A well-curated makeup bag can ward against stir craziness by offering endless opportunities. And as you’re considering how to get made up for the day, even if it’s for a series of Zoom calls, follow Jessica Alba’s lead: After a successful career in Hollywood and endless hours in the makeup chair, the actress founded her own clean skincare and beauty brand, The Honest Company. On a recent sunny Los Angeles morning, the mom of three gave us a look at her daily skincare routine—plus a guide to doing an artful smoky eye that works just as well during the day as at night. (Trust us, you’re going to want to take notes.)
Alba begins her skin prep with a hydrating shea butter and antioxidant mask, which she often wears at breakfast with her kids. “I usualy terrify my two-year-old,” she says. After removing the mask with warm water, Alba slathers on a moisturizer and massages it into her skin with a series of sculpting tools. “It basically just gets the blood flowing,” she explains of her vibrating quartz massager.
“I’ve had such reactive skin literally since I was born,” she says, mentioning her allergies to some harsh ingredients. “I just really seek out products that are for the most part fragrance-free.” To prep for makeup, she applies a set of undereye patches to eventually catch any fallout from her soon-to-be-smoky eye. Then, her primer hack: a matte formula for her T-Zone and a glowy one for her cheeks—a skill learned from her friend, makeup artist Daniel Martin.
“It’s a great day-to-night,” she explains of her makeup look’s versatility. After swiping on a base of ivory shadow, Alba applies a brown shimmering shade to her lid. “I used to be really intimidated with doing my own eye shadow,” she says while blending her crease. “Then, I learned all you have to do is get a fluffy brush and you can buff out all your mistakes!”
For her next trick, Alba applies a darker foundation to contour the sides of her nose, cheekbones, and forehead. Then, after dabbing a lighter shade under her eyes, she blends the concotion together with a SPF-infused BB cream. “I always bring it down into the neck,” she explains while taking a shimmering bronzer across her complexion.
Eyebrows are filled in with a brown pencil, and lashes lifted with her trusty curler. “I always use a [lash] primer,” she says while applying the volumizing base coat and a lengthing mascara. “It works so well with people with sensitive eyes, like me!” Next, Alba swipes on a cream blush: “Just put a little bit where you would naturally flush,” she explains. For the last step, a series of pink-nude liquid lipsticks are applied onto her pout along with a dab of hydrating lip balm. “And there we go,” she says, “all done!”