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How to Use Hair Makeup for a Temporary Mane Makeover

We’ve all had the urge to spontaneously color our hair at some point, especially with so many Instagram-worthy hair color trends making their way onto the beauty scene. Of course, committing to a fun color is just that—a big commitment. We totally get it, it can be hard to find the courage to swap your staple blonde mane for a vanilla lilac hue. Luckily, temporary hair color options like hair makeup serve as the solution to all your spontaneous hair color endeavors. Keep reading for everything you need to know.


Hair makeup is a temporary hair color that washes out in just one shampoo. Yes, you read that right. Hair makeup is the answer to your fun hair color prayers—you can have purple hair on Monday and rock green strands on Tuesday! Even better, hair makeup colors can be mixed together to create your own custom shade, so the options are virtually endless. Whether you want to try a wash of color over your entire mane or color only a few strands is totally up to you. It’s the perfect option if you want to rock a new color for a night on the town or test out a new hair color trend without causing any permanent damage.


Sold on the idea of using hair makeup? So are we! Now that you know what hair makeup is, you’re probably wondering how to use it. Applying hair makeup is as easy as applying your favorite makeup look. There are a few techniques to keep in mind, but once you get the hang of it, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Step #1: Prep Your Clothes

To keep any hair makeup from getting on your clothes, place an old towel around your shoulders. Trust us; you’ll be glad you heeded this advice if things get messy while you’re applying the hair makeup to your mane.

Step #2: And Your Hair

Prep your hair by brushing it to make sure there isn’t a knot or tangle in sight. If your strands aren’t smooth and tangle-free, it can affect how even and seamless your hair color application is.

Step #3: Create Your Color

If you plan on mixing shades to create a custom hair color, now’s the time! Mix up your dream hair color and make sure you create enough for your whole head.

Step #4: Apply Your Color

Using your fingertips (no gloves required!), start by applying a dime-sized amount of hair makeup on a thin, dry strand of hair. You can comb or brush your hair to help distribute the color. We also recommend applying just a little bit of product at a time as the color will start to appear darker as it dries. You can always add more later! Once your color is applied, you can air dry or blow-dry your hair before styling as you usually would.

Step #5: Wash Your Hair

After the day is done and you’re ready to part with your temporary hair color, wash your hair using your favorite shampoo and you’ll be ready to play again whenever the mood strikes.


Wondering what hair makeup product to use? Let us introduce you to our best hair makeup: the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color. This wash out color has a range of 10 shades that are designed for blondes and brunettes. A few of our favorite shades include BronzeAuburnSilver BlueLilac, and Pink Violet.


If you need hair color inspiration in order to put your hair makeup to use, we’ve got you covered! Read on for five hair color trends you can recreate using only hair makeup.

Hair Color Trend #1: Purple Balayage

If you haven’t already heard, purple hair is one of the biggest trends right now. Embrace the trend by adding purple balayage highlights to your mane.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Purple or Lilac

Get the look: Head over to our article, Everything You Need to Know about Getting Purple Balayage Hair, to find out how to take part in this trend.

Hair Color Trend #2: Red Highlights

If you want to add some temporary dimension, red highlights are the perfect option for you. Whether you have blonde, brown, red, or black hair, there’s a red highlight option that’ll best fit your ‘do (while being totally on-trend).

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn

Get the look: Read our article, Your Guide to Pulling Off Red Highlights, for all there is to know about this hair color trend.

Hair Color Trend #3: Sunset Hair

Want to be a little more adventurous in your hair makeup endeavors? Sunset hair is one of the latest hair color trends we’ve fallen in love with. It’s the perfect option if you want your hair color to be the center of your beauty look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Blue

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Purple

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn or Raspberry

Orange temporary hair color

Yellow temporary hair color

Get the look: If sunset hair is for you, click through to our article, How to Achieve a Sunset Hair Color.

Hair Color Trend #4: Galaxy Hair

Want a hue that’s quite literally out of this world? Galaxy hair is inspired by the endless night sky, featuring notes of blue, purple, and pink for a totally dreamy look.

What you’ll need:

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Blue

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Lilac

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Purple

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Raspberry

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Pink Violet

Get the look: Find the details on how to get this colorful hair hue in our article, How to Get Galaxy Hair.

Hair Color Trend #5: Eggplant Hair

Remember when we mentioned purple hair was on trend? Well, a deep eggplant hair color happens to be one of our favorite ways to hop on the purple hair color bandwagon. Even better, you can use hair makeup to get the look temporarily.

What you’ll need:

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Purple

Get the look: You know what to do! Here’s How to Get an Eggplant Hair Color.

Want to learn about hair color sprays too? They’re another fab wash out hair color option! Here’s How to Use a Temporary Hair Color Spray.

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