Taraji P. Henson Has a Fully Functional Nail Salon in Her House — Interview

After I do my mask, I’ll usually slather on the Miage Invoke The Night Cream, and then I’ll go to sleep.


I try to duplicate what Saisha Beecham, my makeup artist, puts on my face. For my base, I use the Koh Gen Do foundation—if I’m doing a real face beat and I need coverage—and the Lip Bar Quick Conceal Caffeine concealer.

I love the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Color Adaptive Blush, and there’s this Dior Backstage Contour palette that I love for bronzing. It’s discontinued now but it’s the perfect palette because it has a pink powder, a translucent powder, a dark brown shade for bronzing, and a light gold bronze for highlighter.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Color Adaptive Blush

Lancôme L’Absolu Lip Gloss

I always finish with the Lancôme L’Absolu Lip Gloss. It’s this incredible rosy plumping lip gloss that I love. I don’t even know if it’s plumping my lips, I just love it; I love things that tingle.


My girlfriend Lisa Logan, who is a nail artist, makes soap through her brand The Body Suite, so she always sends me soap; I start with that in the shower.

Then I luxuriate with the entire TPH body line. I’m not being biased just because it’s my product; this is what I actually use.

I use the Good Daze body wash even after using the bar soap because the body wash has mandarin, and any citrusy smell puts me in a great mood. After the body wash, I do the Baby Buff’d scrub to exfoliate followed by the Ish Condish because, again, it has mandarin in it.

When I get out of the shower I use Softer Than A Mutha shea butter and Anything Glows Oil mixed and put on my favourite robe from Savage X Fenty. That’s what I use for my body every day. I’ll be late for a meeting because I don’t skip a step.


The nail girls—the professional nail techs—love me because they swear I’m a pro, too. They send me free products because they [think] I have customers. I ain’t doing nobody but my own.

But I do have a functioning salon in my house. Most of the time I’m wearing press-ons made by my nail technician Temeka Jackson. I have her pre-make them so I can switch out sets as quickly as I want.

For this movie I’m doing right now, Fight Night, I did my own nails — I put on the almond-shaped long tips from Aprés using the Novice Extend Gel. Sometimes you’ll catch my work on the red carpet, too.

I’m a true Virgo, so I don’t like to be at the mercy of anybody’s schedule; I’ll do it myself if I have to. And underneath those nails, my nails are healthy AF because I take care of them using the Nail Tek Recovery System. It’s a little three-polish system that has a cuticle oil, a fibre filler, and a strengthening polish.

A version of this article originally appeared on Allure.

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