Kerry Washington

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!

Olivia Pope styleCourtesy ABC

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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

Kerry Washington: 'Imperfections Are Actually the Gift'

Feb/25/2014 at 01:09 PM ET

Kerry Washington beautyJason Merritt/Getty

We’ve made no secret of our major style and beauty crush on Kerry Washington over the past couple years. She rarely makes a misstep on the red carpet, and her hair and makeup are perpetually on point. So when she sat for an interview with Doobop.com’s Jodie Patterson, the editor said what we all have been thinking: “You’re perfection!”

But Washington demurred the compliment, saying, “I think you’re wrong! I think it looks that way. But the reality is we all have nerves and moments of insecurity … But If I said to myself that I’m only going to show up, or speak or be visible when I’m perfect, I would never get out of bed. I [show up] to be of service and to be used for something greater. It’s about knowing what I am in this moment is what I need to be, and going for it. The ‘imperfections’ are actually the gift.”

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She also shares that her beauty and style prowess didn’t come naturally to her; despite having an “really beautiful” mom, she wasn’t raised to focus on the outside. “I came into beauty and fashion much later in life — like after college and when I had to walk red carpets,” she said. “I became a student of fashion and beauty. I wanted to soak in those relationships to understand and be informed. Even now, when I go to fashion shows and look at the clothing, hair and makeup, it’s like going to an opening at the Met or a Broadway show. It’s a moment to take in artistry.”
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Nicole Richie Has Purple Hair -- and More Celebrity Tress Moves We Need to Talk About

Feb/24/2014 at 08:17 PM ET

Nicole Richie, Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington hairCourtesy Nicole Richie; Jason LaVeris/Filmmagic (2)

Some major hair happenings are going on in Hollywood, and naturally, we’re buzzing about them. So we decided to round up some of our favorites. First on the list, Nicole Richie’s purple — yes, purple! — hair!

The star debuted a lavender hue on her Instagram feed Monday, similar to the shade Kelly Osbourne has been sporting. And while the look doesn’t appear to be a wig, we think Richie’s hair change is probably a sneak peek from a photo shoot. We also think the risk-taker can totally pull it off, and if she stays violet, we can’t wait to see how she wears it. Read More

Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Sexy Midriffs, Unique Cutouts and Shoes That Should Be Left In the Closet

Jan/24/2014 at 05:55 PM ET

Trend report: sexy midriffs, unique cutoutsGetty; AP; Splash News Online

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw lots of skin and a pair of shoes that need to walk themselves off the red carpet.
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SAG Awards Style: The Social Media Style Moments You Can't Miss

Jan/18/2014 at 10:40 PM ET

Sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever for the stars to arrive on an awards show red carpet. So to pass the time here at StyleWatch, we usually comb through our Twitter and Instagram feeds to see if any celebrities will give us even the tiniest peek of their big look.

Luckily for us, a few did just that before Saturday night’s SAG Awards! What would we have done without them?!

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