Product Spotlight YSL Tatouage Couture


YSL Rouge Tatouage

Its the season for red lips. Like the other 3 seasons there is no time more perfect for wearing a red lip!

Actually I do believe that fall and winter are the best seasons for red lipstick. In the hot, white light of summer red can be overwhelming, but in the dull light of fall and winter a red lip can be a breath of fresh air. It lightens and brightens your complexion, and makes you both look and feel vibrant, gorgeous and alive.

If you have been following this blog for a while then you already know my favorite red lipsticks, and I will put a list at the end of this post, but I have a new one (or 5!) to add to the list.

Related Post: How To Choose The Perfect Red Lip

Meet my latest obsession, YSL Rouge Tatouage. I have been wearing it every day and think its the best thing ever.

YSL Rouge Tatouage

YSL Tatouage Couture is a liquid-matte stain that gives you high impact color but with a lightweight, naked feel to it. The color is gorgeously saturated, especially in the bold pinks and the reds. Red lips can be tricky to wear, because not only do you need to get the undertone correct, but with its bold, attention stealing hue you have to get the texture absolutely right. Most matte reds dry the lip out, so a few hours into wearing it your lips look flaky and bubbly, and suddenly your killer red lip is just a mess. Glossy reds are hard to wear because even if they aren’t slipping they typically give the illusion of being on the move, and also look messy.

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Apart from the fabulous selection of colors what I am loving most about the Tatouage reds is the finish. This is a matte that stays looking healthy all day. The ink-like formula is designed to give you 8 hours without needing to reapply. It doesn’t crack or dry out. Lips look both luscious and precise, the two requirements for pulling off red to perfection.

I have a cool skin tone, so the perfect Tatouage red for me is Shade 1, Rouge Tatouage. This is a vibrant pink red. Shade 10, Carmin Statement is a medium blue red and is also great for cool toned girls.

Shade 12, Red Tribe is a rich, true red that I am loving for my olive skinned girls, along with Shade 13, True Orange, a bright coral red. Shade 9, Grenat No Rules is a rust red, also lovely on warmer skins and dark skins.

YSL Rouge Tatouage

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I wish I had bought Rouge Tatouage prior to my Paris trips this year. It is the perfect French girl red that looks completely stunning with very little other makeup.

My other favorite red lipsticks:

MAC Ruby Woo has been a long term favorite blue based red lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red is a classic, old Hollywood red.

Tatcha Kyoto Red is a vermillion, geisha inspired red., Inc.


YSL Rouge Tatouage

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Summer Beach Beauty 101

curly hair and beach hat

image by Brad Olson for Luca Magazine.
Makeup by Corinna Cooke, hair by Andy Biggs, styled by Risa Kostis

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Summer beach beauty is all about skin and simplicity. The complexion needs to glow and not be weighed down with heavy makeup.

If bare skin feels a little too naked try using  BB Cream or a water gel foundation such as Makeup Forever Water Blend Face and Body, which is designed to look like natural skin. (Available at

Brows should be soft and not over-sculpted, eyes understated with just a little smudgy liner and a really good waterproof mascara. Try Diorshow Blackout Waterproof if you want some big, fabulous lashes!

Add a pop of color with a bright lip. If you are going for a red lip this summer choose and orange based red if you are a warm toned girl or a pinky red if you have a cool skin tone. Deep blue reds and warm brown reds are too heavy for summer.

Embrace your curls with products from Ouidad. Moisture Lock leave in conditioner helps keep your curls hydrated and Botanical Boost spray breathes new life back into yesterday’s curl. Choose a chic hat with a big brim to protect your face from the sun, like this Brixton hat from

12 Beauty Tips That Every Girl Should Know

beautiful girl red lips

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.


girl feathered eyebrows, red lips

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.

girl kiss red lips

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.



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