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What makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff actually used for Taraji P Henson's Academy Awards red-carpet look
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Taraji P Henson's Oscar 2017 Beauty

Taraji P Henson is one of my red-carpet beauty favourites. Her makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff loves colour and shine and drama, but not at the expense of her client's natural beauty. "Makeup should enhance your natural beauty and balance out skin imperfections," she says. "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."

Here's the rundown of the skincare and makeup Ashunta used for Taraji P's Oscars 2017 red-carpet look:

skin prep

on the face

  • Perfect Blend by Ashunta Sheriff Beauty in Tan ("a buildable foundation that has built-in technology that masks skins imperfections without looking heavy.")
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC40 under eyes and on brow bone
  • Dermablend Oil Control Blotting Powder applied with a Surratt Beauty Powder Brush ("...almost like a Kabuki brush with a handle for better control, and the hairs are super soft and fluffy.")
  • St. Tropez 3-in-1 Bronzing Powder to contour (yep, St. Tropez bronzing powder)
  • Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush in Dusk (for "a soft romantic look")
  • Enlight by Danessa Myrics in Halo on cheekbones

on eyes

  • Urban Decay Eye Primer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil on top and bottom lash lines (applied in "a thick line, then feathered out... to create a soft, sultry smoke")
  • Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette ("blended black in the crease, then used a dark brown on top to soften the edges.")
  • MAC Creme Liner applied in thin line on both lash lines and smudged with a Q-Tip
  • House of Lashes Iconic Lashes with Duo Black Adhesive
  • MAC Waterproof Mascara on lower lashes
  • NYX Roll-On Eyeshadow in Salmon  ("on the centre of eyes and in the inner corners of the eyes.")
  • Damone Roberts Eyebrow Pencil in Minx ("highlighted the brow bone in Peach to keep brows clean.")

on lips

on the body

For a second, let's address the difference in skintone between Taraji P's face, neck, arms and décolleté. I wonder if it's just a lighting thing on the red carpet, or a lighting fail during application? In the photo below from Ashunta Sheriff's Instagram feed, there is no difference in tone. *shrug*

What do you think? I'm mostly curious as to whether any of you has tried the Dermaflash tool and the regrowth you'll have experienced afterward. (With my luck, my peach fuzz would grow back in as dark stubble. *sigh*)