Take five: talking beauty with the queen of heartbroken soul, Adele

21-year-old UK vocal sensation Adele is a girl who knows both her own style and how to rock a decent set of false lashes, and I love her for it. Championed by Perez Hilton early on in her career she cracked the US market with a bang, landing two Grammy awards and more than holding her own at this year’s VH1 Divas Live event, where she wiped the floor with her fellow performers and looked fabulous while she was at it. She was handpicked by US Vogue’s Anna Wintour to star in the magazine’s Shape issue for 2009, and was also styled by the devil herself for her big night at the Grammys. I spent five minutes picking her brain about all things beauty…

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?
Confidence and glamour. I think if someone naturally oozes a bit of both they're stunningly irresistible!

Are you a lip or an eye girl? I keep seeing you with a signature "lash"...
Ha! I love a lash. I love the 60s makeup look - big and bold. If I have my face done I feel naked without a lash. They're my ode to the drag queens. I'm a bit of a lip girl too but sometimes I'm a bit conscious of mine because there quite big anyway so I don't like drawing too much attention to them.

Have you learnt anything clever/unexpected from having your hair and make up done by a professional on a regular basis?
Contour!! Its all about the contouring! And white eye liner to open up the eye! I'm a huge slacker when it comes to my hair, I don't look after it very well!

You were shot this year for US Vogue, did you feel nervous going on to such a prestigious set?
I was nervous but I was a bit oblivious too. I've only in the last few months starting reading glossy mags, so I wasn't really aware of how big of a deal it was at the time. Annie Leibovitz wanted me natural. I was in hair and makeup for about half hour. Annie also asked me to not have my hotel room cleaned for 10 days, so I was pretty relaxed in my own mess!

What is the one product you can't live without - your "weapon of beauty!"?
My Eve Lom cleanser! It makes your face so soft. Its such a treat even when you do it yourself.

Do you have a signature scent?
Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison

What is one thing that makes you feel at your best i.e. a glass of bubbles, a facial, a new set of lashes...?
Definetly a new set of special edition Shu Uemura lashes!


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