Forget James Charles, Here Are 5 Queer Beauty Influencers You Should *Actually* Be Following

And they’re hella unproblematic, to boot

Katherine Singh
Image: Joel Louzado

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Just a week after walking the carpet at the Met Gala (and making waves for his Insta caption about “influencer representation” *eye roll*), 19-year-old beauty YouTuber James Charles is having a *very* different second Monday in May.

On May 10, fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook, who *also* happens to be Charles’s former BFF/mentor, posted a 43-minute video explaining her decision to cut ties with the young star. While the duo has been feuding since April, when Charles posted an ad for Sugar Bear Hair Supplements, a direct competitor to Westbrook’s supplement brand, the new video accused Charles of spreading lies about her, being rude AF to other people in the beauty community and making inappropriate comments about hooking up with people who identify as straight.

Since the video launched, Charles has been called out by other celebs for problematic behaviour and has lost almost 3 MILLION subscribers. But, we shouldn’t be that surprised because the YouTuber is far from a saint. The beauty guru has previously been called out for making racist comments and being transphobic.

Who needs that on their timeline? Not us. Instead, here are six beauty influencers who are *actually* worthy of your time.

Joel Louzado (@joellouzado)

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✨☔️came thru drippin☔️✨ . inspired by @kimkardashian’s #MetGala look by @makeupbymario! no gloss used except on the lips 💋✨ who should i do next??? _ ✨☂️DETAILS☂️✨ 💦EYES @stilacosmetics Magnificent Metals in Golden Goddess @colourpopcosmetics SS shadow in Fluffy @fentybeauty Diamond Ball-Out Killawat @litcosmetics Champagne Wishes #2 @etudehouseofficial Teardrop Liner in Champagne Glitter @maccosmetics 75 Lash _ 💦SKIN @fentybeauty Body Lava in Who Needs Clothes?! @lorealmakeup d @camila_cabello Sunlit Bronzer @beccacosmetics Prosecco Pop Liquid Glow @ofracosmetics Rodeo Drive @artistcouture Illuminati Glow Powder @glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn _ 💦LIPS @maccosmetics Cork Liner @makeupforeverofficial Limitless Brown Pencil @beccacosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love in Tawny @jouercosmetics Lip Topper in Rose Gold

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This GTA-based makeup artist—who’s also a writer and graphic designer here at FLARE—has become known for his iconic homages to all the greats, from Salvador Dali to Kim Kardashian West. And, as one of very few male beauty influencers of colour, he’s breaking barriers as well.

Lauren Elyse (@laur_elyse)

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O P U L E N C E ————————————————— You. Own. Everathinnnnnn || decided to do a new take on a look I did in December now that it’s April (my birth month) and April’s birthstone is Diamond. This look is peak April Taurus 💎 || concept inspired by @nikkietutorials with eye makeup inspired by @nush.mu || eyes are edited, wig from Amazon —————————————————— @benefitcosmetics || ‘Natural’ brow entry for the #benefitbrows #benefitbrowsearch • Precisely, My Brow Pencil (4) + Foolproof Brow Powder (5) + Gimme Brow (5) • Watts Up cream highlighter • Hoola Caramel bronzer @fentybeauty • Pro Filt’r Foundation in 345 • Pro Filt’r Concealer in 300 • Pro Filt’r Powder in ‘Honey’ • Diamond Bomb • ‘Fenty Glow’ Gloss Bomb • ‘Who Needs Clothes?!’ + ‘Brown Sugar’ Body Lava @milkmakeup • Hydro Grip Primer • ‘Blaze’ Matte Bronzer Stick @patmcgrathreal • Mothership V Palette @anastasiabeverlyhills • Sun Dipped Glow Kit on eyes @lunarbeauty • ‘Cakeface’ eyeshadow @suvabeauty • ‘Space Panda’ Hydra Liner @doseofcolors • ‘Cork’ liquid lipstick

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This Chicago-based influencer is known for her *amazing* artistry and knowing how to stay on theme (check out her Insta grid, it’s a dream). The seriously gorge MUA was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was young, and is a *big* proponent of self-love, often highlighting the patches on her face with makeup.

Feraud Porcelain (@feraudporcelain)

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follow 🌹 @feraudporcelain 🌹 for more ✨ ☁️ God is a Woman ☁️ ✨ I just had to do a recreation of the cover of @arianagrande’s new single ‘God is a Woman’ it is literally everything ! If y’all didn’t see the video yet, lordttt 😍🙌🏽 ✨ please tag @arianagrande in the comments it would mean so much to me if she saw this ❤️ ✨ The purple streaks on my face and body were actually done with lipstick lmao I used: @fentybeauty – Mattemoiselle Lipstick (One of the boys) @anastasiabeverlyhills – Liquid Lipstick (poison) @limecrimemakeup – Velvetine Lipstick (Thistle) ✨ FACE: Primer: @benefitcosmetics – Porefessional Primer @toofaced – Hangover Rx Primer ✨ Foundation: @colourpopcosmetics – Peach Perfect Foundation (Deep 165) @makeupforeverofficial – Pro Finish Powder (173) @makeupforeverofficial – Pro Finish Powder (163) ✨ Concealer: @narsissist – Soft Matte Concealer (Caramel) ✨ Highlight: @maccosmetics – Extra Dimension Skin Finish (soft frost) @anastasiabeverlyhills – Nicole Guerriero Palette ✨ Eyebrows: @anastasiabeverlyhills – Brow Wiz (Ebony) @anastasiabeverlyhills – Clear Brow Gel ✨ EYES: Contacts: @ttdeye ‘HD Browness’ 👉🏾use code ‘feraudporcelain’ for 10% off 👈🏾 ✨ Eyeshadow Primer: @fentybeauty – Pro Filtr’ Eyeshadow Primer ✨ Eyeshadow: @nyxcosmetics – Vivid Brights Palette ✨ Liner: @nyxcosmetics – Vivid Brights Liner (Purple) @nyxcosmetics – Matte Black Liner ✨ LIPS: @fentybeauty – Mattemoiselle Lipstick (One of the boys) @anastasiabeverlyhills – Liquid Lipstick (poison)

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Hailing from the 6ix, this Guyanese-Canadian beauty influencer is guaranteed to be a fave for anyone who’s into pop culture and Ariana Grande (read: everyone). God may be a woman, but @feraudporcelain is truly divine.

Miles Jai (@miles_jai)

This Los Angeles-based influencer not only has their hand in the beauty world, but the comedy world as well (we stan a funny multi-hyphenate). Jai isn’t only talented, but makes sure to help those around them, always lifting up and supporting queer and Black voices.

Mei Pang (@meicrosoft)

This Toronto-based influencer is known for her amazing natural-ish makeup. And PS, her tattoos are to die for.

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