Going Gray Beautifully - A Professional Makeup Artist's Guide to Making Gray Work For You

The decision to go gray can be a scary one! Don't think you have to give up looking like the youthful hot mama that you are, though. Below are tricks, tools, and backstage secrets to help you make gray work for you. From using navy blue mascara to keeping your skin tone tanned, Kona Tanning Company's resident makeup artist Lettie Mix spills the beans on what the pros are using - and what they're keeping all to themselves - to convince you to dive into going gray without looking back!

Eye Shadows like Revlon’s Illuminance Cream Quad Eye Shadows in shades Twilight or Wild Orchids are best for women with graying hair. Not only are these shadows creamy and glide on easily, but the color tones are cool, which wear great on mature, tanned skin tones. If you experience any creasing with the shadow, you may lightly dust lids with a light translucent powder, like Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder.

A great way to brighten up your eyes and bring back youth is to use the MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner pencil in Guilded White. Apply to the water line of the eye - this is the inside part of the lids that tends to be pinkish in tint - making us look tired or even under the weather.

Smashbox Proof Cream Eyeliner Compact will be your best friend when it comes to decorating your eyes. The best part is that you can play with all different shades and coordinate them with your wardrobe.Cream liner is easy to apply and stays on all day, and can also be used as cream shadow base.

Christian Dior Diorshow Iconic Lash Curler Mascara in Navy Blue is the best mascara for mature women. The navy shade is more subtle than black and highlights the eyes gently. Your tanned skin will give you an instant boost of color, but top your look off with a fresh coat on your winkers.

Smashbox- Photo Finish is a lady’s best friend when it comes to aging skin. This super light makeup primer fills in all the nooks and crannies, as well as smooths and perfects with or withoutfoundation. This product is known in the industry for taking a few years off. Ask your makeup artist to match your tanned skin tone, and feel like a million bucks year-round!

Kona Tanning Company just launched their fabulous Bronzing Powder to contour and sculpt your cheekbones, with the perfect shade to match your fresh airbrushed tan. Most bronzers are too shimmery, and cause the skin to look older, and your pores look larger. But, this super soft focus powder allows you to apply generously without looking like a disco ball.

Smashbox- Illuminizing tinted moisturizer is an excellent choice for a light foundation. This formula really highlights your skin tone with a very light, reflective gold overlay, creating youth and glow. Keep in mind that if you need coverage, you may need to add concealer to even out your skin tone.

Have you been looking for an indelible lip color that won't dry out your lips? I have the right product for you. MAC Pro long wear lip color has a wide selection of youthful shades to choose from. This formula is the best on the market, and will last all day - even for the chattiest of Cathy's! Forget what your mom told you about the best shades for mature skin, as times have changed - these days you can lighten up your lipstick shades and have a fuller looking, youthful pout, so long as you maintain some color in your skin tone, faux or not. You know that looking young again is what it's all about, but that doesn't mean you have to refer back to your oldest beauty tricks. Get with the times, and spend some time with a few new wild shades. Surprise yourself! You might just love it!

Have you just had a fresh Kona Tan applied by a member of Team Kona Tanning? Make sure to purchase the complimenting Kona Gradual Tanner, to extend the life of your tan indefinitely. Works wonders in the Winter, when the arms and legs are all that's peeking through your thick Winter sweaters. Our lotion is creamy, easy to apply, smells delicious, and is packed full of high end natural ingredients, like Soybean, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Oil, plus Shea Butter, Honey and Plumeria Flower Extract. Enjoy while traveling the world, or in the comfort of your own home! Warning: might cause extreme confidence!!

Kona Spritzers are great for the gal going on vacation, or just on the go. Come in for your Kona Airbrush Tan and take home one of our 1 oz. or 4 oz. original Kona House Blend spritzers, the same unique formula that we use in our shop. The spritzers are great for touch-ups on the face and body, or to use by themselves for a blast of color. Do you own your own airbrush machine or have a friend who does? The 4oz spritzer is enough to do a full body tan with just one bottle, making it a virtual tan in a can!

Prepping and exfoliating before your Kona Tan? We have the best MicrodermaMitt for tanning preparation AND just to keep skin looking healthy and smooth. Say goodbye to those messy and oily sugar scrubs that can leave you and your shower feeling like an oil slick, not to mention can create a barrier between your skin and your tan. Some scrubs can even leave tiny abrasions or cuts on the skin, and who wants that? Scary! The MicrodermaMitt is 100% Silk Floss infused with 100% Olive Oil, and is perfect for shedding those unwanted dead skin cells, without stripping the skin of their natural oils. The Mitts last over 6 months and are great for removing any lingering sunless tanners. Exfoliating on a regular basis promotes healthy skin habits and new skin regeneration resulting in softer, younger looking skin.

About Lettie Mix:
Celebrity makeup artist Lettie Mix was southern raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and currently lives in Southern California.
In 1994, Lettie began her makeup career with Olan Mills Glamour Studios doing
hair, makeup and photography. Realizing that she had a passion to work in the
fashion and film industries she moved to California in 1998.

In 1998, Lettie was personally trained by Celebrity artist Donna Mee, owner of Empire Makeup Academy and is currently certified in all aspects of makeup artistry. After receiving her certification, Lettie began working for Internationally known Smashbox Cosmetics and Studios. Lettie was with Smashbox Cosmetics for 8 years and traveled nationwide as the National Artistry Trainer. In 2007, Lettie began a freelance career to focus more on her passion for the fashion and film industries. Read more about Lettie at LettieMix.com.

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