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Black Celebrity Beauty ID: Kerry Washington’s Nude Lipsticks

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Kerry Washington, “the epitome of chic-dom“, has mastered the art of wearing nude lipstick. Her signature pink lipstick as Olivia Pope is pretty epic, but it’s just something about the way the actress wears a pout with a hint of caramel or rose. She sets the standard for habitual nude lipstick wearers everywhere, wouldn’t you say?

This dimension, as celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine prefers, is what makes a nude hue truly ready-to-wear for brown skin.

Nude shades and pink (tones) can get lost against rich skin tones, so I use brown lip liner for definition.

For example, for someone with Kerry’s complexion, she could use the same options the “Scandal” makeup department uses on the actress: Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Hazelnut TeaMAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Nice ‘N’ Spicy or Chantecaille Lip Definer in Discreet. If you’re looking for something else to wear besides the heralded MAC Lip Pencil in Chestnut, go for IMAN Perfect Lip Pencil in Espresso.

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. The right “sister-friendly hue,” she assures, can often be found at your local drugstore, waiting as it is the right nude for you.

Here are lipsticks Kerry Washington has worn from Dior to Tarte, plus a custom-blended option consisting of concealer and lip liner:

Kerry Washington's Emmys Makeup Neutrogena

kerry’s nude lipsticks: neutrogena

Kerry’s luscious nude lip at the 2014 Emmys – the perfect complement to her smokey, cerulean eyes – were none other than Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. This is the third time the actress has worn this versatile shade.

Kerry Washington BET Awards Nude Lipstick

kerry’s nude lipsticks: neutrogena

At the 2014 BET Awards, Kerry Washington stepped out in a summer-appropriate Dolce and Gabbana frock with on-trend white pumps. This was her second appearance since having her daughter and she, of course, slayed by keeping it classy and sophisticated. To complement her summer-ready ensemble, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff kept the lips “soft and [naturally] nude” with a slight tint of peach by mixing Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Juicy Peach and Warm Caramel.”

kerry’s nude lipsticks: hourglass

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 Gloss in Truth. Get it at Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, or SpaceNK.

kerry washington golden globes neutrogena nude lip

kerry’s nude lipsticks: neutrogena

As Neutrogena’s newest spokesbeauty and creative consultant, the mommy-to-be attended the Golden Globes this past Sunday.
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.
-Carola Gonzalez
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 and

kerry’s nude lipsticks: lancome

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 and Neiman Marcus.
Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Pure at the Met Ball Gala

kerry’s nude lipsticks: tarte

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 and Macy’s.

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Kerry Washington's Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore Dior Rouge Lipstick 314 in Angelique Beige at the 2013 Emmys

kerry’s nude lipsticks: dior

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.

-Carola Gonzalez

Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore L'Oreal nfallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Opulent Organza at the 2011 Sundance Festival

kerry’s nude lipsticks: l’oreal

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.

Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 23 at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

kerry’s nude lipsticks: make up for ever

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.

Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore NARS Lipstick in Falbala at the Paley Center

kerry’s nude lipsticks: nars

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.

Brigitte Reiss-Anderson

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, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue,, Lord & Taylor, and NARS Cosmetics.

Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil at the Saks Fifth Avenue Scandal Event

kerry’s nude lipsticks: nars

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.

Kerry Washington Nude Lipsticks: Kerry Washington wore MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC35 and MAC Lip Pencil in Spice on Project Runway

kerry’s nude lipstick combo: mary kay / nars

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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