Makeup Basics Breakdown- Day One

A lot of people think that putting on makeup is difficult or complicated. I'm here as the least artistic/creative person in the world to tell you it's not. Over the next few days I'm going to break down the basics of makeup and makeup application, specifically with my favorite line of makeup, SeneGence.

I am the type of person who enjoys "color by numbers". I like things to be organized and set in stone. Too much creative license gives me a headache. I don't draw, paint or do crafts that aren't laid out from start to finish. As you can imagine, doing a full face of makeup for someone like me sounds miserable. Especially when you're putting that makeup on someone else's face, and they're trusting you to make them feel beautiful.

Once I learned some "basics" of makeup application, tools and products, it got a whole lot easier.

The Color Wheel

First things first- learn your color wheel. Yes, like in art class. You want to know what colors are complimentary, which colors cancel each other out and which colors to utilize to create certain effects.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

You already know that blue and orange are opposite on the color wheel. What that means is, they "cancel" each other out. So, if you have dark blue undertones on your skin, using an orange or peachy toned product will neutralize those colors. This is why so many concealers for the under-eye area have that peachy/yellow tone.  The color wheel comes in handy with acne, rosacea and other redness. We learn that green cancels out red on the color wheel, so green-toned makeup cancels out redness. This is why on some concealing pallets you see that weird little section of green.

Knowing your color wheel when choosing eye shadows or lip colors is super important. Picking a color that compliments your gorgeous blue eyes will be easy when you know which colors are analogous or complementary.

What are your favorite color combos for your eye color or skin color?