Kerry Washington Reveals Her Beauty Secrets—And the One Thing She Doesn’t Want Her Husband to See

Kerry Washington poses for Allure magazine
Kerry Washington poses in a stunning Zac Posen dress inside Allure's November 2014 issue. Read her beauty secrets! CARTER SMITH

We’ve always bet Kerry Washington “woke up like this,” and now that we’ve all seen the Scandal star’s November 2014 Allure cover, with barely a stitch of makeup, we know it’s true!

Washington, 37, went nearly makeup-free (in Zac Posen) for the beauty mag, but the real lady behind Olivia Pope managed to look just as gorgeous as she does when she graces our television screens every Thursday night, and that’s thanks to a devoted beauty regimen.

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“The Neutrogena makeup-remover towelettes would probably be the biggest [beauty must-have],” the new mom to baby Isabelle, 6 months, revealed. “My rule is to not go to bed with makeup on.”

But when she does wear makeup, she has her go-to products handled, too. “A little concealer is always great for spots,” the Neutrogena spokeswoman, married to Nnamdi Asomugha since 2013, explained. “I have to have lots of different colors, because as a person of color, your skin tone, even when it’s really even, changes on different parts of your face.”

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And she never relies on falsies—lashes, that is! “I’m a mascara girl. I love Neutrogena Healthy Lengths. People are always like, ‘Do you need an eyelash curler? Oh, no, you don’t,” Washington said. “I have very thick, curly lashes. On the show, I do not wear fake lashes. People often think I do.”

Kerry Washington - Allure Cover
Kerry Washington graces the November 2014 issue of Allure makeup-free. Read her beauty secrets! CARTER SMITH

Most importantly, she doesn’t regret any of her beauty choices through the years. “I used to relax my hair, and I don’t anymore,” the actress revealed. “But I wouldn’t even call that a mistake. It is hard on the hair. But I don’t believe in judgment. Like, I wouldn’t say that somebody who relaxes her hair is making a mistake.”

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But she does think there’s one beauty faux pas, especially when it comes to her husband! When asked what she wouldn’t want Asomugha to see, she admitted, “Maybe waxing.”

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