I don't know about you, but for me, nailing the perfect smoky eye look is a game of chances.
Often it's dependent on many contributing factors, including but not limited to: the length of time I've got left to get ready, how well I've prepped my skin, whether mercury is in retrograde, and many other things besides.
The main issue? Fall-out - that incredibly annoying phenomenon in which crumbly pigment falls onto your cheeks while crafting your perfect cut-crease.
Luckily for us, our good friend Jessica Alba has treated the world to an incredibly soothing smoky eye tutorial, in which she solves the problem once and for all. Her solution? The savvy inclusion of an under-eye mask.
In her most recent tutorial, she preps her skin with Honest Beauty Deep Hydration Face Cream and Everything Primer. Her eye mask of choice is Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Eye Patch - preferred by Jessica because of its bio-cellulose properties.
Then, as you’ll be able to spot at around 8 minutes in (as she applies the most dreamy shade from Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette in Sublime), she uses the edge of the mask as a template for buffing out her smoky shadow wings.
Later, after peeling off the mask she goes back in to blend out any harsher lines, but we’re so on board with this as a trick to keep the under-eyes clear of dropped pigment, not to mention as a precaution against panda eyes more generally.
Other tricks to combat this annoying problem include avoiding overloading your brushes with pigment, and tapping the handle on a hard surface before application to dislodge excess somewhere that isn't your face.
That said, we're super into this solution too - after all, think how glowy that under-eye area will look post-eye mask?
The woman is a genius.