Boss Beauty Lessons From Shondaland

Whether you're a white collar professional, an student, or an medical resident trying to climb the corporate ladder, Shondaland has always offered a lesson in office beauty chic. Curious if you're a master of Shondaland's beauty-and-a-boss looks? Find the winning formula for beauty bossdom, here!

Virginia Lowman Sep, 22, 2015

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Name: Olivia Pope

Occupation: Gladiator and Crisis Manager

Personal Catch Phrase: "It's handled."  

Beauty Lesson: Pink lips can go corporate if you use choose a soft shade in a cream formula. 

Beauty Must-Have: Lipstick

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Olivia always sports a rosy pink lip with a little bit of a sheen. To avoid looking ashy, opt for a pink hue that has a little bit of depth— more rose than white. Deeper shades also look less flirty and more polished. We like this "Nubile" shade from Tom Ford's Lip Color Shine collection. 

$52, available at

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Her go to nude is a mix of dark cream and pink. It's sophisticated and feminine without being overbearing; and way more fun than a boring cream mani. Want the look? Try Dior Nail Lacquer in Icognito.

$27, available at

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Name: Annalise Keating

Occupation: Defense Attorney and Professor of Law

Personal Closing Statement: "You underestimate how much I like a challenge."  

Beauty Lesson: Smokey lids are great from the courtroom to the class room, as long as you stick with a dark neutral palette.

Beauty Must-Have: Black kajal and an eyeshadow palette.

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Annalise usually opts for a soft black smokey eye with touch of bronze in the center of her lid. Use a brush to blend upward from the crease. Keep your lines soft— you're going for polished, not clubby. Get you new corporate smokey eye with the Naked palette from Urban Decay. 

$54, available at

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Copy Annalise's simple liner with this Laura Mercier Kajal D'Orient in Noir Supreme. Flirt with different line widths to execute the perfect look.

$28, available at Sephora

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Name: Michaela Pratt

Occupation: Second year law student and Intern at Annalise Keating & Asscociates 

Primary Character Trait: Perfectionist

Beauty Lesson: Don't over do it. A little liner and a tinted lip balm goes a long way.

Beauty Must-Have: Pencil Liner

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Michaela is always on-the-go, so she keeps her makeup routine fairly simple. Her class to courtroom look always consists of dark lined eyes. For eyes that won't need to be touched up between errands, try Bobbi Brown on-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet.

($25, Bobbi Brown)

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This season, Michaela will be a 2L. While she will have settled into the law school lifestyle, she still won't have much time to sleep and certinaly no time for an extensive beauty routine. She always opts for a sheer tinted balm.  For intense hydration with a little color try Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks.

$16.50, available at

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Name: Miranda Bailey, MD

Occupation: Attending General Surgeon and MD Intern Handler

Best Personality Trait: Quick wit

Beauty Lesson: Keep it Simple. Balmy rouge lips are always underestimated.

Beauty Must-Have: Tinted Lip Balm

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Need a look that's pulled together without looking "done?" Take a cue from doctor bailey and opt for a tinted lip balm. Our favorite is Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Colour Lip Balm in Jumbo Jasmine.

$17, available at

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Get full brows like Dr. Bailey's by filling in brows with a complimentary pencil using feather light strokes. To get the look try Cargo Brow Pencil in dark brown.

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Name: Stephanie Edwards, MD

Occupation: Surgical Resident 

Personal Motto: "Be worthy of believing in."  

Beauty Lesson: Dewy skin and balmy lips are the meat and potatoes of beauty.

Beauty Must-Have: Tinted moisturizer

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If you are going sans lip color, opt for a balm with intense hydration and a little sheen. Keep your lips hydrated and smooth with Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir Lip Balm.

$25, available at

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Girls on-the-go like Stephanie love a good 3-in-1 product. Bareminerals Complexion Rescue gives you all the perks of a BB and CC cream plus it has an SPF of 30! Mix it with your favorite face cream for an instant tinted moisturizer.

$29, available at 


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