Get Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Kerry Washington BTS Emmys 2014

Kerry Washington's Emmys Makeup Neutrogena

Kerry Washington by Carola Gonzalez: Neutrogena 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 wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9) 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.

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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10+ High-End Nude Lipsticks for Black Women

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Betty Adewole for Tom Ford Spring 2014

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? And to recap how to create the perfect nude lip, celebrity makeup artist Tai Young provided a recap:

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! 

Here are 12 brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks I’ve spotted thus far:

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Iman & Kerry Share Their 2014 Beauty Resolutions

Iman and Kerry Washington Share 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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Vampy Lipsticks for Brown Skin: 10+ Options from MAC, Tom Ford and More

Madisin Bradley Vampy Lip

Madisin Bradley Vampy LipI came across this image of model Madisin Bradley in my Instagram feed (from Renny Vasquez) and I just had to bless this post with her magnificence! She is wearing Black Opal Beauty FoundationAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Flutter Lashes (style unknown). You can get her exact vamp stamp with MAC Lip Liner in Nightmoth and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. #shedidthat

Grazia Daily preached glam gospel when they said “those with darker skin should look out for lipsticks with a chocolate base which is richer and more warming than bluer-based lipsticks.” Let’s face it: the vampy lip is one of fall’s finest beauty trends for brown skin. Now I want to help you start your own sultry stash this season!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Port SwatchIt is my new obsession after I missed out on Rihanna’s overhyped Talk That Talk. This shade was the most infamous lip color in the RiRi Hearts MAC Fall collection besides RiRi Woo. Celebrity makeup artist Theresa Francine recommended picking up Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Port if you missed out on Talk That Talk.

With lips as dark as night, many a beauty enthusiast said they felt duped (pun intended) by the limited edition lipstick. And with that, a steam of new additions flooded Google Images, each identifying suitable contenders from different brands in various finishes and price points. As for me, I quickly got over my angst and stalked many celebrity makeup artists’s Instagram feeds. And now I’m happy to share my results with you!

Talk that talk and lacquer your lips with these vampy lipsticks for brown skin:

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Kerry’s Nude Lipsticks

Kerry Washington Nude Lipstick BET Awards
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. The makeup maestro says, “Nude shades and pink (tones) can get lost against rich skin tones, so I use brown lip liner for definition.”

Side note: No disrespect to Sam Fine, but I would recommend you use a lip liner that is the same color as your lips. 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. You can fill in your lips with your preferred lip liner and apply lip color. Or a clear lip liner could also work. I use Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Liner Pencil in Clear.



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 Hair: BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron

Olivia Pope Promo Pic

Olivia Pope hair

She may not be a saint, but Olivia Pope’s hair as 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 pink 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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