Makeup is Art

Analogous colors- any 3 colors located directly next to each other ( yellow, yellow green, yellow-orange)

Color Circle- Based on red, yellow and blue. Developed by Sir Issac Newton in 1666

Color Harmony-Harmony is the existence of unity in a design- the most important of artistic principles.

Complementary colors- colors that fall directly across from each other and intensify the appearance of

            each other

Cool Colors-colors that suggest cool temperatures. Can be used to add excitement, and accentuate

             eye colors.

Earth tones- made by mixing together primary colors

Monochromatic colors- one-color color scheme

Neutral colors- colors that do not complement or contrast any other colors. Earth tones.

Primary Colors- Red, Blue, and yellow

Secondary colors- Green, Orange and purple

                               Green= Yellow+Blue

                               Orange= Red+ Yellow

                               Purple= Red+Blue

Tertiary colors- mixing a primary with a secondary

 Warm colors- instantly reminds of us heat. Adds boldness, vibrancy, excitement and even anger.

Color theory

Blush- adds a warm glow to the face and brighten the dullest skin.

Brighten-lighten or to perk up

Brow Bone- Area of the eyelid directly below the arch of the brow

Cakey- Product that appears thick, dry, flaky, crusty, or dehydrated when applied

Concealer- miracle product that hides everything your foundation doesn't. Used to hide broken

                 capillaries, eye circles, age spots, skin discolorations

Contour-opposite of highlight. Used to push the eye away from a feature and make it less visible.

Contrast- Brightness ratio of the lightest to darkest shade

Cool undertones- Pink, red or blue

Cupid's Bow- The lip is rounded, curved area at the center of the top lip, forming a shape much like

                    an M.

Dewy- Often refers to foundation, blush or lip color that creates a fresh and glowing look with sheen and


Eyeliner-used for defining and bringing out the eyes.

Eye shadow-can be applied lightly for a gentle wash of color or as a more dramatic look to enhance and  

                  add shape to the eyes.

Finish- Appearance a product gives to the surface when it is  applied ( matte, shimmer, frosted, satin)

Foundation-Miracle product that evens out your complexion and covers imperfections.

Highlight- is the opposite of contour. Highlighting draws attention to a specific area or feature and makes it 

               appear to come toward you.

Matte- Used to describe lipsticks, eye shadows, foundations, powders, and blushes that have absolutely

                 no shine and appears flat.

Neutral Undertone- Mix of warm and cool.

Opaque- Finish that provides absolute coverage, allowing very little skin to show thru.

Polymer- small ingredient of particle that is added to a product to help it cling to where it is applied to,

              adding, bulk, volume and length.

Porosity-The skins ability to absorb and hold moisture.

Powder- Refers to talc-like products such as eye shadow, face powder, and blush. Gives face a smooth

              finish and keeps shine under control.

Primer-Product used underneath other products, to create a smoother finish.

Sanitation-proper disinfection can prevent the spread of disease caused by exposure to potentinally

              infectious materials. ( see brush care)

Shade-Addition to black of any color

Sheer-Thinner, more transparent  finish than matte or opaque gives your skin a glow.

Silicone- Refers to any number of polymers containing alternate silicon and oxygen atoms that act in

              cosmetics as adhesives and lubricants, helping them adhere to the skin.

Skin Tone- Describes your skin color, and it ranges from very dark brown to almost colorless.

Stippling- Blending technique used for concealers and foundations or creme-type products. Effective for

               blending out edges of concealers.

Stripe Test- Technique used in which you apply multiple stripes of foundation to the skin to test if its a

              perfect match or not.

Tint- Addition to white to any color

Tone-Color that results when gray is added to any color

Warm undertones-Yellow or Green

Makeup Terminology