Get 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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Get Her Exact Looks: Kelly Rowland’s X-Factor Makeup


Unfortunately, Fox has cancelled The X-Factor USA – the talent competition show won’t be returning this Fall. In memoriam, I wanted to do a tribute to all the hair and makeup looks Kelly Rowland’s glam team created for the chanteuse during the show’s three seasons. With makeup by celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley and celebrity hairstylists Cesar Ramirez and Crystal Oliver on hair, here are 13 of Rowland’s most riveting appearances:

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The Stan’s Complete Fashion Guide to Beyoncé’s ***Flawless Video

 ***Flawless has been my anthem ever since I first heard it these past few days. The black-and-white video, both gritty and glamorous, has energized my soul with purpose and bravado. This particular scene stood out to me as I recognized the beanie this member of Bey’s gang wore. After unsuccessfully racking my brain for the exact name, I finally Googled and found out where I would be buying my own.

Screen shot 2013 12 15 at 1.58.59 PM 1024x574 Profound Aesthetic Monarchia Mastermind Beanie in Beyoncés***Flawless Video

It’s the Profound Aesthetic Monarchia Mastermind Beanie (now sold out) in black. Imagine my surprise when I realized Karmaloop had it in stock months ago and I didn’t snatch it up! It’s a great spin on the term “thinking cap.” Wake up “flawless,” don your beanie, “believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

Profound Aesthetic Mastermind Beanie in Black Profound Aesthetic Monarchia Mastermind Beanie in Beyoncés***Flawless Video

If you love wearing empowering phrases on your hats, check out Respect the Queen’s black beanie. Ariel Brands also offer a couple of options, namely their Creator and Artist beanies.

Ariel Brands Creator Beanie

Beyonce wears the following in “***Flawless”: The Kooples Plaid Cotton Flannel Shirt, customized Guess cut-off shorts, Maison Martin Margiela chain belt, Maria Francesca Pepe Pre SS14 Chain Necklace with Studs/Swarovski & EnamelChanel chain embellished boots, and Rue 107 Caged High-Waist Bottoms in Midnight Nude.

Have you been listening to “***Flawless” as much as I have? Are you planning to add a little Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to your literary repertoire (if you haven’t already) after hearing Bey sample the Nigerian novelist?

Get Her Exact Look: Viola Davis’s 2009 SAG Awards Makeup

Recently, celebrity makeup artist Autumn Moultrie chatted with Los Angeles Times’s Melissa Magsaysay about the metallic eye trend that ruled the red carpet season. My go-to metallic shades are bronze and copper, both of which are spectacular on women of color, particularly black women.

To complement Oscar nominee Viola Davis’ rich goldenrod-yellow dress at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, the makeup artist gave her what she calls a “glamorous spring” look in green and golds. “Very fresh,” Moultrie says.

face. Moultrie used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on Davis, mixed with a touch of Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, which enhances the glow.

eyes. “A well-defined brow really frames the face. The other stuff is just icing on the cake,” Moultrie revealed. Extend the brow slightly longer than the natural line to make eyes look bigger by using a light hand. Accentuate the natural arch with a short-angled brush. Any dark brown powder works, but avoid using black.

Moultrie used MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and then went over it with Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Evergreen, a dark shimmery green liner. “The green covers the black, but the black is there to define the eye and pack on the lash line, creating the illusion of a thicker, fuller lash line.”

Apply a golden shadow — Moultrie used Stila’s Summer shadow — as the base for the whole eyelid, up to the brow bone. Use a green shadow (she likes MAC Eye Shadow in Swimming, which has gold undertones and is described as a “hi-shine sea green with a lustre finish”), from the lash line to the crease of the lid.

Then apply a little bit of MAC Eye Shadow in Humid to the crease, creating definition. For a real pop of color, put a dot of a shade called MAC Eye Shadow in Bio-Green, on the center of the lid below the crease. Moultrie blended it all in together, so when Davis had her eyes open her makeup looked gold and when she closed them or looked down, there was a hint of springy green.

lips. Surprisingly, Moultrie did not identify the lip color but a swipe (or two) of MAC Lipglass in Oh Baby should complete the look, no?

Source: LA Times