The Secret to Kerry Washington's Style While Pregnant? Big Hair

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Kerry Washington's style may captivate us every week on her hit TV series Scandal, but InStyle's September 2016 cover star repeatedly nails her looks in real life as well.

The 39-year-old soon-to-be mother of two sat down with us during her cover shoot to give us the scoop on some of her most memorable red carpet moments over the years, from her eye-catching Thakoon number at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards (which she wore while pregnant with her first child) to the unforgettable and dazzling high-slit Marc Jacobs dress she donned at the 2015 Emmy Awards.

But just how do her winning looks actually come together? Plenty of teamwork, she says, not forgetting to give credit to her hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew and makeup artist Carola Gonzalez. "When I'm expecting, I like to have big hair because I like to think the bigger the hair the smaller you look," she says with a laugh in the video above.

She likes to let loose in other ways, too. "I feel like sometimes we get way too overdressed for awards shows and there's too many of them," she says in reference to her dazzling Miu Miu frock at the 2013 Golden Globes. "I really liked that this look was so clean." Another favorite? The wow-worthy pink Prada ballgown she donned at the 2015 Met Gala. "I loved this look because it was really sophisticated and yet simple," Washington recalls. "The makeup was elevated and princess-like, but didn't distract from the gown."

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Watch the video above to hear Washington discuss more of her best red carpet outfits, and to read her full feature, where she gets candid about the state of the world today, pick up the September issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, August 12.


[MUSIC] I loved wearing that look to the Globes. Because it felt so Fresh and young and easy. I feel like sometimes we get way too overdressed for awards shows [LAUGH] And there's too many of them. So I really like that this look was so clean. [MUSIC] I love this look, I love the braid that Takeshi did on my hair, I thought it was really pretty. Sometimes when I'm expecting I like to wear big hair cuz I think the bigger the hair, the smaller you look. But we came up with this up-do that was really beautiful. So I said let's go for it. [MUSIC] I love this look because it was really sophisticated and yet simple. The dress was this Huge ball gown of a number. So, Karila and Takisha really worked together to create hair and makeup that was really elevated, and sort of princess like, but also didn't distract from the gown itself. [MUSIC] This was from the Emmys last year, and again, [UNKNOWN] killed it. I love this look cuz I love the faux bob, I just feel like it allows you to have an instachange. And again, I feel like the makeup is very fresh and kinda sexy and grown up. [NOISE] As this year's no fall. [LAUGH] So we wanted to really have a lot of fun. I knew that I would kind of be showing the world my baby bump for the first time. So we just kind of went for it. I don't usually play with that much color in my hair, but I had a good time doing it. [UNKNOWN] just sort of, I don't even know how to explain what she did. It was magical that night. [LAUGH]
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