Adele, a Soulful Soft Autumn
A version of this post was published in September 2012.
I have an adorable memory of watching a video of Adele performing "Rolling in the Deep" seated next to my then-three-year-old son. He listened very carefully. When it was done, he turned to me and said, quite solemn, "Mommy, that lady has a fire in her heart."
A reader, C.T., asked me what season I believe Adele is. She pointed out that Adele's often in black but it's clearly not her best color. I have to agree.
Certainly this look is not right for her. The woman is invisible; we only see the too-bright color.
Yet she often gets her makeup right, don't you find? With the exception of the too-black eyeliner and mascara that are sadly de rigeur in show business, her lip and cheek are often natural and not overdone.
Those lip and cheek colors lean warm, to my eye, and are definitely subtle and blended rather than bright or contrasting. Her coloring is so very delicate. The black of the dress and the eye does not belong.
Here, again, eye and top are darker than she is, but not as painfully so. The rest is lovely. I see Autumn - don't you? Warm, blended, rich.
Could she be a True Autunm? Hmm. These very warm colors look, to me, a tad stronger than she is.
I find this warm, deep green, which could be True or Dark Autumn's green, just a tad too much for her.
She really is very neutral. The pink in those lips is actually pink, not salmon.
I think Soft Autumn. Here she is in more SA colors and I think they balance her wonderfully. Gentle, soft, blended, not overdone. We really see her.
I'm calling Adele a beautiful, soulful, Soft Autumn.
ere's hoping that one day she chooses to exchange the black eyeliner for, say, taupe or putty.
What color season do you see here?
5/13/2019 01:04:45 pm
I can see the case for soft autumn; however, I also think light spring could be a possibility. I agree with the neutral meaning warm tendency, but that peaches and cream skintone seems to be calling out for light and bright colors. I think SA might be too muted, and lightness May be more of the priority for Adele. Her Dewey complexion reminds me of Scarlett Johansson or Amanda Seyfried, both who tend to get typed as Light Spring. Anyone else see Adele as a potential Lsp?
5/13/2019 01:07:16 pm
*neutral LEANING warm not meaning
5/13/2019 01:38:56 pm
Janelle, this would not surprise me. Adele has a very luminous quality to her skin, a bit different than what I notice on most autumns whose skin seems more opaque/quiet. It's present even in her no makeup pictures, though I do think she reads a bit cooler without makeup. Also, while black might not be her best, I think she balances it far better than say Giselle or Natasha McElhone. That might lead me to believe that she can handle more saturation than a SA could? But honestly, it's so hard to tell from pictures where you don't know how makeup, filters, and hair dye have changed her presentation. I must admit she is one of the few celebrities I think makes a pretty convincing blonde (and she was blonde as a child). If I were draping her, I'd probably start with LSp, SA, and SSu. Who knows where she'd end up?
6/8/2019 04:57:59 am
I totally agree with you that she is a soft autumn, also, it was a surprise to find myself draped as one, as I have a slightly luminous quality to my skin, which is pale ivory. Having seen the evidence, by way of the clothes that I now wear, which look and feel right, after several mis diagnoses, I can confirm that this really is the test in the end.
2/2/2023 07:12:19 am
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