How to coordinate makeup with outfit Vol 2 : Makeup for Blue outfits

Hi everyone!

Few days back I did a post on How to coordinate makeup with outfit Vol 1: Makeup looks to suit every outfit. Today I’m doing the second post of this series on how to coordinate makeup with BLUE outfits –

Just to warn you, this is a long post 😛 and has some ‘theory’ in it. You’re welcome to skip it if you wish and jump directly to MAKEUP TIPS FOR BLUE OUTFITS.

I’m introducing a little bit of COLOR THEORY here which will help you understand how colors can be matched together for the best effect.

There are basically 3 primary colors in pigments- Red, Yellow and Blue. Each of these colors when paired with another give rise to three new colors known as ‘secondary colors’.

Red + Yellow = Orange

Yellow + Blue = Green

Red + Blue = Purple

Now if the primaries are placed at the corner of a triangle each – the secondaries will come in between the 2 primaries they are composed of giving us what is commonly known as the COLOR WHEEL which looks something like this –

color wheel


Now, colors placed diagonally opposite each other are called ‘COMPLEMENTARY‘ colors and as the name suggests- they complement each. Two complementary colors when placed together reinforce each other to bring out the color and vibrance of the other.

What this statement implies is that for eg: when red and green (complementary colors), yellow and purple and orange and blue are placed next to each other, they create a vibrant bright combination.  The concept of complementary colors is very useful in coordinating colors and we will soon see how.

Just another simple concept to understand color coordination better is that of COLOR TEMPERATURE. Color temperature simply implies the warm or cool properties of a color. We all know that red, orange, yellow are warm colors and blue, green, purple are cool colors. Colors are warm and cool RELATIVE to each other eg- a teal or turquoise shade has a hint of green/yellow in it, thus is a ‘warm’ blue while indigo or navy blue is more leaning towards purple, thus it is a ‘cool’ blue.

Having understood the concept of

1- Complementary colors

2- Warm/cool colors

lets see how this applies to BLUES.

In general Blue is a COOL color but within blues, there are warm blues – blues leaning towards green like teal and turquoise and there are cool blues- blues leaning towards purple like navy blue or indigo.


1. Never match too much color with outfit- it looks tacky. If you’re wearing a fully blue outfit or a blue top, then go only for a hint of blue in form of blue liner or kohl. Do not do a full blown blue eye makeup – it creates monotony of color and is not visually appealing ! If you want to use eyeshadow, use eyeshadow a shade lighter or darker than your outfit or pair it with another color to balance it out.

2. If your outfit it partially blue with presence of other colors or if your outfit is blue from waist down (eg- Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes Armani Prive outfit) then you can go for full blue eye makeup. The presence of other colors or a different colored top will break the monotony of the blue color.


The complementary of blue is orange (From the color wheel). Thus warm colors like orange,corals, peaches, browns complement blue. So if you’re wearing something blue in your eye makeup pair it with warm lip colors like orange, peach and browns especially with COOL blues like navy blue to complement the blue color. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a warm blue like teal/turquoise/MAC Siahi type shade, you can pair with a cool pink shades to complement the warm element in the blue.

For a ‘safer’ look- pair cool blue with pink (cool) lip color and for a more vibrant look pair with peach, brown (Warm) lip color. Similarly, for ‘safer’ look with warm blues- wear warm lip color and for a more vibrant look- pair with pink (cool) lip color.

4. ‘Silver’ is a safer coordinating color to use with cool blues while gold/bronze coordinates better with warm blues.


When wearing cool blues- wear Navy, Gray or Silver on the eyes. When wearing warm blues- wear teal,turquoise, bronze, green on the eyes.

You can also use colors placed next to blue in the color wheel namely- Green and Purple,  on the eyes and pair with nude/neutral lip color.

Different ways to wear the above mentioned colors in eye makeup. –

1. Colored liner on upper lash line, bare waterline.

2. Colored liner smudged on upper lash line, kohl on waterline.

3. Kohl/black liner on upper lash line smudged with colored eyeshadow, kohl on waterline.

4. Black/brown liner on upper lash line, colored eyeshadow/liner on lower lash line.


1. Navy blue / pink

2. Navy blue/silver

3. Turquoise / lime  green

4. Turquoise / dark green


You can coordinate either eye color or lip color with the blush shade but I prefer coordinating lip color with the cheeks. With pink lip color  go for pink cheeks, with corals/peaches/brown lip color use bronzed/warm pink/peachy brown cheeks.


If all the above it too much theory for you, here are some simple combinations –

Cool blue outfit

1.  Navy blue liner, warm pinkish blush, peachy/brown/brownish pink  lip color.

2. Gray liner/eyeshadow, pink blush, pink lipstick.

3. Navy blue/silver combination on eyes, warm pink blush , pink lip color.

4. Green liner, warm pink blush, nude lips

5. Navy blue eye makeup, bronzed cheeks, warm nude lip color.

Warm blue outfit

1. Teal/turquoise liner , warm pink blush, warm pink lipstick

2. Teal/turquoise eye makeup , bronzed cheeks, peachy brown lip color

3. Teal/green eye shadow , warm blush, warm/nude lip color.

4. Purple liner, warm pink blush, warn nude/pink  lips

5. Lime green/parrot green eye makeup, warm pink blush, warm pink lipstick/peachy coral lipstick.

There are of course many more combinations you can wear with blue, these are just a few I’ve listed here.

Some looks I’ve worn that can be paired with blue outfits ( I’m not wearing blue in many pictures, but the makeup will go with blue outfits)

What to wear with blue outfit : blue smokey eyes look


What to wear with blue outfit : blue smudged liner, neutral lips


What to wear with blue outfit : navy/silver eyes, pink lips

What to wear with blue outfit : smokey blue/bronze eyes, nude lips

What to wear with blue outfit : gray liner, brownish pink lips

What to wear with blue outfit : Sky blue eye makeup with peachy brown lips


What makeup to wear with warm blue outfits- Purple smudged liner, warm blush, nude pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : teal liner, nude pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : warm blue liner, peachy-coral lips


What to wear with blue outfit : warm blue liner, pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : turquoise shadow over kohl, warm nude lips

What to wear with blue outfit : Blue-dark grey eye makeup , pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : Green smokey eye with warm pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : Yellow/blue/green eye makeup with warm pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : Pink and blue eye makeup with dark pink lips


What to wear with blue outfit : Turquoise/green eye makeup, nude lips


What is your favorite look with blue outfit? Share your comments by replying below.


  1. June 7, 2011 / 12:42 am

    Grey liner and nudish pink lips….. i’ve done this with blue…. loving this series Ankita… 🙂

    • June 7, 2011 / 12:46 am

      I love wearing gray liner with nudish pink lips 🙂 I hope you’re finding it useful..I’m trying to do justice to the topic..there are just so many combinations one can wear!

      • June 7, 2011 / 12:50 am

        i am finding these very useful and really appreciate the hard work that you are putting in… good job…

  2. June 7, 2011 / 12:49 am

    I learnt the Color theory during a Color course during my NID days and I use it every now and then for my work etc. Somehow it never struck me to use it for makeup as well. Thanks for reminding me :). This is indeed so useful.

    • June 7, 2011 / 1:49 am

      Thanks AD:) Glad you’re liking it. You are a designer?

  3. June 7, 2011 / 12:55 am

    very nice Ankita 🙂

  4. preeti
    June 7, 2011 / 10:10 am

    very nice n informative ankita..thu d color coordination n color cycle will take tym for me to understand but nonetheless marvelous effort put 🙂

    • June 7, 2011 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks Preeti 🙂 I’ll revise the article in 1-2 days so that it is clearer and easier to understand.

  5. pavani reddy
    June 7, 2011 / 10:36 am

    oh my god..such gud article..thank u ankita u did put lot of effort…very very helpful

  6. June 7, 2011 / 4:04 pm

    wow this was informative.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Your first picture is amazing, you look gorgeous as always!


  7. Shai
    June 8, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    Very useful.. will be wearing a blue blouse with a grey-blue saree for a function one of these days… thinking of trying your 3rd recommendation – the blue and silver with warm pink blush and pink lips. What do you think? To matchey matchey?

    • June 8, 2011 / 7:43 pm

      I think it’ll work..go for a warm brownish pink lipstick instead of cool pink so that is doesn’t look too cool toned dull. Let me know how it goes 🙂

      • Shai
        June 9, 2011 / 12:45 pm

        yeah the cool pinks wouldnt work on me anyway.

        • June 9, 2011 / 3:52 pm

          Let me know how the look turns out.. hws Meghana now?

  8. June 8, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    fab combos ankita..loved d post…

  9. June 9, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    I’ll definitely try these!

    • June 9, 2011 / 3:55 pm

      🙂 Let me know which one you try and how it turns out.

  10. navya gudur
    June 13, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    awesome work anks…m dumbstruck…
    wat av u bn doin…
    lukin gr88..:)

    • Corallista
      June 23, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Navya How r u?

  11. January 5, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    I am so loving this post series…I usually get hell confused when it come to choosing the right makeup with my outfit. I am a beginner and I am getting to learn a lot from you….I got a small question! Can you please tell if we need to choose cool toned lips and cheeks with warm tone outfits or its the other way round?! PLEASE HELP!
    Oh! and you a new subbie 🙂

    • Corallista
      January 13, 2013 / 12:06 am

      Hi Arundhati,

      You can always mix it up for some contrast but I prefer pairing cool with cool and warm with warm. like if I’m wearing Purple/Pinks – I like to wear pink hued lipsticks and blush. If I’m wearing greens and blues – I like wearing peach or coral lipsticks and blush. With neutrals like white, black, brown, beige etc, you can wear almost anything, I prefer something striking like bold lips and neutral eyes with neutral outfits!

  12. Preethi
    November 5, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    This is very useful and informative article for makeup beginners like me. I have started reading all your old blog posts(in fact, all the way from ur 1st blog post) in order to learn makeup from the basics. 🙂

  13. Jessica
    January 12, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I was trying to find a post about coordinating makeup and outfits, and I was shocked when yours was pretty much the only one I could find! You’ve done a great job, and I’m so thrilled you included color theory because I’m a graphic designer/illustrator as well as a budding makeup lover. I hope you don’t mind, but I would like to reference your blog posts for a series I’ll be sharing with my customer group on Facebook. Your blog will be linked with my posts in reference to this subject. Would that be okay?

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