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Shopping #Empire: Cookie Lyon’s Prison Visit Makeup by Ashunta Sheriff

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Last season, I yearned to know what products the Empire makeup department used on their leading ladies. I was absolutely famished for beauty tidbits so I hit up IMDB to see who was working in Empire‘s makeup department. I briefly exchanged tweets with the show’s chief makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor (who was so warm and generous) for a time, asking what shades Taraji wore in certain scenes and with particular outfits. Unfortunately, there was not much she could divulge but I understood.

Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) wears MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 "False Imposition"

Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) wears MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 “False Imposition”.  Also seen here: Elizabeth & James Damon Sheath Dress (similar).

As for Anika, Grace Gealey replied to me and another fan on the ‘Gram to say her makeup artist Jessica Williams used MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter on her in the episode “False Imposition.”

Did you know? You can wear MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo or Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine in Catwalk to get Anika’s signature red lips.

However, The Cut had all the behind-the-scenes tea. Both Pryor and Empire‘s lead hairstylist Melissa Forney detailed their routines, regimens and processes for the cast.

Cookie Lyon’s Empire Season 1 Skincare and Makeup Regimen by Beverly Jo Pryor

Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wore a Givenchy Mosaic-Print Sequin Jersey Dress on Empire Season 1, Episode 10 %22Sins of the Father.%22

Taraji and I both create the look, along with hair and wardrobe. When she first came out of prison [on the show], she was away for 17 years, so she still had that same basic look — with the cat eyes — if you notice. But[,] as time goes on, she evolves into getting more updated.

skin care.

face.

eyes.

cheeks.

lips.

Ashunta Sheriff and Beverly Jo Pryor with Black Opal Makeup on the Empire set

Ashunta Sheriff and Beverly Jo Pryor with Black Opal Beauty products on the Empire set. Photo: Ashunta Sheriff’s Instagram

Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (seen above with makeup head Beverly Jo Pryor) has updated her feed with behind the scenes shots of her makeup station on the Empire set ever since she joining the makeup department. She used the following for Cookie’s top knot, red lip moment:

Cookie Lyon’s Empire Season 2 Trailer Prison Visit Skincare & Makeup by Ashunta Sheriff

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wears a FW 2015 Moschino Round Neck Gold Detail Patch Denim Jacket and gold Christian Louboutin Passage Purse in the Empire Season 2 Promo Trailer

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wears a FW 2015 Moschino Round Neck Gold Detail Patch Denim Jacket, Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry and a Wolford top with a gold Christian Louboutin Passage Purse in the Empire Season 2 Promo Trailer. Photo: Fox

skin care.

face.

eyes.

lips.

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wears a FW 2015 Moschino Round Neck Gold Detail Patch Denim Jacket and gold Christian Louboutin Passage Purse in the Empire Season 2 Promo Trailer

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wore a FW 2015 Moschino Round Neck Gold Detail Patch Denim Jacket, Wolford Como Shirt, Moschino Knee Length Skirt, and gold Christian Louboutin Passage Purse in the Empire Season 2, Episode 1 “The Devils Are Here.” Photo: Fox

With Saks Fifth Avenue coming out with several Empire curated collections next month, do you think the series should tackle something beauty-related before the season 2 premiere on September 23?

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