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Why Kerry Washington Thinks Wearing Makeup Is An Act Of Self-Love

Beauty & Fashion

Shondaland will be a little lonelier this fall after we've said au revoir to our fictional friends in the White House. Despite the unfortunate ending of the the 7-season ABC series, Scandal, Kerry Washington has our fall beauty routine "handled" with her latest collaboration with Neutrogena. Kerry's new beauty line, Force Of Nature, will be her second makeup release with the industry giant, and has a price point that won't break the bank.

Like her previous collection, this line was developed to accentuate the natural beauty of all shades of women. She told Allure:

"The first palettes that we did last season were essentials. It was the anti-stress palette with everything you need. But I feel our girls deserve a bit of drama as well, and I wanted to give them that this time around. I'm so inspired by our consumers; by all the multitasking, badass women who are courageously driving toward their dreams. I wanted to create a palette to acknowledge that power in our consumer — and I mean both men and women."

The Force of Nature Lip Palette features shade names like Soul, Heat, and Untamed, and Kerry's personal favorite, Rapture; all of which contribute to her overall message that we are all wildly beautiful in our own ways, even without makeup. She continued:

"One of the things I was thinking a lot about with the shade names for these palettes is the commitment to the whole system — not just beauty but also health and wellbeing. We shouldn't be wearing makeup because we feel less-than, but to enhance our natural beauty and our natural strength. Makeup is a tool that helps you to be the best version of yourself. It's about how you take control of your body as a beautiful work of art."

Despite the fact that many beauty companies are focusing their efforts on improving pigment, Kerry and Neutrogena have been working intensely to diversify shade range and promoting skin health through the use of products like hyaluronic acid, which in the past, was only used in luxury skincare products.

Kerry says that she takes her new position as Creator-In-Chief so seriously because she believes that wearing makeup should be a form of self-love, not self-loathing, and her mission is to share that message with the world.

"Part of it is taking a philosophical approach. I try not to wake up in the morning and say, 'I need to put on makeup because I can't let people see the real me.' I try to do it with the approach of self-love; that philosophy of 'I am enough, I am beautiful, and I don't need to do anything other than to be me and walk out the door.' When I choose products, I'm doing it for me and the benefits they'll give my skin as opposed to feeling like I won't be attractive without them."


"I love that we're playing on that idea that you can turn up the volume on what is natural."

Click through the slides below to get the details on both of Kerry's collections, available for purchase today!

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This post is in partnership with Ulta Beauty.

"I'm a better mother, I'm a better wife, and I'm a better boss, because I take care of myself."

This is just one of the many gems our girl Mattie James dropped in the latest episode of "Beautiful Soul," hosted by xoNecole founder Necole Kane. Mattie is a lifestyle blogger and mother of three who has grown a loyal following from her relatable lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content. This digital maven takes to Instagram each day to lift the veil of her everyday life. We get to see her approach to juggling motherhood with business, daily fashion inspo, and keeping it real about those moments when the juggle gets real. Above all else, Mattie is committed to making self-care a non-negotiable practice in her life,

In this "get un-ready with me" Mattie shows us how she takes off the day. First, she removes her makeup very meticulously with the help us a few oil-eliminating products that she swears by. Then, she gets down and dirty for a deep cleanse, followed by a layering of her favorite serums and moisturizers. Our favorite tip from Mattie? Use your ring finger to apply your eye creams, since it's the lightest finger and the best to use for this delicate area of the skin. Genius!

As Mattie can attest, self-care isn't just about surface-level treats like getting a manicure and soaking in bubble baths. It's about making that "me-tine" a priority and a non-negotiable practice. It's also about setting the right boundaries so that you don't stretch yourself too thin. "Boundaries are like lanes on a highway," she explains. "You have to switch your lanes, but there's shoulders on the road for a reason. You can drive on a shoulder if you want, but it'll cause wear and tear on your car. So you can do things outside your boundaries, but you'll wear yourself out. You have to be honest with yourself."

In the midst of raising three young children, running her personal brand, and maintaining a household, Mattie is diligent about putting self-care dates into her planning just like she would a meeting. That includes therapy appointments, massages, or even quiet time to do absolutely nothing. These are essential wellness tactics that all serve her so that she can better serve others.

Watch as Necole and Mattie get un-ready (and real) in the tutorial above.

Scroll through the gallery below to shop Mattie's nighttime skincare products from Ulta.

Mattie's Skincare Faves

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The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a silky, lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens.


Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Clinique's best-selling makeup remover Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is a totally tugless formula that whisks away makeup.


C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Drunk Elephant's C-Tango is a rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area.

Drunk Elephant

Tonique Confort Rehydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey

Lancôme Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey

Tonique Confort is a soothing, alcohol-free facial toner that improves skin hydration in just 15 minutes and gently cleanses, preps skin and reveals a visible glow.


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Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution is a squalane based, non-irritating serum formulated with salicylic acid to effectively decongest the skin and provide surface exfoliation.

The Ordinary

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fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream recovers & detoxifies while minimizing signs of aging for more rested, youthful-looking skin by morning.


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