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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.  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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Black Celebrity Beauty ID: Kerry Washington’s Nude Lipsticks

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 nude for you.

Here are lipsticks Kerry Washington has worn 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 Signature Flip

Updated: 13 June 2016

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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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.