colours

  • Bronze, brown, chocolate, copper, coral, gold, honey, melon, mustard, orange, peach, red, some greens, tan, tangerine, taupe and yellow. 

Complementary colours

  • These colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours are more contrasting and will create more drama. They are called complementary colours because one colour makes the other POP. I highly recommend this colour scheme for creating drama. It's more wearable if you use one colour as an accent. For example: purple eyeshadow with gold summer on the inner corners of the eye is actually very wearable yet complementary. 

Analogous colours

  • These are colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. Blue and purple would be analogues colours. These colours aren't complementary but they are more wearable. Try to use one colour in shimmer form and another in matte to create dimension and soften the look. I love purple shimmer at the base of the lid with blue eyeshadow lined along the lashline, than having half the lid purple and half blue.   

A final recap:

Primary colours-> blue, yellow and red
Hues-> true colours
Tints-> hue + white
Shades-> hue + black
Tones-> hue + grey
Warm colours-> eg. copper and gold
Cool colours-> eg. teal and blue
Complementary colours-> opposite colours on the colour wheel
Analogous colours-> colours next to each other on the colour wheel

I hope this helps if you are struggling with colour theory. If you would like to know what colour shades suit your eye colour you can post in the comments section and I'll do my best to assist you :)

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