When deciding to fully embrace gray hair, your makeup choice can help amp up your new look. For London-based makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis, whose approach to beauty is always about enhancing what you have, “less is definitely more.”
“Whether you focus on your eyes, lips or skin, focusing on light-reflecting formulas will help keep your new look fresh and modern,” she says.
Lan Nguyen-Grealis Golden Rules
define your eyebrows
As we age, brows can lose thickness, texture, and color, leaving you with a sparse frame to play with. But instead of filling in your brows with peppery tones to match your hair, Nguyen-Grealis suggests a shade or two lighter than your previous coloring, which will help avoid a stark contrast between your eyes and your hairline. If using a pencil, try smooth, short strokes. Or try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, available from Look Fantastic.
Use cool-toned eyeshadows
The goal is to lighten the eye socket area with washes of color rather than a block of matte pigment, which can drain your natural coloring. Cool tones like eggplant or lilac can provide definition without being overdone, advises Nguyen-Grealis. “Avoid warm, yellow tones, as these tones will clash with your new hair color,” she says. Be careful with your eyeliner too – swapping black for brown or gray can amplify your eye shape just as effectively. Try Chanel’s Quadra Multi-Effect Palette.
…and lipsticks too
“A good lipstick should make your skin look even better,” says Nguyen-Grealis. To instantly perk up the skin, a rosy pink shade in cool undertones is universally flattering. But if there are any rules you must follow to style your new gray look, you should start by working on your lips or eyes, depending on what you want to focus on, and then continue with the rest of your makeup.
Bronzer is mandatory
To add warmth to the skin, bronzer can be the ideal solution – but watch out for orange and red tones and, crucially, shine. A flat, neutral application of tan powder to the tops of the cheekbones, nose, and forehead is best. For blush, it’s all about placement. “As a rule, the blush has always been on the cheekbones, but I like to aim a little higher along the cheekbones for an instant lift,” recommends Nguyen-Grealis.
your new favorites
From left: Quadra Multi-Effect Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli, £48; Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, 24lbs; Autograph Powder Matte Bronzer, £12.50
From left: Trish McEvoy Correct & Brighten Concealer, £27; Flush Blush in Wiggs – Fresh Posey Pink, £20; L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick in 640 Erotique, £8.99
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