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Olivia Pope Nails, Season 1: CND Shellac in Negligee + CND Shellac in Cocoa
Scandal‘s nail guru and Creative Nail Design (CND) spokeswoman Lisa Wong shared the political fixer’s signature nail polish combo on her Twitter account. Wong told Allure Magazine recently, “In Olivia’s fast-paced life, there isn’t a lot of time for makeup or nail color changes.” Olivia gets her Pope on with gel nail polish! The current gel nail polish combo Olivia wears is CND Shellac in Romantique layered over CND Shellac in Cocoa.
Solessence nail pro Hillary Fry says, “Negligee over any Shellac color is an easy way to add a bit of dimension, smooth out imperfections and create a bit of opalescence.” Washington wore a thin coat of Cocoa as a base with a top coat of Negligee. We saw a closeup of Olivia’s nails in “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” Watch below:
Olivia Pope Nails Remixed for the 2013 Oscars
Kerry arrived at the 2013 Oscars with a special manicure in honor of her Scandal character. Her tips glowed with a lovely gold and pearl finish. Wong chose CND Effects Gold Pearl, CND Effects in Gold Sparkle and CND Effects in Gold Shimmer topped with CND Essentials in Air Dry.
Olivia Pope Nails, Seasons 2 & 3: CND Shellac in Romantique+ CND Shellac in Cocoa
Olivia goes for a more girly shade to complement her nude nails this season. Fry describes Cocoa as an “updated neutral.”
Romantique is the option for someone who [wants] a creme-based color where the nail won’t be seen. It is very feminine with a bit of bold.
Fry’s description of the pink-white hue is perfect for Olivia, a fixer with a flair for fabulous fashion.
Olivia Pope Nails Remixed for the 2013 Golden Globes
Nail stylist Lisa Wong has done it again! For the 2014 Golden Globes, she started by giving Kerry Washington’s nails the Olivia Pope treatment (CND Shellac in Cocoa + CND Shellac Romantique). Next, Wong decided to adorn each nail with silver half-moons. She used CND Vinyl Weekly Nail Polish in Silver Chrome to craft the chrome crescents.
No Gel Zone: Get Olivia Pope Nails with OPI Nail Lacquers in Tickle My France-y and Barefoot in Barcelona
Byrdie identified the shellac nail colors Kerry wore to the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, and they’re the same lacquers used on the Scandal tv show! If you want the look with regular polish, try OPI Nail Lacquer in Tickle My France-y layered over OPI Nail Lacquer in Barefoot in Barcelona.
Olivia Pope’s Nails, Season 6: OPI Nail Lacquer in Inside the ISABELLEtway
Inspired by the success of Scandal, OPI opted to collaborate with Kerry Washington for a nail collection in May 2016. The Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer Collection, which is still available at Ulta, features 16 nail lacquers that speak to the bustle of our political climate. Back on July 28, 2016, Washington shared a closeup of her nude nail mani situated strategically on a yellow Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Mini Tote Bag. She’s wearing Inside the ISABELLEtway, a creamy caramel brown, from the collection this season.
Inside the ISABELLEtway is largely sold out at all major retailer except for Beauty Expert. The UK e-tailer is selling the varnish for $16 (!) with free standard shipping with an extra 18% off with coupon code BEAUTIFUL at the time of this update. The closest dupe to this color is OPI’s Cupp-a-Cawfee, which is long-discontinued.