Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 10.52.55 AMTaraji P. Henson and her longtime Makeup Artist Ashunta Sheriff are gracing the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Beauty Issue.

Henson’s look as Empire’s Cookie Lyon tops The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Best Beauty Moments Of 2015 list.

Fan pages devoted to Cookie along with YouTube tutorials on how to re-create the quick-witted diva’s makeup have blossomed on the Internet this year. Why the obsession? According to Taraji’s Makeup Artist both on-screen and off, Ashunta Sheriff, “Cookie is uninhibited, and that is giving women the courage to try new things. She isn’t afraid of the trends, whether it’s a dark plum or bright turquoise eye shadow.”

It also helps that Cookie’s signature look — the “wispy lash, red or wine lipstick, winged liner and natural foundation coverage” — is easily imitated. If you’re hard pressed to find one person not copy catting the Cookie Lyons beat however, it’s Taraji herself. “I definitely try to give Taraji a different look from Cookie,” says Sheriff, who forgoes bold lip colors in favor of soft pink and coral glosses for the red carpet.

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter/David Needleman

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter/David Needleman

We’ve always been a fan of Taraji’s beauty looks. Cookie Lyons’ beauty boldness is just the icing on the cake.


Credit: The Hollywood Reporter/David Needleman

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