Makeup Tips for Gray Hair

Deciding to let your silver shine and looking for makeup tips for gray hair? Look no further! Firstly, why would a women interested in beauty let her gray hair show?

Gray hair is cool now. Did you get the memo? Lots of women are letting their gray grow naturally rather than coloring it. Myself included! When “shelter in place” began, I decided it was a great time to stop covering the gray hair that’s been peeking out of my dark locks since my late 20’s!

Like many women, I’m tired of the hassle, the expense… and hating my hair. Instead I’m embracing the natural process. And I’m loving it!

The problem is, gray hair can wash you out. Nobody wants that! So we need to make a few tweaks to our makeup routine to avoid that.

Makeup Tips for Gray Hair

When you have gray hair, your goal with makeup is to make your features pop. Here’s how to do it.

Brows Are Where It’s At
Eyebrows frame your face. Don’t forget about them! Using a cream-to-powder shadow like ShadowSense, or a brow gel like BrowSense (my preference) can help shape your face and draw attention to your eyes.

Makeup Tips for Gray Hair

Switch Up Your Eyeliner
Warm browns, green, plum and navy are your friends now. The black eyeliner of your youth might look to harsh.

Blush is definitely your friend if you have gray hair. Skipping it can make you look washed out.

Notice how our lovely gray haired model enlivens her features with a bold lip, brows and blush/contour! Beautiful!

Liven Those Lips
Pinks, mauves, and reds can be a lot of fun when you have grey hair. Neutral tones and browns may wash you out because it makes everything match your hair. Don’t be afraid to go bold when you have silver hair.

Add Dimension
If you use foundation alone, it might be too one-dimensional or “flat” on the face. This is where highlighters and contouring come in.

To start with, apply a radiant primer like Pearlizer before your foundation (or mix it together) to create a brighter base. Use a creamy product like Bronze BlushSense or Deep Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer to contour under your cheekbones and around your forehead.

Makeup Tips for Gray Hair

I love that there is a movement to embrace your natural gray hair! Silver hair is so beautiful when it’s well maintained and not a sign that you’ve “let yourself go”. In fact there are many communities of women on Facebook who offer support and tips to other women growing out their gray. Check them out!

As always feel free to comment or reach out to me if you need help choosing makeup to flatter your gray hair! My Facebook group is a great source of info and community. Click HERE to join. You can also order the products I mentioned in this article directly from my makeup shop.

SeneGence products mentioned in this article on makeup tips for gray hair:

  • BrowSense or ShadowSense for brows
  • BlushSense cream to powder blush (extra moisture and skin care for mature complexions)
  • Pearlizer highlighter/foundation
  • LipSense long-lasting lip color (doesn’t feather or bleed)
  • EyeSense Creamy Eye Pencil


  1. Kimberly McGraw

    May 27, 2020 at 12:32 am

    Great tips! I’m so glad I’m seeing more of these beauty posts!

  2. Suzanne

    October 28, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Hi, I would like to know if you also can advice on hair cuts?


    December 30, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Please give advice on eye bags

  4. Pauline elley

    July 31, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Y silver is more at the from and darker grey at the back. Have been light blonde and how do I get rid of the remaining blonde which looks quite yellow now .


    August 5, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for all the advice to deal with grey hair.The makeup is wonderful.It brings life to the face

  6. Marilyn Holsten

    August 18, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Please give advice on eye bags?

  7. Carrie

    August 18, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Marilyn.
    I suggest a good eye cream and a product that tightens the eye area. I like the SeneGence eye cream (one pot lasts me one year: and the Revitalizing eye treatment ( I like to apply both and use a jade roller (it feels naturally cool) to get the fluid to move away from the eye area.
    Hope that helps!

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