Jessica Alba is celebrating her 34th birthday today, and while she’s blowing out the candles on her cake you can work on getting the beautifully bronzed look she recently rocked at an awards dinner. Teaming glowing skin with dark, bronzy eyes, it’s the perfect look to set off a tan and leave you looking glam. Embracing Alba’s cool, laid-back, beach-babe beauty, these products will take you from sand to soirée in seconds.
Click through the gallery for all the tips, tricks, and product recommendations to leave you looking and feeling like a bronzed goddess.
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Move away from matte and pick a foundation that will give you a natural, dewy finish. This fabulous face fixer leaves you looking radiant thanks to marine extracts, which boost cell energy, and light-reflecting pigments that smooth away imperfections to give you a glow. It also hydrates skin throughout the day to keep you looking lovely and luminous.
Chanel ‘Vitalumière Foundation’, AED 245/SAR 250, Harvey Nichols – Dubai,Mall of the Emirates
With this look, it’s all about the bronzer. Lots and lots of bronzer. The trick is knowing where to apply it to keep it natural whist defining your features. Sweep your shade (opt for one slightly darker than your natural skin tone) under your cheekbones and along your jawline, and buff it into your temples before dusting it across your forehead and down your nose.
Guerlain ‘Terracotta Bronzing Powder’, AED 250/SAR 255, Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall
For that sun-kissed, golden glow, use a sheer highlighter to complement your bronzer. This shimmery stick is easy to apply and is enriched with Vitamin E and açaí oil to give you an antioxidant boost whilst beautifying at the same time. Dab it onto the tops of your cheekbones, collarbones, and cupid’s bow and down your nose for that ‘just stepped off the beach’ radiance.
NARS ‘The Multiple in South Beach’, AED 195/SAR 199, Sephora,Mall of the Emirates
Not only does this gorgeous gloss give you a plumper pout (it helps stimulate the production of collagen), but it will also give your smile a slick lick of luster with its ultra-glossy formula.
Clarins ‘Gloss Prodige Lip Gloss in Nude’, AED 111/SAR 113, The Dubai Mall
This metallic eyeshadow looks like liquid metal and will really give your eyes that golden gleam. Blend it across your eyelids and into your socket line before smudging it along your lower lash line for a glamorous, yet grungy, feel.
Bobbi Brown ‘Metallic Eye Shadow in Burnt Sugar’, AED 134/SAR 134, Mercato Mall
Go for a dark-brown kohl to line your lashes. This creates a subtler smoky effect, but still gives you the drama you’re looking for. Line both your top and lower lashes and use a blending brush to gently smudge towards the outer edges of your eye.
MAC ‘Eye Kohl in Teddy’, AED 93/SAR 97, Mercato Mall
Add some black to your bronze with a thickening mascara – the perfect way to create a contrast and really define your smoky eyes. Forget the falsies and try YSL’s new volumizing mascara. Its false lash-effect formula is enriched with nourishing oils, so lashes feel and look luscious whilst they’re coated with intense color.
For natural, but full-looking brows, this defining duo is the dream. Use the pencil end to trace the natural arch of your brow, drawing small strokes in the direction of hair growth, before using the gel to set brows and keep them in place.
Revlon ‘Brow Fantasy’, AED 43/SAR 44, Boots, The Dubai Mall