Kerry Washington attends the 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 1, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Kerry Washington (Getty Images)
You'll never guess Kerry Washington
's number one beauty aid. When we asked her to list five beauty products she couldn't live without, the first option the always-radiant actress mentioned wasn't a product at all—it was water. "I mean like drinking water," she said. "I just think there are few things that are as important to beauty as being hydrated."
Some of her other favorites also showed an approach that equates beauty with health and wellness. Kerry mentioned she
takes fish oil at night. "That's really helped in terms of my skin. I had eczema as a kid and sometimes if I get really stressed out or if I'm not watching what I'm eating it can flare up...the fish oil helps me to have enough healthy fatty acids."
But what about all the lotions and potions and makeup products she absolutely must have? Her pragmatic response: "I try not to get too loaded down by beauty products I can't live without." Then, after we practically begged, she amiably offered up some items she does use regularly. "I'm a big fan of Burt's Bees
lip balm and I'm reaching in my bag to put some more on while I'm talking to you." She also said, "I mean if I'm going to do
foundation— and I don't do foundation everyday—then I really love Armani
. It's very sheer and natural and really soft and silky. And I really like Renee Furterer
—it's so great for the health of my hair."
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