Mere seconds after stepping out of the shower, Tracee Ellis Ross is getting right to business on her beauty routine—which, unsurprisingly, begins and ends with her fabulous head of curls. The actress, director, and activist doesn’t have much time to spare, but it’s never to the detriment of looking and feeling great. “I spent a lot of time hidden on the floor in my mom’s dressing room while she did her own hair and makeup,” explains Ross. “My mom is so self-sufficient with her beauty and I think it’s informed so much of what I believe. I feel like every person should be able to access their most beautiful self and feel beautiful in their own bathroom.” In other words, good hair days should be non-negotiable.
Practicing what she preaches, Ross begins her methodical regimen with her “holy grail” elixir from her new hair care line Pattern, the Medium Conditioner for Curlies; she spreads it from roots to ends, then wraps her coils in a microfiber hair towel. After lathering up her limbs in a rich body oil, she proceeds to layer on five different supercharged face elixirs, including Biologique Recherche’s Le Grand Serum and Retrouvé’s Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer. She then glides Allegra Magic Globes across the contours of her face for a sculpting massage.
“Growing up, there [just weren’t] a lot of examples in media and entertainment of women that wore their hair naturally,” explains Ross ahead of diffusing her spirals with her Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. “I could chronicle my journey of self-love and self-acceptance through my journey with my hair.” Her cloud of curls fluffy and voluminous, Ross then reaches for her “tried-and-true” lip color, MAC’s Ruby Woo, applying the vivid blue-red straight from the bullet before refining the shape with lip liner—and demonstrating that she can do it with her eyes closed. “I’m not a big makeup girl, I’ve got a lot of hair and a lot of personality,” says Ross, who prefers to go foundation-free off duty, letting a wash of creamy fuchsia blush on the cheeks do most of the work. Turning to her final makeup step—lashes—she cocktails Tarte’s Opening Act Lash Primer with Benefit’s They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara for a major Twiggy-like effect. Running her Pattern Argan Oil Hair Serum through her lengths to “seal the deal” on her curls, Ross is as ready as she’ll ever be. “It’s so funny,” she laughs. “By the time you get to this age—I’m 46—you’ve got the things you do. And they’re just the things you do.”
Director: Rebecca Fourteau
Filmed at the Mark Hotel
Originally Appeared on Vogue