Jessica Alba had a whirlwind week promoting her film, Machete. In just a few days her look has gone from edgy-cool to sweet-and-pretty to drop-dead sexy. Watch her beauty transformation, and pick up some makeup and hair ideas along the way!
Jess stepped out at the Los Angeles premiere of Machete with new long layers and golden highlights in her hair. The subtle streaks start a few inches down from her roots and get thicker at the ends, which mimics how hair would naturally lighten throughout the summer. To create volume at the roots and slightly curved ends just like Jessica’s, blow-dry each two-inch section of hair with a medium-size round brush.
A few days after the LA premiere, Jessica flew to New York City to do some on-air promotion with Sirius Radio. She complemented her rocker black leather jacket and tough metal necklace with edgy, mussed-up hair. Warm a texturizing cream (like Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Crème, $24, aveda.com) in your palms, then run your hand through the ends of your hair, twirl a few small sections, even shake your head a bit. Then, to avoid looking too goth, add one feminine touch—like Jessica’s matte pink lip (try Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, $24)—to your look.
Straight from the radio show, Jessica makes an appearance at David Letterman—and does a complete 180, trading her tough, rocker vibe for a frilly dress, soft makeup, and a romantic updo. Her textured locks are smoothed with a flat iron and then parted in the middle and swept back into a low bun that sits at the base of her neck. She keeps her lips pink, but adds a touch of gloss to soften and brighten up her complexion. For an all-over glow, like hers, pour a few drops of luminizer (like Illamasqua Gleam Cream, $36, sephora.com) into a dollop of body lotion and smooth it over your chest and shoulders.
One day later, Jessica jets to Venice for the Venice Film Festival and attends a dinner honoring Quentin Tarantino. To glam up for the big night, Jessica pairs long, full lashes with a deep berry lipstick. To copy the look, curl eyelashes with an eyelash curler, then use tweezers to apply a few individual lashes to the corners of your eyes (it helps if you set a mirror on the countertop and look down into it as you apply them). Finish with two coats of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. Now use a lip liner to outline and fill in your lips, then swipe on a creamy, high-pigment lipstick, like Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Raspberry, $8, target.com.
Next up: a quick daytime photo opp where Jess lets her hair down. To get strands this smooth, comb each section right before you pull a flat iron through it. Then, for her makeup, Jess chooses a coral palette, which gives her that soft, lit-from-within glow. Swipe on a long-lasting coral-red gloss, like Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze in Continuous Coral, $9, walgreens.com, and blend a peach stain on both your cheeks and lids (try Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Tipsy, $30, tartecosmetics.com).
And, now, the show-stopper: Jessica goes all out for the Machete premiere in Venice, pulling her hair up into a high bun at the crown of her head while letting a few short layers loose to frame her face, and making her skin more radiant than ever. To do this: apply a luminizing primer (like Benefit That Gal, $28, benefitcosmetics.com) all over your face first, then smooth on your foundation. After a few minutes, swipe a drop of that luminizer (or makeup artists also swear by Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $17, elizabetharden.com) across your cheekbones, down the middle of your nose, and under your brows.