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Best makeup colors for gray hair

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Find the right makeup for you

Maybe you had a makeup routine that worked well before your hair turned gray. Now, it's time to update that routine and add the va-va-voom back into your look. Gray hair can be youthfully gorgeous when paired with the right makeup choices. Check out our tips for makeup that complements gray hair.

Find the right makeup for you


Stay away from brown shades that will dull your complexion. Gray hair can make you look pale and washed out, so you need to add warmth with color: roses, reds, apricots and peach in a cream formula for a soft shine.


Check your current color in natural daylight and move up a shade if it's too pale with your new hair color. Gray hair tends to drain color from the face, and your old shade may no longer work. A blusher in rose tones or pastels is a must to add a wash of warmth to your skin. Cream or cream-powder blush helps you avoid a dry look, which can be aging.

Use a concealer for under-eye shadows -- the blue/gray area under the eyes that's intensified by gray hair. A yellow-based concealer applied under your foundation will solve the problem. True Match makeup by L'Oreal has makeup, powder, blush and concealer that is super blendable, easy to apply and matches the tone and texture of your skin.


For brown eyes, choose a gray or brown palette of eyeshadows. Blue or green eyes are complemented by grays, slates and navy. Keep application light, and polish the look with a sweep of mascara. Black is universally flattering, and one easy coat brings lift to your eyes.

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