An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

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An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

An Homage to Jessica Alba’s Superhot Bikini Body

Jessica Alba turns 34 on Tuesday, and we’re celebrating with a look back at her best bikini pictures. Jessica’s been no stranger to the two-piece and looks equally as fantastic in a swimsuit on screen as she does while lounging on the beach.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color鈥攃lassic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist聽Vincent Oquendo聽says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it鈥檚 when I really want it to pop鈥攂ut聽it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


Source: FameFlynet
Source: FameFlynet

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The聽Nars Dual-Intensity聽line is the standout鈥攖he singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released聽Dual Intensity Blush聽line, which was all over聽Fashion Week鈥攂ut that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their聽Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game鈥攚e’re fans of聽Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry聽and聽Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio聽in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC聽or even聽OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent聽says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do.聽“Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you鈥檙e defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the聽Glossier Soothing Face聽Mist, but聽Evian Mineral Water Spray聽is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.



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