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complementary color

n.
1. Either one of two colors whose mixture in the right proportions produces white (in the case of light) or gray (in the case of pigment).
2. A color directly opposite another on a color wheel and providing the greatest chromatic contrast to it. See Table at color.

com′plemen′tary col′or


n.
1. one of a pair of colors opposed to the other member of the pair on a schematic chart or scale, as green opposed to red, that when mixed tend to neutralize each other.
[1820–30]

complementary color

A secondary color that, when combined with the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain, produces white light. See more at color.
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Noun1.complementary color - either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments); "yellow and blue are complementaries"
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Complimentary colors can also mean opposite colors.
The lineup features such items as the Studio 6-piece geometric eye-shadow palette with complimentary colors to transform eyes from day-to-date night; the Studio 36-piece geometric eyeshadow book with shadows that range from nude naturals to dramatic jewel-tones, plus two dual-ended applicators and a mirror for easy on-the-go application; and a stipple brush travel set, a sleek case that securely holds four brushes and a zipper compartment for storing makeup essentials.
Complimentary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel.
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The new collection includes an array of school related items such as trolley bags, backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles and pencil cases designed in exclusive theme based fun characters such as Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons, Tweety, Fulanitos and Batman to name a few in striking colours with a complimentary colors.
The handcrafted Dion Collection features long strands woven along with shorter twists of complimentary colors and comes in four colorways.
Dick Evans creates a dichromatic painting with brush strokes similar to Cezanne, but adds a flare of contrast by using the complimentary colors red and green.