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Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Kerry Washington's Emmys Makeup Neutrogena

Kerry Washington by Carola Gonzalez: Neutrogena, Kevyn Aucoin and Dior

skin.  Since Kerry’s skin has been exalted as “naturally flawless” already in a previous beauty breakdown I have in draft, I’ll continue with the accolades.

I’m sure Gonzalez followed a similar regimen in preparing Kerry for this year’s Emmys: Prep the skin with Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturizer to even out her skin tone, apply foundation where needed (Kerry usually wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9 but Gonzalez used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11) and add a touch of  warmth with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer in Sunkissed. Based on the behind-the-scenes snap shared on Twitter, Kerry is also wearing Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer and Blush Duo in Raisin Glow, a “universal shade,” says Gonzalez.

eyes. There are some conflicting reports about the shade of Kerry’s smokey eye makeup. Some media outlets reported she wore stormy blue shadow while others identified the sultry shade as slate. I searched around and found Us Magazine’s commentary on her “dramatic eye:”

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Black Celebrity Beauty ID: Kerry Washington’s Nude Lipsticks

Kerry Washington Nude Lipstick BET Awards
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 buff for you.

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

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Olivia Pope’s #Scandal Hair: Kerry Washington’s Signature Flip

Olivia Pope's Hair Secrets

She may not be a saint, but Olivia Pope’s hair looks as if  Jesus and his disciples descended from above to whip her tresses into waves of glory. Her feathered flip is as cool as her shade of pinkish nude lipstick. Linda Villalobos, hairstylist for Kerry Washington on Scandal, recently joined Twitter. Tweeting from @layersofbeauty, here is what the hair pro shared with us about Olivia’s hair evolution on the show:

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Olivia Pope’s #Scandal Nails: Kerry Washington’s Signature CND Shellac Mani

Olivia Pope Nails on the Constitution in Happy Birthday Mr. President

Olivia Pope’s 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” during the Constitution scene. Watch below:

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