Style Files: Get Adele’s Oscar Make-Up Look
Four black dresses, three hairstyles, two make-up looks and one Oscar: that was Adele’s style profile for Oscar night. She earned rave reviews for her dress by British designer Jenny Packham on the red carpet, switched to a crystal-embroidered silk dress from the iconic British design house Burberry that weighed 33 pounds and gave the audience one final wardrobe change into another black floor-length Burberry gown for her acceptance speech. She made one more costume switch for the Governor’s Ball, slipping into a fishnet topped, 3/4 length sleeve black gown.
While her dresses all garnered praise, many women were wondering how to get her make-up look for themselves. It is possible, even easy, without the help of a professional.
STEP 1: Foundation Adele starts with a palette of nice, smooth skin that is well hydrated. Even if your skin is not quite so clear, Sephora’s Instant Airbrush Foundation ($9.00) will help smooth you out and give you an approximation of Adele’s look. It includes a dial that you can adjust for heavy to light coverage.
STEP 2: Bronzer & Blush To compliment her coloring, Adele veers towards pinks and browns. Recreate it with Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder($8.95). Adele the crease down the middle of her face in a dark bronzer and the lower part of her cheek bones with a healthy dusting of pink blush.
STEP 3: False Lashes A big part of getting the Adele look is layering on thick, Motown-esque false lashes. If you’re really, really not ready for that step, try out Lancôme’s Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascarain Black ($24.99). After the initial application, powder your lashes and apply a second coat.
STEP 4: Black Eye Liner + Brown Eyebrow Pencil Her eyes are always the centerpiece of Adele’s look, but they’re surprisingly simple. For the Oscars, Adele went with a simple black liquid liner around the entire eye that is embellished with a black shadow to create a controlled smudge under the eye and definition on the lid. Use Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black ($18.38) to keep the tears from smudging you up and wing the eye at the edges. Then take an eyeliner brush and smudge a bit of L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadowin Burning Black ($4.99) at the bottom outside corner of each eye. Finish off by using that same eyeshadow on the crease in your upper lid.
Finish off your Adele eye look by filling in your brows with Revlon’s Brown Fantasy Pencil($7.10).
STEP 5: Plump, Matte Lips Since Adele plays her eyes up so much, she tends to keep her lips natural. Create a base color with added lip volume by using Laura Mercier Lip Plumperin Bronzed Berry ($30.00). Avoid glosses at all costs.
To amp it up for Adele’s dramatic red-lipped Oscar acceptance speech look, simply layer on MAC Ruby Woo($18.99), a universally flattering red and reapply as necessary.
-Courtney E. Smith, Radio.com
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