You Have to See How Kerry Washington Matches Her Dress to Her Mani

If you’re a royal, you opt for nude nails. If you’re extra, you rock jelly nails. And, if you’re Kerry Washington, you take matching your nails to your outfit very seriously.   

Case in point? The 42-year-old Scandal star arrived at the Cannes film festival in a royal blue and orange ensemble that mimicked her nails flawlessly. She shared an Instagram slideshow of herself posing backstage and showing off her geometric patterned Self Portrait dress and matching mani.

Washington captioned her pics with a little pun, writing, “Backstage at #canneslions #KerOuiDoesCannes.” She fittingly added the laughing crying emoji.

At first glance her manicure appears to simply match her off-the-shoulder dress’s particular shade of blue. But when she shared a close-up photo of her nail art, it became apparent that it wasn’t just the blue hue that matched: She was also sporting a party nail with the exact orange squares featured on her dress. 

See? That’s dedication. 

It’s also worth noting that the squares on her nails are shockingly perfect. Like, did someone freehand those precise shapes?  If so, they deserve an award.

So why the matchy-matchy outfit? Washington is currently in Cannes promoting her upcoming series with Reese Witherspoon Little Fires Everywhere. The new Hulu show is based on the best-selling Celeste Ng novel of the same name and recently began shooting.

We bet we’re not alone in thinking her dress/mani look is fire, too.


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