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Kerry Washington Collaborates with Nail Polish Brand OPI, Speaks on Going Natural and Teaching Her Daughter About Beauty

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Actress Kerry Washington and Nigerian NFL player husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcomed their second child, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, into the world on October 5 2016 after having their daughter Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21 2014.

But before she gave birth, she talked with Redbook while promoting her collaboration with nail polish manufacturer OPI to talk about her beauty secrets.


Kerry Washington (wearing her OPI ‘We the Famale’ nail polish)

On her everyday makeup look

When I’m not working, I let my skin breathe, so I just do concealer, mascara, and a sheer lipcolor. Occasionally I’ll mix a drop of foundation into my moisturizer. I’m a consultant for Neutrogena, and I worked with them to add more shades to their Healthy Skin foundation. I tested them on set and on the red carpet—it was a real process to come up with the formulas, so I’m very proud to wear them!

On her best beauty skill

I know my own lips better than anyone—at least anyone who’s putting makeup on me. I might not know them better than my husband! I line my lips with a pencil that matches my lipstick, then I slick on the color and it doesn’t bleed.

On going natural

I’d been relaxing my hair since I was a little girl, so part of it was just wanting to see what would happen if I didn’t. Quitting has been such a time-saver, and my hair feels much healthier now. It’s been fun getting to know my real curls.

On her skin care regimen

I’m a firm believer in double cleansing: I use a facial wipe to take off my makeup, then I wash my skin. Right now I’m pregnant, so I’ve stopped using retinol and cut back on products with salicylic acid, since that’s what doctors advise. I’m so relieved that hyaluronic acid is safe during pregnancy— I can’t live withoutNeutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

On her collaboration with OPI on their fall nail colors, all of which have Washington, DC-inspired names which she helped pick out

I did [collaborate with OPI], which is every girl’s dream! The one we’re most excited about is We the Female. When I spoke at the Democratic National Convention four years ago, I talked about how the words We the People didn’t include a lot of individuals in this country — women, people of color — when they were first written. We’ve all fought to be a part of that phrase, so having a polish called We the Female felt perfect to empower women. Plus, it looks great on every skin tone.

On what she hopes to teach herr 2-year-old daughter, Isabelle, about beauty as she grows up

I want to set the example for Isabelle that my mom set for me. I never felt as though she put on makeup to fix a sense of insecurity or impress others; she did it just to feel good. I want my daughter to know that she deserves to feel pretty, but then let her decide what that means for her. It’s important to have the courage to be the best version of yourself and not try to look like anyone else.

Photo Credit & Source: InStyle, Redbook

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

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