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photos/post: Kristin Ess

“You look so good with blonde hair and black roots, it’s like not even funny.” Favorite line from Romy + Michelle, but the compliment doesn’t quite translate to real life.

Why is it that overnight your hair goes from looking cool with a little bit of root to looking insane and borderline trashy?? Unfortunately, you can’t typically get a color appointment the next day. So I want to throw out some things you can do to conceal or use the root to your advantage!

BRAIDING. Braids look 10x more edgy on blonde hair with roots, in my opinion. Visit your local braid bar or salon and find a great braider! Get those tiny side braids (seen below) or that french fishtail you’ve always wanted to try if you’re sporting roots and have to go to an event! Don’t be afraid to ask for something a little edgy. Take some pinterest photos with you! If you don’t think you can pull off edgy, do something pretty. Pretty still looks amazing with a bit of root.

COLORED DRY SHAMPOO. If I go to a shoot or do a client headed to a red carpet, I always have some of THESE LITTLE SPRAYS by Bumble in my kit (I usually get the travel size because I only use them for root touch ups). They make them for blondes, brunettes and redheads, too! To conceal roots on blonde hair, I use the blonde and white sprays, layering one on top of the other if necessary depending on the lightness. I layer more white on top if the hair is platinum and a little less if it’s a vanilla or golden blonde shade.

BLOWDRYING. Add a touch of mousse or volumizing spray to the root and flip your head upside down while drying for a minute or two. Getting the hair up and off your scalp will help conceal the root just a little more. The flatter the hair lays on top, the more obvious the root becomes. HAIR FLIPS are KEY here!

GO NATURALLY CURLY. If  you have blonde hair and curls, you know that wearing it curly will help conceal the length of the root. Think SJP naturally curly hair. You could never tell if her roots were an inch or three inches. The solid line at the root gets diffused by the curly texture of the hair and actually looks amazing with some depth. If you’re a curly blonde girl, you’re lucky! The shrinkage will also create the illusion that the root is shorter than it is when it’s stretched out.

EVERYDAY WAVES. Get familiar with a simple curl technique like THIS ONE! Wearing your hair super straight will only enhance the look of the dark roots. Throw a little wave in and give it some texture.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE YOU LEAVE. Best way to avoid a last minute “please I’m begging you to squeeze me in because my roots are insane and I have to go to a thing” emergency is to pre-book when you’re leaving the salon. Talk to your hairstylist and see what he/she thinks about how often you should get touched up. I usually recommend 4-5 weeks for bleach and tone, 6-12 weeks for anyone lighter, depending on the contrast from their natural color to the new color. Make that next appointment before you walk out! Especially if blonde hair with black roots just creeps up on you!

the beauty dept hiding your roots




Every day, depending on my mood, I change the way I line my eyes; and in doing so, it slightly changes how the shape appears! Here’s the deal — you can keep your true shape by lining the upper lashline making sure the line has the same width from corner to corner. For most of us, it rounds out the eye like an arc. If I want the shape to appear a little more almond-like (a little longer and less rounded), I go back and thicken the outer corners. Or if I want to really elongate the eye, I extend the line out and up into a cat eye. There’s so much we can do to play with our eye shape, this is just the beginning! But it’s a great place to start.



ROUNDED: Just line your upper lashline with the same thickness from corner to corner. You’ll notice it accentuates the roundness of the eye, making the outer corner appear to “droop” downwards a little. It’s still a very pretty look and I do it on myself all the time because it’s the natural shape of my eye and I love my eyes!

ALMOND: Now go back over the line you just drew by starting in the middle and building the thickness as you reach the outer corner. This makes the eyes appear more “open” and “awake” and hides the roundness a little as it makes them appear more almond-shaped.

ELONGATED: Extend the line by winging it out and up towards the end of your brow. This makes your eyes appear longer and (obviously) more stylized.




How do you play with your eye shape? Do you have a favorite or are you like me and line depending on your mood? I’d love to know!! I can do another tutorial incorporating the lower lashline and the many ways to add it and how it changes the shape as well!






The number one question and concern I get asked is “how do I get my foundation to stay on all day… I put it on at 7am before work then look in the mirror around 3 and it’s all gone!” I used to have the same problem too and would have to reapply it later. But who has time for that? So after years of trying anything and everything that I could get my hands, this is what I’ve found that works. Not only on me, it works on my clients as well. Hallelujah!!

It comes down to these three tips and techniques:

  1. first apply foundation with a buffing brush to really work it in (you can choose a longwear foundation but I’ve found those just sit on the surface of my skin and come off on my phone),
  2. then stipple the powder on instead of sweeping it across and
  3. finish with a setting spray.

Please try it this week and check in the mirror around 3pm and see if it worked! Here’s how:





  1. Apply foundation over your face and neck using the kabuki buffing brush. Instead of sweeping the brush across, buff and press it into the skin so it becomes one with everything. Repeat in areas where you might need more coverage.
  2. Apply the rest of you makeup as usual. You can leave mascara off until after step 4 if you’re like me and want to triple ensure that it won’t run.
  3. Load up the powder brush with powder, give it a quick tap against the counter or lid to remove a little of the excess. Again, instead of sweeping it across your face, press and stipple it over and over until you’ve covered everything. This really pushes the powder into the makeup.
  4. Finish by spritzing the setting spray over your entire face. Hold the bottle at least 6 inches away from your face and be sure to close your eyes and your mouth.



Lacy is wearing my new favorite eye palette for Fall, Lime Crime’s Venus The Grunge Palette, Eyeko Eye Do Mascara, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Midnight Cowboy, Benefit Majorette Blush and Too Faced Melted Longwear Liquified Lipstick in Melted Berry.




Yes of course you can use only one blush shade. But there’s something beautiful that happens when you combine a warm shade across the whole cheekbone, a cool shade to pop the apple and a shimmer shade to highlight everything! Sometimes a cool tone by itself can come off a little clowny and needs the support of a warm shade. Sometimes a warm shade doesn’t pop enough without a splash of a cool tone. And both cool and warm shades come to life with a little shimmer to draw the attention to the cheekbones. Here’s how to create a flush inspired by roses:



  1. A Warming Shade — I used Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush in Classic (check out the value in this holiday set!) but you can use any warm-toned powder blush. Think peach, warm nudes or apricots. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush because of its perfect shape to apply then blend back and forth on its side.
  2. A Pop Shade — I used Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal but again, you can use any cool-toned powder blush. Think pink, fuchsia… anything blue based. I love to use this MAKE UP FOR EVER Blending Blush Brush for swirling on the apples of the cheeks.
  3. A Highlighting Shade — I used Maybelline Mineral Powder Illuminator but you can use your favorite highlighting shimmer powder. I used the Armani Round Eye Contour Brush because it’s really fluffy like a blush or powder brush but gives way more precision.



  1. Sweep the warming shade across the entire cheekbone, including under where #2 is applied above.
  2. Swirl the cool shade in a circle on the top half of the apple that is circled on Magali above. (To find the apple, smile in the mirror and it will pop out like a little ball.)
  3. Finish by tracing the highlighting shade on the top half of the cheekbone, just under the eye area.