Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington is one of those starlets that can do no wrong in the eyes of Beauty Police. She's earned that title by wowing us every time she hits a red carpet.   Obviously it doesn't hurt that she's stunning without a speck of cosmetics, but the Scandal star also knows better than to hide her beauty under layers of dramatic makeup.

We couldn't resist writing about today's look since it's the perfect "go to" fall makeup look and it's super easy to achieve. It's also one of those makeup looks that happens to be universally flattering on all skin tones. Everyone wins.

Get the Look: After priming skin, apply a buildable, longwearing foundation that gives a luminous finish like Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation. Then, cover dark circles and any imperfections with a lightweight full coverage concealer like mark Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer.

Start eyes by covering entire upper eye area with a flesh colored eye shadow. Apply a longwearing cream eye shadow in champagne like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in Warm Beige –Champagne Shimmer to your eyelids.  Contour creases with a shimmery coppery eye shadow like LAURA MERCIER Baked Eye Colour – Wet/Dry in Terracotta.

Next, using a black gel eyeliner like Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof  liner, draw a thick line along your upper lash line from the center of your eyeball to the outer corners of your eyes. Smudge the liner into your lash line and then add a second layer for added definition. If your eyes are not sensitive, use a black kohl eyeliner pencil to line the waterline.

Now, Kerry is rocking some seriously dramatic lashes here so unless you have lash extensions, you'll have to make do with falsies or a really good mascara. If you opt for falsies, make sure you've practiced before the big event and you only use individual lashes (lash strips can look, well, stripper-like).

If you're going the mascara route, choose a dramatic volume-building mascara like Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. Tip: After each coat, separate lashes and remove clumps by combing lashes with a disposable mascara wand.

Add a subtle glow to the apples of your cheeks with a pinky peach powder blush like BECCA Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Peachy Pink.  Tip: For extra lift, use what's left on the brush (in other words, DO NOT dip brush back in blush or you'll end up looking like a girl from a bad 80s movie) and brush upwards along your cheekbones to your temples. This will give your cheeks a nice lift.

To get Kerry's gorgeous statement lip, exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub or your toothbrush. Then, use a fuchsia lip liner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Liner in Anarchy to line your lips and fill-in entire lip area.  Next, apply a long-lasting bright fuchsia lip gloss like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge in Fuchsia to your lips.

We have to say that even if you're too lazy to apply the eye makeup, just rock that bright fuchsia statement lip and you're ready to go.  But if you really want to channel your inner Olivia Pope, you know she's all about the details so you best copy the entire look! And let's face itunless you decide to suffer through applying false eyelashes, this entire look should take less than 20 minutes. So stop complaining and get on with it!

If you're a beauty addict, Janna will be your enabler. Just an occasional user? She'll be your bad influence. Visit her blog at and indulge!

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