Grey, Lips, Uncategorized

Grey Hair Needs Bright Lips

Multi-coloured
Multi-coloured

I’m really liking this grey hair trend at the moment. Why wait until I’m going naturally grey when I can have it now? The question is, how does this work with non-elderly skin without making it look washed out?

The answer has been showcased by several celebrities – bold and bright lips! Mirina Diamandis wears her grey hair with bright orange or Barbie pink lips (two colours I love) and Lady Gaga wore hers with dark blue glitter lips which is clearly not for the faint-hearted.

I love bright lips so here are the colours I think will go best with grey hair:

Orange – opposites attract!

Orange
Illamasqua Flare & MAC Morange

Pastel blue – it’s only a few shades away from grey – take inspiration from Jourdan Dunn

Blue
Makeup Revolution Immoral

Pastel pink and purple – I can imagine a grey/pastel pink ombre for lips and hair!

Lilac
MUA matte lipstick in Lilac Belle and Makeup Revolution lipsticks in Enchant and Depraved

Barbie pink – because it’s fun.

Pink
L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in 370

Bold purple – grey and purple make a gorgeous combination

Purple
Makeup Revolution Atomic Lipsticks on Make It Right and Make Me Magnificent

Hot Pink – hot pink and grey is just, well, hot!

Hot Pink
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colours in 06 Pink Pong and 05 Ole Flamingo and Makeup Revolution lipsticks in Dazzle and Crime

And of course, grey hair looks great with red lips which works for all ages. It will go with all of my shades of red because they are all so bright but I’ve picked out MUA shade 13 for a red crème and Rimmel Apocalips Lips Velvet in Burning Lava for a matte finish:

Red
MUA shade 13 and Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in Burning Lava

Will you be rocking grey hair with bright lips this summer?

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I Want Grey Hair!

I want grey hair!
I want grey hair!

Grey hair used to be seen as a symptom of old age. When someone mentions grey hair, what do you honestly think?  I have realised that grey hair almost knows no age. I won’t pretend to know the science behind it, I have simply observed that grey hair can appear at any time from the teenage years.

Grey hairs used to be embarrassing inconveniences which were plucked out with the warning “ten grey hairs will grow back as replacements” or they were covered with hair dye. My personal view is that if I ever get any grey hairs, I want to think of them as natural silver highlights and I like to think I will keep them. If I am luckier, I will wake up with a full head of silver hair and call it platinum blond. I love to see people who are all-over natural grey.  There’s just something special about it, especially when it graduates from dark roots to light tips.

Bearing in mind my grey hair ambitions, it will come as no surprise that I’m loving the grey-hair trend for spring/summer. I think grey is a much better highlight for black hair than blond. I think it’s because grey is made from black so you can pretend it is natural!

Bellami has a range of silver-grey extensions inspired by Samantha Ravndahl (Batalash Beauty) so I could temporarily try the grey hair look before it becomes naturally permanent. Plus, I have never coloured my hair before so I think extensions or a wig are my best bet for such a dramatic colour change from my usual brown-black hue.

But, just when I thought I would be happy with a black-grey ombre Jourdan Dunn showed us that two shades of grey is simply not enough. For her Coachella 2015 hair, she wore an inspirational multi-tonal and multi-shade grey look. At first glance you’ll see a black-grey ombre with cool brown lower layers but on closer inspection you’ll see subtle hints of blue and pink merging into lilac.  Her hair had me genuinely excited, even more so than her golden-brown and blond ombre lob.

All that being said, it was neither Jourdan, Rihanna nor Samantha that started this trend.  I don’t know who did but I know I saw my favourite grey hair in 2006. It was on Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men: The Last Stand. It was way back then I decided that grey is gorgeous. Storm wore a small section of black roots with the dark shades nicely layered under the white-grey hair which had warm, mid-grey lowlights. Storm was nowhere near retirement age and looked amazing.  Even though Storm is a superhero, her hair is attainable for us mere mortals!

If Storm was the blueprint in the 2000s, Jourdan (and Renda Attia) carried grey hair through to the younger generation in the 2010s.  I’m so glad they did.  Grey hair is no longer something to be plucked or covered. Wear it with pride!