Sunday, May 18, 2014

Adele's Makeup: A Glamorous, Sculpted Look

In a recent post, someone commented that I looked like Adele, so I thought I'd see how close I can get! I paid tribute to Lauren Bacall in March, making this the second post in which I attempt to transform myself into a beauty icon. They're a lot of fun to do, so let me know what other celebrity's makeup you'd like to see me recreate! This look was a challenge because Adele's makeup is always so flawless; looking at it now, I think I could've gone even thicker on the cat eyes and contoured closer to my mouth. I also, of course, love Adele's music, and based on interviews I've seen with her, she seems like such a fun person to be around.

Adele's look is very classic, and the highly defined crease and cat eye recall 60's glamour to me. I chose her gorgeous 2012 Vogue spread in which she rocked dramatic eyes, a highly contoured face and nude lips as my inspiration. I used absolutely no shimmer and all neutral products, because Adele's face is like a marble statue in these images, all luminosity and smoothness. The cat-eye-with-defined-crease look is also a fantastic everyday look, but this version is just turned up to 11.

Products Used:

  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW15
  • Tarte’s Smooth Operator Concealer in Fair 
  • bareMinerals Foundation in Fair C10 
  • Tarte's Amazonian clay blush in Exposed 
  • NYX's Powder Blush in Taupe 
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Smashbox The Master Class Palette: Butter, Vanilla, Dusk, Blackout
  • The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Chocolate Linger 
  • Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown
  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters in No. 01 Matte Beige/High Glow
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!
  • Drugstore lashes (sorry, label's gone!) with Duo's LashGrip
  • e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Natural
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Scoop
Let's do this thang! I've got to apologize in advance for the wonky lighting here; I photographed these in front of a window on a day in which the sun couldn't decide whether to shine or hide behind a cloud.

To create that flawless skin, I actually used 2 foundations: MAC Longwear followed by bareMinerals, the finish of which I think is lovely for this kind of highly-polished look. Then I proceeded to contour & highlight, a full tutorial of which you can find here. I did quite a bit more than I normally would, and used a fluffy angled shadow brush to add shadow to my cupid's bow and to recreate Adele's distinctive chin.

I filled in just the gaps in my brows with a very light shade of brow powder meant for blondes. Since Adele's brows are lighter and thinner than mine, I wanted them to be polished but not over-emphasized. I then brushed through to break up sharp lines and send the hairs upwards.

Adele has very subtle but sculptural shading in her crease that almost starts at her nose and ends just before her brow. I used two light taupe-y shades and a few beiges and vanillas to replicate this, blending obsessively as I went. I tend to have some blue-ness not only under my eyes but between my nose and eye, so I added a few layers of concealer and matte beige shadow to make that area as uniformly skin-toned as possible.

Adele's liner is almost straight across from the wing to the top of the eye, as opposed to cat eyes with more of a curve like this. So, after getting a rough line along my lashline, I like to start with the top line to be sure that I get that part as accurate as possible. By the way, I have a fuller cat eye tutorial in the works. I suppose this one can act as an abbreviated version for now!

When creating cat eyes, I always start by making the shape a bit smaller than I want the finished product to be. That way, if I get some liner outside of that shape, I can make them a bit larger and it won't be a tragedy, if that makes sense. I started this with an angle brush to help with those straight lines, but at a certain point I find angle brushes start to get in the way of precision, so I switched to a pointed liner brush from e.l.f. 

Here's what I got after working with that pointed liner brush to get at the inner corner and sharpen the tip. I used the angle brush with my gel liner to tightline on the top lashline, and then used some black shadow to create a slight more hazy effect; Adele's liner is more smokey than razor sharp in this look.

I'm going to be honest guys: I'm not very good at applying fake lashes. It's a cosmetic weakness of mine. But for a look like this, they are really necessary to polish things off. Also, a thick black liner makes applying false lashes less daunting because even if you don't get the lashes right up to your eyes, the line will hide it. I used a somewhat natural pair first, since Adele's lashes here are big but don't overtake the cat eye's shape. I then applied a more dramatic but shorter strip to the outer corners, accentuating the cat eye. Finished off with beige pencil on my lower lashline, and a matte nude lip on which I added a bit of gloss. Not totally accurate, but I wanted to emulate Adele's pouty lips as much as possible.

Filtered out of my mind! 

That's all folks! Hope you and enjoyed, and please leave requests for other celebrity makeup recreations.


  1. Great job girly! You look so much like her, but perhaps a bit prettier! ;D
    You got skillsssss, girl!

    i can’t afford my lifestyle

    1. Thank you, ma'am! I think the chin shading really does it haha

  2. I've never seen anyone that could make themselves look so much like Adele. Great Job!

  3. Mind-boggling job mates, I take pleasure in longing your articles.