By Marianne Mychaskiw
May 03, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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How do we love Kerry Washington's look from the Bronx Children's Museum Gala? Let us count the ways.

We love how her gorgeous steeley grey shadow walks the line between a full-on smoky eye and a subtle neutral. We love how the cool beige tone of her nude lip plays off of the well-blended shadow. We especially love that shiny, center-parted blowout. Created by her hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, the look perfectly complements the graphic lines of her gown.

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When trying your own hand at this style, make sure to form the center part before picking up the round brush and blow dryer combo. After a few pumps of shine-enhancing hair serum, divide your strands into workable areas (usually 3 to 4 sections per side of the head does the trick for us), and use your round brush in tandem with your blow-dryer to smooth over your layers.

Once you finish, give your hair a quick pass of the flat iron to lock in the effect. Follow with a final drop of serum, and sweep your lengths behind your shoulers.