Kerry Washington’s Power Make-up

Lucky me got to finally work with the divine Kerry Washington recently while she was in London to pick up her ‘Woman of the year’ Glamour award. Her role as crisis management’ lady boss Olivia Pope has ensured Kerry a firm foot in the door of many a home’s consciousness and making her up got a chorus of ‘Ooh I love her‘-s from women I mentioned it to.

Olivia Pope

Loosely based on Judy Smith (George W Bush’s Deputy Press Secretary), Shonda Rhimes created the first lead role for an African American woman on a primetime network drama since Diahann Carroll in 1968’s  ‘Julia’ and Teresa Graves starred in ‘Get Christy Love’ in the early 70s.

Giorgio Armani Power Suit

The original Giorgio Armani 80’s power suit

Olivia Pope must have been the woman Giorgio Armani imagined when he designed what came to be known as  ‘the power suit’ for women in the 80’s and she wears the modern (waaaayyy less shoulder-padded!) version in the show as the ultimate in sartorial armour.

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That distinct, staccato-style delivery of lines such as “in the past three minutes, you have called me a criminal, a whore, an idiot, and a liar, so this is pretty much the last time we’ll be speaking” is TV legend amongst the global sisterhood.

Kerry wearing David Koma

Kerry wearing David Koma



So let me get back to the getting of Kerry’s ‘woman of the year’ look…


From Power Suit to Power Make-Up

A knockout 2 piece outfit by David Koma mixed simplicity with red carpet glamour perfectly, which also meant that I could really play her eyes up without getting into overload.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition FoundationKerry has enviably perfect skin, which I merely subtly ‘brightened’ with a sheer veil of Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation (cleverly, it now comes in both oil-free and ‘moisturising photo edition’ formulas) in Pecan. I then powdered Kerry’s ‘T Zone’ with Bobbi Brown’s Loose Powder in Soft Honey. Bobbi Brown loose powder in soft honey

I’m not a fan of matte blusher because I like cheeks and cheekbones to look vibrant and high.

Mattening the cheeks has a flattening effect which works great around nose, foreheads and chins, but can make the overall complexion appear a little dull.

Thandie and I often use cream blusher but I wanted to make sure that Kerry’s make-up would be long lasting (I knew she’s have a long Clinique Cheek pop blushnight of celebrating ahead!) so I used Clinique’s new Cheek Pop powder blusher in Peach Pop, this range has that modern, oh-so-subtle shimmer that is essential to giving strong make-up a fresh bounce. I also applied this onto Kerry’s browbone as a ‘warm up’ base for the dark eye make-up. Revlon's Colorstay Eyeliner in Black

I wanted to give Kerry big smouldering eyes, so I began by lining the roots of her entire upper lashes with Revlon’s Colorstay Eyeliner in Black and softening up the line with my fingertip. I did a finer line on the root of her lower lashes too, being careful to really blend in to avoid a hard line.  Then using myfinger again, I applied Chanel Illusion D’ Ombres in Illusoire Chanel Illusion D' Ombres in Illusoire thandiekay.comover Kerry’s entire lid and socket lines. The beauty of this new generation of ‘cream/powder’ eyeshadows is that they blend so easily- so long as you place it in the right shape for your eyes (experiment and practice), you too can become an expert blender!L'Oreal Superliner

To add depth to Kerry’s eyes, I applied Cover Girl Eyeshadow in Black Tie to the outer edge of her lashes maybelline-lash-sensational-mascara-black-pearl-waterproof-0-32-fl-ozand accentuate the socket lines using a small brush and finally completing the eyes with L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black and Maybelline Lash Sensational Black Pearl Washable Mascara.

Benefit Cha Cha Lip Balm thandiekay.comI brushed up Kerry’s brows, fillied and widened them with a matte Taupe Eyeshadow (any one will do) and set them with clear mascara, basically the same thing as brow gel..

Finally I applied Benefit’s ‘Cha Cha Balm’ to her killer pout.

Kerry Washington ThandieKay

Kerry with make-up by Kay, and hair by Vernon Francois


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