Back in December nail polish brand OPI announced Kerry Washington as their new ambassador for the upcoming season. The Scandal star recently dished to WWD about her new collection, which features colors that were hand-selected by her.
The same holds true for Washington’s OPI collaboration, which she emphasized is a personal collection, not a “Scandal” collection. And what’s the fun in having a nail polish line if you can’t name a few shades after yourself? Washington did just that with Kerry Blossom, a rich plum, and “Liv” in the Gray, an edgy dark gray. Other standouts include We the Female, a garnet shade and one of Washington’s favorites in the collection, the bright red Madam President.
The actress, who is famously private, admits that she couldn’t resist the temptation to name one of the polish shades after her nearly two-year-old daughter, Isabelle. It’s a caramel crème shade called Inside the IsabelletWay. “I thought long and hard about having my daughter involved, but once I came up with the name, I couldn’t get it out of my head,” Washington said.
Also important was making sure she included nude shades for every skin tone. “For me, growing up, when people were saying ‘nude,’ they weren’t talking about my naked skin tone,” she said. “I made sure that in my collection, we had nudes that also represent me.” To that end, shades like the light nude Pale to the Chief, chocolate brown Speaker of the House and tawny copper Yank My Doodle address a wide range of skin colors.
Washington, who also serves as a creative consultant with Neutrogena, says that she was inspired by singer Gwen Stefani’s OPI line.
“I’m also a big fan of Gwen Stefani’s line for OPI,” she said when the line was first announced. “She has done such a great job having her collection represent her — not just with OPI, but through everything she’s done. If I can do something similar, I will be very happy.”
The 15-piece collection drops this summer, on August 4.
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