12 Beauty Tips That Every Girl Should Know

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Photo by Isaac bailey, makeup by Corinna Cooke

Every girl who wears makeup wants tips on how to make it last longer or look better. Here are 12 essential tips you need to know.

12 Essential Makeup Tips



1.Allow a minute or two between applying your moisturizer and your sunscreen to let your moisturizer soak in, and then another couple of minutes between your sunscreen and your primer. This will help your makeup to glide on more seamlessly and last all day.


2.Foundation is supposed to make your skin look flawless and perfect, but still actually look like skin. A thick layer of opaque, full cover foundation doesn’t look like skin, and generally looks awful. Choose the sheerest formula of foundation you can, and apply it sparingly.


3. Your foundation color choice should be based on your skin’s undertone. Warm toned girls need warm based foundations, cool toned girls need cool based foundations. Nothing will look right if you don’t get this most basic principal right!

Read more about choosing the right foundation here.


4. Powder sets foundation. If you want your foundation to stay on all day you need to set it.


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Photo by Isaac Bailey, makeup by Corinna Cooke


5. Nothing changes your face more than your eyebrows! If you have a small space between your brow and your lash-line, accent the upper edge of your brow to open the eye space. If you have a large gap between lash-line and brow you can soften it by accenting the lower edge of your brow. Too much color in the inner third of the brow can make you look angry and make your eyes look too close set.

Lifting through the arch and creating a slight extra tail to the brow can make the eyes look more alert and further spaced apart.

*Heavy eyebrow makeup can collapse a face.

**There is no place in the world for Instagram eyebrows.

Learn how to get the perfect eyebrow shape for your face here


6. Contour on the cheeks should be subtle. It should create a slight shadow under the cheekbone, making the bone look a little more pronounced and lifted. If the person standing next to you can see a brown contour line it is an epic makeup fail!


7. Bronzer is to make you look like you have been outside in the sunshine. It is not a contour product, and it is not to correct a foundation that is too pale. Bronzer is one of the greatest makeup products ever created, and also the most abused. Keep your bronzer subtle, apply it to the high planes of the face – forehead, cheekbones, chin, and also apply to your collarbones if they will be exposed.

Liquid and gel bronzers help you look glowy instead of shimmery.


8. Eye shadow primer will make your eye shadow last longer (hopefully all day) and will boost the color.

Related Post: Makeup Tips For Girls Who Wear Glasses


9. Waterproof mascara should only be worn when you are planning on swimming or crying! Daily use of waterproof can lead to lash breakage and thinning. (not based on science, but based on years of doing makeup and seeing broken lashes on girls who wear waterproof all the time!)

10. Waterproof mascara should be removed with an eye-makeup remover that is designed to dissolve waterproof makeup. This helps to minimize breakage.


11. Dark lipstick is incredibly aging. It also makes lips look thinner, more compressed, and angry. If you are older or have thin lips, dark lipstick is your enemy.  Matte lipstick is not a great choice for an older woman. It makes the lip look deflated and dry.

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Photo by Isaac Bailey, makeup by Corinna Cooke


12. Red lips can be daunting, but there is a red for everyone! You just need the right undertone and the right texture.

Read more about choosing the right red lipstick here.



Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited US

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Coachella Cool ~ The Best Braids of Spring

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Here comes festival season, the season of boho chic and ultra cool vibes.

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Whether you are heading out to Coachella or heading out to the cupcake store for some Saturday morning sugar, the hairdo of the moment has to be the braid.

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A girl with a braid always looks fashion forward. The braid du jour is slightly messy, soft and relaxed. It modernizes an outfit that’s dressy or sophisticated, and it makes your most casual ensemble completely au courant.

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The braid is the perfect hairstyle for the free spirited iconoclast.

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Not sure how to pull off the best braids of spring? Chrissy Rasmussen of Habit Salon in Gilbert is the queen of braids. She travels the country teaching classes, can braid you up if you are in Arizona, and can give you endless braid-envy eye candy on her Instagram @Hairby_Chrissy.

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Find Chrissy on Facebook and check out more amazing braids on her Habit Salon page

All images for this story were photographed by Brad Olson Photography, Hair by Chrissy Rassmussen, Makeup by Whitney Rammer.

Creative Director Corinna Cooke.

Shot on location at Sweet Tooth Fairy in Gilbert Arizona for LUCA Magazine

The Spring Review for 2017 at Space NK


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LEA – Such A Lovely Thing Music Video

This year I plan to post more of my makeup work here on the blog.


LEA Cappelli Such A Lovely Thing Music Video

Image of LEA from Such A Lovely Thing music video, photographed by Kelly Cappelli, Hair by Drew J Noreen, Makeup by Corinna Cooke


My “real job” is being a makeup artist. For those of you new to this blog, my workdays are filled with photo-shoots, commercials and celebrity work. I teach a pro makeup artistry program, spend my Saturdays doing weddings, and on top of all that I am also the Beauty Director for Luca Magazine. When I talk to you here on the blog about makeup and skin care products I am actually talking about things I use both in my pro makeup kit and also in my personal stash. (Which is why I talk about the same products over and over rather than constantly chattering about something new for you to buy.)

I also take groups of women on private tours of Italy, known as The Glam Italia Tours.

Anyway, back to blogging, this year I plan to show you more of what I do.


Today I want to show you a music video with recording artist LEA, that I did the makeup on. The song is Such A Lovely Thing, and the video just launched yesterday.

We had several makeup looks in this video, but this one was my favorite. There are more look at the bottom of this post.

LEA Cappelli Such A Lovely Thing Music Video

I have worked with LEA for years and years. Not only is she fun to be with, she is also a triple threat – fabulous model, songwriter and performer.

Check out he video below and follow LEA on Instagram @leacappelli. Follow me too @Corinnamakeup


LEA Such A Lovely Thing Music Video

LEA Such A Lovely Thing Music Video

Such A Lovely Thing Lea Capelli