Kerry Washington rarely gets it wrong on a red carpet. And this year, the Scandal actress (and the face of Neutrogena) had such gorgeous makeup looks that we decided our Christmas present to ourselves would be to get tips from her makeup artist, Carola Gonzalez.
Look 1: Paleyfest
Gonzalez simply suggests one bronze shadow, the third shade in Neutrogena’s Mink Brown palette, to get this look. Apply it all over your eyelid, blend, and then dust it on your on lower lash lines as well. Finish the eyes by lining your inner water lines and your top lash line with black liner, which Gonzales says will really emphasize your eyes.
To make sure your bold lips last all night, Gonzalez recommends a lip liner all over the lips as a base. Here, she used like the Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in Thrilling Plum, and then added moisture with a tinted balm, like Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin — which is Washington’s favorite lip shade.
With a warm-toned lip like Washington’s, Gonzalez prefers keeping the skin in the same family to creating a radiant look — so instead of blush, apply bronzer on the apples of your cheeks.
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Look 2: The Glaad Awards
For a semi-natural smoky eye, apply the pale pink shade from Neutrogena’s Long Wear Eyeshadow palette in Cool Plum all over your lids. Then, blend the third shade (a brownish bronze) from your first inner lash, outwards into your crease, before lining the lower lash line with the same bronze shadow.
“A lot of people are scared of smoky eyes because it makes their eyes look smaller,” Gonzales explains. “If you want them to look bigger, always apply a shadow on the lower lash line”
Next, accentuate your eyes with the plum color from the palette just on the outer corners, blending it up into the crease. Finish it off by rimming your inner waterlines with black eyeliner and applying several coats of mascara.
In order to add color without taking away from your eyes, Gonzalez suggests using a sheer plum shade, like Rich Raisin.
“If you want it to be a little bit less shiny, blot, reapply, and blot it again, Gonzalez suggests. “You’ll still have the color without so much of the shine.”
Create a glowing-from-within look by mixing blush and bronzer on your cheeks. On Washington, Gonzalez mixed Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Blush in Sun Kissed and Healthy Skin Blends in Vibrant.
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Look 3: The Golden Globe Awards
After Applying the gray shade from Neutrogena’s Smoky Steel palette all over your lid, Gonzales swears by smudging dark blue eyeliner (she used Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eyeliner in Twilight Blue) on a firm eyeshadow brush in order to use it as eyeshadow. “When you do this with an eyeliner it actually lasts longer, because it’s creamier and the texture is more pigmented than a regular eyeshadow,” she explains.
Blend the eyeliner onto your lid, creating a pointed cat-eye shape. Then, repeat on your bottom lash line, joining the two points together. Make your eyes pop even more by lining your top and bottom waterlines with black liner.
Create a strong base on your lips by applying a lip liner similar to your natural lip color all over. Then, add a subtle pop of pink using a sheer bubblegum shade – Gonzalez used Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Watermelon.
With a bold smoky eye, your cheeks don’t need much color — so a light wash of a bright pink blush, like Neutrogena’s in Vibrant, is Gonzalez’s go-to.
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