Wednesday, 15 May 2013

"I've selected my outfit, but which colours should I use for my make-up?"

Considering the Time of Day, Occasion, Focal Point and Outfit (T.O.F.O) and Colour Theory help me to answer this question each time, and it can help you too.

Here is a summary of how they work:

  • Time of Day (see previous post) - Use softer colours during the day and bolder colours at night.  Depending on the look you want to create; you can also use softer colours at night or a hint of bold colour during the day. 
  • Occasion - Subtle colours are suitable for professional or elegant occasions; while bolder colours are great for fun or festive ones.
  • Focal Point - Equally bold colour on your eyes, lips and cheeks usually has an overwhelming effect. Apply the bolder colour to the feature that you want to stand out and you can use a softer shade on the others. 
  • Outfit - Softer colours go well with boldly coloured outfits.  Outfits that have soft colours can be worn with either bold or soft make-up.

Here is an example of T.O.F.O in action:

Time of Day - Morning 
Occasion - Professional
Focal Point - Lips
Outfit - Royal blue 

Based on the T.O.F.O results above; I knew a soft look was the way to go.

Where does Colour Theory fit into all of this?  It will help you to choose the actual colours you will use.

I decided to use bronze with a hint of dark green for the eye-shadow, red-orange lipstick (for a pop of colour) and bronzer.

Never heard of Colour Theory? Find out the basics in my Facebook series on Colour Theory - Part 1 , Part 2  , Part 3 , Part 4 and Part 5 . 

T.O.F.O and Colour Theory make a great team,  they really do remove the guess work when it comes to choosing colours.
Ultimately your colour choices will reflect your personal style.  What method do you use for choosing your colours?  Are you going to give T.O.F.O and Colour Theory a try?

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