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Color Theory in Flesh Tone

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Welcome to the digital platform for Makeup Training Academy.  Let's talk Color Theory. 

While working with her students at Makeup Training Academy in Dallas Texas, Terri Tomlinson — a veteran makeup artist with over 30 years in the beauty industry — realized there was a gap between traditional color theory and makeup. She saw that makeup artists of all levels struggled to grasp color theory, and the importance of it, in their work. This gave Terri an amazing idea and in June 2017 she released a one-of-a-kind tool for makeup artists and anyone who works with skin called The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™.  A color wheel in browns!


lesson imageThe Flesh Tone Color Wheel™ takes the rules and guidelines of color theory and puts them into skin tone and neutral, giving artists a visual reference to undertone as well as what corrector, highlight, contour and makeup colors are best on that client. It allows anyone to actively apply the principles of color theory to neutral colors and skin.


“Once you find a clients skin on the wheel, you have a reference for everything else you need as an artist,” says Tomlinson. “The Wheel is like a puzzle and the client’s skin color is the key. Once you find the key you know everything! Even what color blush and shadows look best on them. It allows you to work color theory in every step of application."


The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™ is revolutionizing the way that color theory is taught and used in the beauty industry. Schools, makeup artists, cosmetic brands, graphic designers, fine artists, SFX creators, wardrobe stylists, interior designers and the everyday makeup consumer use and benefit from working the wheel. It brings color theory to life for anyone who applies makeup or works with neutral colors.


In addition to the wheel, Terri has created a method of working with color theory in makeup that she teaches with “Color Theory in Flesh Tone” workshops and classes. These classes give artists a hands-on, practical experience working color theory in neutrals.  She is currently teaching this method to brands, schools and professional artists around the world.






Courses in this Program:

Lessons in Color Theory in Flesh Tone Review :

  1. 1 Introduction & Class Needs

    Objective: About the class.

  2. 2 Color Theory Basics

    Objective: Getting to know the color wheel.

  3. 3 The Principles of Color Theory

    Objective: Understanding how color works together.

  4. 4 Finding Skin Tone and Neutral

    Objective: Understand where skin tone exists in color theory.

  5. 5 The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™

    Objective: Using color theory in neutral and working the wheel.

Lessons in Shop Talk :

  1. 1 Do I Need This Class?

  2. 2 What's in a Kit

    Objective: What basics do you need to address any complexion in a pro kit.

  3. 3 Basic Hygiene

    Objective: 10 Steps to Better Hygiene

About Terri Tomlinson

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Terri Tomlinson is a veteran makeup artist and educator with over 30 years in the cosmetic, production and beauty industry. She is the owner of Makeup Training Academy in Dallas, Texas and the creator of The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™. She currently works with makeup artists, brands, schools and the consumer on makeup application, color development and theory.
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