Holiday Beauty How-To: Jessica Alba’s Berry-Stained Lips

I am forever envious of Jessica Alba’s uncanny ability to always look like she’s being professionally backlit (is she?). The woman just glows! Of course, I think her makeup might have a little something to do with it, too: pearly peach-brown shadow paired with a berry lip stain is a fresh look that’s a few steps above “neutral,” which is a welcome change from winter’s matte smoky eyes and dark wine lipsticks. If you, too, want to look like you’re perpetually illuminated by candlelight this holiday season, and I know you do, let’s break it down after the jump …


  • Using a soft, fluffy medium-sized shadow brush, sweep a rusty light brown satin shadow over the entire lid, blending around the edges. The color should ideally be a shade close to what you’d use as a bronzer — medium and darker skin tones can go for a warmer, more orange-leaning shade, like MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyeshadow in Earth 13, while fair and light complexions should use an ashier hue like Cafe Latte 164 (orange quickly becomes garish on pale skin). Use a smaller brush to apply a shimmery (rather than sparkly!) champagne color, like Stila Eyeshadow in Wheat, beginning at the inner corners of the eyes and up over the other shade, sweeping through the crease under the browbone about halfway across the eye for an illuminated effect. Use a clean brush to blend at the edges. Apply a creamy dark brown pencil liner as close to the lashline as possible — this makes lashes look thicker and more plentiful without the harshness of a black liner. Curl lashes carefully close to the base of the eye and use a lengthening dark brown mascara. Add falsies if you like!


  • A sheer, berry-tinted lip color is flattering on any complexion and is the perfect way to dabble in the season’s trendy bordeaux lip without the drama. Make sure lips are properly exfoliated and moisturized before using a sheer stain — Benefit Benetint was practically made for this look (actually, it was made for strippers’ nipples, but same thing). If your lips are prone to chapping and you want to be absolutely sure they’ll stay smooth all night, Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Madge Mauve is perfect for a substantial hint of color and a moisturizing treatment.