Color Theory for Makeup: Eyeshadows

Mira Metzler, Mixed Media Artist

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9 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Color Theory Basics

    • 3. How to Use the Color Wheel

    • 4. Examples

    • 5. Eyeshadow Color Wheel

    • 6. Class Project

    • 7. EXTRAS: Hand Drawing RYB Color Wheel

    • 8. EXTRAS: Eyeshadow Swatches

    • 9. What's Next?

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About This Class

I think the classic representation of the color wheel doesn’t exactly speak to makeup. Let me show you another way to use your eyeshadows.


My name is Mira Metzler and I’m a professional makeup artist with a passion for art. When I decide a color treatment for my clients I always trust color theory and my eye to get the best result with little effort.

So I’m going to explain the color wheel to you first and then I will show you how to make it more makeup friendly so you can use color theory principles with makeup.

The color wheel is a simple and powerful tool for understanding how colors relate to each other. We’re going to create our own color wheel with eyeshadows by using basic principles of color theory and we are also going to use our eyesight to help analyze what we actually see when we look at a color, making it easier to arrange the eyeshadows in a colorful circle.

I’ll explain some terms we need to understand before we start, relevant for eyeshadows in particular and show you plenty of examples to illustrate key concepts.

This class will break some myths and build some bridges so you can comfortably decide on a makeup look to complement your natural eye color. Plus, your shopping sprees are going to be more focused and effective when you know what exactly to look for.

I hope you’ll join me in this journey to learn how to take control over your eyeshadows and learn how color theory affects your makeup choices in this step-by-step lesson and tutorial.

If you want more makeup talk, check out my other classes

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