34. Color Schemes: Complementary Colors - Lecture

Color Schemes

Complementary Colors

There are color combinations, that show up frequently in our makeup looks without us really understanding why those colors worked together. Today we want to explore how to successfully combine complementary colors and unpack the theory behind some of our go-to color schemes. These colors appear opposite each other on the color wheel. An example might be red and green: Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors make each other seem more intense. To be frank, it can be difficult to use complimentary colors together and simultaneously avoid looking like a page out of a coloring book. As we played with our color wheel, we found that we gravitated towards complementary color schemes that used intermediate colors, such as red-orange and blue-green. We also liked how using a darker hue of a color‚ as a complement created a more sophisticated palette