James Charles’s Yearbook Photo Puts Your Highlighting Skills to Shame

James Charles has a high school yearbook photo that will never be forgotten. (Photo: Instagram/James Charles)

Last September, beauty vlogger and CoverGirl’s first ever CoverBoy, James Charles Dickinson (professionally known as James Charles), shared a sneak peek at his high school yearbook photo. The pic went viral instantly because Charles went the extra mile, bringing his own photography props to ensure his “highlight would be poppin.”

Fast-forward to Thursday, and his final yearbook photo is here. Let’s just say, it probably exceeds his highlight-goal expectations. “Poppin'” would actually be a bit of an understating descriptive.

For Charles’s exclusive reveal, the 18-year-old influencer decided to share a snapshot of the photo on Instagram with the caption: “So the senior yearbooks finally came out today…”


Charles’s full eyebrows were perfectly groomed, his eyelashes looked voluminous, and his highlighted cheekbones, tear ducts, and nose will have you wondering how long it took him to perfect it all. He possessed a next-level glow that’s really hard to ignore when flipping through the pages of a yearbook.  The icing on the cake? His priceless yearbook quote: “Use code ‘JAMES’ for 10% off your purchase at checkout.”

Charles’s photo has already received nearly 500,000 likes with lots of positive feedback from his fans. “I’m obsessed with the lighting,” one person wrote. Another excited Instagrammer replied: “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen omg.”

While many were cheering on Charles’s over-the-top yearbook photo, the last few months haven’t been as celebratory for the beauty maven. In March, he faced lots of backlash for tweeting an offensive comment about potentially catching Ebola during a school trip to South Africa. Lots of people who had lost friends and family to the virus were pissed off, and the CoverGirl ambassador immediately issued an apology.


Prior to the Ebola joke incident, Charles faced controversy from critics who questioned CoverGirl’s decision to name a male as the face of such a huge beauty brand. One Christian blogger mom blamed Charles for creating “turmoil” in her home.

“I really hope that as the first male CoverGirl that I am able to inspire others and give other people confidence to try out makeup! Hey, if a random 17-year-old guy can do it, you DEFINITELY can too!” the high school senior told BuzzFeed. “Breaking gender norms just comes instantly as soon as a boy is comfortable and confident enough to put on makeup. I think it’s so important to love who you are and be comfortable in your own skin.”


But things seem to be turning around for Charles, one glamour shot at a time. He is still pushing through with his head held high  in the most flawless way possible, of course.

Can you imagine what his high school graduation slay will look like?

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