My Brush with Blake Lively

12 January 2011

So, it’s January; time for an image rethink. For the past year I’ve been proudly showing off my roots in line with the glam-grunge vibe of late 2010. But as we enter the new year it feels wrong to be so brazen about my re-growth – it’s as big a fashion no-no as chipped nails right now. Suddenly I feel naked.  

Blake Lively at the Motion Pictures Gala in NYC

Off to see my colourist, Josh Wood, who in between touching up Gwyneth Paltrow’s roots and tending to the tresses of fashion’s front row, some how manages to squeeze me in. Perched in the chair and clutching a picture of Blake Lively (New Yorker’s most requested hair look and newly appointed face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag line) I wonder if I can pull off such an all-American look being a slightly scruffy English girl a fair few years older than the fresh-faced Gossip Girl starlet.

Thankfully Wood assures me Blake’s bouncy beige ‘do’ is where it’s at right now. ‘There’s a new soft luxury movement happening at the moment. Hair needs to look groomed and the colour maintained – but not in an obvious, showy way,’ he says. Blake’s honey hair is case in point. Whilst it’s clearly highlighted and blow-dried within an inch of its life, there’s not a streak in sight. It looks like she was born that way. Annoying, I know!

To achieve Blake’s look on me, Josh uses three shades of medium blonde and blends them together with tons of baby fine highlights, keeping the underneath slightly darker.

The result is a skin-flattering honey beige shade with a smattering of white blonde highlights for sparkle. Subtle but stunning. Now all I need to do is to sort out my chipped nails.
by Annabel Jones



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