Taraji P. Henson’s Makeup Artist Breaks Down Her Emmys Beauty Look

Taraji P. Henson

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Neither Taraji P. Henson nor her Empire character Cookie Lyon can do wrong when it comes to fashion and beauty. They are both confident, full of line and fearless. And, even though Taraji’s personal beauty slay is not as over the top as her role, she never fails to bring it!

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Her neutral face beat at last night’s (Sept. 19) Emmys Awards was no exception. And, luckily, her long-time makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff revealed tips and all of the products she used to create her sultry look.

Keep reading for her beauty breakdown.


First, Ashunta started on flawless skin, prepping Taraji’s face with Dermaflash which she says helps her “get the highest level of exfoliation plus remove unwanted peach fuzz so skin care products used work ten times better!”  After following up with Kate Somerville Skincare‘s DermalQuench Liquid Lift & Quench Hydrating Serum, she used Dior CC Primer Spray “to create a canvas that will allow makeup [to] blast through the intense heat.

For the full makeup look, Ashunta pulled from her own Ashunta Sheriff Beauty line, using her water- and aloe-based foundation as a base and used Taraji’s own MAC line on her eyes, cheeks and lips. She then finished with a light setting spray, also from MAC.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.