Some might know her as Yvette, Queenie, Lauren, or the notorious Cookie Lyon from the various acting roles she has played over the years, but for those of us who are inspired by her road to success, Taraji P. Henson is the ultimate friend in our head. Taraji’s down-to-earth personality, fashion forward ensembles, coupled with her keep-it-real attitude has us nodding our heads, and snapping our fingers to her quick witted phrases in her current role on Empire. Recently, Taraji released her memoir titled Around the Way Girl, which chronicles her parent’s abusive relationship, her acting career, experience as a single mother, and much more.
In her memoir, Taraji describes in great detail how her parent’s abusive relationship, later impacted and influenced her relationship with her son Marcell’s father. Taraji characterizes her father, Boris as a hardworking man, who fought in the Vietnam War, and later returned to a country that had drastically changed.
Before leaving for the war, Boris had his own business putting metal rods onto residents windows. After returning from the war, many residents were out of jobs or moved out of the area, and no longer needed his services. Since the army was unable to provide him with the psychological and financial support he desperately needed, he sought solace in alcohol and began physically and mentally abusing his wife. Instead of despising her father, Taraji introspectively examined her father’s past, so she could understand how to end this cycle of violence with her son’s father Mark Johnson.
Shortly, after giving birth to Marcell, Taraji decided to end her abusive relationship with Mark. She moved to Los Angeles with only $700 to her name. Although she did not have much, she refused to let any obstacle obstruct her vision. “I did not have a job. I did not have a SAG[Screen Actor’s Guild] card, which would allow me to actually work as an actress. But I was the ultimate hustler, and by hook or cook I was going to be a star (Essence).” Taraji’s perseverance helped her face any obstacle head on and never give up.
In 2015, she received the Critic’s Choice Award and Golden Globe Award for her role as Cookie on the show Empire. On December 25, 2016, Taraji will play the historical role of Katherine Johnson, a physicist, space scientist, and mathematical wiz, who along with three other African-American women calculated how space shuttles could orbit the earth. This movie along with Taraji’s endless roster of work will stand the test of time.
Taraji is the definition of glamour with her fur coats, high heels, and high fashion styles. When she walks into a room her presence commands the attention of all. Because she is the epitome of chic, it is no surprise that M.A.C. asked her to be the face of a limited edition collection this past September. Recreate Taraji’s timeless look with all the beauty breakdown details below.
Over the years, Taraji has worn a variety of hairstyles ranging from short, long, curly, to straight for the numerous roles she has played. To achieve Taraji’s hairstyle pictured above apply a thermal heat protectant spray such as The Mane Choice Hair Silencer on damp hair, and then blow dry your hair in sections. Once your hair is completely dry, place The Mane Choice Botanical Silkening Serum onto your hair; then flat iron it. To ensure that your hair is gone with the wind fabulous like Taraji’s, flip your flat iron in an outward motion when you reach the ends of your hair.
Boo Boo Kitty is no competition for Taraji, when it comes to her flawless makeup application. To slay your beauty breakdown like Taraji, first apply a mattifying primer such as Cover Fx. Next apply your M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid in C8 to highlight your face, and Ashunta Sheriff Perfect Blend foundation stick in the shade tan to contour.
Create Taraji’s perfect smokey cat eye with M.A.C.’s eyeshadow pigment in the shade Naked. Apply this loose pigment eyeshadow all over the eyelid. Next take a precision eyeshadow brush and apply Makeup Forever’s eyeshadow in the shade Chestnut to the outer crease area; then with a buffing brush like Sigma E25 blend everything out. Sometimes a smokey eye can make your eyes appear smaller, to avoid this line your waterline with Nars Larger Than Life pencil in the shade Rue Bonaparte. Lastly, apply Ardell Wispy lashes, and coat your lashes with Shea Moisture Curl & Define Mascara.
Taraji’s brows are arched and sculpted to perfection! To achieve this look use Damone Roberts Minx eyebrow pencil, and blend everything out with a spoolie brush. Next brush your eyebrows with eyebrow gel to lock everything into place.
To complete her glamorous look Taraji is wearing a nude lipstick such as M.A.C. StripMeDown from her collection.
Now you have all the keys to Taraji’s fierce look. Who would you like to see for the next beauty breakdown?