Get Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s Lipstick on Scandal


I originally published this post on November 11, 2012 but decided that I needed to update it…badly! With that said, here is everything you need to know (at the moment until @scandalmakeup, the official Twitter account for the show’s makeup department reveals new information) about how to get Olivia Pope’s mauve, pink and nude lip looks from the show, starting with lip liners from Laura Mercier, MAC Cosmetics and Chantecaille:

Nice ‘N’ Spicy debuted in MAC Cosmetics’s Fall 2011 Styledriven collection but is now permanent. It is described as a “pink cinnamon stick,” but beauty blogger Temptalia offered a more authentic description: “A medium-dark brown with warmer, almost peach undertones in a matte finish.”

Read on to see six other pink and nude lip products we’ve seen Olivia Pope wear:

Olivia Pope Pink Mauve Nude

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique

Yes, I have a new lip color for Olivia! On Friday, April 19, just a day after the electrifying season 3 finale, @ScandalMakeup tweeted the names of Olivia’s #amazinglysimplebutbeautiful lip and nail combo for this season: “CND Shellac Cocoa layered with Romantique, lips are [Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in] Monique.” Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose waxed poetic about this cult, classic lip color to

It’s a classic nude lip that’s very chic and polished. It’s the kind of nude that looks elegant and not like a too-natural, going to the beach nude (which is like what’s the point??)

Buy it at before it sells out! This is what happened to Tarte 24.7 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15 in Champagne Brunch when gladiators found out Olivia wore this in promos for the first season of Scandal. It is also still available on the YesStyle website.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Tarte 24.7 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15 in Champagne Brunch (R.I.P.)

This is Olivia’s original power lip. As it turns out, the shade Olivia wore in the season 1 promos is the mostly discontinued Tarte 24.7 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15 in Champagne Brunch, a sheer nude shade.  She usually wears this color with “a bit of gloss.”

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Chanel Levres Scintillantes Brilliant Extreme Glossimer in Wild Rose

Another Pope pick is Chanel Levres Scintillantes Brillant Extreme Glossimer in Wild RoseI’ve passed up the Chanel counter at my nearest Nordstrom countless times, but never stopped to see if they had Wild Rose in stock.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Carnation

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Carnation is a tricky color to pull off but Olivia wears it well. I ventured to the Bobbi Brown counter for the first time in search of this color. It requires precision as it is a bright, peachy-pink color. I would fill in my lips with a nude lip liner and apply Carnation straight from the tube. Then I would blend both my nude lip liner and Carnation until I’ve successfully created the perfect shade for me.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Whole Lotta Honey

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Whole Lotta Honey is the best product in Olivia’s makeup bag. Whole Lotta Honey  is the package deal in a pencil. This neutral color is moisturizing, long-lasting and works for a variety of skin tones. See it on Olivia Pope and Associates:

Whole Lotta Honey on Olivia Pope and Associates

The makeup department for the show shared new information with Daily Glow. With Whole Lotta Honey  as the most used shade out of the bunch, they also named Fuller Fig, Woppin Watermelon, Mighty Mimosa and Bountiful Blush as other faves.

The trick is to layer these shades over Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Buff. One color combo they mentioned is Clinique’s Woppin Watermelon mixed with Tarte’s Buff. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed is another great tint to have the set the foundation for your Olivia Pope lip.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel

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Celebrity makeup artist Sheri Knight said that when she fills in Washington’s lips with Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Hazelnut Tea and dabs on Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel, she gets exactly what she was looking for. Kerry also wore this shade to the 2014 Golden Globes with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez. Outside of the show, I have not seen a pic of Kerry wearing Whole Lotta Honey…yet.

You get this perfectly even finish that heightens the natural color of her lips. And because liners tend to have a slightly drier finish, it really stays on—even through the kissing scenes.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Tarte Cheek Stain Flush

 “As for her look after fooling around with Fitz, [makeup lead artist Denise Hood] uses Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush,” reported Beautyhigh for their exclusive feature about the hit TV show.

Will you be tuning in on Thursday, September 25 for season 4? As always, I will update with new information!