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‘Empire’ Makeup Artist Beverly Jo Pryor Talks Season 1 Beauty: Exclusive Interview


(Photo : Empire) Taraji P. Henson on "Empire."

“Empire” has become known for its vibrant, dramatic characters like Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Anika (Grace Gealey) and Tiana (Serayah) - and part of what makes those characters so dramatic is their beauty looks. From Cookie’s red lipstick to Tiana’s cat eye, the characters’ beauty looks reflect their over-the-top personalities.

We caught up with “Empire” makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor at the New York Women in Film & Television's Designing Women Awards, where she was being honored for her long and successful career.



Beverly Jo Pryor
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Beverly Jo Pryor poses with photos of her work at the New York Women In Film And Television Awards.



On “Empire,” some of the characters, like Cookie and Tiana, have these over-the-top beauty looks. What were some of your inspirations for the characters?

My first concern is the director and the creator, Lee Daniels. With a combination of what he’s looking for and what the actress wants, we put it together and collaborate. You want to make sure that the actress is happy with her look because she has to go out there and perform. It’s a combination.


Are some of the actors and actresses pretty involved with creating their beauty looks?

They’re pretty good at letting us do what we want. You gain a trust factor. I let them have their suggestions and I have my suggestions and then we come up with the look. I work with Lee Daniels and want to give him what he wants because he’s the creator of the show.



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Serayah on "Empire."



You’ve worked on other projects with Lee Daniels.

I worked on “The Butler,” and from “The Butler,” he called me to do “Empire.”

Is there anything you can tell us about “Empire” Season 2?

No, not yet. It’s exciting! I don’t even have the first script of Season 2 yet. We don’t go into filming until next month.



Naomi Campbell
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Naomi Campbell on "Empire."



Are there any guest stars who’ve left you a little starstruck? “Empire” has had huge guest stars, like Naomi Campbell!

Not for me. I’ve been doing this for so long. Everyone is just a person. I don’t treat anyone different, whether it’s your first time or if you’ve been doing this for 50 years. Everybody is the same and I give everyone their props and respect.

What does it feel like to be honored tonight?

I’m overwhelmed, it’s one of the highlights of my career. I’m so excited. I was kind of nervous, but now I’m calm because it’s so exciting and I’m just grateful and very honored to be here.


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Reporter's Photo Jun 03, 2015 04:57 PM EDT