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Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

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

skin.  Kerry’s skin is always exalted as “naturally flawless” so 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:”

My inspiration was the navy blue skirt that goes under the dress.  I actually thought it was a pair of sparkling black hot pants!

To get the look, Gonzalez used Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Forever Platinum layered over Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in 281 Cosmos, blending it up into the crease and along the lower lash line. To further define the eyes, she lined the entire eye with Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Twilight Blue and finished with four coats of Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black. Of course, Washington is wearing lashes, perhaps Ardell?

So while the eyeshadows were varying shades of silver, the eyeliner was a deep navy. Mystery solved!

lips. The lips are kept soft and natural with one of Gonzalez’s favorite nudes: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. Warm Caramel is essentially a drugstore dupe of Kerry’s signature nude lip go-to Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Whole Lotta Honey on the hit tv drama Scandal.

Kerry Washington Emmys 2014 Makeup

Kerry Washington by Ashlie Johnson: Chanel

Kerry Washington in Chanel Rose ConfidentielI see it now: Kerry Washington loves her some Chanel nail polish! Chanel celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson used Rose Confidentiel, a “gorgeous rosy nude” that is very Olivia Pope-approved. See other nude nail colors Kerry loves in my post Celebrity Nail Secrets: Kerry Washington’s Nude Nails. A drugstore dupe is OPI Kreme de la Kremlin.

Kerry Washington by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew: Neutrogena and HairArt Tools

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Kerry Washington was glowing on the red carpet tonight and I wanted to give her a fresh new look. So, I brought back the middle part and colored certain sections of her hair but kept the base dark. I finished off her look by cutting her hair into a choppy bob.

Before she got the party over hair started, she prepped Kerry’s hair with Neutrogena’s Triple Repair trio, which consists of the Fortifying Shampoo, Fortifying Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner. “Triple Repair is great for split ends, gives shine, and strengthens hair that has been damaged,” Sturdivant-Drew revealed. Since she planned to infuse a bit of ombre life into Kerry’s tresses (they decided on a custom-blend of red, medium brown and light brown), she set the stage by warming up a dime-sized portion of the Neutrogena Triple Repair Leave In Conditioner and applying it to the end of Kerry’s hair. Takisha parted Kerry’s hair down the middle and tamed the roots with a round brush.

Weeks ago, HairArt Products sent Takisha a hair care package consisting of their H3000 Dryer, iTech Duo Curl, iTech Crimper, H3000 Heat Brush Pro, and their iTech (iT) Infrared 450 Flat Iron. For this sexy style, she used the iT Infrared 450 Flat Iron, a Jones Magazine Best in Beauty spring 2011 award winner, on very low heat (remember, it doesn’t take much heat to style Kerry’s hair) to fashion the carefree, duo-toned lob Kerry wore to the Emmys. This tool helped to lock in shine.

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Get Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2013 Oscar Makeup

Kerry's Oscar makeup

I am obsessed with Kerry Washington. I’ve said this before and it still rings true today. I have a crush on her lips alone. This is also the woman who plays the fascinating Olivia Pope every Thursday night. Washington wore natural makeup with touches of rose and berry for the 2013 Oscars. I did not love the bodice of her Miu Miu gown. However, I will say it was a gorgeous color for her skin tone. The happy hue seemed to make her glow with the promise of spring and romance.

Kerry Washington by Carola Gonzalez: Lancome

Washington’s makeup artist Carola Gonzalez shared on Twitter some of the products she used for Kerry’s soft rosy look.

Kerry Washington brightened up the Oscars red carpet with a natural look with just a hint of color on her eyes and cheeks.

Fans of Kerry Washington on Scandal – and readers of this blog – will know that Kerry wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9. However, for this very special occasion, Gonzalez brought out the reinforcements – Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup in #10 as a base along with Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #11 for the glow.

The eyes were decked out with swipes from the Lancome Color Design 5-Pan Shadow and Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry, which consisted of five shimmering and matte shadows in tones of beige, pink, taupe, copper and chocolate. Lastly, Gonzalez chose Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara to finish the look.

Gonzalez created Kerry’s pretty pout with Lancome Rouge in Love in Rose Boudoir punched up with Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 202 Dolci. Her cheekbones were enhanced with Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Brilliant Berry.

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Black Celebrity Nail ID: Kerry Washington’s Nude Nails


Kerry Washington’s Nude Nails: HIPP x RGB Nail Foundation and Nail Tints

Recently, Kerry Washington’s manicurist Jenna Hipp posted about Kerry’s favorite nude nail combinations on her Tumblr blog Nailing Hollywood. She says, “Kerry Washington from Scandal tweets her love for HIPP x RGB Nude Nail System today:

I am loving the #HIPPxRGB by @jennahipp. You can mix and match the colors for a perfect #nudepolish.

“[She] wears HIPPxRGB Nail Foundation F2 topped with HIPPxRGB Nail Tint T2 for a shade ‘slightly lighter than her skin tone, offering an exemplary classic nude coverage with a touch of contrast,” says Hipp.

And look at that vibrant tangerine tango lip! Celebrity makeup artist Autumn Moutrie chatted with Lifestyle Mirror and said she made Kerry’s vibrant lip with MAC Lipsticks in Lady Danger and So Chaud.

The online shopping resource went on to say that “warm skin tones (like Kerry’s) can be brightened up by softer oranges and corals.” Olive-skinned and caramel complexioned beauties should try NARS Satin Lipstick in Casablanca, a classic full-bodied coral.

Tangerine lips and nude nails: what a combination but it works! What products would you use?

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Olivia Pope’s #Scandal Pink Lipstick: Kerry Washington’s Six Lip Shades


Last updated: 25 June 2016

I’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 seven other pink and nude lip products we’ve seen Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal wear:

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal Wears: Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy ColourBalm in Cinn-Ful

You can buy Laura Mercier Lip Parfait in Cinn-ful from Nordstrom (with cash back from Ebates).

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

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??)

You can buy Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique also from Nordstrom.

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. However, it’s available online at Nordstrom with free shipping!

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 trick is to layer Whole Lotta Honey over Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Buff. However, I usually just wear Whole Lotta Honey by itself.

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.

Here’s another shot of Kerry wearing the shade (BTS):

Kerry Washington wears Neutrogena Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude on Blaq Vixen Beauty (

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