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James Charles, the first male face of CoverGirl.
James Charles, the first male face of CoverGirl.Source: Instagram.com/jcharlesbeauty
"I truly hope that this shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup."
Today, CoverGirl announced the first-ever male face of the brand: James Charles. The 17-year-old makeup wizard (example: this) and beauty vlogger has a following of nearly half a million people on Instagram.
"All of our CoverGirls are role models and boundary-breakers, fearlessly expressing themselves, standing up for what they believe, and redefining what it means to be beautiful," the brand says in a press release. "James Charles is no exception. One year ago, he boldly chose to launch his Instagram to the world, using transformative, dynamic makeup looks to showcase the many facets of his personality, serving as an inspiration to anyone who might have been afraid to do the same."
"I am so beyond excited and overwhelmed and happy and astonished and of course, SHOOK, to announce that I am the newest face of @covergirl," Charles posted on Instagram. "First ever male ambassador for the brand and I am so honored and excited to be working with such an iconic brand."
So far perks of the gig include filming a commercial with fellow CoverGirl Katy Perry — the product, So Lashy by blastPRO, is a "universal mascara designed to work on all lash types," expected to launch later this month — having Zendaya follow you on social media and copious amounts of makeup to work with (we can only presume).
Charles' role will include creating "tips, tricks and how-tos," so stay tuned for what are sure to be many amazing tutorials to come.
I am so beyond excited and overwhelmed and happy and astonished and of course, SHOOK, to announce that I am the newest face of @covergirl. First ever male ambassador for the brand and I am so honored and excited to be working with such an iconic brand. I started my Instagram one year ago to inspire others and as an artistic outlet to challenge myself creatively. I truly hope that this shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup and can do anything if you work hard. I can't wait to share with you all what we have in store, but trust me when I say it's gonna be real good. 😊💕 make sure you check out @covergirl's page for more info coming soon, and my new bff @katyperry as well for a cute pic! 😉 Thank you all so much. This would not be possible without all of you.
THE SECRETS OUT.. so beyond excited to finally announce that I am the new face of #COVERGIRL and the first ever coverBOY. 😱 I am so thankful and excited and cannot wait to show you all what we have in store. Make sure you go check out @covergirl on Instagram for more info! AND YES I know I have lipstick on my teeth 😬😂 it was a looonnnnggg day.
As we age, plushy collagen and taut elastin fibres break down and skin loses it's elasticity. These ingredients can help bring back the glory days of youth.
Peptides are the naturally occurring building blocks of protein in skin. We don’t necessarily become deficient in them as we age, but introducing more into our routine is beneficial because of a specific receptor in the cell. “They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist based in New York. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” With consistent use, expect to see changes after one month.
Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk ($78), at sephora.com.
The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80), at ordinaries.com.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in connective tissues that supports skin due to its ability to bind water, says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “Creams that contain hyaluronic acid can improve hydration of the outer layer of skin and give a softer, smoother appearance,” she says. “When skin is well hydrated, the look of fine lines and wrinkles may also be improved.” Look for hyaluronic acid and/or sodium hyaluronic on an ingredient list.
Lierac Paris Hydragenist Moisturizing Rescue Balm ($70), at lierac.ca.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($25), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Ceramides are waxy lipids in the top layer of skin that act as a protective barrier and help retain water. The production of ceramides declines with age, compromising the skin barrier. “This can let in harmful environmental components and lead to inflammation,” says Gross. “An intact barrier is also essential for the delivery of other anti-aging ingredients.” On a label, look for ceramide NG, AP or EOP, ceramide 2/ceramide NS, ceramide 3/ceramide NP, sphingolipids or phospholipids.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ($140), skinceuticals.com.
Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion ($52), sephora.ca.
B vitamins have an essential role in the body. “Topically applied, niacinamide [a type of B vitamin] perfects the skin, strengthens the cell membrane, combats acne and controls hyperpigmentation,” says Gross. Retinol and niacinamide work exceptionally well together. Look for names like riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), panthenol (B5) and biotin (B7).
Kat Burki Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème ($430), at murale.ca.
AlumierMD AluminEye ($80), at alumiermd.com.
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