Get the Look: Kerry Washington at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards

Get the Look: Kerry Washington at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards

Kerry Washington looked stunning in a white Zac Posen gown at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.

The new matte makeup look Kerry has been sporting is soft, diffused and pretty.  Kerry’s signature nude lips and sculpted cheeks perfectly set off her signature look.

If you have oily skin or large pores, use mattifying and oil absorbing products to achieve the flawless sheer matte finish to emulate Kerry’s seemingly poreless skin.

The most important steps toward achieving a shine-free, pore-perfect finish is to prepare you skin with products formulated to keep oil at bay.

There are a few products that I use personally and keep in my kit for my clients that will help you attain a beautiful matte finish makeup.

1.  Prep

Insure that skin is smooth without a vestige of a pore in site. Whether you are fighting aging or acne, skin should be treated with a pre-makeup solution.

Try:  Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-aging Mattifying Lotion $6o

This double-duty product keeps your skin looking young and kills shine in one fell swoop.


Try: Cover FX Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment $39

Mattifies skin and primes it for foundation.

2.  Even Complexion

Keep skin smooth are pore-perfect with a matte foundation made for this millennium.

Try: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation $42

Sheer velvety matte finish with buildable coverage—not the matte of 1990.


Try: CoverGirl Queen Collection Compact Foundation $9.49

Oil absorbers and luminous finish.

3.  Flush

Kerry’s strong cheekbones are a highlighted with a coral blush.

Try: Illamasqua Blush in Excite $24

This matte blush is pigment-potent, so just a swipe goes a long way.

Try: Nyx HD Grinding Blush in Apricot $16

This high definition blush is the vanguard of camera-ready makeup so that you are ready for any photo op!

Finish with a swipe of neutral brown shadow across eyelids and lots of mascara.  Gloss up lips with a sheer lipstick like Clinique Buttershine lipstick in Adore U.

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