Taraji P. Henson poses with her makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff

Taraji P. Henson poses with her makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff

*The Hollywood Reporter is saluting the hair and makeup people behind today’s hottest celebrity women – including “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and acclaimed actress and fashion maven Lupita Nyong’o.

“Pair an A-lister with the right artists (both hair and makeup) and watch social media explode, brands come calling and beauty icons get born (or reborn — talking about you, Taraji),” writes THR of its exclusive portrait gallery, which also included Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Johnson and their beauty experts.

Below, Lupita Nyong’o poses with her makeup artist Nick Barose and hairstylist Vernon Francois. (Photos by David Needleman)

Lupita Nyong'o was photographed with makeup artist Nick Barose (left) and hairstylist Vernon Francois on Oct. 28 at The Bowery Hotel in New York City.

Lupita Nyong’o was photographed with makeup artist Nick Barose (left) and hairstylist Vernon Francois on Oct. 28 at The Bowery Hotel in New York City.

 

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“I’ve learned tons of beauty tricks! For one, Nick taught me how to put on lipstick right — from the center out,” says Nyong’o.

Below, Taraji P. Henson poses with her makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. (Photos by David Needleman)

Taraji P. Henson (right) and makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff were photographed on Nov. 2 at The 24th Street Loft in New York City.

Taraji P. Henson (right) and makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff were photographed on Nov. 2 at The 24th Street Loft in New York City.

 

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.”

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.”