3 Quick and Easy Ways to Cover Up Greys

When you’re faced with unwanted greys—and your colorist is booked till next week—it's time to think like a makeup MacGyver. Here's how some of the items that you may already keep in your cosmetics bag, plus a new touch-up spray, can help conceal those wiry silver hairs in just a few minutes.

Cover With Brow Pigment

Benefit Gimme Brow In a pinch, you can use a brow product to effectively hide unwanted white hairs. Just run the wand of a tinted gel like Benefit’s Gimme Brow over stray greys and silver roots to camouflage them. A light brown or black mascara will have the same effect, just guide the wand along the root outward, using light strokes. Once dry, work a fine-toothed comb in the same direction to remove any clumps.

Shade With Eye Shadow

Jouer Eye Shadow Your favorite tool for nailing a smoky eye can also conceal your desperate need for a salon appointment. Use matte browns and nudes (and avoid attention-grabbing shimmer) to hide greys by applying a small amount to roots with a shadow brush and dispersing with your fingers. We like the neutral powders from Jouer and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Powder Duos, both of which come in a variety of hair-matching hues.

Spray the Grey Away

Rita Hazan If you’d prefer a product that’s specifically made to temporarily mask roots, both Rita Hazan’s Root Concealer and Oribe’s Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray combine the styling power of a dry shampoo with grey-concealing powers to stretch your dye job a few extra days. To use, dry and style your hair, then angle the bottle at your roots and spray where you need coverage and work through with your fingers. Bonus: These formulas can help conceal blonde or brown roots too.

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