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.

(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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.

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

But if you are a master of false lash application (non-masters, check out our Style Files: Red Carpet Edition tutorial), select a heavy fringe like Ardell Fashion Lashes($13.11/four pack).

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.

(JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

(JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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.

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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