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#Scandal 4 x 1: Back to Life (From the Beach), Back to Reality (Hair)

Olivia as Julia

Situation at the Location: Livin’ La Vida Pacífica

In the opening scene of “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia,” Olivia (a.k.a. Julia Baker) has gotten her life on the coast of Zanzibar. Curly, bouncy natural hair reigned supreme for the political fixer since we last saw her. Her beach was better with a pair of Dior Exquise Sunglasses, her Monique Pean White Diamond & Gold Cage Ring, a white Kosmos by La Perla Mare Non-Wired Swimsuit, a Roberta Freyman Nicola Dress Magik…and Jake. I imagined the former B-613 operative bathing her in countless ounces of Coola Body SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer. These moments happened, of course, between rounds of sultry beach sex. Olivia’s lip-of-the-day, always, was Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. Her wine? ’94 Duvillet, a lavish vino that only exists in Shondaland. Gone Girlindeed.

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Achieve Your Favorite TV Actresses’ Hairstyles with Motions

Achieve Their Unique Style with Motions

Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post for Motions through The bLink Marketing Network and Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s Monday, and I am squealing like Kelly Rowland! Starting this week, many of my favorite black Hollywood actresses will dominate the small screen this season. We can thank Kerry Washington, who plays Scandal’s Olivia Pope for, to quote Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie, for ripping “open that hole.” I am rooting for every last one of these talented souls to usher in this exciting wave of feminine, melanin-rich entertainment – it almost reminds me of the ’90s again!

Motions assures that “no matter what type of hair type or texture you may have, [their] products will keep your hair looking as strong and beautiful as you are, enabling you to achieve a unique style that is all your own!” These words also ring true for Nurse Jackson, Annalise Keating, Abbie Mills, and Rainbow Johnson.

Check out four instruction videos featuring celebrity hairstylist and Motions Global Ambassador Ursula Stephen in which she showcases her top 5 favorite looks to help you discover your authentic style. I will also give my commentary on how you can use her tips to channel your favorite TV character.

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Beauty Celebrity Makeup

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.

Beauty Celebrity Makeup

7 High-End Nude Lipsticks for Black Women


Links updated as needed on 18 September 2016.

Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color in Angelique Beige (discontinued).

Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trench (discontinued).

Tom Ford Lip Color in Deep Mink (discontinued).

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volute Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #2 Sensual Silk (discontinued).

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Moody Margot (discontinued).

This exquisite Tom Ford ad featuring Nigerian model Betty Adewole (while holding Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in In the Buff) prompted me to create a list of all the brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks we’ve seen our favorite celebs wear from the world’s most prominent luxury brands. While it is always exciting to find the perfect nude among the choices available at the drugstore, I’ve learned that nude lips is “fashion for your face” (to quote June Ambrose) so why not splurge? Celebrity makeup artist Tai Young provided a recap on how to create your perfect nude lip:

First, you must start with your lips being even in color so you must put your foundation and powder over your mouth to get a blank canvas. Use a neutral lip liner to fill in your lips completely and then try colors on that you like. The one that doesn’t wash you out will be the best choice! 

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And without further ado, here are 12 brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks you might want to splurge on now:

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Beauty Celebrity Skin Care

Iman & Kerry Share Their 2014 Beauty Resolutions

Iman and Kerry Washington Share Beauty Resolutions

Recently, Harper’s Bazaar interviewed some of their favorite celebrities about their 2014 beauty resolutions. Among the interviewees was actress Kerry Washington and supermogul Iman.


Remove all of my makeup before I go to sleep regardless of how I feel! Iman

This one was quite easy as Harper’s Bazaar also did a “day in the life of” feature on Iman for their December 2010 issue. Of course, this was over three years ago but let’s see what the Somalian stunner used for her bedtime routine:

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