If you have ever seen an advert featuring a hand, you are likely to have seen Adele Uddo’s modelling in action. Working with some of the world’s biggest celebrities – Beyoncé, Colin Farrell and Hugh Jackman – Adele has a pretty cool, if rather strange, day job.
Talking to Allure, Adele shares her beauty tips for keeping her hands in perfect condition and explains what exactly the job of a hand model involves.
1. Even hand models get starstruck
“It’s always exciting when a celebrity is on set,” says Adele. “I’ve got to admit, my hands were blushing a bit when I worked with Colin Farrell. Beyoncé was quite a thrill, too. We worked together on a L’Oréal commercial, and I tried acting cool, but inside, I was super-starstruck.”
2. What other jobs has she done?
“Last year, I [worked on campaign images for] Christian Louboutin’s polish line, and that was really exciting. I also work regularly with Essie and always have fun with that team,” reveals Adele.
3. Use oils to keep hands in top condition
“People always ask me what my favorite products are, and for years I’ve been making my own moisturizers from coconut oil, shea butter, sweet-almond oil, and a blend of essential oils. Another tip is to try holding something in the picture. That can create a nice pose for hands. Just avoid the claw look,” Adele said.
4. Breaking a nail must be a real tragedy…
Adele told Allure: “My first big booking in New York was for Dior. Two days before I left L.A., I was running off to dinner, hastily putting on my heels, when my nail broke off and landed in the dark garage. Thankfully, my sister-in-law found it. The next day, a manicurist friend came over with her kit and reapplied the nail using a tea bag and glue. It looked amazing! No one at the Dior shoot could tell it was ever broken—even the manicurist was impressed when I pointed it out.”
5. How often does she get new manicures?
“When I’m shooting for nail-polish companies, I can have ten elaborate nail looks in one day. I often have two manicurists working on either hand. So when I tell friends I can’t call or text on the job, I mean it,” explains Adele.
6. No day is the same in this job
Most interesting is how varied Adele’s job actually is. “One day I’ll be in N.Y.C. shooting fragrance for Sephora, and the next I’m in L.A. rolling burritos for Taco Bell.”
For more images of Adele at work check out her Instagram.