Tracee Ellis Ross Looks Back On Her Best Beauty Moments From Over the Years


When Tracee Ellis Ross launched her haircare model Pattern Beauty, her dream was easy: “It was additionally so tough for me to seek out merchandise that labored for my hair sort rising up, and I wished to shut that hole.” Ross’s now two years and greater than 20 merchandise and instruments deep into the haircare business—and is taking the Pattern international via Sephora at the moment. “I’m proud to play a task on this main second with Sephora as they proceed to collaborate with Black-owned companies and take the essential steps in the direction of making a extra inclusive magnificence business,” Ross informed me over the cellphone. (Pattern can also be launching a brand new product, the Styling Custard, on September thirteenth to rejoice.) Next, we chatted about what makes a “Tracee Face” aka iconic magnificence seems to be along with her hallmark fashion: bouncy curls, dramatically lined eyes, and a daring lip. “My philosophy in relation to magnificence and crimson carpet dressing has not modified since the begin of my profession,” Ellis says. “The solely factor that is modified is I’ve extra assist.”

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BET Comedy Awards, 2005

“I did not use a make-up artist for crimson carpets right now, however I did have any person do my hair. I did not fairly perceive my hair at the time, so I used to be not brave with permitting my hair to only be—as an alternative, we supported my curls with an iron. But this can be a typical Tracee look, a big hoop earring, numerous browns, nudes, and earth tones on my face, and the NARS highlighter in Ibiza” [editor’s note: this product is sadly discontinued.]


Golden Globe Awards 2018

“This was for Time’s Up, so we had been all carrying black on the crimson carpet, however I wished to even be true to myself. This Marc Jacobs look was pants beneath a costume and got here with a turban, and I used to be obsessed as a result of it felt like an ode to my ancestry. This is a really ‘Tracee’ face, which is eye-covered in khol and a daring crimson lip. I’ve been carrying the similar crimson lipstick since highschool—it is M.A.C Ruby Woo.”


Pattern Beauty Launch 2019

“This was not a perfect hair second. It’s a kind of occasions that it seemed wonderful in the mirror, however I take a look at it now and say ‘I do not know if that is the greatest model of me.’ I did my very own hair and make-up for the occasion, and I’m carrying a daring pink lip, which I really like. This is my pure hair. Araxi Lindsey is the solely particular person I’ll let lower my hair, she was our lead hairstylist on Blackish. I’ve taught her find out how to trim my hair as a result of there is a particular means I like my hair trimmed and lower, which is: I like my hair in its pure curl sample, dry, brushed out. So naturally dry, brushed out or combed out, and lower like a topiary. I’ve about 5 completely different curl patterns in my hair, so that you actually have them comply with the means every curl dries, not the means it seems to be once you pull on it.”


On the set of Blackish 2020

“I’ve all the time cherished dressing up and get to do it fairly a bit on the set of Blackish. I dressed up as two iconic girls on this episode—Beyoncé and Cher in the similar episode, which was so wonderful. The hair and make-up division and wardrobe staff on Blackish are unimaginable. My closet has all the time been my completely satisfied place—I’ve numerous characters that come out of that. I’d like to do Lucille Ball subsequent.”

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