Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington: Four Days, Five Dresses, Two Thumbs Up from Us

Sep/25/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

So it’s no surprise we’re huge fans of Kerry Washington‘s fashion sense. But for much of this year, she’s been laying low in mom mode, leaving us with a distinctly Kerry-shaped hole in our style hearts. This week, however, she hit the streets with full force while on a Scandal promotional tour, and we’re happy to report she’s back and better than ever.

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Kerry Washington and Lyn Paolo Discuss the Scandal Collection - Check Out the Sketches!

Sep/15/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

It’s almost Scandal-ous (sorry) how much we’ve been looking forward to the Scandal collection at The Limited, especially because it was designed by Olivia Pope herself, Kerry Washington, with the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo (nominated for an Emmy this year). So when we were offered a chance to check out some exclusive sketches and chat with Washington and Paolo about the soon-to-launch line, what could we say but “It’s been handled?”

The Limited Scandal CollectionCourtesy The Limited

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Emmys 2014: Two Hair Changes You Might Have Missed (Like Kerry Washington's Ombré)

Aug/25/2014 at 09:41 PM ET

Stars love to debut new hairstyles at award shows, but you might not have caught these two subtle switch-ups at the Emmys. So of course we’re bringing them to your attention.

First up, Kerry Washington showed off some fun ombré streaks, dyeing her tips an edgy copper color that popped against her orange Prada dress. Right now, we’re not sure if the new hue is here to stay or just an added accessory to match her dress. She kept her strands straight with a sleek center part, and played up her eyes with some major shadow and liner that we’ll talk about at another time, don’t worry.

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From Kerry Washington's Fresh Floral to Jena Malone's ... Uh, What is That?, See the Buzziest Looks of the Week

Aug/01/2014 at 03:50 PM ET

You think you’re a “Last Night’s Look: Love It or Leave It” addict? You should stop by the office sometime to see us passionately debating, defending and delighting in celeb styles — the good, the bad and the wacky. This week, we round up two looks we were loving and one that didn’t quite do it for us — check ‘em out below and let us know your faves in the comments!

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Want Olivia Pope's Scandal Wardrobe? Now You Can Actually Afford It!

Jun/25/2014 at 11:47 AM ET

If one of the main reasons you watch Scandal is to take notes on Olivia Pope’s flawless style (and, fine, for those steamy makeout scenes with Fitz), then you’re going to be really excited about this news. The Limited is launching a fall collection inspired by the ABC drama. (Fitz not included.) And Kerry Washington had a hand in the designs herself!

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Best Lipstick Contender? Kerry Washington's Deep Berry Pout at the Oscars Is Making Us Swoon

Mar/02/2014 at 10:34 PM ET

Oscars 2014 Kerry Washington Pregnant Beauty Plum LipsJordan Strauss/Invision/AP

It’s no secret that we’re mildly obsessed with Kerry Washington‘s beauty and style looks. And our love affair continues Sunday night at the Academy Awards.

The Scandal star, who is expecting her first child, paired her custom dusty lavender Jason Wu gown with a gorgeous wine-colored lipstick that perfectly accented her smoky eye and bare cheeks.

But it took Washington a while before she felt confident to play up one of her strongest features.

“It took me forever to allow my makeup artist to do bright red lips! Sometimes it takes someone saying to you, ‘Do you know how beautiful your lips are? You should try wearing red lipstick,'” she said.

“You can learn how to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts and then have confidence around them.”

Well, we’re happy the expectant actress changed her mind because her makeup was flawless.

And true to form, Washington made sure to thank her glam squad on Twitter.

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Kerry Washington's Curly Hair: We're Officially Obsessed

Feb/28/2014 at 09:34 PM ET

Kerry Washington curly hairJason LaVeris/Filmmagic

We so rarely see naturally curly hair on the red carpet that anytime a celeb ventures the texture, we sit up and take notice. And when the curls are as glossy and gorgeous as Kerry Washington’s, we call her stylist to get his secrets.

Celeb superstylist Mark Townsend was responsible for the star’s voluminous but in-control coif. We asked him what inspired the star’s luxe locks — and how we can get the look ourselves.

“I’m so tired of the cold and ready for spring, and the color of Kerry’s amazing Calvin Klein dress was so inspired that we immediately knew the look we wanted to do,” Townsend tells PEOPLE. “I created those curls with a 1/2-in. curling iron by taking 2-to-3-in. sections of hair and wrapping the hair around the barrel of the iron from root to tip.”

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For those blessed with naturally curly hair, we recommend a smoothing cream or serum applied to wet hair before drying. For straight hair, add a little texture via mousse or dry shampoo to help the curl hold. We love how formal Townsend made a traditionally casual hairstyle look — though part of that may be the radiant pregnant movie star underneath the style.

Would you wear curls for a big event? What are your secrets for making them stay? Tell us in the comments.

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields

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