We Can't Remember The Last Time We Were THIS Excited For A MAC Collab

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.
As Cookie Lyon on Empire, actress Taraji P. Henson is a lioness in Louboutins, a boss, and what Henson herself has dubbed “the truth.” For a character like this, bold lips, smoky eyes, and winged liner are everyday staples. So when we got the details on a new capsule collection from Henson and MAC, dubbed M∙A∙C Taraji P. Henson, we were expecting to see some colorful, dramatic palettes in the mix.

We couldn’t have been more wrong. The collection, which launches next month, is based on Henson’s own makeup style, not that of her iconic character. Filled with soft, deeply wearable neutrals — like deep beige, bronzy coral, and reddish brown — the collection conjures Henson’s own brand of glamorous confidence, and is the perfect addition to any makeup bag. It's one built on “fresh, glowing skin" and "a great nude gloss,” as Henson’s personal makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff, told Elle last year.

The shades not only are extremely wearable, but may finally provide the key to getting Henson’s own signature nude lips. (Gimme!) Of course, there is some overlap between Henson’s own beauty look and that of her larger-than-life character: The collab features an ultra-black liquid liner and a multi-use mascara. Because whether your power look is bright, like Cookie’s, or classic, like Taraji's, a fierce cat eye is essential.

Ahead, a sneak peek at the collection, which launches online at MAC September 6.

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The best way to draw a Cookie-inspired winged eye? With a fine-point pen. This one is filled with a blackest-of-black inky shade for major definition.

MAC Taraji P. Henson PenUltimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, $21, available at MAC.
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A versatile mascara tube that packs two brush shapes for defined and voluminous lashes? Yes, please. Even better, it’s stocked with a super-saturated black shade.

MAC Taraji P. Henson Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, $23, available at MAC.
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With its flattering warm brown shade, this mineral-rich highlighting powder brightens without making skin look metallic.

MAC Taraji P. Henson Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Taraji Glow, $33, available at MAC.
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This soft bronze-meets-coral highlighter flecked with gold shimmer gets its name from Henson’s own label for Cookie Lyon: the truth.

MAC Taraji P. Henson Mineralize SkinFinish Highlight in The Truth, $33, available at MAC.
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Made for blending those gorgeous highlighters, this brush also works to apply foundation.

MAC Taraji P. Henson Brush 187 Duo Fibre Face, $42.00, available at MAC.
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Inside this bullet is a matte, deep beige shade that finally answers a long-standing question: “How do I get that Taraji nude lip?”

MAC Taraji P. Henson Strip Me Down Lipstick, $17, available at MAC.
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