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Kerry Washington Dazzled at the Critics’ Choice Awards in These Beauty Products — All Under $20

Kerry Washington Red Carpet Critics' Choice Awards 2023
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Scandal fans who have missed their favorite fixer Olivia Pope were in for a treat over the weekend! Kerry Washington was a presenter at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards, sparkling in a floor-length strapless dress embroidered with crystals. And her matching makeup was absolutely flawless!

Celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez broke down the affordable inspiration behind Washington’s glam: “The makeup is always inspired by what Kerry is wearing. The Giorgio Armani Prive gown she wore gave me mermaid princess vibes. That’s why I wanted to give the eyeshadow a watercolor effect. The chosen color palette was inspired by the blue and pink tones of the dress. I wanted her to look classy with a twist of a princess mermaid.”

As an ambassador for Neutrogena, the Little Fires Everywhere actress has praised the brand’s skincare for years. “We are definitely a Hydro Boost family,” she told People, referring to Neutrogena’s products packed with hyaluronic acid. “I love the moisture. Having dry skin my whole life, I’m biased to that category.”

So, it’s no surprise that Gonzalez prepped the star’s skin with the oil-free Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, “one of Kerry’s ultimate favorites.” This top-rated face and neck moisturizer adds a boost of hydration, leaving skin silky-smooth. One shopper gushed, “Your face will feel as smooth as a baby’s skin!”

Scroll down to check out Washington’s other Neutrogena essentials from the red carpet!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Brightening Cream Concealer

“Once the skin is prepped I conceal under the eye area and any blemishes that need coverage throughout the face. I also apply a bit on the center part of the forehead, chin, and nose bridge to highlight and create dimension when applying the foundation. I used the Neutrogena Radiant Cream Concealer.”

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Neutrogena Clear Coverage Flawless Matte CC Cream

I followed with the Neutrogena Flawless Matte CC Cream and applied it all over her face and neck to make her skin all even toned and that it matched the body’s shade. When picking a foundation, make sure the shade matches the body’s skin tone.”

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Neutrogena Intense Gel Eyeliner

I lined Kerry’s lash line with the Neutrogena Intense Gel Eyeliner — Jet Black. I made a very thin line because I wanted the eyes to pop but didn’t want them to be eyeliner heavy. I wanted her eyes to be enhanced but at the same time to look soft with a sheer hint of baby blue.”

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Waterproof Plumping Mascara

“I applied a coat of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara Waterproof — Black, to the top and bottom lashes. By applying mascara to the fake lashes, it makes one’s own lashes fuse with the fake ones so there’s no telling any difference between lashes. Also, it makes them pop even more. This Mascara is not heavy, so it actually enhances and gives a very natural finish to the lashes.”

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Lip Shine

“The last step is always the lip. I wanted Kerry’s lip to have a nude tone with a pop of color. Not too much, but a little something. I lined her lips with Urban Decay‘s 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Uptight  and then applied the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine. I blotted the lips at the end to make the lip a bit more muted vs. too glossy and shiny.”

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