Earlier this week, makeup artist and all-around fierce high schooler James Charles went down in yearbook-photo history by bringing a fabulous “pop” to his highlight.
In a Tweet that has since gone viral, Charles wrote: “So I retook my senior photos & brought my ring light with me so my highlight would be poppin. I love being extra,” along with two photos of his masterful make-up job and a skull emoji at the end, for added effect.
Since then, his post that received some 90,000 likes and 35,000 shares, a legendary feat the high-schooler-gone-Twitter-star sat down with Mashable to chat about.
“I woke up really early a week ago to get glam for my picture. I recently got into makeup and wanted to have a pretty iconic picture since I knew it would live forever with myself and all my friends at school,” he told Mashable. “I got there and posed for the photos. They came out okay but the lighting in the room was bad and my highlight was NOT on fleek.”
While the road to fleek is long and winding, it all came together for Charles. The high schooler got in touch with the photography studio to ask if he could retake his photo, only this time with his own ring light set.
A ring light, for the masc lot of you, is a multi-use lighting tool that emits an even light, so without shadows, for applying your makeup or staging a close-up shot.
“They totally understood and they let me come in and bring my lights with me that I have for my makeup photography,” said Charles. “My ring light is what I use for my photos normally so I knew having it would make the highlight look better.”
Now, his senior portrait is the stuff of legends. Even Disney star Zendaya got in on the action, applauding Charles via Twitter, of course. Goes to show, it pays to show your true colors, in Twitter and in life.
Photo via Twitter