Taraji P. Henson’s Guide to Defined Curls & Post-Flight Skin Care | Beauty Secrets | Vogue
[soft music] – Hi guys, I’m Taraji P. Henson. And I’m going to take you through my beauty regimen. I always like to start with cleaning my scalp. You caught me at a good time actually because I’m a show, I don’t know if you know it, called Empire.
I wear wigs, ta-da! And so I literally just took my braids down. See, you can still see the parts in there. And so, when I do that I like to really treat my hair. So I don’t know if you guys know this but I just launched my new haircare line called TPH by Taraji.
Can you see it? Anyway it’s in there somewhere. And I always like to start with cleaning my scalp because you cannot expect to have healthy hair if you don’t have a healthy scalp. So I like to start with Never Salty.
It’s actually a sugar scrub which exfoliates your scalp. So you spray it, get it into your scalp like that. And I usually like to just go through any part it and get it all on the scalp. I created this line because when I started working in Hollywood, I wanted to protect my hair.
So I started wearing weaves. And what I found hard to do with weaves was yeah I was wearing these incredible protective hairstyles but how was I to take care of my hair and scalp while in the protective hairstyles? So, I never really found a line that really paid attention to scalp care, so I had to create my own.
So I usually get this all in, all over. [soft music] And when you’re finished, I’m gonna go wash it, meet you back and my scalp is gonna feel like a peppermint patty. Be right back. Guess what, I’m not done with that experience.
Because next I followup with a master cleanse. The formulation is very luxe, so it’ll get down to your scalp, through all of the congestion. [laughing] And clean your scalp and see how it just distributes right down? So you don’t even to part this one, you can just get it and it’ll go all over your scalp.
So I do that, I saturate my scalp, I message again and I rinse. I’ll be right back. So then I finish up with the mint Mint Condition. And this conditioner, same concept. If you have an install, you need to make sure you condition your scalp as well and the roots of your hair.
[soft music] Everything starts with a healthy scalp guys. I’ll be back, gotta wash the conditioner out. So here’s a little tidbit you didn’t know, maybe you did or maybe you didn’t know about me. Those who know me from way back in the day knew this about me but, I would’ve gone into cosmetology and I think God intervened because I was a year late for enrollment.
And that was directly after I was not accepted into the performing arts high school. And I thought that because I wasn’t accepted, that that was it, I didn’t have talent. So I was like well, off to school, off to cosmetology school and then God blocked that.
Now I’m putting in my Ride or Die leave-in conditioner. I finally found my way back to school for acting and then I still was doing hair because I needed money. So I was doin’ 20$ wet sets on the dorm.
Oh wait, I’m sorry. Ah I missed one bit! I have to gel my hair up with Tough Cookie. This is what I used to slick my hair up. [soft music] See? I put that Tough Cookie on. Look at them curls poppin! [laughing] Now to the face.
Okay guys, I’m gonna share a little secret with you. Because I keep a clean, healthy scalp, my face regimen is really like eh. You’re gonna be shocked. This is what I clean my face with [laughing]. I clean my face with Biore.
It’s charcoal, it gets the job done. I like a face cleanse that suds’s up ’cause to me in my mind, it’s mental. It feels like it’s doing something and cleaning. So this is what I wash my face with.
[soft music] Okay. Wow, nice and clean. I use serum for my face. Vitamin C serum. We don’t need much. Probably don’t need that much, I overdo everything. I just love products. And I pat that on my face.
And your skin gets nice and tight. Well because I just flew today, I got off an airplane. You know you can get a little puffy and sometimes it creates dark circles for me. I like to use an eye serum, a hydrating eye serum.
Is that upside down? I can’t see. [laughing] And I just like to roll it. If anything, this feels good. It just feels amazing and you can feel it tightening and plumping underneath. I actually take more care of my skin when I travel because I feel like my skin needs more attention.
Have to make sure it gets all in. [soft music] And they also have a lip serum too. You just have to stay hydrated when you fly because oh that air, that airplane, that recycled air, it’s not good at all.
This is literally Cookie’s eye cream. I’m just showin’ you a bit of what Taraji does and does Ashunta does to me, Ashunta Sheriff on the show. This is what I use now. And eye cream, you don’t need much at all.
Just a little dollop like this, that’s all you need. That’s probably too much. I just washed my face, washed my makeup off and put my Paul Scerri moisturizer on. And that’s all I’ve been doin’, all these years.
So y’all been feelin’ this face on the camera, and that’s all I’ve been doin’ with it. Occasional facial here and there when there’s clog. So I’m gonna start concealing my under eye with my Perfect Blend by Ashunta Sheriff beauty stick.
I put the lighter color on first. I love her stick, she has two sides. Highlight, contour, so brilliant. Rub that in. All of her stuff is so creamy and I just feel like it immediately gets rid of the black, the dark circle right away.
I’m so dramatic, I said black, it’s never black. To me it looks black. Those circles they look like ah! Look like a raccoon. And Becca is very dense, so you don’t need a lot. See I’m just doin’ that.
I started with the foundation first to set it and then I go over with this highlighter. [soft music] So this is just more of like a natural beat. Just something that I do really, really quick before I head out.
Okay, and then, I go back in to contour my cheek with my Perfect Blend. This is probably more than I would do. I’m just showin’ off for y’all. I just want y’all to know I know how to do makeup. I don’t want it to look like I have on a lot of makeup.
I just like to look refreshed and not sleepy. I’m low maintenance honey. I need y’all to know, I’m very low maintenance. And like I said, I’m showin’ off for you, ’cause usually all I do is pop a lash on and I’m out the door to be quite honest.
I’m just going to set my concealer with a translucent powder so it doesn’t move while I do the rest of my face. I’ve always had this very high arch on this eyebrow since I was a baby. If you go look at any of my pictures from grammar school even when I was a baby.
And that’s because I have a cowlick. And that means my hair right here, grows the opposite way. See that? You know Demone Roberts who slays my eyebrows, he has these babies under control but when they get wild.
See how that is growing that way? And look at this right here child, look at that. [laughing] It look like I’m up to no good. My daddy used to try to lick ’em down. He’d be like come here. And I’m like, ah don’t do that! And, I’m glad I didn’t train them to stay down because it makes me unique, I’m really known for my eyebrows.
I’m really not the best at my eyebrows to be quite honest but I just do a little something see. So just a little something like that. And, ooh I can’t wait. So I’m sweatin’ ’cause I’m excited. Who else sweats while they’re doin’ their makeup right? We need to come up with something.
Rihanna, I love you! I love Fenty everything! So back in the day, this was a lip gloss. But now, it’s a lipstick okay. So we just put a little dab. It’s very pigmented so I’ma start off really small ’cause I don’t want clown eyes.
And then we, blend that in. Look at this y’all, look at how pretty that is! Right? That is a cream lipstick. And then we’ll go over it with Giorgio Armani. They have these great little metallics. And again guys, I’m showing off.
I know I said I was gonna do like a natural beat. I’m showing off. I changed my mind. I’m doing a beat in case I was going out. And be cute. Look at that eye, isn’t she cute? And sometimes my fiance will be like, how long do you need? And I will start off with a natural beat, then I get to playin’ in it and I’m like ooh let me see where I can go with this and then five hours later he’s like, still waiting.
So now he’s gotten smart and he gives me another time to be ready so that he’s not waiting. He think I haven’t figured that out yet. Look at that! And that’s lip gloss and sticks. [laughing] We did that.
Then I go back and kinda clean it up a little bit so it’s not too, too, too pink, pink, pink. This is a great day time. I love this. Okay. I’m gonna do the other side. Remember this is very pigmented.
You just need, see that one little dot? That’s all you need. One dot goes a long way. [soft music] And see if this was a nighttime eye, I would then go in the corners here with a darker color and smoke it out a little bit.
And the trick to makeup is blending. Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend. Even if you put too much, you can just blend it out, blend it out, you can always use your fingers if it’s too much. Blend it out.
Then I go over it with my Giorgio Armani. [soft music] Then I go back and I clean up the mess I made wherever there’s a mess. Look at that. That is so fresh and bright and cute. I love a good shimmer.
These are absolutely. Look at that, amazing. Fenty is always good. I have several that I use though. [soft music] Now I’m gonna do mascara. No I’m gonna do a liner, I’ll do an eyeliner. Yes gotta line the eye.
Just a little, not a lot. [soft music] Look at that eye, it’s very hard to do but I’ve been doin’ it for years on my eye. Again, something that I can do on my face and no one else’s. I can’t really see in here guys at how good this is or not but you get the idea.
Liner, oh! Mascara. Usually I would put a lash on but, I think y’all sick of me now. Ooh you know what to be quite honest, I have been wearing lash. I don’t ever really, just put on mascara on my lashes anymore for a natural beat.
I usually just pop on a lash and hey. I think I’m gonna start doin’ my lashes again. Oh, Tom Ford. A little natural lip. There’s something about putting lip gloss that makes me feel so sexy. [chuckling] That wasn’t sexy but.
Clean and fresh. From the scalp on down. Love you.