“I think she looks most beautiful in the morning when she wakes up with no makeup on…it’s my favorite look on women. I personally like the way skin looks without makeup. People cover up the imperfections, but I think they’re beautiful. I also love that when you have a feeling, you see it in your skin.” These are powerful words spoken by THEE Tracee Ellis Ross as she reminisces on having watched her mother’s daily morning makeup routine.
Tracee is very open about how she prefers a very natural look on and off screen. She if boasts that her routine is so simple hat she can do it herself. She say’s she loves her new role as it captures this side of her perfectly. “My character is a mother of four, and a doctor, and a wife, who would not have time to be putting on eyeshadow or curling her lashes. When I’m in bed, I do not have mascara on—that’s a pet peeve of mine in television, when people wake up in bed and have glossy lips. It’s confusing to me.” I love this about Tracee, she is so down to earth, and real! I think we all kind of question the necessity of the actresses waking up looking like they just came off of a Victoria Secret runway. It’s not reality!
Makiage, more specifically their blush, was apparently the first brand of makeup that Tracee’s mother allowed her to play in. And still till this day, Tracee loves a bit of blush on her face, and specifically loves Fleur Power from Mac. Here is her rundown on here other faves:
-Foundation: Bobbi Brown – Long-Wear Even Finish in Warm Walnut #7.5 in the summer and the rest of the year Golden #6
-Mascara: Benefit – They’re Real (this is my personal favorite as well as they really elongate your lashes and still keep them looking….well….real)
- Lipstick: Tracee explains that she like’s matte lipstick and even jokes about not wearing lip gloss because she can’t talk properly with it. A red lip is her go to. Her faves are Mac -Ruby Woo and Nars – Calliope
Tracee is big on keeping her skin cleansed and is all about removing her makeup every day! “I use Shiseido Facial Cotton, the little squares. They don’t have any edges on them so nothing hurts the skin around my eyes. I use two with Bioderma Créaline to take my mascara off and I usually hold it on my eyes until the makeup dissolves, and then I really rub to get it all the way off. Then I use two other cotton squares to take off all of the makeup and I wash with a product called Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser by Cosmedix. I use a Clarisonic, night and morning, and I use the gentle brush on it.” Facials are also a big part of her regular routine. She says she gets facials twice a month.
So what about her eyebrows? “I don’t know how to do anything to my brows—I just get them waxed. It is the hardest makeup thing, in my opinion. ” I would have to agree with her on that. Your eyebrows can really make or break your look, and it is so easy to mess them up! It’s no wonder that she really doesn’t try to bother with them!
She loves natural perfumes and deodorants. All of her lotions and potions come from Whole-foods where she can guarantee they will be paraben-free and natural.
Her best tip though, was getting enough sleep. “I do a true eight hours. I try to go to bed before midnight. When I’m working I often have to get up at 4 AM, which makes it really hard to get my eight hours, and it starts to dwindle, and I start to see it in my skin.”
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