How To Shop The ‘Lion King’ Makeup Collection Early

Be prepared: The much anticipated limited edition Lion King makeup collection by renowned celebrity makeup artist Sir John and Luminess Cosmetics is hitting shelves tomorrow. Judging from the buzz it’s gotten, it’ll probably sell out faster than the gazelles that leap across the screen in the 1994 original animated Lion King. Sir John counts Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls among his famous clientele, which is fitting since Beyoncé plays Nala in the upcoming new film, hitting theaters July 19.

To get inspiration for the line, Sir John visited Africa. “I spent a ton of time in South Africa, in Capetown and Johannesburg; I adore it,” says Sir John, who is also co-executive producer of American Beauty Star. “I went on safari for the first time. The rhinos came right up to the truck, we were in the lion’s pit—just seeing animals that way took me aback. When you get a chance to get out of the US and see what real dirt and real clay look like, it’s so fertile. African clay has so many shades of reddish brown and warm brown. The landscape is what inspired me. One thing about Lion King is you don’t necessarily have a Disney princess that inspires you, like Cinderella. Lion King is all about the atmosphere, it’s all about the vibe, so hopefully I did it justice by paying tribute to the landscape and how organic the scenery is.”

Those striking earth tones take center stage in the collection, which includes an eyeshadow palette, a contour palette, a highlighter/bronzer, two shades of matte lipstick, two liquid lipsticks shades, and a tinted lip balm. Every item has amazing color payoff. “If you look at the eyeshadow palette you’ll see these natural clean browns and wearable colors for people who are minimalists,” Sir John says. “And for people who like extra drama, there are some beautiful jewel tone shades, like a purple that looks like a sunset. All of those colors are inspired by nature; even the sculpting palette is very natural in its tones. If you take the textures of the eyeshadows, it’s serious pigment. I just need to tap it—you can even use your fingers (to apply it).”

Sir John had a say in the sophisticated, striking packaging from start to finish. Though the film is pure Disney, the aesthetic is all grown up. “I fall in love with product from the outside,” he says. “It’s not a juvenile collection, it’s something you can hold. As you become more mature and get into your career, your packaging changes and the products that you source changes. You don’t want to whip out a dollar lip balm when you’re at a dinner—you want to have a beautiful compact that shows your station in life. As you move up, you evolve as well. I wanted to make sure that the girl who knows quality is going to want to hold this compact at dinner and not run to the restroom and hide it.”

It was also important to Sir John that the collection work for the Lion King’s global audience. “As a makeup artist, I have such a diverse group of women who I work with, so I have to make sure that this translates to everyone from Harlem to Hong Kong,” Sir John says. “In terms of complexion it has to be for the girl who is super fair, like Nicole Kidman’s complexion, to Lupita’s complexion. They’re both looking at me at the same time to make sure I get it right. So many other makeup artists have the luxury to work with one demographic, but I think the most modern way forward is to have a global complexion in mind. You want to make sure that all girls are invited to the party.”

Of course, Sir John is also paying homage to the fans of the original Disney animated Lion King. “This is a love letter to the moms who were kids back in 1994,” he says. “I was one of those children. Now most of those women are having families of their own and they’re taking their kids for the first time to see the movie. It’s like a time capsule to those women.”

 We know there’s one mom who approves of the line: None other than Beyoncé. “I wanted to show her something that was real, so I waited until the packaging was done so I had a real product,” Sir John says. “She was like, ‘oh my god, this is so good; I need five boxes.’ Getting her support on any project is so cool. A lot of people say, ‘what do you get inspired by?’ Being around really impactful women who are so badass and super strong, there’s all the inspiration you need. You don’t need much inspiration when you’re next to a woman who does a project like Lemonade or the Super Bowl. It moves culture. I grew up around a really strong mom. Strong women have really taught me.”

Be like Beyoncé and get your inner Nala on before the collection drops on luminessbeauty.com on June 15. Use the pre-sale code ‘UNLK367’ to shop at 9PM EST on Friday, June 14th.

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 Ulta.com and Disney.com on June 16th. The collection will also be available at select Ulta stores on July 1st!

Sir John Debuts The Lion King Collection With Luminess Cosmetics

THE FAMED MAKEUP ARTIST IS GIVING US THE TOOLS OF HIS TRADE.

Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess will 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 luminesscosmetics.com/disney on June 15th, ulta.com and disney.com 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 LuminessBeauty.com/Disney, Ulta.com and Disney.com 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.

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.
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 luminessbeauty.com on June 15 and online at ulta.com and disney.com on June 16 before it hits select Ulta stores on July 1.

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 Ulta.com 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.

A Dazzling ‘Lion King’ Makeup Collection Is Coming From Beyoncé’s Go-To Artist

On July 19, fans of all ages will gather in movie theaters across the country to behold the new Lion King live-action movie. And while we can’t wait to see our childhood favorite reinvented, we’re also over the moon about Beyoncé’s voice in the role of Nala.

In honor of the upcoming movie, renowned makeup artist Sir John has teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics and Disney for a luxurious makeup collection fit for royalty. Inspired by the scenic African jungle and the movie’s beloved characters, this eight-piece set is sure to be a hit.

And it’s from none other than Beyoncé’s renowned makeup artist, Sir John. The eight-piece limited-edition collection, inspired by the upcoming Lion King live-action movie featuring Beyoncé as Nala, rolls out on June 15. The jaw-dropping release is inspired by the African landscape and the dynamic characters of the beloved film.

Ahead, check out the eight highly pigmented and versatile products that’ll leave you feeling like the true queen you are.

Be Brave Matte Bullet Lipstick in Pounce $24

A nude lip is a must, so why not have one fit for royalty? This matte formula is both creamy and rich while providing a non-transfer finish that will last all day. And unlike most nudes, this shade doesn’t need a liner to truly pop; just take a quick swipe to your lips and take on the day!

Be Brave Matte Bullet Lipstick in Lion’s Mane $24

A red lip is a powerful lip, and this one is perfect. We can almost guarantee that if Nala was a lipstick-donning lion, this would be the color she wore. Its rich hue and perfect amount of orange undertones make this red a lip that can be worn on skin tones of all shades. The ideal red lip for any season.

Kingdom Sculpting Palette $42

Bronzing is easy, especially when you have six shades to choose from. The cool-toned colors make contouring a breeze, and there’s an appropriate shade for any skin tone. Simply take your bronzing brush and apply the powder to the hollows of your cheeks, around the perimeter of the face, and wherever else you so choose for a perfectly sculpted face.

Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette $42

You won’t have to wait for long with this eye shadow palette by your side. With seven neutral shades and five jewel-toned shades, there’s really no look that you can’t create. Whether it’s a subtle neutral shimmer or a smoked-out emerald lid you like to wear, this versatile palette is a must-have for eye shadow lovers.

Legacy Tinted Lip Balm $24

Sometimes you’re just not feeling lipstick, and that’s OK. Let this tinted lip balm do the trick. The nude shade with orange undertones gives your lips a subtle shine that lasts all day and is extremely lightweight. Wear it alone or atop another formula for some added sheen.

Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Romantic Atmosphere $24

Channel the romance of the jungle with this deep-red matte lip. The full-coverage formula only requires one swipe for a completely coated lip yet feels lightweight and is easy to remove when it’s time. Throw this one on when you’re feeling ready for a full beat or if you just want to make a bold statement with your lips.

Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Trouble $24

You can’t go wrong with a brown lippie, specially when it’s a liquid lipstick formula. Add some serious character to your look with this rich chocolate shade that will illuminate any skin tone. Even better, the luxurious packaging with have you feeling like you’re dipping in luxury.

Circle of Life Highlighter $40

Allow your skin to radiate like no other with this vibrant highlighter. The bronzed compact with specks of silver and gold will masterfully finish any look and add shimmer to any part of your face. If you’re not afraid of some dynamic shine, this is the highlighter for you.

Don’t forget to shop the entire collection on June 15 at Luminess Cosmetics and in Ulta stores.

This Lion King Makeup Collection Is A Disney Collector’s Dream

It’s been over two decades since The Lion King became an instant Disney classic, and this summer the animated movie is getting a live-action revival, similar to Dumbo and Aladdin. The adaptation is going to have all the drama of the original — Mufasa’s death is the saddest scene in cinematic history (don’t @ us) — but with a new notable cast that features Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and Seth Rogan.
With all the excitement for this remake, it comes as no surprise that there’s a coordinating makeup collection. Because, in this day and age, an adjacent eyeshadow palette cements a movie as a cultural phenomenon. And who better to create The Lion King-inspired makeup line than the man who is responsible for Beyoncé’s glow?
Sir John was tapped by Disney to bring the iconic film to life in makeup form, and he partnered with Luminess Cosmetics to create the 8-piece collection. As a first step, Sir John took a safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, he was inspired by everything from the red pigments in the dirt to the rich colors in the animals’ fur. The collection features an eyeshadow palette, sculpting palette, highlighter, and lip products — all made with the movie and the spirit of Africa in mind.
One other important thing Sir John considered: inclusivity. “The most important thing in creating this line was that it translates to every complexion,” the makeup artist tells Refinery29. “Women are looking at me to create a line that everyone can bring home. So, this can work with a lighter skin tone like Nicole Kidman to darker skin tones like Lupita Nyong’o.”
While we wait for the limited-edition collection to drop on June 15 and The Lion King movie to premiere on July 19, we’re giving you a closer look so that you can get your coins ready. Ahead, all the products in The Lion King Limited-Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess.

Sir John x Luminess Be Brave Matte Lipstick

This collection has small details — like the rose-gold in the packaging and the imprinted patterns on the lipstick bullets — that will make it a collector’s item. This highly pigmented, matte lipstick leaves a velvety finish and comes in two shades: a nude-mauve and a bold red.

Sir John x Luminess Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick

If you prefer liquid lipsticks, the collection has got you covered with this full-coverage, yet lightweight formula that comes in two shades: a brick red and a cinnamon brown. Sir John chose the burgundy shade to mimic the fruit juice Rafiki anointed Simba with in the Circle of Life scene.

Sir John x Luminess Legacy Tinted Lip Balm

For days when you want a more natural lip look, this nourishing lip balm has a hint of sheer color and a glossy finish.

Sir John x Luminess Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette

Sir John’s favorite product in the lineup is this 12-pan eyeshadow palette that will transport you to Africa with its rich colors. “We went for colors that would be aspirational to have in your kit,” says Sir John.

Sir John x Luminess Circle of Life Highlighter

If you take a closer look at the packaging of this highlighter, you’ll notice the glitter detail is meant to reflect Simba seeing Mufasa in the stars. You’ll be shining just like those stars when you apply this universal powder, which can be used on both face and body.

Sir John x Luminess Kingdom Sculpting Palette

Don’t think of this as just a six-pan contouring palette, it’s so much more, according to Sir John. It comes with cool tones that can be used to define facial features or dusted onto the eyelids. “It doesn’t matter if you’re super minimal, this is just an easy daytime palette,” he says.

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, and come back tomorrow to see behind-the-scenes snaps. Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess collection will launch June 15 on LuminessBeauty.com/Disney, Ulta.com and Disney.com on June 16, and select Ulta stores on June 1.