Best beauty news: Lupita Nyong’o is the new face of Lancôme!

Lupita Nyong'o Lancome
Photography by Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme

Lupita Nyong'o Lancome
Photography by Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme

Well, this is just about the best news to kickstart the weekend: Lupita Nyong’o is the new face of Lancôme. The Oscar winning actress announced the news on Instagram this morning (it is the medium of choice for breaking celebrity beauty developments, after all) and fans of both Nyong’o and Lancôme are buzzing with excitement.

It’s also a pretty groundbreaking move: Nyong’o will be the brand’s first black ambassador, which makes her speech on beauty and race (from the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood awards) all the more significant. And Nyong’o echoed similar sentiments in the press release announcing the Lancôme partnership: “I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

We’ll start to see campaign images in the summer, but as for what products she’ll be promoting, that’s still to be revealed. Hopefully something involving colour cosmetics—there was no one better than Nyong’o at rocking bright eyeshadows and metallic lipsticks this past awards show season.