Monday, November 18, 2013

Recreate the Look: Adele- Vogue UK 2011

Adele's makeup is always gorgeous. Dramatic cat eye, big lashes and pouty lips is her staple look. When I saw this picture of Adele on the October 2011 Vogue UK cover, I fell in love. Its her classic look, just amped up.

source: Vogue
I decided it would be fun to see if I could recreate this look, or at least the best I could. I dont know what products the makeup artist used, so I just use colors that looked similar to the photograph. All the products I used will be listed down below- but if you want to try this look for yourself, use whatever you have on hand!

I started off with a full coverage foundation, concealer and filled in my eyebrows as normal.

I applied a eyeshadow primer to my lids and applied a light beige shadow from my lash line to my brow bone to serve as a base. 

I then used a light brown in the crease, concentrating the color mainly in the center of the lid and extending it up towards the end of my brow and into the inner corner of the eye.

Using a dark brown shadow, I darkened the center of the crease and blended it thoroughly. 


I packed a light pink shimmery shadow all over the lid, avoiding the crease.

Now its time for liner. You can map out where you want your cat eye to go with a dark brown shadow, that way if you make a mistake its easily wiped away. The key is to make sure both eyes match in length and angle. You can achieve this by looking straight ahead into a mirror when applying your liner, then use small strokes to plan out the line. Keep checking to make sure both eyes look the same!

Once you have your liner mapped out, take a black shadow and complete the line around the eye, creating a thin 'v' around the tear duct.  

Continue darkening the liner by adding more shadow or by using a black eyeliner pencil. I used a black eye pencil on an angle brush. I also added the same light brown eyeshadow I used in the crease to blend the dark liner on the lower lash line.

Once I was happy with the liner, I cleaned up the edges with concealer.

In the image of Adele, there appears to be a slight hint of purple in the eye makeup. Its most likely the lighting or editing, but I wanted to add a bit of purple to add a little extra something. I applied a small amount of deep purple with a blending brush to the middle of the crease, and also applied the same purple over top of the black liner.

I added lots of mascara and a nude eyeliner to the lower waterline. 

Some false lashes and the eyes are done!

I contoured my face using a taupe brown matte eyeshadow, and then applied a small about of bronzer on my forehead and temples. I used a light pink blush towards the outer part of my cheek and blended it with my contour. I applied a champagne cream eyeshadow as my highlight along my cheekbones, brow bone and the inner corner of my eye.

Adele is wearing an extremely nude lip, which can show every bit of flacky, dry skin. So, I exfoliated my lips and made sure they were moisturized before applying foundation over the lips. Foundation creates a blank canvas by taking out any natural redness in the lip. I lined the lips with a beige lip liner, applied a creamy nude lipstick, and then added a bit of pink lip gloss just to the center of the lower lip.

Voila! The look is complete!

I hope you liked this look and try it out for yourself! If you have any requests for a look you'd like me to recreate, leave a link of a reference picture in the comments and I'll see what I can do!

Products used:

Face- Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"
Revlon Photoready Concealer in "Light"
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in "Fair"
Elf High Definition Powder
Elf Single Eyeshadow in "Pebble"
Avon Ideal Luminous blush in "Earthen Rose"
Revlon Matte Power Blush in "Perfectly Peach"
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in "Barely Beige"

Brows- Avon Glimmerstick Brow definer in "Blonde"
Elf Single Eyeshadow in "Pebble"

Eyes- Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Pur Minerals "Beauty by Numbers" palette (Skin tone)
Urban Decay "Naked" palette (Light Brown) 
 NYX Single Eyeshadow in "Dark Brown"
Wet'n'Wild Trio "Walking on Eggshells" (pink shimmer)
NYX "Smokey Eyes" palette (black)
Wet'n'Wild "Lust" palette (purple)
Avon Supershock Gel Liner in "Black"
Rimmel Scandleyes Eyeliner in "Nude"
Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara in "Black"
Elf false lashes

Lips- NYX lip liner in "Nude Beige"
Elf Matte Lip Color in "Nearly Nude"
Hard Candy Lip Gloss (no name)


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