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So we are going to talk about color schemes. Color schemes are a very important aspect of makeup because you need to understand the many color levels, whether you are doing foundation or color matching the skin. But most importantly when you are applying color to the face, cheeks, lips and eyes. The color schemes are broken up into different categories and I think it's important that you understand the differences of what each category is and how it is used. In this section we will explain each type of colors scheme. To really understand this it will take time because color schemes can be a bit confusing but that will ease if you practice hard and use the tools that you have along with your color wheel. By working with the different color schemes that we will talk about, you will begin to understand what colors go with what other colors and what the differences are between the different color schemes. Color schemes are important because they definitely really tell the story of the makeup you are applying. When ever you are designing a look you need to understand the practicalities of what colors you are going to be using in your application. You need to think of yourself as a painter and the face you are working on is the canvas. Depending on the background and forefront of the subject you need to know how to balance everything by using the colors appropriately. All of this is very important when you understand the use of colors on the face. For example when you working with a client that has very fair skin, dark hair and dark eyes. You will understand the color scheme to use based on the features you are working with. You would not use the same color scheme on someone that is very tan with blond hair and blue eyes. You will learn what effects the look what application to use and what is the appropriate color scheme. Remember color schemes are different then application looks. You can apply the same look but use different color schemes. As your skills advance forward you will use this information more and more. Learning and understanding color schemes is very important because you need to make sure that you are truly aware of what colors you will be using on your client. This is especially true if you are selling color cosmetics in retail. You will need to know what colors you are using so you can recommend them to your clients. This is a very important and we will go into this more later so you will get a better idea on how to use color schemes for retail. The first color scheme is Mono-chromatic colors schemes, mono chromatic means one color or one main color. Whether it is a tint or shade. It is a single color you are working with. So for example if you are doing a smokey eye look, you could choose any single color like black or brown or blue. Whatever color you are using on the eye lid for that specific look. However as I describe in my "Shadows and Light Technique", for a smokey eye look you will be using different gradiation of a single (monochromatic) color scheme. Gradiation means that you can use a black color but it will go from dark to light with the same black color. In other words you are working with the different vibrancy of the one color but that is still considered mono-chromatic. Just remember monochromatic means the single color you are working with. Analogous color schemes are colors that work together that are similar, adjacent colors on the color wheel. For instance green and yellow are adjacent colors, and yellow and red are adjacent colors. These are colors that are complimentary to each other and create a gradiation of color. They are different colors but they are complimentary colors. Typically when you are working with analogous colors you will be working with two different colors. Most of the time when doing eye makeup you will be working with analogous colors. Unless you are doing a straight smokey eye look,even then you will tend to add a secondary color but use it subtly. Analogous color schemes are the most commonly used color schemes for eye makeup and when doing the entire face you want to make sure even if you use monochromatic eye makeup color scheme you can still use an analogous color scheme when combining the eyes, cheeks and lips. Combining two color schemes that work together and are complimentary to the whole face. Adjacent colors on the color wheel is what is referred to as an analogous color scheme. We are now going to talk about split-analogous colors schemes. When you are dealing with a split-analogous color scheme you will typically have one main color and the two different supporting colors from the color wheel that compliments each other. For example red, violet and blue. Red is the primary color and violet and blue are the complimentary colors. Basically when you use red, violet and blue they all have the same hues that blend those colors together. For example red & blue make violet, they are complimentary and a family group of colors and yet they are three individual colors. You are splitting one color into different parts of the single color. That is what a split-analogous colors schemes is. So now we are going into split-complimentary color schemes. When you are talking about split-complimentary color schemes that typically includes one main color and two supporting colors just like we talked about with split-analogous colors scheme. However you are working with opposite colors instead. You are not working with colors from the same family group you are working colors that are equally spaced on the color wheel. For instance, Red, Violet Yellow and green are split colors, but they support each other. That is what a split-complimentary colors scheme is. Now we are going to talk about triadic color schemes. Now triadic color schemes are basically three colors on the color wheel that are opposite of each other. For instance, if your look has blue eyes, pink cheeks and orange lips. That is a tridaic color scheme on the face. You could even do a tridaic color scheme on just the eyes. You could use yellow, green and blue on the eyes or purple yellow and pink. That would be considered a tridaic color scheme. We are now going to talk about a tretrad color scheme. Tretrad are a combination of 4 different color from the color wheel. They all have double compliments. When you are working with a tretrad scheme it will tend to be very colorful on the eyes and the face. The lips, eyes and cheeks will also be very colorful. You will be applying a rainbow of makeup when you are using a tretrad color scheme. Tetrad means you are using 4 main colors that are equal relationship to each other on the color wheel. You can use different colors that compliment the eyes and still complement the lips and cheeks that all work together. That is what tretrad color schemes means. Okay now we are talking about neutral color schemes. Now neutral color schemes are very, very popular in makeup because it is based on very natural looking colors like beige, grey, brown, black and white. Neutral tones. Colors that do not have any brightness to them. They are earthy colors. Earth tones tend to be more neutral tones. Nudes tend to be neutral tones. Neutral tones do not have any color. They are basically grey scale. Smokey eye looks tend to use neutral colors because you are working with darks, browns and beige like colors. When you are working with neutral colors you are working with the lack color on the color wheel. It is much more like using basic shading colors that fall into a more natural tone. That is what a neutral color scheme is. We are going to talk about the Accented Neutral Color Scheme. Now an accented neutral color scheme will usual use neutral colors, like white, grey, brown, beige, light brown or black, very earthy tones, and then it will have a puff of color. For instance, Marilyn Monroe's makeup was very much an accented neutral color scheme. Everything was neutral including the black liner and neutral eyes. Even though the application was heavier. Then it included the bright red lip. Even her cheeks were very natural. All you really saw of the puff of color was the red lips. That is what you would call an accented neutral color scheme. Now we are going to talk about warm and cool color schemes. Warm color schemes tend to be colors that are much more into the reds, oranges, browns and bronzy colors that bring out the sun kissed radiance in the skin. Now when you are talking about cool color schemes you are talking about greens, violets and blues. Cool colors. Colors that are more opaque and minty. Cool almost like ice. Colors that radiate winter. Warm color schemes feel like they have been warmed by the sun. Cool color schemes are colors that would reflect off the white snow. Cool colors like refrigeration. Freezing kind of colors. That is the difference between warm and cool colors schemes and that is what brakes up the warm an cool colors schemes. Now we have a great tool for you to bookmark. I really encourage you to use this tool as often as possible, especially right now as you are learning all about the colors schemes. There is a link that is attached to your curriculum. It is a different website called It is fantastic. You can move your mouse around the colors and it will pop up different variations. If you have a hard time knowing what color goes with what color, I would recommend working with this tool as much a possible Until you develop a comfort with the colors. Once you work with colors enough and learn what goes together, you will get a lot out of the color wheel. Please enjoy. Colors are amazing. This is why makeup is so much fun because of all the color that are used to paint the face, but one really important tip. Remember the wrong color scheme can make a face look horrible. Understand and use the right color schemes for the appropriate skin tones and hair color. Take into consideration what they are wearing so that you can pick the proper color scheme for your client and yourself.

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In this lesson you will learn all of the necessary information and skills you need to prepare your skin and perform your typical daytime and evening looks on yourself.


  1. Introduction to Makeup Basics - Video
  2. Introduction to Makeup Basics - Lecture
  3. Introduction to the history of makeup - Video
  4. Ancient Civilizations - Lecture
  5. Ancient Egypt - Video
  6. Ancient Middle East (Persia) - Video
  7. Ancient China - Video
  8. Ancient Japan - Video
  9. Ancient Africa - Video
  10. Ancient Australia - Video
  11. Europe (Middle Ages) - Video
  12. Native Americans - Video
  13. Edwardian Period - Video
  14. 1920's - Video
  15. 1930's - Video
  16. 1940's - Video
  17. 1950's - Video
  18. 1960's - Video
  19. 1970's - Video
  20. 1980's - Video
  21. 1990's - Video
  22. Brushess - Lecture
  23. Brushes - Video
  24. Hygiene - Lecture
  25. Hygiene - Video
  26. Skin Preparation - Lecture
  27. Skin Preparation - Video
  28. Highlight and Contour - Lecture
  29. Highlight and Contour - Video
  30. Foundation - Lecture
  31. Foundation - Video
  32. Color Corrector and Concealor - Lecture     
  33. Color Correctors and Concealors - Video
  34. Powders - Lecture
  35. Powders - Video
  36. Self Application: Foundation - Video
  37. Self Application: Foundation - Lecture
  38. Eyes - Lecture
  39. Eyes - Video
  40. Mascara - Video
  41. Eyelashes - Lecture
  42. Eyelashes - Video
  43. Eyelash Curler - Video
  44. Self Application: Eyes - Video
  45. Self Application: Eyes - Lecture
  46. Eyebrows - Lecture
  47. Self Application: Foundation to Eyes - Video
  48. Self Application: Foundation to Eyes - Lecture
  49. Blush and Bronzer - Lecture
  50. Blush - Video
  51. Bronzer - Video
  52. Lips - Lecture
  53. Lips - Video
  54. History of Natural Makeup - Lecture
  55. Natural Day Look - Lecture
  56. Natural Day Look - Video
  57. Self Application: Natural Day Look - Video
  58. Self Application: Natural Day Look - Lecture
  59. Natural Glamour Look - Lecture
  60. Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  61. Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  62. Self Application: Natural Glamour Look - Lecture
  63. Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  64. Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  65. Self Application: Natural Glamour Look - Lecture
  66. Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  67. Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look - Video
  68. Self Application: Natural Glamour Look - Lecture
  69. Natural Evening Look - Lecture
  70. Natural Evening Look - Video
  71. Self Application: Natural Evening Look - Video
  72. Natural Evening Look - Video
  73. Self Application: Natural Evening Look - Video
  74. Natural Evening Look - Lecture
  75. Natural Evening Look - Video
  76. Self Application: Natural Evening Look - Video
  77. Natural Evening Look - Lecture Edit     
  78. Final Test - Lecture
  79. Closing Message - Video 


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