Gray hair has a stigma attached to it, making women feel old and unattractive at the sight of the first gray root. However, there are women who choose to embrace the gray hair and give up dyeing it for good. To optimize the look of gray hair, wear makeup that plays up your best features, drawing attention away from the hair. The secret is to enhance what you have, not try to cover it up with heavy makeup.

Things You'll Need

Find an under eye dark circle concealer to cover up the bluish-grey area. Choose a concealer with a yellow base to cover the area to avoid looking tired all the time.

Use foundation or tinted moisturizer that complements the tone and condition of your skin. Enhance the new pigment of skin with the foundation; skin pigment changes naturally when hair turns gray. Use light and clean makeup with a moisturizer built in, or use a moisturizer before applying the makeup.

Use eyeliner to add definition to eyes. Draw the liner upward at the very corner of the eye for an extra lift. Use a brown or a soft black liner, avoiding gray which can appear blue against gray hair.

Apply neutral eyeshadow shades with special brushes made for shadow application. Choose shades made for your complexion — lighter neutrals like pale pink for light skin and taupe for darker skin. Avoid eyeshadow with glitter or shimmer, and make sure the chosen shadow is not too dry.

Curl eyelashes using a curler to widen eyes, making them appear brighter. Apply a mascara that meets the needs of your eyelashes. Choose one that adds extra length, a volumizing mascara or one that curls the lashes.

Apply a cream blush to the outer apples of cheeks. Use pastel blush or a blush with a rose tone to add just the right amount of brightness. Brush the blush at the upper part of the apple of the cheeks, moving outward to just before the hairline.

Apply lip balm before using lipstick to avoid drying, giving the lip balm time to dry. Use red lipstick to complement skin tone and gray hair, choosing the color based on whether your skin has yellow or blue undertones.

Define eyebrows with a brow pencil that is one shade lighter than the natural color of the brows. Use light strokes, fanning in the opposite direction of brow growth. Use clear brow gel to keep brows in place.


  • Visit a makeup counter or salon to get professional tips on color and application for women with gray hair.

  • Revamp the makeup collection, adding new shades to complement your new look and tossing ones that no longer work.