We love a great makeup hack as much as the next and are forever on the lookout for tips that promise to streamline and speed up our routine (amirite?).
Some things seem obvious, like using a setting spray to keep your base on for longer, or setting it with powder – you know, the kind of tricks you’ve most likely been using for years.
Others, not so much. For example, did you know, the best way to get fuller, natural-looking brows is to brush them down before applying any pencil or product? While we had only just about gotten over this mind-blowing beauty tip, Jessica Alba came thru with some pretty earth-shattering advice, that we’re still struggling to get our head around.
Kindly sharing all of her top tips in a no-makeup makeup tutorial for British Vogue, Alba walked us through her glorious routine step by step, and naturally, we took notes from start to finish.
First step: skincare prep, which involves using a very strange looking electrical device that we have convinced ourself we desperately need. She says that the key to achieving amazing natural-looking makeup is to ‘choose tones and colours that aren’t too far from your skin tone.’ Noted.
Although her regime isn’t too far from our go-to for getting a natural lewk, she shared a few crafty tricks which we have genuinely never seen before.
One universal struggle we seem to constantly face is the dreaded concealer cake. It’s the ultimate giveaway when trying to nail the no makeup look, as IRL no makeup would mean no creasing, or caking, or anything of the sort. Come to think of it, we don’t think we’ve ever seen an under-eye area so smooth. So, how does Alba do it?
After applying her concealer and foundation, she pauses, reaches for a cotton bud and appears to dip it into an unknown substance on the back of her hand.
‘Sometimes when you’re wearing concealer, and foundation, and all the things, it can get a little bit cakey under the eye. I like to go in with balm right under the eye in the crease, and buff that out.’ Pure magic.
Up next: primers. Historically known by everyone as a means to prep the skin, we put them on our faces before we’ve applied our makeup. Not Jessica, though. She also disclosed that she uses a primer as the last step in her routine. Umm, what?
‘Now, you’re probably thinking – girl you look shiny,’ she says. ‘I would go in with primer, because I find that the primer is a little bit more subtle than a straight-up powder. And just where I want to matte out, that’s where I’m going to go in.’
Who. Bloody. Knew. Seriously, this one has us stumped because it makes so much sense, but we’ve never thought about it before. Jessica we owe you one FR.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
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