Taraji P Henson The Tonight Show
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FOX’s hit TV series Empire has taken us by storm. While we can’t get enough of the show, it’s really Henson’s makeup and style we can’t get enough of. Henson recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon sporting Milani Cosmetics. These cosmetics are a popular choice among celebrities due to their long-lasting capabilities for long days and nights on set. Luckily for us, the makeup ranges from $4.99 to $8.99 keeping our budgets in tact. Henson’s makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff gives up professional tips for using Milani’s products.

Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush Dolce Pink
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“I started with clean moisturized and primed skin. I then used Milani Creme to Powder Foundation in Warm Honey to even out her complexion and create a flawless template. I used Milani Secret Cover Concealer Cream in Golden Beige under eye area and to clean up any lipstick bleeding around the corners of the mouth. I then softly contoured her cheeks with the Deep Tan shade of the Secret Cover Concealer Cream; by following the natural bone structure of her face we give a great contour which looks chiseled and sleek. I took the same product and slightly contoured her nose using my fingers until it blended in. I applied the Rose Powder Blush in American Beauty Rose to the apples of her cheeks and used the Baked Blush in Dolce Pink for strobing, which is a technique that mimics what light naturally does.”

total lash cover mascara milani cosmetics
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“For the eyes, I started with the Eye Shadow Primer and then opted for the Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner since we wanted to keep the look simple, yet sleek and fashion forward. I lined the lower lash line on the water mark with the Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner and then applied the Runway Lashes and Total Lash Cover Mascara to provide volume, and define, build and curl lashes.”

“I kept Taraji’s brows natural with the brand’s new Stay Put Brow Color in Brunette. I used the angled brow brush following her natural shape to define and sculpt without looking overdrawn. I also love the Brow Shaping Clear Wax for creating molded brows that stay on all day even through the hot lights of filming for television. I finished the look with Milani’s new Amore Matte Lip Crème which worked amazing with Taraji’s skin tone.”

To check out the products for yourself, visit Milani Cosmetics.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate