Kerry Washington Reveals Her Best Beauty Rules, Fashion Tips, and What She Learned From Jennifer Lopez

Kerry Washington at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Kerry Washington sat down with Yahoo! Beauty's Bobbi Brown to talk makeup, fashion, and Jennifer Lopez Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Kerry Washington’s beauty dilemmas? Always handled!

The Scandal actress, 37, sat down with Yahoo! Beauty’s Editor in Chief, Bobbi Brown, to discuss her makeup secrets, red carpet loves, and growing up with Jennifer Lopez.

“I never go to sleep with makeup on,” Washington said to Brown. “I wear makeup at work every day and then cook underneath lights, so I always have those remover wipes in my bag because they get everything—even waterproof mascara.” 

And when she’s not playing Olivia Pope, the Neutrogena spokeswoman stays fresh as a daisy. “On my days off, I am really a no makeup (or very little makeup) girl,” she says. “I think a little concealer is great and I love mascara. A little lip, a little eye—I feel like you are good to go!”

But when it comes to her closet, the mom to Isabelle, 5 months, with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, is happy to take big risks. “I really gravitate toward having all different styles in my closet because I feel like I always want to dress to fit my mood or where I am going,” Washington explained, name-checking Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, and Rodarte as her designers for her stunning red carpet looks.

She does stick to one fashion rule, though: “I think every girl should have a tailor in her phone,” Washington insisted. “I don’t care if you are like a supermodel size zero or a plus size girl, clothes are not meant for every single person—it is just not possible.”

While the Django Unchained stunner loves to accessorize with heels, she’s also obsessed with footwear more true to her New York-bred roots. “If I am going out to a lunch or a date night or an event I am definitely a heels girl,” Washington said. “But I am from the Bronx, so I am also a bit of a sneaker addict. I love really fun sneakers.”

And speaking of the borough, Washington also revealed that it was fellow Bronx lady, Lopez, who taught the budding clothing designer how to bust a move. “You wouldn’t know it from my build, but Jennifer taught me how to dance,” Washington revealed. “I remember when she left the Boys Club because she was leaving New York to go to L.A. to try and make it big and we were all like, ‘Oh my gosh.”

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