Kerry Washington Collaborated With OPI — & Scandal Fans Will LOVE It

Kerry Washington's name has come to be associated with Washington, D.C., mostly thanks to her turn as Olivia Pope on Scandal. But what many people don't know is that her relationship with our nation's capital began long before she donned those gorgeous neutral jackets (and downed too many glasses of red wine to count). "I have a real relationship with Washington," she tells Refinery29 exclusively. "I went to college there and, the truth is, I worked for the real White House before I worked for the fake one." (Washington was a campaign surrogate during both of President Obama's runs.)

So when she was approached by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, cofounder and brand ambassador for OPI nail products, it made sense to collaborate on a D.C.-focused collection. "It was Suzi's idea," Washington says. "I've been a fan of hers from afar for a long time, and I thought the idea was really fun." It also marks a milestone for the brand. The line, named Washington D.C. (because, of course), is the first time OPI has collaborated with an actress — all of its previous collabs have been with musicians.

Together, Washington and Weiss-Fischmann created 15 shades that are just as cheekily named as you'd expect an OPI bottle to be. Look out for colors like Kerry Blossom, Squeaker of the House, and Freedom of Peach. All the shades are available for purchase today at Ulta Beauty — so click through and shop your favorites. Democracy never looked this good.
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"This is one of my favorite [names in the collection]," Washington says. "Suzi came up with it — I will never take credit for it." This canary yellow is named for the famous airport.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Never A Dulles Moment, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"We really wanted to play off of Washington and what it stands for," Washington says. She says this shade's name was the perfect example of that.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in CIA = Color Is Awesome, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This shade name is amazingly timely, isn't it?

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Madam President, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"There are a couple of colors that are very personal to me," Washington says. "This one is named for my daughter, but is also a fun play on a term used around Washington a lot — 'inside the Beltway.'"

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Inside the ISABELLEtway, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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We're loving this tawny orange for summer and fall.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Yank My Doodle, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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One of Washington's favorite events in D.C. is the blooming of the cherry blossoms, and this gorgeous hue is an ode to that.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Kerry Blossom, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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With autumn right around the corner, a peachy tone that's not too light is just what we need.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Freedom of Peach, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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We have big plans for this beautiful, muted green come fall.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Stay Off the Lawn!, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"This gray reminded me of those beautiful neutral grays that Olivia wore in the first few seasons of Scandal," Washington explains. "So I actually called [producer] Shonda [Rhimes] and asked her to name the color."

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Liv In Gray, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Washington was passionate about creating more than one nude in the lineup. "I wanted there to be a neutral in the collection for women of color," she says. "When I was growing up, the color of nude never meant my skin tone. This is another version of a nude that looks good on a darker skin tone, but also looks pretty as a brown on other skin tones."

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Squeaker of the House, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This pretty neutral is a great option for pale skin tones.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Pale To the Chief, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Can you say #thefutureisfemale?

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in We the Female, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This berry red has our vote!

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in OPI by Popular Vote, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"Every collection has a polish with Suzi's name in it, so this was our ode to her," Washington says.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Suzi — The First Lady of Nails, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This deep, chocolaty brown is as cool as Olivia Pope's steely stare.

OPI Washington D.C. Nail Lacquer in Shh...It's Top Secret, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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