This gallery originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. On 'Empire,' Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie Lyon’s beauty mantra might be “go bold or go home” but the 46-year-old actress embraces a “less is more” approach off-screen.
Always Be Camera Ready
"Because of this thing called fame, I can't get caught looking crazy. So even if I'm running to the store, I'm going to make myself look pretty. At the very least, I apply mascara and a lip balm, gloss or nude lipstick from my M.A.C line. You never know [who will ask], 'Can I get a picture?'" M.A.C Taraji P. Henson Lipstick in Strip Me Down, $17; maccosmetics.com.