Other than having the voice of an angel, Adele is known for her always-flawless cat’s-eye. With that upper lid lined so perfectly, one might assume her secret is a pricey eyeliner or a detailed makeup stencil. However, luckily for us, the key to her look isn’t either of those items.
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According to an interview with Adele’s makeup artist, Michael Ashton, via Grazia, Adele’s perfect cat’s-eye is all thanks to $3 cotton swabs—specifically the Muji Thin Cotton Swabs ($3). Now, the reason these are so unique is because their tips are ultra-fine, allowing for absolute precision when cleaning up the ends of eyeliner.
“A normal Q-Tip is so chunky it makes a mess,” Ashton explained in the interview. “If you do it at a 45-degree angle, you can clean that line and drag and lift because they’re so fine, giving you that final flick,” he said, referring to Muji’s cotton swabs.
As someone with shaky hands, these cotton swabs are the perfect answer for refining my inevitably smudged lines. So, be sure to give the hack a try for yourself and check out our other eyeliner hacks as well. With a little bit of help, Adele’s famous cat’s-eye is only a few makeup steps away.
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