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Kerry Washington brings a bit of Scandal to OPI for nail lacquer collaboration

Published 05/08/2016

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

The gorgeous star's toddler is already being schooled on glamorous beauty techniques

Actress Kerry Washington channelled inspiration from her daughter and hit TV show Scandal while creating nail polish for OPI.

The pregnant 39-year-old, who plays Olivia Pope in the political drama, is currently serving as the OPI Creative Ambassador and, as part of her duties, she collaborated with designers at the beauty house on their fall/winter OPI Washington D.C. lacquer collection, and she admits coming up with fun colours was more natural than she had anticipated.

“There’s a phrase in D.C. where people say, ‘Inside the Beltway’, so one of the colours is ‘Inside the ISABELLEtway,’” Kerry tells People, revealing her two-year-old daughter Isabelle inspired the cute spin on the lacquer's name. "It’s one of my favourites, actually, because it’s a beautiful nude for brown girls."

“When I was growing up, ‘nude’ didn’t always mean people that looked like me, so it’s a really beautiful neutral for darker tones, which I love,” she adds.

The OPI Washington D.C. line is made up of 15 hues and every colour has a fun name, like Squeaker of the House, Pale to the Chief, and Madam President. There are also two bonus shades, Kerry Blossom and Liv in the Gray, on offer as a limited edition.

Although Kerry's little Isabelle is only two, the proud mum is sure her kid will become a style queen: "I don’t think she would care quite honestly at this point," Washington smiles, "but maybe one day down the road."

"I haven’t painted her nails," Kerry reveals, "but she’s around it (cosmetics) a lot (when I'm at work). If she’s with me at work she hangs out in the hair and makeup trailer a lot. She loves a good fan brush because it feels so fun.”

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