It never occurred to me before I first dyed my hair silver how much of a difference it would make to my normal makeup routine. It proved to be pretty tricky to figure out which products and shades complimented my new color. No one prepared me, and so I decided to do a quick post on a few makeup problems you might run into when you dye your hair an ashy color. The biggest problem I encountered was with my foundation. Typically I use Too Faced Born This Way in Warm Nude. It’s a tad on the orange side for me, but as a blonde, I could make it work. But as soon as I achieved the super cool-toned color I was after, I realized that the silver only exaggerated the warm tones in the foundation. For the first several days, it looked like I had done my makeup with Tang. I’ve found that yellow-based or true beige foundations work best with this hair color, since they compliment the cool tones. I’ve landed on the Born This Way in Ivory, which is a little too light but whatever, UD Naked Skin in 4.0, which is quite yellow but doesn’t have any pink or orange undertones, and It Cosmetics CC Cream in Light, which is the only actually beige (i.e. truly neutral) foundation I’ve ever managed to find. All three have kept me from looking a little too Jersey Shore, which is much appreciated. Bronzer has been the next tricky product, since many tend to be quite orange-based or warm toned. And next to silver hair, it just looks bad. I haven’t had a chance to pick up NARS Bronzer in Laguna, but it used to be my favorite (that and Casino, when I was going through a phase…) and I think it’s cool-toned enough that it should work just fine. I’ve been settling for Sombre from the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette, which isn’t great, along with every other Kat Von D product I’ve tried (but that is a rant for another day). For lips, I’ve been sticking to browns and neutrals, but that’s just my personal preference. I think you have some more leeway with lip colors, for example, this hair would probably really compliment an orange-based red. For eyes, I’ve been really liking warm tones to help break up all the cool colors going on. Of course, a grey or taupe eye looks great, but I’ve been loving Extra Bitter by UD and Burnt Orange and Realgar by Anastasia Beverly Hills. They stand out beautifully against this cool-toned neutral palette.
Hopefully this gives you a little heads up if you are contemplating dying your hair or you already have and can’t figure out what looks different. Just a few little adjustments and you’ll be left with a chic trendy look, and a not-so-orange face, which is always a good thing!