10 Times Kerry Washington Taught Us How To Experiment With Eye Makeup

Gregg DeGuire

Kerry Washington looks flawless every time she steps out—and she’s a beauty junkie’s ultimate muse when it comes to eye makeup. She can pull off electric-blue liner one day and maroon shadow the next. In honor of her 40th birthday, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite looks from the star. The best part? All of them are so easy to replicate and wear for any occasion.

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Turquoise Tones

Blue and green don't have to be intimidating. Taking a cooler, softer approach to turquoise shadow can make a statement that isn't overwhelming.


Silver Lining

Intense metallics aren't just for eyeliner. Pat down some silver shadow rather than sweeping it across the lid for a more pigmented effect.

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Winged Out

Take a classic wing to the next level with a thicker application. Fill in the outer corners of the eyes to the intensity of your liking.

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Subtle Gray

Take a low-maintenance approach to a smoky eye by sticking to subtle hues of gray shadow. Be sure to blend thoroughly along the crease and lid.

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Glitter In Gold

Gold and bronze are essentially neutral tones, but they liven up any makeup look. Pair with black eyeliner for a flawless combo.

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A Touch Of Volume

Major lashes complete any look, whether you go faux or just double up on mascara.

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Charcoal Black

For those who want to go the extra mile, a deep, almost-black smoky eye is a great look to try. Fill in the lids and crease with charcoal shades, then spread it out for a cat-eye effect.

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Hints Of Rouge

Burgundy and maroon are so hot right now, whether you choose a satin or matte finish.

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Bold Blue

Another huge trend among beauty junkies and celebrities alike is blue liner. From electric cobalt to deep navy, one sweep will upgrade your look in an instant.

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The Right Smudge

Instead of sharp lines for shadow and eyeliner, smudge the two for a bold effect. A small amount of shadow underneath the waterline intensifies the look.