The cover — shot by Annie Leibovitz — features the singer with minimal makeup and, perhaps most shockingly, without her trademark winged eyeliner. While the cover is low-key, her pre-show preparations are certainly not — her ~transformation~ takes two-and-a-half-hours. "It's a real pleasure for like an hour," she says, "then your bum goes numb and your back starts to ache!" (Psst, Adele, do it the same way Kendall Jenner does — while eating bacon and napping.)
The story is full of apt style commentary from Adele — she describes putting on Spanx "like pumping a sausage bag full of meat," so, yeah — but nothing tops the instructions she gives to her hair and makeup people, aiming for something "perfectly in between 'done' and 'not done.'" Like, nothing has ever described the look I go for ever single day more perfectly. Thank you, Adele. Thank you.
Read the full interview and gaze at the gorgeous photos on Vogue's website.