A Kerry Washington–Inspired Makeup Tutorial, by Monika Blunder

We’ll just come out and say it—who doesn't want to look like Kerry Washington? From stunning on red carpets to championing others through her philanthropic endeavors to solving the world’s problems on television, there isn’t much this woman can’t do. And let’s face it: Being beautiful on top of changing the world doesn’t hurt. If you’re dying to find out how to copy Washington’s natural beauty look, celebrity makeup artist Monica Blunder has heeded your cry. Blunder listened to her Instagram follower requests and created a makeup tutorial, perfect for darker-skinned girls.

Our favorite part of the look? Those eyes! After creating glowing skin, Blunder used both a cream eye shadow and a power eye shadow to achieve an elegant, Washington-esque sparkling eye. First, Blunder swept Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31) in Meteore all over the eyelid, explaining that she likes cream shadows because they are great on their own or perfect for building a more dramatic look. Next, she lined the upper and lower inner rim of the eyes with a black eye pencil to give a bit of a smoky look (“but it’s still very natural”). We’re partial to Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner ($32) in Noir Intense for this type of dark lined look. She followed with MAC Eyeshadow ($16) in Woodwinked all over the eye to intensify the look just a bit more, then pulled it all together using a dark, matte espresso eyeshadow, like Nyx Nude Matte Eyeshadow ($5) in Betrayal, in the outer crease of the eye. Top the eyes off with a lot of black mascara, put on your favorite nude lipstick, and you’re ready to take on the world (or an evening out, at the very least). 

What’s your favorite Kerry Washington beauty look? Tell us in the comments below!