Makeup Tips – Grey Hair

Embracing your Grey?

Lots of conversations doing the rounds about people embracing their natural grey hair lately, especially with the salons being closed.

Of course I’ve been asked “how should I wear my makeup to compliment my new tone”?

Whilst I never push makeup rules, there is quite a lot of colour theory regarding makeup application and the basic do’S and don’ts

Typically the basic rule, using opposite colours, for example red is to green will create a beautiful contrast. In makeup this is diluted to hues and tones, so for example if you have blue eyes, to make them stand out and pop, tones of orange and warmth will be best so think peaches, bronze, warm browns and so on.

Grey hair is cool toned so should we go straight for warmth on the face? Yes and no… I wouldn’t suggest too much warmth as the contrast could look a bit off.


The eyebrow should be the first point of call when changing hair colour. If you’re going all out with the grey, tint your brows accordingly and make sure the tint has ash undertones, wether you go for a graphite defining shade or a lighter natural brown, an ash undertone will help balance. Same goes for brow products, anything that’s taupe or ash will be perfect to fill in the brows.


Stick to your skin tone match and use colour after to adjust, no need to change your foundation.


I love Taupe shades on people with grey or ash toned hair. Something like satin taupe shadow and shale by MAC are safe options because they are neutral.

Grey/black and gunmetal eyeliners are also a great choice as well as shades of plum and burgundy are just fabulous.


Keep it rosy! Pinks are versatile as they can be cool or warm, generally most pinks will flatter grey hair.


Again, keeping it rosy is key but also deep wine colours will look stunning too. If you don’t like wearing a lot on your lips, one of my holy grail products – Vaseline rosy lips, is a great option to add a pinch of colour because the natural pink in our lips can be quite flat and with grey can look withdrawn.

Colours to avoid

Again, you don’t really have to avoid anything, it’s makeup at the end of the day but as we are talking about the most flattering tones for grey hair we might as well cover what would be least flattering.

Peaches, yellows, cool browns on the eyes and oranges could have a draining effect on the skin against an ashy Maine but that’s not to say they can’t be pulled off either.

I would stick to slight warmth using rosy tones and in between shades to play up your gorgeous locks… when in doubt, throw on a red lip and winged liner because that just suits everyone!

Lashes… The blacker the better!

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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