Beauty How To: Get Adele’s Look

Michael Ashton, Adele’s Kiwi make-up artist, chats to us and shares his beauty secrets.

What is the secret to creating perfect winged eyeliner?

Product cocktailing is key to achieving the intensity and opaqueness of the eyeliner. Start by outlining the shape of the liner, working from the inner to outer corner of the eye with a black gel liner. Then work the product right into the root of the lashes and then build thickness gradually. Once finished creating the desired shape, use a waterproof liquid liner with a precision tip to intensify and refine the line, finishing by winging the end of the liner last.

I’ve got five minutes to do my hair and make-up in the morning. What should I do?

Prepare skin by cleansing with a micellar water and apply nourishing moisturiser with SPF protection, brush brows into place using a clear brow gel and curl lashes root to tip before applying mascara. Create a flawless base using a lightweight foundation and spot conceal where needed on any blemishes and under the eye area. Using a cream blush and your fingers, apply a fresh flush to the apple of the cheeks before a quick slick of lip balm. Brush hair before working through a serum mid-lengths to ends to smooth and protect, then depending on hair length either use a blowdryer and round brush to quickly style or work a hot tong through random pieces framing your face to add an effortless texture.

Brow powder or brow pencil? Can you share a quick tip on how to create the perfect brows?

A combination of both! I recommend brushing clear brow gel through first before filling in the shape using very fine strokes with an eyebrow pencil and then setting with an eyeshadow and flat brush to give a groomed finish to the brows without them looking too overdone.

What’s the trick to applying false lashes?

The key element to applying lashes is the type of glue that you use. I’m a huge fan of the “Duo Adhesive” in black, which dries matte and gives a completely seamless finish. Apply glue to the lash using a small cotton tip or the end of an eyeshadow brush and leave it for a moment so it becomes slightly tacky to the touch. Place the false lash right into the base of your natural lashes starting in the middle first, then the outer part of the lash and finally the inner corner. If the false lash isn’t quite as close as you would like, take a cotton tip and gently press the top of the lash base until you are happy with its placement.

We don’t always have time for false lashes. Can you name a couple of mascaras that are great for a false-lash effect?

Diorshow Mascara, Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara and Tom Ford Extreme Mascara.

Festive season beauty made easy

Smokey eye or dramatic lip colour? Or will you break all the beauty rules and pair the two together this festive season? We sat down with Max Factor make-up artist Liz Kelsh and found out everything you need to know about perfecting your beauty look once the silly season rolls around.

What is your favourite look for the festive season?
A statement lip is a winning look for the festive season, teamed with fresh dewy skin and lashings of mascara.

What are your tips for perfecting your base for summer?
In summer, less is more when it comes to skin, however, you still want a flawless look so I opt for using buildable foundations, applying a sheer cover all over and only building cover where I really need it. One of my favourite buildable foundations is Max Factor Miracle Touch foundation.

How do you get your make-up to stay put when you have a long night ahead of you?
When you want your make to last you can’t go past long wear makeup, I love long-wear eyeshadows, super easy to blend and once they set they last all night.

Bold eyes or bold lips this festive season?
If you’re opting for a statement lip this holiday season it good to keep the eyes simple; try curling your lashes to open up the eyes and apply lots of False Lash Effect mascara.

Statement eyes are another winner for the festive season; I like to use long-wear eyeliner like Liquid Line Effect on the waterline so it doesn’t travel. A nude matte lip is a perfect partner for smokey eyes. A little touch of glitter on the eyes can look great for the festive season but only if everything else is very understated.

What runway-inspired trends are you embracing this season?
Eyeliner was big yet again on the catwalk, all of which transfer easily into an everyday look. If you’re new to liquid liner try tight lining which hugs close to the lashes for some smoke and mirror definition.