October 3, 2013
The third season of "Scandal" premieres this week, which means TV's best-dressed character is back. Week after week, Olivia Pope (played by the wonderful Kerry Washington) dazzles audiences with not only her brilliant schemes as a political scandal "fixer," but also her impeccably put-together outfits and makeup.
While it might be tough to snag all of Pope's favorite Prada purses and Christian Louboutin heels, her makeup routine is completely attainable for every woman. Get the "Scandal" star's ultimate look with these beauty tips and products.
Subtle smoky eyes
When you're making a career in Washington, D.C., your makeup palette must be work-appropriate and no-nonsense. However, that doesn't mean you can't layer on the eyeshadow and liner every day. Instead of the vamp-y black smoky eyes, be like Pope and go for a combination of chocolate browns. Line your lower and upper lashlines with a dark brown eyeshadow, then brush a reddish-brown color in the crease of your eyelid, blending it downward until it meets your lashline. Gently smudge the liner with your fingertips before applying a layer of mascara, but don't blend it too much - you want to look elegant and refined, not messy.
Pair the rich smoky eyes with classic neutral lips. First, clean up your pout with a gentle cleanser, such as the Bliss Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser, to remove any residue from your lips. Then apply a warm, peach-based lip color that has a matte finish. Complete the look with a light sheen that leaves only a hint of color, like Bliss Fabulips Gloss Lip Balm in peppermint.
Less is more
Pope's skin always looks flawless, but it turns out that she goes light on the foundation.
"Wearing too much makeup is a common mistake," head "Scandal" makeup artist Denise Hooper told PopSugar. "Makeup can actually be aging, so it's best to only use foundation where needed."
Avoid the heavy, caked-on look and apply foundation on essential areas. If you have discoloration or blemishes, then opt for a color corrector, such as the Colorscience Corrector Palette, which applies all-over color while remaining seamless.
To accentuate your cheekbones, especially if you rock bangs like Pope does in the "Scandal" flashbacks, Hooper suggests blending a dewy rose blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Use a large brush when applying it to get that all-over glow.