Fox’s runway hit, “Empire,” may have jumped the shark according to The New York Post, but the television show has resuscitated new life into Taraji P. Henson’s career. Seemingly overnight, Hollywood has become abuzz with Henson fever. The 45-year-old’s name is falling out of everyone’s lips.
Tyrese Gibson, her co-star from John Singleton’s cult-classic film “Baby Boy”, shared to PageSix.com that they’ll be reuniting on “Empire” as her love interest. “Me and Taraji, we gotta do what we do,” Gibson, 36, told Wendy Williams in an episode of her talk show hinting that he’ll play Cookie Lyon’s love interest on “Empire” this season. “I’m coming to get my girl back,” Gibson boasted to William’s audience. “All them dudes on there kissing on my girl … I’m kinda done with seeing all that.” It’s unknown when Gibson will make his cameo debut alongside Cookie, but it supports previous Page Six reports that revealed Henson’s character will be further explored in Season 2.
“I can’t control it,” said Mary J. Blige, Henson’s friend who also appeared on “Empire” in regards to her newfound popularity. “I really have to be available to let her use me. But this is her moment and she deserves it more than anybody because she has always been…an unbelievable actress.” Henson’s popularity doesn’t end with her contemporaries. She’s even caught the eye of industry veterans. According to MyTechBits.com, even Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson wants a bite of Cookie Lyon!
With her even tone complexion and captivating eyes, it’s safe to attribute Henson’s bold beauty as the culprit behind her appeal. In a candid interview with Elle.com, Henson along with her beauty squad, “Empire” makeup artist, Beverly Jo Pryor and personal makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff shared the products behind her flawless skin. When it comes to playing up her skin’s natural radiance, Sheriff sticks to ProActiv scrub and Dr. Murad Anti Age Serum. She also applies Jergens Shea Butter Lotion to maintain her even tone complexion. Sheriff keeps Henson’s skin blemish free by removing her make up with Olay Oil Free Makeup remover wipes and washing her face with Dior cream cleaner wash.
Unlike Cookie who gravitates towards eye-popping make-up looks, Sheriff keeps Taraji’s day-to-day make up look very minimal. “Taraji loves fresh glowing skin,” says Sheriff. She keeps her skin aglow with Perfect Blend by Ashunta Sheriff, Henson’s go-to foundation for highlighting and contouring. She uses Boscia blotting sheets or Mally Beauty Ever Color Poreless Face Defender to tame her oily skin. Sheriff also uses Dior CC Primer Spray, Dream Skin, Tarte and Armani products for her face. As for her eyes, Sheriff applies Covergirl Queen Collection mascara and House of Lashes Siren lashes. When she wants to add volume, she adds individual lashes from Ardell.
Cookie’s sass may have Hollywood enamored, but it’s Taraji’s ever-changing beauty and hair looks that will steal your heart. Scroll below for some of her hottest looks.Which one is your favorite?
67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Description: LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards
Description: CENTURY CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Actress Taraji P. Henson poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7, 2015 in Century City, California.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015
Description: NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the Bibhu Mohapatra fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center on February 18, 2015 in New York City.
Fox’s “Empire” ATAS Academy Event
Description: LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 12: Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at Fox’s ‘Empire’ ATAS Academy Event at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
2015 Billboard Music Awards
Description: LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards
Description: BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 31: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2015
Description: CULVER CITY, CA – JUNE 06: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California.
55th Monte Carlo TV Festival (Day 1)
Description: MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 13: Taraji P. Henson arrives to attend the opening ceremony of the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 13, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
55th Monte Carlo TV Festival (Day 2)
Description: MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 14: Taraji P. Henson attends a photocall for the ‘Empire’ TV series during the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
2015 Summer TCA Tour
Description: WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 06: Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the FOX TV All-Star party during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at Soho House on August 6, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.
“Empire” Series Season 2 New York Premiere
Description: NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Taraji P. Henson attends the ‘Empire’ Series Season 2 New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall on September 12, 2015 in New York City.