#BigLipstickEnergy: The 3 Lipsticks I’m Obsessed With Right Now

“What lip is that?” A professional lipstick critic reveals all.

I’m a serial lipstick dater. So many lip products slide onto my desk. Some I double-tap and have all the heart eyes for. Others I ghost and leave on seen. This is #BigLipstickEnergy, an honest breakdown of how I feel about the latest lip launches. Read on for the three lipstick flings I’m keeping in rotation for now. Next week, I’ll have a new roster.

Chromatic Lip Stain in Classic Red

Luminess Cosmetics luminessbeauty.com

$24.00

THE DETAILS: 

Metallic eyeshadow ruled 2019 as one of the biggest makeup trends of the year. In 2020, let’s not leave our lips out—they deserve to shine, too. Start with this lip stain, which, unlike others on the market, won’t weigh your lips down with gunky, chunky, glittery excess. Instead, it feels smooth, soft, and velvety on your lips, and dries down quickly to a multidimensional, metallic finish. The formula does not budge one bit, so you won’t have to worry about mirror-checking every few minutes.

WHY I’M OBSESSED: 

Every now and then, I have an urge to remix classic reds with a fun finish, like metallic. This sparkly red shade stands out against my skin tone and makes me want to selfie my life away. More importantly, the soft stain it’s low-key af to wear. It seriously takes zero energy throughout the day. After an hour, I literally forgot I was wearing it until someone complimented me.

 

Luminess Cosmetics Is Offering 50 Percent Off Its The Lion King Collection for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Luminess Cosmetics Is Offering 50 Percent Off Its The Lion King Collection for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still over two weeks away, and yet, the deals and discounts are already rolling in at a rapid rate. One of many promotions people will be pumped about is from Luminess Cosmetics — aka the brand that teamed up with Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, to create an epic makeup collection inspired by The Lion King.

Come November 29, the limited-edition collection will be not 20 or 30 but 50 percent off, making it the perfect time to pick up one or several items that you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on yet. As a reminder, the line includes the Kingdom Sculpting Palette($42), the Can’t Wait to be Queen Eyeshadow Palette ($42), the Circle of Life Highlighter($40), the Legacy Tinted Lip Balm ($24), two Be Brave Matte Lipsticks ($24 each), and two Be Prepared Liquid Lipsticks ($24 each).

Of course, this is an ideal opportunity to not only shop the collection for yourself but also to pick up products to give as gifts this year to your makeup-obsessed loved ones. Featuring both neutral and vibrant shades, as well as a variety of formulas, there’s a product for everyone in this limited-edition line. What’s more, according to a press release sent to Allure via email, there will be additional packages available with even more opportunities to save money.

The promotion begins on Black Friday and runs through Cyber Monday, so make sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t forget. Happy holiday shopping!

Beauty companies like…Luminess…have all dropped Disney-themed collections within the last few months

Colourpop Is Launching Its New Disney “Midnight Masquerade” Makeup Collection — Here’s What We Know

If you didn’t know, Disney has been on a helluva roll this year when it comes to makeup collaborations. Beauty companies like Besamé Cosmetics, Luminess, and Funko have all dropped Disney-themed collections within the last few months, and fan-favorite brand Colourpop has jumped on the bandwagon, too. In fact, it’s already dropped two Disney-inspired collections so far — the Designer Collection and the Disney Villains Collection. And now, the brand is back for round three with its new Midnight Masquerade Collection, which celebrates eight iconic Disney princesses.

The new line, which is set to launch on October 7, was named after a series of limited-edition Disney princess dolls and features individual makeup bundles created for each one. (You can also purchase the products separately, should you want to mix and match.) As for the princesses that inspired the collection, you have Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Esmeralda, Megara, Aurora, and lastly, Giselle, who some will remember is from the live-action film, Enchanted.

Beyoncé entranced onlookers…thanks to Sir John, and The Lion King Makeup Collection

The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and More

A few serious eye looks made their way onto the feeds of Instagram this past week. Beyoncé entranced onlookers at the Lion King Premiere in London with gold-flecked lids, blushed cheeks, and a sheer lipstick, thanks to her trusted makeup artist, Sir John, and his Lion King makeup collection for Luminess Cosmetics. Meanwhile makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa showed off her steady-handed skills on model Yoon Young Bae with a double-winged obsidian liner. Artists Jenna Kristina and Laurie Heaps made a playful statement on Rowan Blanchard with neon green shadow in the inner corners of her eyes, a liquid flick of liner, and a pinned-down pixie cut.

Speaking of eyes, rapper Megan Thee Stallion stepped out with rose gold lids and a flawless foundation, while wavy tresses brought the look together. On a similar wave (pun intended), a couple beauties showed off defined ringlets: Pose star Indya Moore snapped a golden hour shot with glowing skin and a note that she’s “feeling grateful for love.” Hairstylist Lacy Redway worked her magic on actress Zazie Beetz, whose crown of chestnut coils elegantly framed her shimmering skin and rosy cheeks.

Muses worldwide embraced the summer sun, as they are wont to do when July fades into August. A beachside Kelsey Lu rocked silver-streaked braids and turquoise brows in Martha’s Vineyard. Alicia Keys made some time for a little outdoor meditation, and model Behati Prinsloo showed off her wake-surfing skills. Jada Pinkett-Smith spread some of her magic on a boat in Greece: bronzed skin, a smile, and a reminder that a joyful “hot girl summer” is still in full effect.

Golden Girl! Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Sir John Reveals How to Get Her Lion King Premiere Look

Sir John shares the exact products he used to create the Lion King star’s cat eye.

Even before The Lion King debuts on July 18, Beyoncé is making jaws drop. The mega-star has had two major outings to promote the movie, each equally fierce. And for her second red carpet, in which the star shined in a pleated marigold gown, her makeup artist Sir John spoke exclusively to PEOPLE about how he created her coordinating bronzy beauty look using products from his limited-edition The Lion King makeup collection made in partnership with Luminess.

With Queen Bey’s gown and hairstyle picked out, Sir John decided on a golden with a 3-D-like quality eye to complete the look.

“I love playing with textures,” explains the pro, who blended a matte shade from his palette on her lid and accented that with a shimmery one on the center of the lids.

“I really wanted to create a nice daytime smoky eye using browns, an antique, champagne gold color like Nala, and a warm gold like Simba,” he reveals. “It’s all about strategically placing these colors so that no matter where my client turns, their look is never too shimmery.”

He also gave the voice of Nala a feline flick with coffee brown eye liner. A winged look “just lifts the eye,” he says.

After tapping on foundation with a Beautyblender, Sir John used his sculpting palette “to give the face a subtle architectural structure.”

To avoid a costume-y look, he advises “slowly building up a shadow” in areas like “underneath the cheekbone, underneath the jawline, and temples.” He adds, “this isn’t blending stripes. It’s a little more editorial and polished.”

On her lips, he applied a brown lip liner, his Pounce lipstick and a cinnamon-tinted lip gloss.

The pro also used a touch of body makeup on Beyoncé collarbones.

For Sir John, seeing his longtime client on the carpet in his very own makeup was picture-perfect.

“I literally have never worked so hard on one project in my life. But it’s been a labor of love,” says the pro, who created an array of earthy shades that could be work to the office, or a night on the town.

“I really tried to look out for women, like my mom, who just doesn’t have time to put on eye shadow,” he says.

And so far, the pro hasn’t disappointed. “Beyoncé was happy, my mom is happy, and if my grandmother were still here, she’d be proud,” he says.

Still, his recent win has not set in. “I’m always next, next, next, because my goal is to keep it moving,” he admits. “But I’m never not grateful, my mama won’t let that happen! I am still just a guy from Harlem.”

Beyonce’s Makeup Artist Sir John Unveils ‘Lion King’ Makeup Collection

When Disney announced its voice cast for The Lion King, the whole world zoomed in on one word: Beyonce. Beyonce will be the voice of Nala, Simba’s childhood playmate, and eventual wife.

Beyonce has long been famous for her inspired outfits, and stunning makeup and hair. For many years, she’s worked with one makeup artist: Sir John. Sir John worked with her on her Lemonade tour, her many Met Gala looks, her music videos, and her Instagram reveals.

Recently, Sir John announced a creative partnership with Luminess and Disney to create a Lion Kininspired makeup palette, Beyonce’s (or Beyonce-adjacent) first foray into makeup.

So, when Sir John announced he was doing a lion king – inspired palette, people got super excited.

The line itself looks amazing.

It’s a blend of neutrals and brights, in strong pigments. The packaging is sexy and on brand. The possibilities are endless.

That bright red is stunning. Finding red lipstick is like finding the holy grail. This lipstick is featured on a variety of skin tones on the Luminess page and it looks bright without being too orange on everyone.

Sir John said he was inspired by his trip to Africa.

He wanted to bring the colors found in African nature to his Lion King collaboration. Exotic neutrals tend to work on everyone — natural colors suit almost every skin tone.

All of this build-up to the Lion King premiere means basically one thing: Incredible outfit and face looks from Beyonce and hopefully a new song or two to celebrate!

The collection features highly pigmented formulas inspired by the African landscape

The Lion King remake is generating a lot of buzz and not just for its all-star cast (Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor…). On the heels of Beyoncé rocking a fierce lion look to the Wearable Art Gala comes the news that her longtime makeup artist Sir John is launching a new collection with Luminess.

The collection features highly pigmented formulas inspired by the African landscape. It’s composed of eight pieces: Kingdom Sculpting Palette, Can’t Wait to Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette, Circle of Life Highlighter, Legacy Tinted Lip Balm, Be Brave Matte Lipstick Pounce, Be Brave Matte Lipstick Lion Mane, Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick Romantic Atmosphere and Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick Trouble. And the packaging is super collectable boasting etchings of iconic characters and scenes straight from the film. If you’re already obsessed, you can even score a limited-edition vault with all eight pieces.

Sir John x Luminess The Lion King Collection will be available on Luminess’ website on June 15 and via Disney.com the following day. Ulta Beauty will also sell the collection online on June 16 and in stores July 1, leaving you plenty of time to pick up all the pieces before checking out The Lion King in theaters July 19.

 

Beyonce’s MUA, Sir John Launches ‘The Lion King’ Make-Up Collection Ahead Of Movie

As we all wait on baited breath for the big screen debut of Disney’s live action, The Lion King, starring Beyoncé, her famed makeup artist is cooking up a premiere of his own. World-renowned make-up artist Sir John teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics to create a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the movie and it almost goes without saying that it’s wonderful.

The famed MUA has been in the beauty industry for over a decade and along with being Beyoncé’s coveted makeup artist and dear friend for over five years, he’s also made a name for himself in product development. Sir is behind some of Bey’s most iconic looks, like her famous Vogue magazine cover, her minimal, no make-up make-up looks, and her most iconic red carpet appearances, including her latest at the Wearable Gala where she channeled “The Lion King’s” Nala. Not to mention, he shares the same name as her 1-year-old son, Sir.

Sir John is a global makeup and color artist who reveals his clients’ natural beauty. His appreciation for cosmetics helps capture the essence of women in their truest form.

This is a collaboration that we couldn’t wait to talk about. With Queen Bey playing the voice of Nala in Disney’s remake of The Lion King, it’s only right that her MUA wants to help us achieve our inner feline fierceness on our faces. We had the chance to sit down with Sir John to get all of the details surrounding his 8-piece Lion King x Luminess make-up collection.

Disney’s The Lion King made it’s debut 25 years ago as the first Disney film to celebrate the continent of Africa and it’s culture. So, when Sir John was tapped to create the collection, he went back to where it all started: Africa. Sir traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa spending time on a safari to pull inspiration for the rich palettes. For the six-shade “Kingdom” sculpting palette ($42), Sir John said, “Johannesburg is the most treelined city in the world and has the most vegetation. Going on a safari, you just see so much life. There’s nowhere else you really need to pull inspiration from for a palette like this.”

Sir John took out his phone to share the stunning images of the Safari and said, “Take a look at the color of the dirt. It’s so red. It’s so, so rich. This is everywhere. It’s like the color of a brick. Seeing stuff like this kind of really gets you in the mind of like ‘Okay, this is where we want to take it. This is where we want to go.”

The “Romantic Atmosphere” matte red liquid lipstick ($24) was inspired by the rich dirt that Sir described.

Sir John looked at the characters in the most unexpected ways when creating his make-up collection for a Disney movie that doesn’t have a typical princess. From Nala’s teal blue eyes to natural colors in a lion’s mane, Sir’s vibrant collection is a culmination of different hue’s inspired by the intriguing nature of the wildlife characters and landscape of African royalty.

This collection shows the power, strength, and culture that The Lion King truly means to us. A story of a young, lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands and his journey through adult-hood has left an everlasting impact on us. The movie has had an undoubted influence on our culture, so when we asked Sir John why this collection was so important to him, he said:

“It’s special to me because, although it’s not the first time my name is on a product, this is the first time that I’ve ever released anything in the US, period. And working with a company where I care about the people. I love working with Luminess and I’ve been rocking with Disney since I was a kid. I remember going to see Lion King when I was 8 years old and now we’re all grown-ups. This is a love letter to those girls who are bringing their kids for the first time.”

His appreciation for African pride and royalty made it easy for him to come up with this brilliant capsule collection. And if you’re wondering whether Beyoncé and the rest of Sir john’s celebrity clients will be wearing the collection, he made it very clear that they will.

“I think [Beyoncé] or any one of my girls will be wearing this for a very long time. I’m going to be shoving this down everyone’s throats for a while. Trust me. ‘Do you want to wear something else? Nope, nothing else is available. All I brought is this. I brought ten palettes of this to do your makeup.’”

The 12-color “Can’t-Wait To Be Queen” eyeshadow palette ($42) includes a range of nudes, golden browns, and blues with names of iconic characters such as Mufasa, Simba, Nala, and Zazu for each shade.

The packaging also includes etched images of Simba’s mesmerizing eyes. Sir was estatic about the one-of-a-kind packaging saying, “This is the first time that packaging has been on the market. The packaging technique itself is called etched enamel. It’s all laser-etched out. It’s all hand-drawn, too. If you look at this palette, this is thousands of little dots that are all hand-drawn.”

The collection is buildable and is also cross-functional. The “Circle Of Life” highlighter ($40) can also be used an eyeshadow and some of the brown shadows can be used to sculpt.

With the summer coming, we asked Sir John how to achieve the perfect summer glow. He gave a quick tutorial saying, “Sculpting is like the 2.0 evolution of contouring. Sometimes, contouring can be a bit intimidating to a consumer. But we all know how to slightly start to shade or sculpt but we don’t want to see DCL [or] digital contouring lines. I think that the sculpting palette is going to be essential to illuminate. It’s going to snatch you a bit in terms of sculpting [the face]. The sculpting palette is going to be ideal as well as the highlighter and the eyeshadows. This looks like summer nights to me.”

The limited edition capsule collection will be available at luminesscosmetics.com/disney on June 15th and  ULTA.com on June 16th. The Lion King will hit theaters on July 19th.