On Scandal, Kerry Washington (as Olivia Pope) portrays a businesswoman with influence in high places, which means her makeup palette is always work-appropriate and simply stunning. And as it turns out, it's so easy to do at home, you'll want to wear it every day. You can see more of her character's standout beauty moments on the season finale tonight on ABC at 10 p.m. EDT. But before then, see what Denise Hooper, makeup department head for the show, reveals about getting Olivia's signature look when you read more.
Get the Look:
Getting Olivia's no-nonsense makeup is quite simple. "Wearing too much makeup is a common mistake," Hooper explains. "Makeup can actually be aging, so it's best to only use foundation where needed. Add flushed cheeks, a neutral lip, a liner smudged on the top lid with mascara, and you should be ready for a day at the office."
On set, the team uses neutral shades from the Tarte Call of the Wild Palette ($36) for Kerry's eyes, followed by a touch of liner, rose blush, and foundation. To finish, Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey ($16) is applied, which the team actually uses on most of the main characters.
Behind the Bangs:
"Olivia Pope has bangs in the flashbacks to create a more youthful look, but also to distinguish her from the current-day, high-powered Olivia Pope," Hooper says. "With bangs, the cheeks and lips stand out more, so I would advise focusing on those features with a pretty lipstick or a glowy cheek stain." Try Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color ($32).
Hooper explains that having good skin is the first step to amazing makeup, and some of Kerry's favorites include Original Sprout Baby Cream ($20) and Elta Sunscreen ($23). "Taking care of your skin is the most important tool," Hooper says. "Drinking a lot of water and incorporating coconut in any form is a great natural skin quencher. We're also a fan of Glow Bio pressed juice in the trailer."