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.
Katie Middleton is a professional make-up artist for film and television with a background in fine art, specializing in portrait and representational painting. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she was honored with the Early Career Achievement Award in 2016. Some of her make-up credits include the film Loving, where she was nominated for a Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Award in 2017; Showtime's Homeland; AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies; PBS's Mercy Street; and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Katie also studied make-up and special effects at Vancouver Film School where she received the Make-up Achievement Award.
CHAPTER 1: COLOR THEORY
- THE 3 ATTRIBUTES OF COLOR
- ADDITIVE & SUBTRACTIVE COLOR
- OPTICAL ILLUSIONS IN COLOR
CHAPTER 2: PIGMENTS & DYES
- WHAT ARE PIGMENTS & DYES?
- EXAMPLES OF PIGMENTS & DYES
- PIGMENTS & DYES IN MAKE-UP
- CHARACTERISTICS OF PIGMENTS
- INORGANIC & ORGANIC PIGMENTS
- PIGMENT VARIATIONS & MIXTURES
CHAPTER 3: FLESH TONES
- MAKING FLESH TONES FROM PRIMARY PIGMENTS
CHAPTER 4: APPLYING COLOR THEORY TO BEAUTY MAKE-UP
- ADDING COLOR: EYES, CHEEKS & LIPS
CHAPTER 5: APPLYING COLOR THEORY TO SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP
- PAINTING PROSTHETIC APPLIANCES
- COLOR INSPIRATION FOR CHARACTER DESIGN
- PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF COLOR
CHAPTER 6: HOW LIGHTING AFFECTS COLOR
- COLOR TEMPERATURE OF LIGHT
- THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF COLORED LIGHT
"I had the privilege of seeing this book prior to publication as well as in the finished form. As a Make-up Artist in the film and television industry for over 30 years, I am so pleased that this is now available as an excellent resource for any artist's education and practical work. This is a much needed work within the make-up field and will help artists raise their game. The concepts are clearly explained and illustrated with ample visual images. The application of color theory to all forms of make-up artistry is made simple, even fun, and will ignite the enthusiasm of the reader to see their craft in a whole new way... and want to start applying it immediately!"
-Stan Edmonds, Department Head of Make-Up Design for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School (IATSE 891)