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The 7 Divas Who Shaped Adele’s Signature Beauty Look

Vogue
The 7 Divas Who Shaped Adele’s Signature Beauty Look
FEBRUARY 12, 2016 10:00 AM
by MACKENZIE WAGONER

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“It needs to be perfectly in between ‘done’ and ‘not done,’” Adele Adkins says in the March issue of Vogue, speaking of the beauty look she’s been perfecting since the release of her first album, 19. Nearly a decade later, at age 27, the British singer hasn’t felt the need to reinvent herself the way the pop star beauty chameleons of her generation do on a seemingly daily basis. “I don’t have it in me,” 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.

Etta James
Etta James

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 Streisand–worthy flicks of eyeliner.

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

 

Or the Dusty Springfield–esque blown-out bob.

Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield

 

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.

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

So, too, “The Spice Girls had a huge impact on my life,” she told Vogue in 2012. “I connected to Geri and I ended up finding myself at quite a young age.” It was here that she also may have discovered her appreciation for contour.

Geri from the Spice Girls
Geri from the Spice Girls

 

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.

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And last, but not least, Lady Bunny!

Lady Bunny
Lady Bunny

 

 

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