After three years spent presumably marinating in her genius juices, Adele has returned, and her makeup and hair for a "When We Were Young" performance proves the singer's style game is still going strong. If you've read any of my writing on Bustle (thank you for keeping me employed), you've probably come to the conclusion that if you describe a look as retro I will immediately seek to replicate it, even if it is a potato sack. Well let me tell you that Adele's look is no exception, and I am here to sing its praises from the rooftops.
Adele's look during this performance falls very much in line with the way she's been doing her makeup since she was an exceptionally skilled teenager releasing her first album, 19, but the fact that she rarely deviates from the look does not mean that it isn't worthy of attention. Throughout her career, Adele has faced criticism for her appearance and has been the target of fat shaming campaigns multiple times over. But seven years into the game, Adele has yet to cave to demands that she lose weight, and has instead become a body positive icon. She seems comfortable with her appearance and personal style, and that's all that matters.
So while I do appreciate the heights to which Adele will tease her hair, or her devotion to the flick of her signature cat eye, it is her refusal to be anything other than herself that is truly worth mirroring. Let's take a page out of her book and seek to emulate not only her look, but also her confidence.
1. Get The Bouffant
The higher to hair, the closer to heaven, am I right? Adele's hair is shorter than it once was, but that doesn't mean that she can't still rock her signature volume. To recreate the look on any length hair, concentrate on building fullness from the ends of your eyebrows up, and curl the remaining hair in towards your face.
2. Beautify Your Skin
Michael Ashton told Glamour back in 2012 that he preps client's skin with Decleor Aroma Cleanse (shown above) and Decleor Rose Oil. Who knows if he still uses the same products, but if it was ever good enough for Adele's MUA, it's good enough for me.
3. Apply A Water-Based Foundation For Natural Coverage
In the same interview, Ashton stated that he prefers a water-based foundation that highlights Adele's naturally gorgeous skin. Naturally gorgeous skin. What is that life like?
4. Time For Falsies
Adele's lashes are always thick and glam and only achievable with a good pair of falsies.
5. Apply Winged Liner, AKA The Makeup Equivalent of Neurosurgery
Having the misfortune of being born with hooded eyes, I can never hope to achieve Adele's gorgeous cat eye. If you can do winged liner on your eye shape (l am incredibly jealous), Nic from Pixiwoo shows you how to achieve the look with a combination of a liquid liner and black eyeshadow.
6. Contour Your Cheeks
No crazy contouring here: if you're fair like Adele, a touch of peachy blush applied just underneath your cheekbones does the trick.
7. Embrace A Nude Lip
Finding a nude lipstick that works with your skintone is surprisingly difficult — I still haven't found one I'm entirely happy with — but Adele's makeup artist nailed it in this shoot. In the video, Lisa Eldridge offers some indispensable advice for finding a nude lip that suits your complexion.
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