James Charles Teaches How To Get Uncancelled & Give Fake Apology on ‘Instant Influencer’

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Episode three of James Charles’ YouTube show Instant Influencer started off with a ton of tears. James immediately hit the contestants with a shocking twist, and he even threw some shade at his own struggles with getting canceled. Keep reading to find out who was sent packing this week in the search of the next beauty superstar.


James walked into the workroom accusing the contestants for doing something wrong during last week’s episode. He demanded an apology. None of the contestants knew what he was talking about and were genuinely confused. It turns out that he was just joking around. But for this week’s compact challenge, the contestants had to make videos giving fake apologies for random topics. James explained that it is something that a lot of YouTubers must do when they do something wrong or make a mistake. We all know James has had his fair share of drama and apologies. The tears were flowing during this challenge and the contestants all really nailed being emotional and showing off a more vulnerable side….with the exception of Kailin who barely finished.

Benny Gave A Compelling Fake Apology Through Tears

For the compact challenge, Benny had to give a fake apology for over-editing photos. James chose Benny as the winner of the compact challenge. We have to say that Benny really was impressive in his video and his tears looked like they were actually real. The thing that James admired the most was that Benny actually ruined his makeup with the tears which was a bold move. It totally paid off well because he won an advantage in the elimination challenge. This week, James wanted the contestants to focus on collaboration videos. He brought in Nikita Dragun, Bretman Rock, Louie Castro and Nyma Tang. As the winner of the compact challenge, Benny got to pair up the influencers with the contestants. He chose to work with Bretman.

For the video, Benny wanted to do a humorous and bubbly five-minute makeup challenge. James felt like the title of their video “Iconic 5 Minute Makeup Challenge” could have been more exciting but their thumbnail was hilarious. The video was very fast-paced but was actually pretty funny. All in all his video was totally vibrant and full of fun. After acing his fake apology, Benny has really proven himself this week.


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Gabriel Struggled To Transition From Makeup Artist To Instant Influencer

Gabriel was another standout with his fake apology in the compact challenge. You could literally feel his emotion through the screen He was paired up with Nyma for the elimination challenge. He wanted to do a look inspired by zodiac signs since it’s a popular topic that is trending all over Youtube. Gabriel filmed his entire collab basically being out of the frame the entire time. The other contestants were worried about him and the fact that he was taking so long to film. They still had to edit their videos into one final product.

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He only had about 40 minutes to edit his video so he decided to turn the video into a time-lapse. This was such a nailbiter. His video is called “My Zodiac Chooses My High Fashion Look” which James loved. He has become a huge fan of zodiac signs. The judges had high hopes for this video based on the thumbnail but Gabriel failed to deliver. There was a brief introduction to the video but it was followed by a long silent time-lapse. While the makeup that Gabriel did on Nyma was absolutely gorgeous, guest judge Lipstick Nick said that Gabriel could have had way more personality in this collab.


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Ashley Opened Up About Being A Teen Mom

Ashley’s fake apology about click-baiting was also pretty funny. She was paired up with Nikita for the elimination challenge. Ashley wanted to show a more vulnerable side in this challenge. She noted that her followers always ask questions about her being a teen mom. So she finally felt like it was the perfect time to talk about that in her collab with Nikita. Her video was very unique being that instead of putting makeup on, she and Nikita took their makeup off. This was a very vulnerable and inspiring moment between the two. The title of the video “I can’t believe I’m talking about this…” is super clickable. The video was a very different take on this challenge. However, some of the editing did include a lot of jump cuts as Nikita was talking according to Lipstick Nick.

James loved that Ashley finally was able to be vulnerable but he wanted more of an explanation about why taking your makeup off makes you more vulnerable and raw. Judge Norvina also wanted to hear more from both Nikita and Ashley in the video. She wanted more of an explanation about why they were taking their makeup off. But overall it was a very cute video.

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Kailin’s Video Was An Ode To Hot Cheetos

Kailin had a huge problem with time management in the compact challenge. She was paired up with Louie for the elimination challenge. Kailin wanted to really tailor the video to Louie and do a makeup look inspired by his favorite snack, Hot Cheetos! She really wanted her personality to shine through in this video. Kailin was in a bit of a panic editing her video because she had an hour worth of footage. She really faded into the background in her video. While it was a beautiful makeup look that she created, it felt more of like a makeup artist just doing someone’s makeup. Kailin’s struggle with time management really hurt her in this challenge. At the end of her video, she accidentally left some outtakes of her and Louie trying to get b-roll. It was honestly pretty funny to watch.

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Who Was Eliminated From ‘Instant Influencer?’

James revealed that Ashley, Kailin and Benny were moving on to next week’s finale. It was interesting that he did not announce a winner of this challenge. He then let Gabriel know that he had been eliminated from Instant Influencer. James felt like Gabriel had the weakest video and that he didn’t shine enough. His video just was not full of personality like everyone else’s. There is no denying that he is an incredible makeup artist who has a ton of tremendous talent. But, the show is about finding an influencer and not just a makeup artist. The whole fake apology concept this week was definitely super fun to watch though.

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Tune in next week for the Instant Influencer finale where the remaining three artists will battle it out to become the next beauty superstar. Will fan-favorite Ashley be able to pull out the win? James gave the final three a hint about the final challenge saying “think big.”

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