Get the Red Carpet Glow: Celebrity Makeup Artist Ashunta Sheriff Shares Taraji P. Henson’s Beauty Breakdown!

Taraji P. Henson blew away the 2017 Academy Awards red carpet in a blue velvet Alberto Ferretti gown with a sophisticated thigh-high slit. With flawless skin and makeup to match, it’s undeniable that the “Hidden Figures” star won the red carpet.


“The importance of having exfoliated, clean and moisturized skin plays a huge role in makeup looking flawless. My philosophy is makeup should enhance your natural beauty and balance out skin imperfections. I do not believe makeup should wear you or alter your face completely. I’m not a naturalist, but I am all for enhancing natural beauty – not masking and rebuilding a new face.” – Ashunta Sheriff, Taraji P. Henson’s Makeup Artist

Ashunta shares how to re-create Taraji’s ultra-glam look:

-Before any big award shows, I love to begin by using DERMAFLASH. With its superior at-home exfoliation, plus the removal of unwanted peach fuzz, it helps makeup look more smooth, radiant and glowing. @Dermaflash

-On skin, I use a Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm followed by Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment.
-Then, I use Farsali 24 Karat Rose Gold Elixir all over the face.
-Before I start makeup, Glossier Priming Moisturizer helps to hold makeup in place and gives a natural radiance to the skin.
Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Lip Balm is used to prep lips.




Perfect Blend by Ashunta Sheriff Beauty in Tan is applied using the dual ended vegan brush for smooth and flawless coverage. It’s a buildable foundation that has built-in technology that masks skins imperfections without looking heavy.
-For the Oscars, I add a little more lift with MAC Mineralized Concealer in NC40 under the eye area and on the brow bone.
-I then set makeup with my favorite Dermablend Oil Control Blotting Powder using Surratt Beauty Powder Brush, which has a beautiful design – almost like a Kabuki brush with a handle for better control, and the hairs are super soft and fluffy.
-Subtle Contour is added using St. Tropez 3-in-1 Bronzing Powder. I wanted a soft romantic look, so I opted for Glossier Cloud Paint, a creme blush in Dusk, then applied <strong>Enlight by Danessa Myricks in Halo on cheekbones.

-I based the lid with Urban Decay Eye Primer then used Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil to line eyes on both top and bottom lash line making a thick line, then feathering out with a Surratt Beauty Blending Brush to create a soft, sultry smoke.
-I used Urban Decay Smokey Eye Palette and blended black in the crease, then used the dark brown on top to soften the edges.
-I made a thin line on the top lash line and lower lash line with MAC Creme Liner and smudged it using Q-tips.
-I applied House of Lashes Iconic Lashes with Duo Black Adhesive for extra boost of glam. I added one coat of MAC Waterproof Mascara on bottom lashes.
-I also added NYX Shimmerball Eyeshadow in Salmon on the center of eyes and in the inner corner of the eyes.
-I used Damone Roberts Brow Pencil in Minx and highlighted the brow bone in Peach to keep brows clean.

-I lined lips with MAC Cork Lip Pencil and topped it with Surratt Beauty in Vivacious Pink.

I used One Night Only Finishing Gloss by St. Tropez on the body and I added Danessa Myricks Enlight in Halo on her collarbone and shoulders to get that beautiful highlight.




Taraji P. Henson wears a gown by Alberta Ferretti, in a deep midnight blue velvet.

Thanks to Dermaflash and Celebrity Makeup ArtistAshunta Sheriff for all the great information about Taraji P. Henson’s beauty breakdown.

Stevie Wilson,




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