Your makeup tells you if your shade is right. "If you’ve gone too dark, you’ll be piling on concealer to erase shadows and circles exaggerated by that inky frame of hair," says colorist Sharon Dorram-Krause of the John Frieda Salon in New York City. "If your makeup seems to be working, you’ve got the right balance."
It’s OK to go brown-gray. A lot of women are choosing semipermanent color, which covers some gray but not all. Although it washes out in about six weeks, it looks more natural and dimensional than a flat, permanent color.
To adjust depth of color: Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Nutri-Browns ($7). To maintain color longer: John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze ($10). To gently blend gray without ammonia: Clairol Natural Instincts ($9).
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Originally published in MORE magazine, July/August 2007.