How to Make Hair Look Gray for a Costume

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Making hair appear gray is done simply by sponging on the same white face makeup onto the temples and across the entire head. Sponge on makeup to the hair, blending it in with a brush, with help from an experienced special effects makeup artist in this free video on stage makeup.

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Hello, my name is Keegan Hitchcock from Body Art By Keegan and we're here in Fort Lauderdale at One Model Place Studios. In this clip, we're going to show you how to make hair look gray for a costume and see we already have our actor in his old man makeup so let's get his hair to match. It's very simple. We're going to take this same type of makeup and we're going to actually sponge it into his hair very lightly. We're going to focus this especially on the sides and the temples here. I'm starting with a little gray first and I'm going to go in with a little bit of white as well just lightly touch it on there. Brush it back. Generally, when people start going gray, it starts at their temples. So, we're going to make that part the whitest part okay and turn towards me please. We're going to do the same thing on the other side. Get my gray sponge again here. We're going to do a little gray first and then we're going to switch sponges and go for the white just sponge it on. Brush it back. If you need to you can go back over it with a regular comb. Most of the time with a sponge, you can get it in there pretty evenly. We're then going to do the top part as well. Get some more white on my sponge here going to just go right there on the top. If you get any thick spots of the makeup, remember you can turn your sponge around and use the clean side to blend. There are sprays out there as well but this makes this a little bit easier. You have all the supplies to do his face already so just use what you got a lot quicker, a lot easier this way. Dab it all in. Make sure you get it down to the roots and not on this skin. You don't want people to know that you gray his hair. You just want them to think his is really an old man with gray hair. We're going to work our white all the way in going back. You don't have to do the whole head because chances are, his not going to be showing the whole head. If he does have to turn around at all, then you definitely want to go towards the back and make sure you get the back. So, we're going to do that. We're going to brush threw to make sure it's all natural and not clumpy and there we are. Thank you for watching. This is Keegan Hitchcock.

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