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Taraji P. Henson and Her Makeup Artist Talk Cookie Lyon's Fierce 'Empire' Beauty Regime

David Needleman
Taraji P. Henson and Ashunta Sheriff

"Cookie is uninhibited, and that is giving women the courage to try new things," says Ashunta Sheriff, who helped the 'Empire' star land at No. 1 on our list of Hollywood's 25 Best Beauty Moments of 2015 in THR's Beauty Issue.

Taraji P. Henson's look as Empire's Cookie Lyon is No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter's list of Hollywood's 25 Best Beauty Moments of 2015.

When: On Fox’s Empire, which premiered Jan. 7 and debuted its second season Sept. 23.

Why It Matters: Not only has Cookie Lyon reinvigorated Henson’s career, but droves of Empire fans are clamoring to mimic the music-maven character’s fearless onscreen style.

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Fan pages devoted to Cookie’s beauty, including tens of thousands of YouTube tutorials on how to re-create the diva’s makeup, have flooded the Internet this year. Why the obsession? According to Ashunta Sheriff, Henson’s makeup artist both onscreen and off, “Cookie is uninhibited, and that is giving women the courage to try new things. She isn’t afraid of the trends, whether it’s a dark plum or bright turquoise eye shadow.” It also helps that Cookie’s signature look — what Sheriff calls her “wispy lash, red or wine lipstick, winged liner and natural foundation coverage” — is easily imitated. One person not copying the Lyon-ess’ makeup, however, is Henson, 45. “I definitely try to give Taraji a different look from Cookie,” says Sheriff, who forgoes bold lip colors in favor of soft pink and coral glosses for the red carpet. Lips aside, all eyes are on both women right now.

Click the photo above to see more of Taraji P. Henson's best beauty moments through the years.

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