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10 Best Peel Off-Masks That Actually Work

If you’re in the mood to relax—and let’s be real, we’re always in the mood to relax—start by putting on a feel-good song, order-in your favorite dish, and then get ready to be zen. It’s time to reward yourself for the hard work you’ve done this week and pamper your skin. The easiest way to do it? Try a peel-off mask. From cheap drugstore options that offer anti-aging benefits or a little hydration to slightly more luxe products for oily and sensitive skin, these derms recommended the best peel-off masks to take your DIY spa night to the next level.

Rose Gold Vitality Peel Off Mask

The combination of antioxidants and peptides detoxes against environmental aggressors to improve your skin’s flexibility and strength. This mask harnesses the power of marbleberry plant stem cell extracts, an antioxidant, to fight free radical damage and replenish skin hydration,  says Engelman.



Here’s What Lion King’s Makeup Collection Looks Like On Different People

Makeup artist extraordinaire Sir John teamed up with Disney and Luminess to create the limited edition Lion King makeup collection, and we got to try it out before it launches on June 15!

If you’re a makeup enthusiast then you know Sir John glams the faces for the likes of Celine Dion, Khloe Kardashian and Beyoncé. Now, he’s teamed up with cosmetics company Luminess to create Disney’s official, limited edition Lion King makeup collection to celebrate the live-action remake, in which Beyoncé is the voice of Nala btw. *Feel free to fan out right now!*

The eight piece-collection includes the Kingdom Sculpting Palette, Can’t Wait to be Queen Eyeshadow Palette, Be Brave Matte Lipstick in two shades, Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in two shades, Legacy Tinted Lip Balm and Circle of Life Highlighter. The products will be available on Luminess on June 15 and makeup retailers on June 16, ranging from $24 to $42.

He actually came by our office to show us the collection and we got to try it out first hand. We were immediately blown away by how elevated the packaging was, and by the finished looks.

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The makeup artist extraordinaire told BuzzFeed that this collection was an elevated take for all the millennials who grew up on the original film. We’re all grown up now and this collection is the perfect mix of childhood nostalgia and adult presentation. Everything from the sleek, metallic packaging to the super-rich and intense pigment proves that this is not a drill, people. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!

Sir John gave Sabrina a shimmering monochromatic look, perfect for a fancy affair. If lions had weddings, Nala would’ve totally rocked this beat!

He enhanced Sabrina’s bone structure with shades Dusk and Cub from the Kingdom Sculpting Palette. For the lips and blush, he actually used the Be Brave Matte Lipstick in Pounce, which he calls a “convertible piece” because you can use it more than one way!

Can we have a moment of silence out of respect for this speck of gold in her tear ducts?! It’s all in the details, dahlings.

From the Can’t Wait To Be King Eyeshadow Palette, Sir John applied Pride Rock to her inner and outer corners, and Nala on the ball of her eye for a matte-shimmer-matte pattern. This is an easy way to create dimension to the lids. To really open and brighten the eyes he applied Simba to the tear ducts, and brought everything together by blending African Clay in the creases. He finished the look with Circle of Life Highlighter to the cheekbones, and topped off the lips with Legacy Tinted Lip Balm.

Here’s a cheat sheet of everything you’ll need to recreate this moment.

Sabrina’s Final Thoughts: “In all seriousness, Sir John made me feel like a Disney princess after I saw my finished look! If you’re anything like me, navigating how to properly apply makeup is nothing short of intimidating, especially when trying a new color that’s out of your comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised at how bold, yet natural the shimmery golds were against my skin tone.

I absolutely love how Sir John balanced the use of warm colors on my face overall and especially appreciated how the combination of his technique and the collection made my eyes pop. The beautiful thing about Luminess and Sir John’s Lion King collection is that there is an array of colors perfect for every person, no matter what their skin tone is. I have never felt more confident wearing makeup than when Sir John applied this collection to my face!”

For Sarah, Sir John proved that you can bring the drama without doing the most. Her blue-red lip and soft, subtle eye make for a stunning juxtaposition.

To sculpt, he applied Cub and Marula, and finished off with the Circle of Life Highlighter. Who knew looking so good could be so easy and so quick?! Sir John knew, that’s who!

Nala would DEF rock this look for girls’ night out in the jungle. So sexy, so chic, so editorial!

He kept the focus on her lips with Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Romantic Atmosphere. Sir John left the eyes more neutral, applying Safari Khaki to her entire lid and punching up the ball just a tad with the shade Landscape.

Here’s everything you need for this quick and easy slay.

Sarah’s Final Thoughts: “I’m obsessed with the golden eye look Sir John created for me — it reminds of the beautiful sunset scene in Lion King where Mufasa famously says, ‘Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.’ And not only that, but I feel like it’s a look I could actually recreate myself pretty quickly (knock on wood!), yet the finished result looks so elegant and ~radiant~.

I’m obsessed with my blue-based reds and Romantic Atmosphere did NOT disappoint, and I think Sir John’s slight overlining of the lips really made the red pop, balanced the bold brows, and centered the whole look. Sir John and Luminess nailed it, and I can’t wait to redo this look and play with all of the other gorgeous eyeshadow shades! 😍”

And for Essence, Sir John showed us a much brighter look, punctuating the eyes and muting out the rest of her face. We can see Nala slaying this fun, care-free look at the Pride Rock Music Festival!

(Hey! I’m Essence, Essence is me. Writing about myself in third person is weird.)

He contoured with Pumbaa, applying it to the jawline, forehead and cheekbones. On the lips he applied the Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Trouble, and dabbed a little to her cheeks as well.

We have five words: Your favorite peacock could NEVER!

Now the eyes were the focal point so he really packed on the pigment and played with some of the more vibrant shades from the Can’t Wait To Be King Eyeshadow Palette. The shade Meadows sweeps the entire lid and the shade Zazu sits in the tear duct. He applied Pride Rock and African Clay to the crease and Wisdom to the brow bone to blend out the look.

Wanna get the look?! Here are the deets.

Essence’s Final Thoughts: “So this collection is sooooo incredibly special. I immediately fell in love with the packaging. It has this metallic thing going on that changes in the light when you hold it at certain angles, and then to follow that up with such a great product that actually performs was just amazing! The makeup itself is just as elevated as the packaging.

Now as for my look, not to sound full of myself or anything but I look GOOOOOOOD! This pigment is without any primer or enhancement in photo editing. What you see is literally what it looked like in real life. The colors work well together and I like it because even though the makeup is elevated, it’s not hard or intimidating to use. Sir John just keeps on leveling up and this collection is brilliant. It made me that much more excited for the movie!”


Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess will be available here on June 15th, and and on June 16th. The collection will also be available at select Ulta stores on July 1st!

A Little Lip Service

From matte and glossy to hydrating and plump, there are a wide variety of smooch-worthy choices.

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A coat or two of lipstick can go a long way in perfecting a wedding-day look.

“Lipsticks are a small, portable piece of beautification that brightens your face instantly,” said Todd Harris, a makeup artist based in New York, adding that new technologies and components “are making the lipstick market huge right now.”

There are a wide variety of choices available, from matte and glossy to hydrating and plumping. Here are some new releases and reliable standbys to consider for your big day — or for every day.

From the top: Marc Jacobs Enamored (With Pride) Dazzling Gloss Lip Lacquer in Electric Lites; Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss in Remedy; and Cosmedix’s Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator in Lumi Crystal.

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Lip glosses create a look that’s lighter, softer, and shimmery, and they’re perfect for summer wedding ceremonies.

Some of the latest releases also offer added benefits. Saint Jane recently introduced Microdose Lip Gloss, $28, which contains 50 milligrams of pure CBD, or cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis plant, along with chamomile and aloe.

“The mouth is one of the most nerve-rich areas of the body,” said Casey Georgeson, the founder of Saint Jane. “You can calm the lips, and yourself, with ultra-absorbing antioxidants and wellness ingredients, like CBD, as the benefits are delivered quickly.”

Cosmedix’s Lumi Crystal, $35, is a glossy lip hydrator infused with liquid crystal technology that delivers intense moisture. Among the ingredients, portulaca pilosa extract and palmitoyl tripeptide-38 help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and protect from environmental stressors. And the product’s light-reflecting finish gives you a polished look photos.

Also, Marc Jacobs recently released six new shades in the Enamored Lip Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer collection to coincide with L.G.B.T.Q. Pride Month. Each of these glosses costs $28 and comes in limited-edition rainbow packaging. From June 6 to July 10, 10 percent of the retail price will be donated to SAGE, an organization that provides support to older L.G.B.T.Q. people.

From left: Christian Dior “Perfect Red” Rouge Dior No. 999; Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick No. 400; Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge; Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson; and Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.

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Red has historically been a coveted and classic color for lips. Designers and celebrities who have moved effortlessly into the beauty arena have each had a standout hero (or best-selling) red.

“When it comes to makeup, especially a lipstick that has a cultlike quality, it lets you connect emotionally to the designer and the brand,” said Tim Quinn, the vice president for creative artistry at Giorgio Armani Beauty. “It also connects you to other women who have worn the same shade, which intensifies and validates the moment you’re experiencing.”

Giorgio Armani’s signature shade of red was inspired by the center of a red rose, and is encapsulated in shade No. 400 in the Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick collection, $38.

Among the other popular brands, Christian Dior’s “perfect red” Rouge Dior No. 999, $37, pays homage to two of the original Rouge Dior shades, Nos. 9 and 99, which debuted in 1953. Tom Ford’s Scarlet Rouge, $55, released in 2012, was one of his original colors, delivering an instant dramatic look. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty features Stunna Lip Paint, $24, a long-wear fluid color that was part of her original collection.

Pat McGrath offers MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson, her signature red, $38; a true crimson with just the right amount of blue undertone, it helps to make teeth appear whiter. Her distinctive packaging features lips protruding from the sleek case.

From the top: Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath in Refresh Rose;  Dr. Brandt 3-D Lip Plumpfix; and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme.

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Forget filler injections, there are products that can create the look of fuller, wider lips minus the pain.

“Lipstick is instant glamour,” said Charlotte Tilbury, a former makeup artist who created her own cosmetics and skin care line.

Over the last five years, she has released more than 90 lip offerings, including Collagen Lip Bath, $35, a plumping lip gloss (with heart shaped applicator) that contains marine collagen, mustard sprout extract and pearlescent pigments.

“This gives you a boost of youth paired with a natural glow and lustrous lip,” Ms. Tilbury said.

Others products worth considering include Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, $28, an instant lip-plumping clear serum. It uses technology that helps dilate blood vessel, creating volume, and contains collagen. Dr. Brandt’s 3-D Lip Plumpfix, $39, offers morning and evening plumping through a dual applicator. Thanks to hyaluronic filling spheres, peptides, and biomimetic skin rejuvenators, it produces lips that appear fuller, smoother and contoured.

From left: Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour; Bond No. 9 Refillable Lipstick; and Rouge G de Guerlain lipstick and Imperial Rouge textured faux leather case.

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Pretty packaging can add a touch of luxury — and even whimsy — to the makeup process.

Christian Louboutin’s famous red-soles look can be worn on your lips — and now around your neck as a statement piece. Inspired by Middle Eastern antiquities and the Art Deco movement, five new Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Colours, $90, are a nod to his signature hue.

“Lipstick journeys with you,” said Isamaya Ffrench, global makeup artist for Christian Louboutin Beauty, explaining that “Christian Louboutin’s vision is to turn lipstick once hidden in a bag into an exceptional objet d’art, a showpiece.”

“The object is luxurious, elegant and bold,” she said. “It reflects the sensibility of the product inside and how it might make you feel.”

Rouge G de Guerlain offers 12 new semi-matte shades, $33, and eight additional mock-crock and snakeskin colored cases complete with mirror, $22, that can be refilled and swapped.

And Laurice Rahmé, the creator and president of Bond No. 9 New York Fragrances, debuted her Neutral Lips collection. Each of the six shades are named after a Manhattan location — Hudson Yards and Central Park, for example — and are encapsulated in a refillable, metallic gold case that resembles her signature hourglass perfume bottles, $105 and $130.

From left: Givenchy Encre Interdite 24 Hour Lip Stain in No. 2 Arty Pink; Maybelline New York Color SuperStay 24 Super Impact in Infinite Petal; and Luminess Cosmetics Forever Reign Lip Stain in Rustic.

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“Stains gives you the confidence and reassurance that what is on your lips is not disappearing or bleeding — it’s one less thing you have to think,” said Mr. Harris, the New York makeup artist. “When smudge-proof products first came out,” he said, “they were highly alcohol based and drying. That’s changed with advancements, new emollients and innovative hydrating formulas.”

These 2.0 products include Luminess Cosmetics’ water-resistant Forever Reign Lip Stain, $24. It applies as a liquid and sets as a velvety finish that lasts for 24 hours. Maybelline New York Color SuperStay 24 Super Impact, $10.49, contains microflex technology, which keeps the color inked on.

Givenchy Encre Interdite 24 Hour Lip Stain, $33, is also a waterproof liquid lip ink that dries in seconds while setting. As an added bonus, black rose extract and antioxidant polyphenols help protect lips against aging.

Sir John Debuts The Lion King Collection With Luminess Cosmetics


Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminesswill finally be available June 15th, and like Simba, we just can’t wait. Who better to create this royal collection than someone well-versed in working with queens (not to mention his name is Sir John)? If you don’t know Sir John let me run you some of his roster of clients: Gabrielle Union, Joan Smalls, Kelly Rowland, and Erykah Badu. He’s most know for being Beyoncé’s makeup artist, and the man behind some of Queen Bey’s most notable looks, including her glittery festival appropriate look for her Coachella shutdown. He’s been on the teams of cosmetic giants such as Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, and has partnered with several prestige beauty brands.

So we’re excited to get our hands on his latest collaboration, a collection of treats from Luminess Cosmetics that includes matte and liquid lipsticks, highlighter, a tinted lip balm, a sculpting palette, and an eyeshadow palette with shades named after characters in the classic film. The Sir John x Luminess Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection is available at on June 15th, and on June 16th, and at select ULTA Beauty stores on July 1st.

Be Prepared to Spend: This Stunning Lion King Makeup Collection Is Coming


Disney’s movie slate for 2019 is incredible. Consider the heavy hitters the production company is putting out: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, Spiderman: Far From Home and Frozen 2 are all coming out the same calendar year. Not to mention that this Summer, the house of Mouse will premiere the highly anticipated live-action version of The Lion King (in theaters July 19th) with a star-studded cast, including Beyoncé, who will take on the role of Nala. (It’s too soon to tell, but there’s no chance Nala will not be at the top of the baby names list for this year, right?)

Disney is no stranger to beauty collaborations — we report on them regularly here at POPSUGAR Beauty — but trust us when we say The Lion King collection will be the most coveted of the year. Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess collection is full of thoughtful pieces that are wearable for every day, have playful elements, and sold in truly stunning packaging. They will be collectors’ items at the very least.

Sir John, of course, is the perfect fit for this — he is Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist and has been working with her for years, but he’s also one of the most in demand makeup artists in the world. We can only hope he outfits her in the collection for the movie’s premiere.

The eight-piece collection includes five lip products: the Be Brave Matte Lipstick ($24) and the Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick ($24), the Legacy Tinted Lip Balm ($24), the Circle of Life Highlighter ($40), the Can’t Wait to Be Queen Eye Shadow Palette ($40) and the Kingdom Sculpting Palette ($40). A vault of all the products will also be available for purchase for $250. The stunning packaging was created by using an etched enamel technique. “The packaging is a combination of a metalized coating to give the rose gold finish, followed by different color pigments that are 3D printed in layers, with etched relief in other areas revealing the metalized rose gold,” a representative for the brand told us. “The result is a package design that is layered with hundreds of shapes, in nearly a dozen color shades to create one design that is tactile.”

Sir John was inspired by the women he grew up with, his clients, and his experience in Africa. “I have the amazing gift to work with very diverse women,” he said. “This collection takes all shades and colors into account — there is something for everyone. I was also very inspired by the landscape in Africa. The rich colors I saw when on safari were what I wanted to bring to life.”

The eye shadow palette includes what Sir John calls “supernatural neutrals” and some pops of color for those who “want to be a little more extra.” The palette was the one product he really wanted to include because he was so inspired by the movie. “The blue (shadow) was inspired by Nala’s eyes; the matte neutrals capture the super natural landscape. These colors played out well on the big screen, and I was excited to draw inspiration from them,” he said.

All products were created so that everyone — no matter how skilled you are (or not) — could use them with ease. The contour palette, for instance, takes the guesswork out of creating a sculpted face. “When I say sculpting, sculpting is a softer version of contour,” said Sir John. “You can be a pedestrian, you don’t have to be a driver on the road to understand how to sculpt.”

The lip story in the collection is a lot of fun. The orange-based red matte lip is a “’50s red” that makes “everybody’s tan come to life,” according to Sir John. When I mentioned it had a retro look, he said it gave him a Bianca Jagger feel. “We’re bringing a little disco to the daytime.”

A shade of the Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick pays homage to the original movie. In the film’s opening, during “The Circle of Life,” Rafiki opens the baobab fruit and swipes the deep red liquid onto young Simba’s forehead, anointing him as heir to the throne. The color of the liquid lipstick is a similar shade, which is meant to mimic baobab fruit that was applied on young Simba.

These personal touches, along with the luxe and detailed packaging, make this launch once in a lifetime. And Sir John wants everyone to know this collection isn’t just for the younger fans. “My generation were the children going to see the original film in theaters,” said Sir John. “This collection is a time capsule and my love letter to all the moms that now get to take their children to see the new film and experience the magic all over again.”

We joined Sir John and Luminess on set in Los Angeles to get a first look at the collection. Keep reading to see all the products before they launch. Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess collection will launch June 15 on, and on June 16, and select Ulta stores on June 1.

Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Sir John Is Launching a ‘Lion King’-Inspired Collection


Will we ever get tired of Disney-themed makeup collections? Probably not, especially if its designed by none other than Sir John, the beauty whisperer behind some of Beyonce’s most famous looks. To celebrate the release of the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, Luminess Cosmetics recruited Sir John to create a full collection based on the places and characters in the classic film.

We all want Beyoncé’s healthy, sunkissed glow and Sir John’s Lion King collection brings us pretty damn close. Inspired by Africa’s rich colors and textures, the full collection comes with eight different pieces made in earthy, neutral tones, including the Can’t Wait to Be Queen eyeshadow palette—featuring 12, creamy, pigmented pots in muted matte and shimmer finishes, save for three eye-popping blue, green, and purple pots to add a little oomph to your nighttime look. Carve out your features with the Kingdom sculpting palette and then reach for the Circle of Life highlighter for a gorgeous bronze, Beyoncé-like glow.

Can’t Wait to Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette, $42
Kingdom Sculpting Palette, $42
Circle of Life Highlighter, $40
After you’ve chiseled your cheekbones and dusted a little glow all over, Sir John gave us four different lipsticks to complete the lewk—two Be Brave matte lipsticks in Pounce (deep brown-mauve) and Lion Mane (fire red), as well as two liquid lipsticks called Be Prepared in Romantic Atmosphere (deep red) and Trouble (chocolate brown). If lipsticks aren’t your jam, the collection also comes with a tinted lip balm in rosy shade.
Be Brave Matte Lipstick in Pounce, $24
Be Brave Matte Lipstick in Lion Mane, $24
Be Prepared Matte Liquid Lipstick in Romantic Atmosphere, $24
Be Prepared Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trouble, $24
As the go-to makeup artist of Beyoncé, Sir John knows a thing or two about secrecy, so we’ve probably already seen a preview of the collection this past weekend when Beyoncé attended the annual Wearable Art Gala, hosted by her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson. Sir John created a regal bronzed look on Beyonce complete with a golden brown smokey eye, nude lips, and a subtle highlight on the cheeks. Beyoncé wore an embellished jumpsuit with a beaded lion and a feathered mane on the front to the Lion King-themed event.
Sir John’s Lion King-inspired collection will be available online at on June 15 and online at and on June 16 before it hits select Ulta stores on July 1.

Beyonce and Blue Ivy Rock Stunning ‘Lion King’-Inspired Outfits to Tina Knowles’ Gala

Beyonce is definitely embracing her role in the upcoming Lion King remake!

The multiplatinum singer attended her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson’s, annual Wearable Art Gala in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday night, where she chose an ensemble that clearly nods to the new Disney film. Bey voices Nala, Simba’s (Donald Glover) love interest.

The GRAMMY winner wore a glittering gold catsuit featuring an ornately designed lion’s head across the bodice. Filling out the big cat’s mane are rows of gold feathers. The outfit also includes a long gold cape, which the songstress proudly displays a in series of Instagram photos.

Along for the fun was Beyonce’s 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who wore a billowing yellow dress with colorful detailing and a matching headpiece for the gala. And if there’s any doubt as to where they drew their inspiration for their looks, a video was also posted featuring Blue Ivy singing along to “Circle of Life,” a classic track from the animated 1994 Disney film.

There’s no denying that Tina seemingly encouraged her daughter’s choice. The theme for this year’s gala is “A Journey to the Pride Lands.” A group of lions in nature is referred to as “a pride.”

Along with the release of the film, Disney has collaborated with Luminess Cosmetics and Sir John, Beyonce’s longtime makeup artist, for a limited-edition collection inspired by the movie. ET recently spoke with John about tackling the project and the nerve-racking experience of getting feedback from Beyonce.

“I think that even when I called Bey and I said, ‘Hey, listen, this is what’s happening,’ I was kind of nervous to see what she thought, but she was so proud and so happy for me,” he shared. “So I feel like this is gonna be a win.”

The stunning, highly pigmented earthy shades are named after places and characters from the film. Each palette and lipstick features etched portraits of Mufasa, Simba’s father, and the shades boast a tribal embossed pattern.

“So I spent a lot of time in South Africa, so Luminess and I wanted to do something that really reflects not just the landscape and sunset and all of those things that are just natural and organic, but tribal prints as well,” the makeup artist explained. “I really wanted to nail it and really hit it hard with the movie and I feel like this runs quite parallel with where the movie is as well.”

The collection will be available on Luminess’ site on June 15. The Lion King roars its way to theaters on June 19.

Beyonce’s make-up artist creates The Lion King-inspired beauty range


Beyonce’s make-up artist Sir John has teamed with Disney to create a The Lion King-inspired make-up line.

The beauty guru’s most famous client voices the role of Nala in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the double Oscar-winning 1994 animated classic.

And to mark the movie’s release, Disney has recruited Sir John for a special cosmetics project.

“Disney first approached me last August, just as I was wrapping up (reality TV competition show) American Beauty Star,” Sir John told The Hollywood Reporter. “They told me (Beyonce) was voicing Nala and asked if I’d be interested in doing a line of cosmetics for them.

“I was kind of like, ‘She’s sold separately.’ But they said, ‘No we want to work with you, and we want you to license it and find a partner to produce the collection.’”

Reaching out to Luminess Cosmetics, a brand known for its airbrush technology, Sir John began work on the collection – which is made up of an eyeshadow palette, sculpting set, highlighter lipsticks and lip balms, all named after some of The Lion King’s most famous songs.

Each item is encased in packaging made from etched enamel showing a lion’s face, with Sir John explaining how freeing it was to design around an animal and not a princess.

“It was actually a plus, because I didn’t have a character limiting my creativity… I didn’t have to design a collection for Cinderella,” he mused. “I also think women appreciate the grace and beauty of big cats, whether it’s a jaguar, leopard or cheetah. They are so regal and so dangerous but have a feminine quality that speaks to my clients, who are strong women.”

The collection will launch on 15 June on Luminess Cosmetics’ website, with prices starting at $24 (£19).

The film, which also features the vocal talents of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, hits cinemas from 17 July.

Disney Made You a Lion King Makeup Collection


If you’re still haunted by those new Lion King character posters that were released last week, never fear; there’s a new Lion King-related launch that is much more visually pleasing and useful: the Sir John x Luminess Lion King Limited Edition Collection. Yes, the Jon Favreau reboot is getting its very own makeup collection because it’s 2019 and that’s just how it goes now. (See M.A.C’s Aladdin one and ColourPop’s Disney villains/princess ones.)

The recently announced launch is extra exciting because it was created by Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John of Beychella fame, which is a fun little connection since, lest you forget, Beyoncé is playing Nala. Also, “Sir” is royal-sounding like the “King” in Lion King and the name of one of Beyoncé’s children, making the layers to this collaboration both multifaceted and robust.


The collection has everything you need for a full look: a 6-shade sculpting palette, a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, two matte lipsticks, two liquid lipsticks, a tinted lip balm, and a highlighter — all with shades named after your favorite fictional animals (Pumbaa, Zazu) and favorite songs (“Be Prepared,” “Circle of Life”) that were written by another Sir John (Elton). The sophisticated packaging is also a nice upgrade from the ’90s merch that was covered with the animated characters like that really fun handheld video game that was primary colored and probably really annoying for my parents to endure.

You can grab the Sir John x Luminess Lion King Limited Edition Collection first on the Luminess Cosmetics website on June 15th, then on on June 16th, and finally in select Ulta stores on July 1. Whichever path you take, you’ll have more than enough time to do your face like the models below for the film’s premiere on July 19th.