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Issa Rae Is the New Face of CoverGirl

Issa Rae is the newest face of CoverGirl cosmetics.

Get excited, y'all!


Our girl, Issa Rae just announced that she's the new face of CoverGirl cosmetics.

The Insecure star shared the news via Instagram this morning, explaining why landing a deal with the popular beauty brand is basically a dream come true.

"I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head," she wrote in the caption. "Never EVER in my life did I imagine I'd be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come. Visit @COVERGIRL to learn more #COVERGIRLMADE."

The actress spoke about the deal further with Buzzfeed, describing her very first experience with makeup.

“My first experience with makeup was my freshman year of college. It was the first big night going out to a club," she said. It was before YouTube tutorials (how did we ever survive?!), and she was too embarrassed to ask her friends for help because she thought they were beauty experts. "Then, looking back on the pictures, I laughed like, 'Y'all were not makeup experts. I held you to too high of a standard.'"

"But I just remember not knowing what to do and went to my local drugstore to buy foundation. Didn’t test it out, but was like, This looks like my skin, right?, and just smeared it like it was lotion," she recalled. "I thought I was ready showing up to my friend’s place. My friends were like, 'Girl, no, take that off.' And then they helped match my shade and reapply. This experience reminds me of why I'm excited to be a CoverGirl, and how I can help other people find what works for them."

We've all been there before, haven't we?

For Issa, getting it right was a learning process, but finding the products that work for her and wearing makeup her own terms is a confidence booster, on top of being a fun form of self-expression.

"Makeup gives me a certain sense of self, security and confidence. I’m in charge of how I represent myself, whether as an actress or showing different sides of my personality."

Issa is all of us, and she's exactly who we want to see whenever we're flipping through a magazine! We're just so proud.

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