Kerry Washington's Makeup Secret Revealed

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When I look at old pictures of Scandal star Kerry Washington in the early 2000s, I think: There's a pretty girl. When I look at pictures of her now, I think: Whoa! This woman is stunning. 

So what's changed about the star over the last decade in the limelight? She certainly hasn't gotten any younger and she definitely doesn’t seem to have had any work done. Sure, her hair is different, but that's not it either. As it turns out, the only thing that's really different about Washington is her makeup. 

Celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, who created this look for Washington, has found exactly what works when it comes to playing up and accentuating Washington's features. The purple eye shadow used is a very flattering tone for brown eyes as it offers a beautiful contrast and makes the whites of the eyes pop. The orangey-red lips, perfected with Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in Red Haute ($22), are the perfect match for a darker complexion.

There is something else special about Kerry's makeup that I believe makes all the difference, which is contouring. You can clearly see in older pictures that her face is not well defined, but now, Gonzalez's use of highlighter has given Washington gorgeous cheekbones and a well-defined nose. She accomplished this by applying concealer, and highlighting the area around the eyes, bridge of the nose, middle of the forehead and chin to create subtle dimension and prepare her face for the rest of her makeup. It’s a genius little trick that can work wonders for visually lifting the face.

Do you see the difference in Kerry's face? What do you think of her style evolution?

  • Anonymous
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    She doesn't look black in the second picture. Did she pull a Michael Jackson? I wouldn't know it was the same woman.

  • Anonymous
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    Yah, she's been 'Caucasianized'...

  • Melba
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    The real differences have nothing to do with make up. She now has very straight hair and light skin. She barely resembles her former black self.

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