First look: Taraji P. Henson's new Viva Glam shades for M.A.C unveiled

First look: Taraji P. Henson's new Viva Glam shades for M.A.C unveiled

Viva la diva

Text: Renée Batchelor

Transformed into a disco diva for this campaign, take a sneak peek at the shades in Taraji P. Henson's next Viva Glam collection with M.A.C

You may know her as Cookie Lyon in Empire, but Taraji P. Henson is so much more than that star-making role. Catch her in her Oscar-nominated turn in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or as the demure, but brilliant Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures, to get a glimpse of her versatility. She's back for another Viva Glam collection with M.A.C and her main aim is to continue raising awareness around HIV/AIDS. Says Henson, "It means the world to me to represent such an honest and giving brand like M.A.C. We have to keep being messengers by talking about the disease and continuing a dialogue about HIV/AIDS because the more we talk about it, the more awareness we are bringing to the public. It's pretty simple. Buy a Viva Glam lipstick and know that every single penny goes to help end this disease."  

M.A.C Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson 2 Lipstick and Lipglass

This year, Henson has gone with a more neutral collection. The lipstick is a rich, coppery brown flecked with gold pearl pigment, while the Lipglass is bronze with gold pearl. Find out more about why she chose these particular shades this year, and how neutrals are having a moment in her makeup bag.

What was the inspiration behind your look (the visual) and new shades?
The new inspiration comes from the funk and fashion of the '70s. A less bold, more neutral hue to flatter all skin tones is what I wanted to accomplish.

Your new lipstick & lipglass are so different from the first ones. What made you go in this direction?
I'm a girl who loves to experiment with makeup and change my look. Right now I'm feeling the softer side of the colour wheel and wanted to show that through my products.

How does your confidence in wearing this colour overlap with your confidence in speaking out about HIV/AIDS?
I am a confident person who believes that good things will happen if we all keep trying. I'm proud to wear Viva Glam with confidence because I'm assured that M.A.C will continue the journey to educate, support and win the HIV/AIDS struggle. I have been and will remain supportive of VIVA GLAM and the good it does since M.A.C introduced the program in 1994. Our work is not done.