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Understanding Color Traits as a Clinic that Provides Permanent Makeup and Micropigmentation

As a clinic that provides permanent makeup or micropigmentation services, we must be familiar with color.

What is the definition of color?

Color is the visual outcome of the light spectrum as it passes through a transparent medium or reflects off a surface. It encompasses the wavelengths of light that the human eye perceives and the brain interprets.

What are color characteristics?

Artists describe the characteristics of color through three main points hue, saturation, and value.

  • Hue represents the color family or name (e.g., red, green, violet) and is associated with the color's wavelength.

  • Saturation, also known as chroma, indicates the purity or intensity of a color, determining its vividness or dullness.

  • Value (brightness or luminosity) determines a color's shade (darkness) or tint (lightness).

What are the Different Color Categories?

Traditional color theory categorizes colors based on the primary shades of blue, red, and yellow.

  • Primary colors (blue, red, yellow) are pure colors that cannot be created by mixing other colors and serve as the foundation for all colors.

  • Secondary colors (green, orange, violet) result from combining two primary colors.

  • Analogous colors are related colors found close to each other on the color wheel.

  • Complementary colors are opposite on the color wheel and enhance or complete each other.

  • Cool colors are mainly green, blue, and violet, while warm colors are predominantly red, orange, and yellow.

  • Neutral colors include black, gray, brown, beige, tan, and white.

What are the Different Color Classifications?

Colors can also be classified based on their temperature (cool, warm, neutral) and value (light, medium, dark). Cool colors contain green, blue, and violet, while warm colors contain red, orange, and yellow. Neutral colors are earth tones, while value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color.

How to Recreate the Color Brown?

Permanent Makeup Artists recreate brown by mixing the three primary or complementary colors. The temperature of a brown color depends on the predominant colors used (e.g., blue/green for cooler brown, red/orange for warmer brown, and purple for neutral brown). The artists adjust the luminosity of brown colors by adding black for darker shades or yellow for lighter shades.

Our work with different pigment shades and unique individual skin undertones and understanding color theory allows us to effectively blend and create various shades, including brown, to achieve desired results.


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