Color Theory for the Make-up Artist: Understanding Color and Light for Beauty and Special Effects analyzes and explains traditional color theory for fine artists and applies it to the make-up artist. This book is suitable for both professionals and beginners who wish to train their eye further to understand and recognize distinctions in color. It explains why we see color, how to categorize and identify color, relationships between colors, and it relates these concepts to beauty and special effects make-up.
The book teaches the reader how to mix flesh tones by using only primary colors, and explains how these colors in paints and make-up are sourced and created.
It also discusses the reason for variations in skin colors and undertones, and how to identify and match these using make-up, while choosing flattering colors for the eyes, lips, and cheeks.
Colors found inside the body are explained for special effects make-up, like why we bruise, bleed, or appear sick.
Ideas and techniques are also described for painting prosthetics, in addition to using color as inspiration in make-up designs.
The book also discusses how lighting affects color on film, television, theater, and photography sets, and how to properly light a workspace for successful applications.