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Kerry Washington covers Allure sans makeup

The November issue of Allure hits newsstands October 28.

By Annie Martin
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Kerry Washington covers Allure sans makeup
Kerry Washington says her beauty routine is low-maintenance. (File/UPI/Phil McCarten) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Kerry Washington appears sans makeup on the November cover of Allure.

The 37-year-old Scandal star detailed her beauty routine inside the issue and in a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot. Washington is known for her carefully put-together looks as Olivia Pope, but told the magazine she takes a more relaxed approach in real life.

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"I try not to be too high maintenance when it comes to beauty routines," she related. "But I've had eczema my whole life, so I've always gone to a dermatologist."

"A little concealer is always great for spots," she said of her makeup must-haves. "I have to have lots of different colors, because as a person of color, your skin tone, even when it's really even, changes on different parts of your face. And at different times of the year, I need different colors. And then also mascara."

Washington found inspiration for the photo shoot in old Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, and also counts her mother, Valerie Washington, among her beauty icons.

"My mother is a huge beauty inspiration for me," she shared. "Partly because she's always really emphasized the idea of inner beauty being equally, if not more, important than outer beauty."

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Scandal season four premiered September 25 on ABC, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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