Destination Grey: clothes and make-up - adapting to the new look

I consider my grey as a new colour – not the absence of colour

Clothes

Once I had grown out my dyed colour, I quickly learned that it is not enough to go grey and expect to wear the same colours in clothing and make-up. I discovered that I can no longer wear warm autumnal colours like brown, cream, beige, green, orange and yellow because these simply do not go with my grey hair. I had to re-stock my wardrobe with cool colours to match my new look. Here is
 a very helpful website about colour palettes: http://www.jillkirshcolor.com/





Photographer: Debbie Deboo

Photographer: Debbie Deboo

Photographer: Debbie Deboo

Photographer: Gert van der Ende

Photographer: Debbie Deboo

Photographer: Gert van der Ende

Photographer: Alan Wells  MUA/Hair: Julia Clements

Make-up
I had to look at my make-up and learned to highlight my face so that it did not look washed out. I now use a slightly lighter foundation both in colour and texture, some natural blusher, smokey/taupey/silvery eye shadows, charcoal grey eyeliner, black mascara, and pink/natural lipstick. I vamp it up sometimes by wearing a red lipstick for special occasions. I learned to define my eyes and lips so that they stand out but in a natural way to complement the lighter hair around my face. For me, make-up is an absolute must – but less is definitely more.


Less is definitely More


Jewellery

I discovered that I could no longer wear gold jewellery as it did not go with my new appearance. I now wear silver and it looks stunning with grey/silver hair or coloured beads to match my clothing.

17 comments:

  1. Hi Denise, I know what is a guy doing commenting on a site for women? Perhaps its the Irish family background or the fact I'm 55 with grey/snow white hair. A few weeks ago I stumbled across an american color stylist Jill Kirsh http://www.jillkirshcolor.com just thought I'd pass it on to you as there's some useful information on there. Cheers from Sydney, Australia. Paul x

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  2. Awww thanks Paul - I came across that site ages ago. I must post a link to it now that you have prompted me. Take care :)

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  3. I had my colours done years ago by a woman with beautiful grey hair and she said I was a Soft Summer (cool, soft) and that my hair colour was too warm. I find that even when I dye my hair ash brown, it sun-bleaches or fade to orangey red. So I am looking forward to actually having cool silvery hair which goes with my colour palette for a change.

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  4. Hi Denise. I have a couple inches of outgrowth and have a question regarding clothing colors. In the link you give to Jill Kirsh Color, she seems to be recommending lighter (cool) colors for gray hair and yet you are looking gorgeous in black and other colors that I don't see there. I too have brown eyes and have always worn gold. Are you using the gray/platinum palette and adding other colors that work? Trying to figure this out. Thank you.

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  5. Hi Anonymous - I tend to stick to non-autumnal colours and wear black, grey, navy, white, pink, and deep reds, blues, purples, aubergines. I find the colours with yellowy tones make my grey look dirty and drab. I don't refer to professional colour wheels - I look in the mirror and I know what feels and looks right on me. Thanks x

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  6. Denise, you went from a pretty girl to a WOW Woman! I joined the gray club a couple of years ago and have never looked back.

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  7. I have been looking for a post like this for two years! Thank you so much!
    I just wrote about my own grey journey if you are interested...
    http://crookedpathtosimple.com/?p=307

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  8. Hello. I found you through Gray is the New Blonde. You are lovely. Could you possibly share the names and brand of your eye shadow colors you mentioned?

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  9. I just noticed it looks like you did that in the picture. Thank you.

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    1. Glad you found it Trudy - and thanks x

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  10. All the women dresses and women accessories are so good.
    All images are very nice

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  12. You are lovely with grey hair. I love my grey and white. It took a long time to find the courage to go grey, but I am so glad I did! Thank you so much for your advice.

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  13. I’m reading this while feeling really very emotional about the potential journey - is that normal? In my late forties and been dying my hair since I was in my early twenties..... is there a ‘right time’ mentally to make this transition? I’m struggling to accept it but actually want to do it at the same time! I literally have the hair dye pack in my hand.... help!!

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