Fresh-faced and dressed in Zac Posen for the cover of this month’s Allure magazine, 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington was enthusiastic about appearing with no makeup.
"I feel like there's so much wonderful goodness in my life both professionally and personally," the actress gushes. "It would be nice to feel like the shoot was a peek into the real me."
She’s used to being made up for awards shows and her Emmy-nominated role as Olivia Pope on the hit Shonda Rhimes drama, but even Washington admits to having beauty insecurities.
"I try not to be too high maintenance when it comes to skincare and beauty routines," she says. "But I've had eczema my whole life, since I was a little girl, so I’ve always gone to dermatologists."
Washington and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed daughter Isabelle six months ago, and Washington credits her own maternal influence for her positive self-image.
"My mother is a huge beauty inspiration for me," Washington says. "She's always emphasized inner beauty being equally, if not more important than outer beauty."