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”. 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.
Late last night, I shot my first email to celebrity makeup artist D’Andre Michael. I followed him months ago after learning he does makeup for Mary J. Blige, Garcelle Beauvais, Queen Latifah and many more of our favorite celebrities.
I saw a behind-the-scenes snap of him touching up Angela Bassett on Instagram (@dandremichael) and was compelled to introduce myself and my blog. Angela B looked absolutely REGAL, and I wanted to capture her beat for the blog. It would’ve been criminal of me not to ask the master behind the mug.
After I practically begged Mr. Michael for details behind her Emmys makeup look, he sent over an arresting, high-resolution photo, which you can see above. Doesn’t she look like Egyptian royalty? She should have been casted as Queen Tuya in the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings but I digress. He also included a complete list of all the products he used, from Ben Nye to his lip gloss line titled U.G.L.Y. Girl Cosmetics. Blaq Vixen Beauty FTW!
U.G.L.Y. stands for Undeniably Gorgeous, Lovely, and Young. Each gloss is formulated with antioxidants and an exotic peach flavor. The line boasts ten shades. You can check out the complete line at www.uglygirlcosmetics.com.
Of the line, Michael explained to Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, “I love the texture, feel, look and ingredients. There are ten colors, and the formula is not sticky and there are anti-aging properties in it. You can wear them alone, or line your lips and rub them together to blend your liner. You can also put them on top of a lipstick for added shine.”
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I haven’t had a Viola Davis beauty breakdown since 2009 – Get Her Exact Look: Viola Davis’s 2009 SAG Awards Makeup – so I was beyond giddy when I scrolled through my newsfeed this morning. Celebrity makeup artist Autumn Moultrie so graciously posted Viola’s complete Emmys beauty breakdown. Now, I am about to share the goodness with you. From her skin care to that pouty red lip, I’ve got it all!
Uzo Aduba, of “Orange Is the New Black” fame, was one of Saturday’s biggest winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She nabbed “Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for the uber-popular Netflix series (I kid you not, this whole “guest actress” business is throwing me for a loop though). For her big day, she enlisted the help of dynamic duo celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson and celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls. And doing what I do best, here is how you can get her exact makeup look!
On the heels of her “The Beauty & The Brand” brunch (which I, unfortunately, could not attend), Motions celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephens created a curly, sexy look for singer Jill Scott for her appearance at the “Get On Up“ world premiere in NYC at the Apollo Theater on Monday evening. “We were going for a very sexy, curly look to complement her sultry, curve-fitting dress. The overall look was old-Hollywood glam and she definitely pulled it off!” exclaimed Stephen. Here’s how to get the look: