The 7 Divas Who Shaped Adeleâ€™s Signature Beauty Look
FEBRUARY 12, 2016 10:00 AM
by MACKENZIE WAGONER
â€œIt needs to be perfectly in between â€˜doneâ€™ and â€˜not done,â€™â€ Adele Adkins says in the March issue of Vogue, speaking of the beauty look sheâ€™s been perfecting since the release of her first album, 19. Nearly a decade later, at age 27, the British singer hasnâ€™t felt the need to reinvent herself the way the pop star beauty chameleons of her generation do on a seemingly daily basis. â€œI donâ€™t have it in me,â€ she explains.
Here, a look at seven icons who prove that when your look is unwaveringly gorgeous, you can keep the conversation on the music.
Instead, Adele openly borrows her song-writing cues and her looks from the legendary divas who have come before her, with their time-tested lasting power and their carefully cultivated hair and makeup signatures. See those Barbra Streisandâ€“worthy flicks of eyeliner.
Or the Dusty Springfieldâ€“esque blown-out bob.
Adele is quick to cite Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James as some of her first musical influences, but their reverberations also appear in her proclivity for a long, filled-in brow.
So, too, â€œThe Spice Girls had a huge impact on my life,â€ she told Vogue in 2012. â€œI connected to Geri and I ended up finding myself at quite a young age.â€ It was here that she also may have discovered her appreciation for contour.
And when it comes to putting on an intimate performance no matter the size of her ever-growing audience, she admires the charming stage presence of Bette Midler, who shares her love for a dramatic false lash.
And last, but not least, Lady Bunny!