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Top 10 Must-Watch James Charles Videos

VO: Lisa Yang WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
This young YouTuber is already at the top of his game. For this list, we’re looking at the most interesting and most popular videos this beauty guru has created. Our list includes “MY PARENTS DO MY MAKEUP,” “First Time In Full Drag Transformation,” “ZOO ANIMALS PICK MY MAKEUP,” “Hate Comments Do My Makeup,” “FULL FACE OF MAKEUP USING ONLY ART SUPPLIES,” and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 James Charles Videos.
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Top 10 James Charles Videos


This young YouTuber is already at the top of his game. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 James Charles Videos.

For this list, we’re looking at the most interesting and most popular videos this beauty guru has created.

#10: “MY PARENTS DO MY MAKEUP”


As fans know, James Charles does a series called “Beauty Battles”, where he has two people working on his makeup, each one getting half of his face as a canvas. Oftentimes these people are makeup artists, but this time he decided to ask his parents to take on the challenge! We had already met James’ brother in an earlier video, but this was the first time his mom and dad were featured on his channel! While watching them do his makeup is fun, we also got a lot of insight into James’ past as they chatted throughout. Also the bloopers at the end are straight up hilarious.

#9: “STYLE SWAP feat. JEFFREE STAR”


Another popular series on James’ channel is “Style Swap”, where he and another beauty guru try to recreate some of each other’s best known looks using the other person’s makeup bag to add to the challenge. This video featured Jeffree Star, one of the most notorious – and controversial – beauty YouTubers in the game. Regardless of how you feel about Star, you can’t deny that the dynamic between these two is supremely entertaining. And of course, there was plenty of gossip to be thrown around and tea to be spilled in this video.

#8: “First Time In Full Drag Transformation”


James had already done drag makeup looks plenty of times on his channel and on Instagram before creating this video, but this marked the full time that he did a full head to toe drag transformation and it was epic. The video took a unique format, as we followed James through his learning process, meeting several drag experts along the way. Not only was the video fun to watch, but it was actually really informative, teaching viewers a whole lot about what goes into creating a drag look.

#7: “MY APARTMENT TOUR!!”


In June of 2018, James Charles finally gave his fans something they had been asking for for months: an apartment tour! At the beginning of the video he makes it clear that he’s in the market for something bigger and more permanent, and that that’s why he finally decided to let his fans see inside his home. Located in downtown LA, his loft style apartment is perhaps a little more stark and minimalist than you would assume after watching his videos and knowing his personality, but there are of course pops of character. Just a couple of months later, he took his fans on a tour of his brand new house!

#6: “ZOO ANIMALS PICK MY MAKEUP”


A popular format for beauty YouTubers is to let some other entity pick the makeup that they’re going to put on in their video. It could be their fans via social media or it could be their pets, but James Charles took it one step further and decided to let animals at the LA Zoo pick his makeup! James put on an adorable thematic safari outfit for the occasion and let some exotic creatures help him create a makeup look. And the end result was surprisingly glam!

#5: “Beauty Battle ft. Kim Kardashian & MakeupByMario”


Any Kardashian fan is familiar with Mario Dedivanovic, also known as MakeupByMario, who has been working as Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist for a full decade. James featured both Mario and Kim in one of his more recent videos in his Beauty Battle series, but instead of having them do his makeup, he gets to compete against Mario to work on Kim’s face. Obviously Kim K. is a huge draw for any channel, and the dynamic between these three makes us wish that they’d appear together more often! Who do you think did a better job?

#4: “I TRIED FOLLOWING THE FIRST EVER MAKEUP TUTORIAL”


Beauty YouTubers try a lot of gimmicky ideas when trying to intrigue their followers, and while this concept may have seemed a little silly at first, it actually made for a really interesting end result. James’ producer found what he deemed to be the first ever makeup tutorial uploaded to YouTube, posted in 2006. Watching this video really puts into perspective how much the industry has changed over the last decade, and how much more involved the average makeup routine has become! Can you imagine seeing a guru do a look without highlight?

#3: “Hate Comments Do My Makeup”


Most of James Charles’ videos end with a beautiful full face of makeup – but this isn’t one of them. He mixed it up in this video where he read through some hateful comments left on his channel, and followed the advice given in them in order to create a totally over the top look- and prove the haters wrong. James throwing shade throughout this entire video is hilarious, and seeing him abandon any idea of actually looking good at the end of it all is pretty darn entertaining. The end result though is somewhat terrifying.

#2: “FULL FACE OF MAKEUP USING ONLY ART SUPPLIES”


Clearly James Charles’ followers like a fun concept, because this is one of the most watched videos on his channel, with over 20 million views. Rather than using regular makeup, James uses products from art supply stores. Though he wasn’t able to find a foundation alternative that was safe to use on his face, for the most part he fully sticks to the challenge. It probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that despite all of the potential setbacks, he still manages to look totally snatched as an end result.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“FENTY BEAUTY by RIHANNA FULL REVIEW”

“Making My Own Makeup”

“LITTLE BROTHER TRIES TO FOLLOW MY MAKEUP TUTORIAL”

#1: “Doing Kylie Jenner's Halloween Makeup”


It will come as a surprise to no one that James Charles’ most viewed video to date features one of the most influential beauty gurus and social media stars in the game: Kylie Jenner. In the fall of 2018, these two mega-influencers finally teamed up to create a Halloween look using Kylie’s new Halloween collection from her line. These two are pretty darn adorable together and we get to hear them chat about everything from beauty products to her daughter’s name. What starts off as a pretty standard glam look, ends up as an artful yet spooky skeleton face.
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