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InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on September 19, 2014 @ 03:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic Kerry Washington's Best Beauty Moments 01 of 20 2014 Emmy Awards Jennifer Graylock/Sipa USA In a spur-of-the-moment decision, the actress debuted ombre highlights just moments before stepping out for television's biggest night. "When I saw Kerry, she just looked so young and fresh to me that I instantly thought of color and wanted to make her hair lighter," says her hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew. The star's makeup artist, Carola Gonzalez, drew inspiration from her gown's navy blue under-layer to create her smoky blue eye. "It was a very beautiful blue, and we agreed on complementing that with dynamic eyes," she tells us. Keeping the focus on her eyes, Gonzalez finalized the look with a nude beige lip. 02 of 20 Women In Film Awards Steve Granitz/WireImage Hot mama! For her first post-baby red carpet appearance, the new mom flaunted sleek waves, metallic shadow, and a bold orange lip. 03 of 20 2014 Oscars Kyle Rover/startraksphoto Washington amped up the drama with vampy lipstick and voluminous beachy waves. Pairing her stand-out pout with glowing skin and lush lashes, Gonzalez applied Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin ($9; neutrogena.com) over the star's dark lipstick to score a smooth, shiny finish. 04 of 20 Directors Guild Awards JB Lacroix/WireImage For the Directors Guild Awards, makeup artist Autumn Moultrie focused on the eyes, building a layered look by combining several Nars creme shadows (in Cayenne, Zardoz, and Madagascar) on lids. Moultrie topped off the look with bronzed cheeks and a swipe of Tom Ford's Lip Color Shine in Nubile. 05 of 20 Scandal, Season 3 Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images Washington complemented her Escada pantsuit with a subdued smoky eye and peach gloss for a look that the show's costume designer, Lyn Paolo, describes as "Olivia at her toughest." 06 of 20 2014 SAG Awards Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Washington's look for the SAG Awards was all about pink, from her Prada crop top to her bold pout. 07 of 20 Entertainment Weekly's SAG Awards Pre-Party Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Beauty rules are meant to be broken! Washington went for bold eyes and lips with this dramatic cat eye and berry-stained pout for a SAG Awards pre-party. 08 of 20 2014 Golden Globe Awards Jason Merritt/Getty Images The glowing mom-to-be stunned with flawless skin, shiny strands, and shimmery eyeshadow for the Golden Globes. 09 of 20 2013 Emmy Awards Steve Granitz/WireImage To achieve the starry-eyed look, Gonzalez sprinkled sparkly shades of mauve and eggplant on her lids and along the lower lash line. The finish touches? Velvety matte skin and a rosy nude pout. 10 of 20 Scandal, Season 3 Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images For the season premiere, soft pinks on Washington's lids and lips added a delicate touch to the structured Burberry coat that Paolo likened to Pope's "suit of armor." 11 of 20 2013 Teen Choice Awards Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic With "rock-n-roll glam" in mind, makeup artist Carola Gonzalez paired Washington's perfect waves with a subtle lavender eye, lush lashes, and a statement-making lip. 12 of 20 Premiere of Peeples JB Lacroix/WireImage No stranger to switching things up, the star debuted edgy red highlights at the premiere of Peeples. She swiped on her go-to berry lip to complement her new look. 13 of 20 2013 Met Gala Karwai Tang/FilmMagic From the navy cat eye to violet highlights, Washington added punk flair to her edgy Vera Wang gown in honor of the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Met Gala. 14 of 20 2013 Human Rights Campaign gala Jerod Harris/WireImage Straying from the obvious updo, Washington accessorized her blown-out strands with a cool, studded headband instead. A pretty pink makeup palette completed the effortless look. 15 of 20 Scandal, Season 3 Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images Neutral makeup, like Pope's coppery lids and bare lips seen here, paired with a structured trench, act as the crisis manager's signature look for the series. 16 of 20 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards Adhemar Sburlati/Broadimage Washington made quite the style statement with eyebrow-grazing fringe and trendy berry lips. 17 of 20 2013 Golden Globe Awards Alberto Rodriguez/NBC/NBC via Getty Images The actress paired her sleek locks with a jewel-toned smoky eye for the big night. To get the look, Gonzalez used a bold purple hue on her inner corners, then balanced the color using tawny neutral shades, all by Lancome. "In order to achieve the depth of her eye shadow, I wet the brush before picking up the color," she tells us. "Then, I applied it to Kerry's eyelid and blended. It makes the pigment of the shadow more dense, and it appears darker." 18 of 20 2012 American Music Awards Steve Granitz/WireImage The hairstyle chameleon turned heads at the musical event with a wavy faux bob. "It's an easy way to get a dramatically different style without committing to a chop," says Marcus Francis, who did Washington's look. 19 of 20 Caramel Tones Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty images The tones in her barely-there makeup, including a light swipe of taupe shadow and ballerina pink nails, complemented her character Olivia Pope's camel-colored blazer. 20 of 20 2011 Emmy Awards Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic Before Scandal premiered in the spring of 2012, the beauty attended the Emmys emanating old-school glam, complete with doe-eyed lashes and a classic red lip.