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.
Did you notice Tiana Brown (Serayah McNeill) handed Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) her black plexiglass perfume bottle phone case in Empire episode 4 “False Imposition?” The sensual songstress hit up our favorite Cookie Monster to talk about her “Keep It Movin'” demo and to seek suggestions to make it pop.
Tiana Brown (Serayah McNeill) talks to Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) about her demo while wearing a BCBGMAXAZRIA Farrell Short Jacket with Fringe and holding a black Chanel-inspired plexiglass perfume bottle iPhone case in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 “False Imposition.”
And pop it did! Take a gander at Tiana’s performance outfit which consisted of a Tobi romper and Tom Ford gladiator sandals.
Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wore a Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit in Snow Cheetah along with a Chanel Cutout Medallion Necklace on Empire Season 1, Episode 6 “Out, Damned Spot.”
In “Out, Damned Spot,” Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) sheathed her enviable bod (as we officially saw last night) in a Diane Von Furstenberg Snow Cheetah Large Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit.
Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wore this exclusive Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit in Snow Cheetah on Empire Season 1, Episode 6 “Out, Damned Spot.”
Currently a DVF exclusive and on sale for $299 on the site, this piece employs the brand’s most iconic jumpsuit style and their signature silk jersey. While most of Cooke’s voluminous mane hid most of the jumpsuit’s collar, I could clearly see the banded tie waist which aided my search!
Shopping Cookie Lyon
In “False Imposition,” Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) tried bonding with her son Hakeem in a $319 Parker Hartly Printed Mesh-Sleeve.
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The body-con stretch-knit sheath features an arctic blue, black and white digital print design, solid mesh sleeves and a banded scoop neck.
Everyone loves a great glittering gold romper on Empire, don’t they? On “False Imposition”, Tiana Brown (Serayah McNeill) took to the Teen Choice Awards stage to perform “Keep It Movin'” with Hakeem in a $21 matte gold Tobi Gabriela Romper (you can score cash back with Ebates) and a pair of $59.99 Breckelle’s Women’s Gladiator Diva-33 Heels.