Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Kerry Washington’s Nude Lipsticks

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Kerry Washington, “the epitome of chic-dom“, has mastered the art of wearing nude lips. Her signature pink lipstick as Olivia Pope is pretty epic, but it’s just something about Kerry’s nude lip looks. The way the actress wears a pout with a hint of caramel or rose sets the standard for habitual nudists everywhere.
This dimension, as celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine prefers, is what makes a nude hue truly ready-to-wear for brown skin. The makeup maestro says, “Nude shades and pink (tones) can get lost against rich skin tones, so I use brown lip liner for definition.”
Side note: No disrespect to Sam Fine, but I would recommend you use a lip liner that is the same color as your lips. Apply your lip color, line your lips and then blend accordingly.

Original glamazon Mikki Taylor addressed this lip lesson in her book Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (get it on Kindle). The right “sister-friendly hue,” she assures, can often be found at your local drugstore, waiting to be chosen and purchased as the right buff for you.
Here are nine nude lipsticks Kerry Washington has worn, from Dior to Tarte:

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Kerry looked simply ethereal at the 2013 Emmys. I loved everything, and her makeup was absolutely divine. Imagine my shock when I found out celebrity beauty pro Carola Gonzalez beat Washington’s face something whimsical! ”I wanted to create a soft makeup look that would match Kerry’s delicate and dreamy princess-like dress. The dress itself had so much detail that we just wanted to accentuate her natural features instead of doing anything too bold.” That rosy nude lip is not a lipstick, but a lip gloss. Gonzalez coated Washington’s lips with Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip in Truth. Get it at Sephora.

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As Neutrogena’s newest spokesbeauty and creative consultant, the mommy-to-be attended the Golden Globes this past Sunday. Gonzalez said, “We wanted to do something different, so we decided to go with a bold, dramatic eye. We wanted to be more daring, and due to the elegant simplicity of the dress, this was the perfect time to do this.”  Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel (which could be an awesome dupe for Clinique’s Whole Lotta Honey) was chosen to complement Kerry’s smokey eye. Pregnancy definitely agrees with her! Get Warm Caramel at Ulta.
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Gonzalez swiped on a coat of Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in Delicate Lace on the stunning starlet at this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America. Get it at Nordstrom.
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To offset Kerry’s bold smoky eye, Gonzalez chose Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Pure, a nude, light rose, at the Met Ball Gala. Get it at Sephora.
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“It was Kerry’s idea to go with a nude lip, so I used Dior Rouge Lipstick 314 in Angelique Beige, which looks amazing with her skin tone. I gave it to her [because] she fell in love with it! She couldn’t have been happier with the lipstick shade,” says Gonzalez of Washington’s nude lip look at the Emmys.

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Celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis described Washington as “very elegant [and] very ladylike” so she opted for a soft, effortless nude from L’Oreal: Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Opulent Organza. For a finishing touch, she topped Opulent Organza with L’Oreal HIP Shine Struck Liquid Lip Color in Reserve (discontinued). Kerry wore this budget beauty combo at the 2011 February Sundance Festival.

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A little digging led to the name of the lipstick Kerry Washington wore at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 23, a satin beige. Get it at Sephora.

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Celebrity makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Anderson said, “I am always inspired by the clothing. When I saw Kerry’s white dress, it was easy to see what I needed to do: sheer, fresh and light.” She is wearing NARS Lipstick in Falbala, which is one of my favorite nude lipsticks of all time. Another urban beauty legend loves this shimmering rose shade too. Get it at Sephora.

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At the Saks Fifth Avenue Scandal event, Reiss-Anderson revealed Washington wanted a “matte lip.” Reiss-Anderson chose Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, described by NARS as “the perfect sheer beige.” Grab both the lipstick and the lip pencil at Sephora.

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Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff created a throwback nude lip for Washington’s appearance on Project Runway. First, she prepped the lips with Mary Kay Satin Lips, a two-step system that gently exfoliates and moisturizes the lips. She then lined the lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Spice. Lastly, Sheriff patted the lips with MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC35 .

Between the captivating lip looks Washington wears on Scandal and the ones she wears on the red carpet, which are your favorites?

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