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Kerry Marisa Washington Asomugha (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. Since 2012, Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington DC.

For her role, she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.

Washington is also known for her roles as Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), as Alicia Masters in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Broomhilda von Schaft in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012). She has also starred in the independent films Our Song (2000), The Dead Girl (2006), Mother and Child (2009) and Night Catches Us (2010). In 2016, she portrayed Anita Hill in the HBO television film Confirmation and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.

For Kerry Washington, life’s looking pretty great. She has a new baby, just got a fresh haircut and celebrates her 40th birthday today. And though her red carpet style is impossible to pin down – one day she’s goth, the next day sexy, the next oh-so-glam – she has a few beauty signatures that have us furiously keeping track of all the best beauty advice she’s given to PeopleStyle editors throughout the years. Want to look this dewy, glowy and gorgeous at 40? You might want to screenshot this page.

1. Always Go to Bed With a Clean Face

“I am religious about taking my makeup off and going to bed with clean skin. My husband [Nnamdi Asomugha] is always like, ‘Wow, no matter what, you wash your face!’ I’m OCD about that. I keep makeup remover wipes in my car, on-set – even on my bedside table!”

2. Streamline Your Beauty Routine

“These days I’m also looking for ways to make my style and makeup sessions happen more quickly, because the more time I have to be a mom, the better. It takes a village!”

“Off the red carpet, I usually wear my hair the same way every day: up in a bun. I do so much to it, whether it’s [using] heat tools on-set or swimming with my kid, that I like to put a good deep conditioning mask in my hair, throw it up in a bun and just let it heal.”

4. Always, Always, Always Load Up On SPF

“I grew up in a household where everybody swims, so SPF was important. A lot of black and brown girls feel like we don’t need to protect ourselves from the sun. There are benefits to melanin, but protection from skin cancer is not one of them. So, black girls do rock, but we need SPF.”

5. Keep Your Lipstick at Hand, Always

“The one thing you don’t want to do is forget your lipstick, because you’ll eat, and then you’re like, ‘My look isn’t complete because I didn’t bring my lipstick,’ and you’re stuck!”

6. Find a Way to De-Stress

“I’m a big Pilates girl. And I love to get my cardio in when I can. For me, it’s less about what I’m doing and more that I am showing up for myself.”

7. Stick With The Basics

“I like to throw on a little concealer and a fun lip and feel good. Neutrogena makes these Moisture Smooth Color Sticks that I like because they’re sheer. You have to be kissable on a date night, otherwise what’s the point?”



Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish pronunciation: born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian-American actress and model.

Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi (2003). Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films: Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in films The Smurfs (2011), New Year’s Eve (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Machete Kills (2013), Chef (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015). In 2012, 2013, and 2016, she was the top-earning actress on US television.

Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes

REDBOOK: A fun fact about you is that you’re a natural blonde. Does dyeing your hair darker require a lot of upkeep?

Sofia Vergara: Having blonde roots with dark hair, you start looking bald! So I’ve been making it lighter recently, just because it’s easier. When my hair was very dark, I had to dye my roots every month—it was a lot of maintenance. Now I can go two or three months between colorings.

RB: And those bombshell waves of yours—are they natural?

SV: My hair is actually straight, so I use a curling iron to create them because my hair doesn’t do well with a lot of product. I can’t put oils, pomades, or anything else in it because it gets weighed down. I just use shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray. My family has used Head & Shoulders forever [Sofia and her family are spokesmodels for the brand].

RB: What about makeup—what are your go-to products?

SV: I’ve worn the same shades my whole life because I know what looks good on me and at my age. I used to do more black eyeliner, but now that I’m older I wear browns because black can be too much. And I own a million products.

RB: Are there days where you just don’t feel like being glam?

SV: Not really, no. I don’t always curl my hair or wear false lashes, but I do full makeup every day and I always have.

RB: How long does it typically take you to get ready?

SV: An hour and 15 minutes. I take my time—I like showering, scrubbing, bubbling. Everyone is always rushing me! They’ll lie about when an event starts to try to get me there on time. But I always know, so I don’t give a damn.

RB: Is there any part of getting ready that you don’t like?

SV: Manicures. I don’t have the patience for someone to give me one. So I’ll paint my nails in the car on the way to the Golden Globes or to the airport.

RB: You just launched your first scent, Sofia. Tell us about it.

SV: I don’t like anything too flowery, too musky, or too fruity, so I made a mix of all three. The fragrance has notes of purple violet and Colombian rose, fruity notes like plum and blackberry, and a base note of sandalwood so it’s sexy.

RB: Do you have an anti-aging regimen?

SV: I’ve used Crème de la Mer since before I was supposed to; I believe in prevention. Because once your skin is sagging, it’s sagging.

RB: So would you ever consider plastic surgery?

SV: Why not? I mean, not yet, but maybe [I’ll do] my under-eye bags in my 50s. We’ll see what I need, but I’m not saying no! —As told to Kate Sullivan



Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.

Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles “I Kissed a Girl”—which sparked controversy for its homosexual themes—and “Hot n Cold” from her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys. Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” as well as the number-three single “The One That Got Away”. The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the U.S., and the second overall after Michael Jackson’s album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake”. Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. She became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs “Roar” and “Dark Horse”.

Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award, and been included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women In Music” (2011–2016). Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million. She is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and its sequel in 2013.

When you think of Katy Perry, the image of her dancing alongside sharks at the Super Bowl or in a blue wig and cupcake-inspired ensemble might come to mind. Whatever the image, it’s certainly nothing you’d ever describe as vanilla. So when I met up with Perry at the Magic Castle in L.A. to hear all about her latest scent, Mad Potion, it wasn’t surprising that she’d given the tried-and-true note a whole new spin. “Vanilla, they say, is an aphrodisiac,” she told me. Between her super-alluring fragrances and ever-changing makeup looks, Perry always keeps us wondering what’s next. Here, she talks all things beauty – including game-changing ways to use lipstick (and the best stand-in nail file trick we’ve heard in a while).

What’s step one when you’re off-duty to get glowy skin?

Bronzers! I wear so little makeup when I’m not on stage. There’s a Covergirl Bronzer three-in-one called Clean Glow Bronzer that I use. Then it’s just mascara and brows.

So would you say that’s your typical beauty ritual?

It really depends! When I’m at home, I’m a lot more plebeian. I love the summer and I love a little bit of Vitamin D. But when I’m on stage, it’s all about creating a character and being an exaggerated version of myself.

You create on-stage personas better than anyone in the business. What are a few of your favorites?

I feel like the world is my playing field and I especially love pulling from all sorts of different eras. Typically, I’ve always connected with a vintage pinup girl, but lately I’ve leaned more toward a tumbler rat or alternative grunge girl.

But that’s the magic of makeup! You can transform yourself depending on your mood.

Oh yeah, it’s like highlighting what you already have.

Speaking of magic, what’s the connection with it in your new fragrance Mad Potion?

Perfume to me is like a potion and can be very enchanting. Scents create these incredible memories. Think about it: Sometimes you’ll walk past someone in a hallway who is wearing a fragrance you used to spray when you were a teen. It transports you back to that time. I love that scents are so powerful!

Do you connect with any of the notes in this fragrance?

Yes! I have worn vanilla since I was a teenager and it’s always been so alluring — especially to the opposite sex. As I got older my tastes kind of changed and I wanted something a little bit more androgynous, which pushed me more towards musks. The combination of those two made me feel like I’m wearing something that’s both. So I could attract anything or anyone — everything is fluid.

Even in your beauty regimen! There are so many products out now that we want to work double duty. Do you use any in unintended ways?

I feel like you can take any lipstick and make it a blush. I use it like finger paint and you can put it on your eyes, too. When you’re using less of a matte and more of a cream lipstick, it moves better and gives you a gloss.

Do you have a face-washing routine after that?

I never sleep with my makeup on unless I’m, like, spending the night over at a guy’s house. Then I wake up an hour early to get that natch look! No, not anymore. I used to do that a lot when I was younger. Now I’m like, what you see is what you get. To wash my face I use Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and have for several years now. I used to be deathly afraid of putting oil on my face but it really pulls out the dirt from my skin.

Quick! You snag a nail on the go. How do you fix it?

Actually, I was looking for a nail file the other day and I didn’t have one so I just used a matchbook. Weird little tricks!


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