It’s no secret that Taraji hasn’t been very fond of Fif’s Instagram jabbing at his former flame and arch Hollywood nemesis, Vivica A. Fox, who Taraji promptly jumped to the defense of against the Queens-bred rap icon. Smoke cleared between the two afterward as they kept their distance from one another after exchanging choice words over keyboards.
Hopefully, it stays that way even after Fiddy’s latest poke at the Golden Globe-winning screen star.
She snapped the finished product of her beat face for Instagram, courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, which appeared rather ghostly due to the lighting in the room. “Hair and makeup is something huh?” Taraji wrote in the caption of the picture. “I think it’s the lighting. If not I was supposed to be the 6th of the 5.”
She didn’t find their complaints as humorous, though. Ashunta also made sure to show another, more appealing, photo of Taraji with the exact same makeup and hair from the exact same day, but with different lighting. The drastic difference is strikingly visible.
“Lighting makes a major difference in how your makeup appears,” she wrote. “Taraji has a yellow undertone and in her trailer the lights are fluorescent. Where as in the #makeuptrailer the lights are natural light bulbs. Anyone who is a pro knows that fluorescent lighting will turn your skintone green and make you appear ashy.”
She explained that she wasn’t going to address it at first, but she’s done Taraji’s makeup for a number of years, along with other celebrities, and her fun facts on lighting effects and makeup was important to point out. Oh, and “[she’s] been doing this over 20 years, [she’s gonna] say this don’t come for [her] job or [her] talent cause the work speaks for itself.”
And in usual Fiddy fashion, took his jeering to Instagram. “What the f**k is going on cookie, LOL,” he wrote in the now-deleted post. “Get the strap.” Tia Kemp, who has a Rick Ross rivalry in common with 50 and mothers one of the Miami rapper’s children, helped instigate the jabs as well.
“I thought it was Michael Jackson,” she commented on 50’s post, preceded and followed by a series of crying-laughter face emojis.
But we’d be careful. Real Empire fans know the D.C.-native can flip from Taraji to Cookie before you can flip the channel.
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