Adele’s makeup artist has answered all of our beauty prayers! Sharing the start to finish process of how Adele’s eye makeup is created, we can all FINALLY get the perfect cat eye. Click ahead for the exact how-to.
It’s not exactly breaking news that Adele, 27, has the most perfect cat eye makeup around. But the science behind her signature look, which was once a mystery to us all, is now completely accessible. One of our very favorite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge, brought Adele’s makeup artist of 9 (!) years, Michael Ashton, to her YouTube channel for a step-by-step tutorial on her makeup look.
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First up, Michael makes sure he’s starting on a clean base, by going over the skin with Bioderma Cleansing Water to remove any excess oil on the skin. Once the skin is clean, Michael uses Decleor Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Serum on the face to hydrate and calm down any redness. To finish his prep, he uses Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm all over to “give a natural strobing effect underneath any base that we’re going to use.”
Moving on to his famous eye makeup, Michael starts by taking a concealer brush and applying MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork to the eyes. “I like to apply it all over the lids, right at the base of the lashes, coming up to where you have your natural crease,” he says, adding that he also brings it down along the lower lash line to really blend it all in.
Next, Michael buffs the two lightest shades from the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip from the eyelid to the brow bone to blend everything together seamlessly. To start the cat eye, Michael takes the Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and, using the MAC Eyeliner Brush 209, begins applying the liner from the middle inner corner of the lid, outwards.
“This initial stage is just about getting the product on quickly, so we’re not necessarily worrying too much about the shape,” Michael stresses, saying he brings the liner out just past the lash line, saving the wing for last. With the initial line set, Michael goes back to the inner corner to really define and darken the line. “I like to stretch out the eyelid to avoid any creases, pop the brush as close as I can to the lash line and really work it along to blend it into the line we’ve already established,” he clarifies.
For the flick, Michael says to start at the root of the lashes and use more pressure on the brush and drag it upwards at a 45-degree angle. When you have the shape that you want, go back in with your brush and sharpen up the line. “If you have made a mistake or it needs to be sharper, I always have Bioderma water handy and cotton tips,” he says. After applying false lashes and mascara (Michael likes Dior Diorshow Mascara), Michael completes the cat eye before moving onto the rest of the makeup by tracing over his line one more time with MAC LiquidLast Liner in Point Black.
How amazing are Michael’s tips? Will you be trying out his cat eye tutorial, HollywoodLifers?