With the cold winter approaching, I wanted a color change inspired by the season, like perhaps, a deep bordeaux or winter white (think Annie Clark of St. Vincent).

With the cold winter approaching, I wanted a color change inspired by the season, like perhaps, a deep bordeaux or winter white (think Annie Clark of St. Vincent). However, I needed it to fill my temporary fix so that I could return to my color with no problem. 

Ultimately, I chose to step out of my comfort zone with a metallic silver shade from Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Metal Collection. Although my intentions for this hair color were tinsel-silver, the results were a bit more salt and pepper.

How to use metallic cream eyeshadow on your curls

Using metallic cream eyeshadow on the hair gives curls added shine and dimension. What’s best about using a waterproof version is that it lasts. I have used hair chalk in the past but it does fade and sometimes stain clothing. Colored hairsprays are simple to use but have left my hair feeling dry and crunchy. With a waterproof cream eyeshadow, however, the color remains vibrant, long-lasting, and not nearly as crunchy.

How to get the look

  • You need 1 or 2 jars of Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Silver Strike, available at Ulta for $6.99. You can also try any generic brand of waterproof cream shadow if you want a different shade and price point.

Start on dry, 2nd or 3rd day hair, preferably close to your next wash day. Section out individual curls, rubbing a small amount of the cream eyeshadow between your fingers.

Distribute the cream onto your curls, starting at the ends and working your way up the hair shaft. Depending on the look you desire, you can just frost the ends, go halfway for an ombre look, or all the way up to the root for full color. With this extreme contrast, I chose to go all the way to the root.

Repeat this step until you have completed your entire head.

  • Tip: If you’d like to wear your color an additional day, be sure to place a shower cap on before bed so it doesn’t transfer onto your pillow. If your hair is longer then also use the pineapple method to ensure your curls look great the next day.

Other looks to try

If silver is too bold, try framing your face with highlights using a gold or bronze metallic cream eyeshadow.

Just want the ends kissed? Try jewel tones out. Section your hair in half, clipping the top half out of your face. On the bottom half, add the jewel-toned cream eyeshadow halfway up the hair shaft. Then, release the top section and smooth the shadow on just the ends.

Already rocking salt and pepper hair? Use this shade for a touch-up or as assistance with your transitioning phase.

Add some color to your braids! After completing your braided style, smooth a metallic or color cream shadow on the braid for a creative twist.

Watch the full tutorial here!

What other temporary methods have you tried to color your hair?

Chalks, sprays, mousses, wash out colors? Let us know below in the comment section.

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