Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s #Scandal Lipstick

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Last updated: 26 January 2015

KERRY WASHINGTONI’ve compiled information about Olivia Pope’s mauve, pink and nude lip looks from the hit Scandal TV show. First up, let’s review 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 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 Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal 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, 2014, 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 CND Shellac Romantique, lips are [Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in] Monique.” Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose waxed poetic about this cult, classic lip color to NYMag.com:

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 on Amazon.com before it sells out! This same scenario 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.

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

This was 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 fill in my lips with MAC Lip Liner in Chestnut and apply Carnation straight from the tube. Then I would blend both Chestnut and Carnation until I’m satisfied with the end result. This is my power lip when I go to work.

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:

Quinn Perkins, Olivia Pope and Abby Whelan all pose for a group shot holding Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Whole Lotta Honey on the set of Scandal
Quinn Perkins, Olivia Pope and Abby Whelan all pose for a group shot holding Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Whole Lotta Honey on the set of Scandal

The makeup department for the show shared new information with Daily Glow. With Whole Lotta Honey as the number one shade, 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 the makeup department mentioned is Clinique’s Woppin Watermelon mixed with Tarte’s Buff. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed is another great base for your Olivia Pope lip.

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

Kerry Washington wears Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel at the 2014 Golden Globes with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez.
Kerry Washington wears Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel at the 2014 Golden Globes with makeup by celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez.

Celebrity makeup artist Sheri Knight’s favorite technique is to fill in Washington’s lips with Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Hazelnut Tea and then dab on Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. 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.