Now that you're familiar with the color wheel (from Part I of this series) and understand analogous colors (defined in Part II of this series), we can learn about creating some very pretty looks by combining tints, shades and/or tones of the same hue.
Scratching your heads over these terms? Don't worry, Krissi will explain.
- Hue - these are the brightest, purest and most saturated forms of color. In the Wheel O' Piggies, these would be the inside ring of colors.
- Tint - often referred to as pastels, tints are achieved by adding white to a hue.
- Shade - shades are achieved by adding black to a color ,but many people will misuse "shade" to mean tints, hues and tones as well.
- Tone - are grayed out versions of colors and are very popular this year with people really digging the 'smoky eye' look.
|Madd Style Cosmetics Madd Piggiez showing examples of hues/tints/shades|
Teals: Tron, Ol '55, Vortex / Blues: Aja, Brad, Space Oddity
In this look, I used colors from the Madd Style Cosmetics Rocky Horror collection to go from white in the inner corner to black (liner) with a blue tint, hue and shade in between:
|"Columbia Loves Eddie" created using Madd Style Cosmetics Madd Piggiez |
from the Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection
Columbia (white), Eddie (blue), Time Warp (black) and Magenta (red-violet)
Here, this might help a little...
Because this look was done with basically ONE color and adding white or black to it, the pigments blend from one to another seamlessly. This is a fantastic technique for those of you new to blending - you get a chance to practice and even your "failures" look flawless, and you can try it with purples, greens, pinks.... etc., and can add a grey to create a more subtle "tone" instead of going with a black.
Now, while I created the tint/hue/shade effect in "Columbia Loves Eddie" by actually adding white and black to a single hue, it's not necessary to be so literal. You can choose premixed colors that appear to your eye to be lighter (tint), darker (shade) or greyed out (tone) than your basic color (hue).
|Pixie (a light purple "tint"), Electric Kool Aid (a pure purple "hue"), Headstrong* (a dark purple "shade")|
with Glitter & Doom in the crease (a greyed out purple "tone")
(All colors by Madd Style Cosmetics except * by Brazen Cosmetics)
Makeup is all about effect, so don't worry about being too literal here.
Pretty cool, huh? Now you try! And remember, there aren't really any absolute right answers here. It's just how your eye perceives the relationship between the colors.
Take a look at the inner ring of colors and let's call them, for the sake of discussion, "hues." Now look at the pigments that radiate out. How do they look in comparison to the hues? Are they shades (darker), tints (lighter) or tones (lighter, but muddy)?
Go try this with your own makeup collection and practice with a look or two.
NEXT: Part IV - Complementary Colors