9 Savvy Beauty Lessons We Can All Learn From Adele
While Adele is known for her stunning, powerhouse voice, in our beauty-loving world, we're equally obsessed with her makeup style. The songstress is back from a five-year musical hiatus, releasing a new album, 25, on Nov. 20. We can't wait to stream the emotional tracks — and also see her signature winged eyeliner in all of her upcoming performances.
There are many reasons to crush on Adele's beauty style. She is a pioneer of the modern cat eye and the OG of contoured cheekbones (yep, we said it). When it comes to her hair, she is fearless — transforming her blond strands into megavolume bouffants. We can thank her for starting the Louboutin manicure trend. Her recent makeup-free Rolling Stone cover proved she is just as beautiful bare-faced. And hello (see what we did there?), have you seen how gorgeous she looked in her latest music video?
What we love most is that all Adele's choices are so wearable that anyone can pull them off. Some of us already turn to Adele for lessons in love, but you can also learn beauty tricks from her, too. Keep reading to get inspired by one of the most influential artists of 2016!
Go Big or Go Home
Adele is no stranger to big hair, and her chic bouffants are proof that (when done right!) volume can make all the difference between a flat, boring bun and an elegant updo. Take this photo to your hairstylist if you're headed to a Fall wedding or a holiday soiree. Or DIY it using a Spornette teasing brush ($6) at home to achieve sky-high volume, and finish with lots of Living Proof Flex Shaping Spray ($24) for hold.
Reach For Rosy Blush and Lip Colors For a Flirty Finished Look
Like every beauty girl, Adele knows that if you play up one feature, you should keep the rest of your makeup more subdued. Here, she intensified her green eyes with liner on her lower lid. Instead of finishing this look with a bold lipstick, she highlighted the apples of her cheeks with a rosy blush and used a matching gloss on her pout. This flirty combination is easy and appropriate for any occasion. To re-create this at home, try Bobbi Brown Blush in Rose ($28) and pair it with Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Rose ($28).
Never Doubt the Power of a Sexy Red Lipstick
The easiest way to dominate an important event is by pulling out your power lipstick. At the 2013 Academy Awards, Adele traded in her standard winged liner for a smoky eye and a crimson lip. To complete her look, she let her hair down in soft, tousled curls with volume at her roots. Wear this Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Hexagram ($21) during your next date night . . . or when you want to make your ex jealous.
You Don't Always Have to Brush Out Your Roller Set
Curling wands have made big waves much easier to attain, but nothing creates long-lasting volume better than good ol' rollers. To get Adele's level of body, try using the T3 Voluminous Hair Rollers Set ($99). Take them out and use your fingers (instead of a brush) to twirl your curls — this will help them to keep their shape. Smooth a drop of Kiehl's Silk Groom Serum ($18) through your strands for shine, and fluff at the roots. The sexy result will be a fabulous style for holiday party season.
Clever Nail Art Can Still Be Classy
It can be easy to OD on crazy color and decals when experimenting with nail art. For a more subtle approach on creative claws, try the Louboutin manicure like Adele did at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Use your favorite nude or vampy polish as your base, and on the underside of your nails, use the Christian Louboutin Under Red Lacquer ($45) to create the ideal red bottom. Your basic manicure will have a subtle, high-end flair.
Opt For Mauve Lipstick When You Feel Moody
In a world full of overdrawn Kylie Jenner lips, it's nice to see Adele do a simple take on the plump pout. Instead of going heavy on the liner, she enhanced her pout with a shimmery mauve formula — the perfect balance between a standard pink plumping gloss and a heavy lip stain. Try the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lipgloss in Taboo ($28) to copy her look.
It's OK to Double Up on Lashes
Adele is a master of playing up her features. Here, she drew attention to her green eyes by loading up on false lashes. This is the fastest way to exaggerate your eyes without having to apply 10 coats of mascara. Layer on a few pairs of Ardell Lash Wispies ($17) when you're feeling daring.
Play With Braids
It is rare to spot Adele without her hair in a bold, retro style. However, at this appearance, she decided to take her sideswept bangs out of her face and went for a boho crown braid instead. To prep your hair for this messy style, scrunch some Oribe Fiber Groom Texture Paste ($32) through your strands to add shape and hold to your braid.
Nothing Beats Giving Your Skin a Makeup Break
It takes a bold person to get on the cover of a magazine makeup-free, but Adele bared her foundation-free skin and wet hair on the cover of Rolling Stone — and looked damn good doing it. Even she can agree that while getting glammed up is fun, nothing beats taking it all off at the end of the day.