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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.

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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 thandiekay.com

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 thandiekay.com

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.

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


Powerful Beauty!


Electric Pink Lip


Hair, M-Up & styling by Thandie. Photo Jonathan Leibson

Post by Thandie.

Here’s a look I put together for a red carpet event last year. I wore a black 50s style vintage cocktail dress from The Gathering Goddess.

I wanted to accent the refined, understated glamour with something modern. Lips seemed the way to go. Red would have been predictable, and might have made the look austere. Pink was the answer – and not any shade – I wanted garish, electric and unnatural!

I wore my hair blow dried straight with a deep side part – it could just as easily been pulled back and sleek. What mattered most was the pink mouth. And People magazine agreed, as they featured it as their ‘Look of the Week’.





Kerry Washington

KerryWashington PINKLIPS

Kerry Washington at the 2014 Sag Awards


Recently I spotted girlfriend Kerry Washington sporting a GORGEOUS vivid pink lip on the red carpet.


Vector illustration of pink kiss print


Kerry washington sag awards

kerry washington sag awards

kerry washington sag awards


Kerry Washington Pink lips


So here’s  my how-to for stunning the crowd

with an Electric Pink smile.




Thandie newton’s step by steps







As well as my usual base (see any number of other Posts) I added a bronzing element.

I pretty much use a bronzer 9 months of the year – because if I’m in a cold climate my skin tends to settle into a bloodless ‘mushroom’ shade… A CC cream (currently I’m using Olay) is a good quick fix on a daily basis – but if I need more warmth I use a bronzer._5720268

My all-time favourite for years has been Giorgio Armani’s Bronze Mania gel. I apply it with a damp make up sponge – around the edge of my face, neck and on the top of my nose (never around the eye, nose or mouth – that way fake tan horror story lies). The dampness of the sponge helps move the colour around (and be quick with application as the gel consistency dries fairly quickly). If it’s daytime that’s all I’ll use, but for a red carpet event like this one I’ll apply a light coat of foundation on top of the bronzer and then complete the base with concealer etc.




Step One.

I used Chanel‘s eyeshadow pallet Les 4 Ombres in 36 INTUITION.

Using a smaller sized fluffy eye shadow brush I applied the darkest brown shade deep in the eye socket line, and

under the outer edge of my lower lash. I repeated this and blended until I had a lovely rich, warm frame for my eyes.LES-4-OMBRES_36-Intuition-731x1024





Chanel Intuition quad

Chanel Intuition quad

Chanel Intuition quad

Chanel intuition quad

Step Two.

Next I used Mac‘s Powder Blush in FEVER (that I’d also be using on my cheeks later) and gave the deep brown a rich pink accent over the top, and blended this down onto my top lids. Subtle, but works really well bringing the tones of cheek and eye together.STEP2.PINKLIPS-1








Estee Lauder Eye Pencil

In OnyxThandieKay

Pink Lips post, ThandieKay

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Step Three.

Using Estee Lauder‘s Double Wear eye pencil in ONYX, I lined along my top lid right into the top lashes, and from my outer lower lash halfway along into my pupil.

Estee Lauder ONYX Pencil




I then used the pencil’s blending tool to gently smudge the creamy rich black into the existing brown shadow – gorgeous.





Step Four.

I curled my lashes, then used the fabulous Mac Haute and Naughty Too Black Lash mascara. The two wand ‘strengths’ are  a great invention. For this look I used the thicker application first, quickly followed by the finer application to even out any globs.hautenaughtylash-hautenaughtyblack-300




Step 5.

Kay introduced me to an eyebrow pen to rival my favourite SUQQU brand.

Stila-Backstage-Beauty-Fall-2011-Makeup-Collection-in-Stay-All-Day-Waterproof-Brow-ColorThis time I used the more widely available Stila Stay All Day Waterproof brow colour in MEDIUM. I do love a liquid brow liner – it allows me to create brow hairs rather than the heavier block of colour which a pencil creates. It gives a finer, more subtle finish.

Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.





 Step 6.

Julie Hewett CHEEKIEThis lip colour was going to be bright so I could afford to punch up my cheeks – BLUSHso I used Julie Hewett‘s Cheekie Palette in ROSIE, and then once I’d powdered my face using Jurlique‘s translucent powder (the Rose smell is DIVINE, every time I use it) I added more colour with Mac‘s Powder Blush in FEVER (as in step 2).














Step 7.

Nearly there! I lined just outside my top lip with Chanel‘s Precision Lip Definer in FUSCHIA. I kept true to my lip line around the bottom lip.

Overall this gives me a fuller mouth which I wanted with such a WOW lip colour.LIPS

Finally, using a lip brush I applied the lip colour. For the event I actually used two shades from Chanel, one of which is no longer available ( you gotta love how Chanel do that with seasonal shades. It makes their colours even more coveted and exclusive; as you use them down to the nub and arrange a funeral for the empty container once you’ve said your last goodbye). Happily though, I’ve found a colour by Urban Decay called CRUSH for you guys, which I used for this final step.



Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 11.10.45Et voila – a subtle, sun kissed make-up look with vivid electric pink lips.



All illustrations by Thandie, picture fixing & placing by Kay.

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