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7 Expert Make Up Tips For Women Embracing Gray Hair

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Gray hair, once seen as a sign of aging, is now a trend embraced by many. Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Judi Dench, Sarah Jessica Parker and Andie MacDowell, including journalist Lisa LaFlamme are flaunting their natural silver locks with confidence, inspiring others to do the same.

But rocking this unique look requires some adjustments to your makeup routine because usually, gray hair tends to wash you out. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect look according to the most influential make-up artists.

1. Stay true to your skin undertone and use make-up strategically

Knowing your undertone is key to great makeup“, says make-up artist and CrunchyTales beauty expert Deborah Williams, founder of Grace Make up For Midlife.” The best choices are still about whether the colours you use complement your warm or cool skin tone, and that doesn’t change as you age. It drives me crazy when people say you should wear less makeup as you get older”. According to Deborah, it is how makeup is applied that counts. It’s not about using less of it but using makeup strategically to complement your unique complexion. Usually, I never use a cake or liquid eyeliner because it’s too harsh. I also rarely use black eyeliner, even if someone is cool, as grey is more flattering. That being said, black is a great way to bump up your makeup look in the evening”.

2. Upgrade Your Foundation 

Age-related changes in your skin such as fine lines, enlarged pores, or discolouration are common. Instead of trying to cover them up, consider using foundations with a radiant finish as they can add a youthful glow without being too heavy. This method helps prevent creasing and settling into textured areas. “Finding a hydrating foundation that melts into the skin is paramount for looking fresh. Anything too heavy will settle into lines and creases and do the opposite of what you’re looking for,” recommends make-up artist Fiona Stiles.

3. Define Your Brows

Eyebrows frame the face, and even more so with gray hair,” says makeup artist Lisa Eldridge.Use a brow pencil or powder close to your natural root colour (not your previous hair colour) to fill in sparse areas and define the shape.” Brow gels can also be excellent tools for taming unruly eyebrows. These products provide a light hold while keeping your brows slick for the day. Clear ones are usually the best option to use because they are perfect for all skin tones and brow colours.

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4. Play with Bronzer

Gray hair can wash out the complexion,” explains makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. “Use a bronzer to add warmth and definition to your face. Focus on areas like the cheekbones, temples, and jawline.” Choose a shade that’s two to three shades darker than your foundation, and blend well for a sun-kissed glow.

5. Embrace Bold Lips

Don’t shy away from bright lipsticks!” says makeup guru Bobbi Brown. “Bright pops of colour on your lips add vibrancy and balance to your complexion. Pink, coral, and berry shades complement gray hair beautifully.” Matte lipsticks can be drying, so opt for creamier formulas or a gloss for a touch of shine.

6. Highlight Your Eyes

Silver and gray eyeshadows can look amazing with gray hair,” says makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. “But don’t be afraid to experiment with other colours too! Warm browns, smoky grays, and pops of copper or plum can create stunning looks.” Avoid overly frosty shades, which can emphasize wrinkles. Ditch the heavy, dark colours that can drain your complexion and don’t forget to curl your eyelashes and apply dark brown or black mascara. It opens up your eyes and makes them appear brighter.

7. Blush is Your Best Friend

A touch of blush adds life and warmth to the face,” says makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.Pink, peach, and coral shades are generally flattering for most skin tones because they make your skin glow, and creamier formulas tend to be more compatible with fine lines and it’s usually easier to apply“. If you prefer using a powder blush, use a brush and make sure to sweep the blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Of course, these are just guidelines, not hard and fast rules and makeup. The most important thing is to experiment and find what makes you feel beautiful and confident! In the end, make-up can be your most playful accessories.


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