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Alivia Cocchiola Glams Up After Hours

Junior Alivia Cocchiola expresses herself on her eyelids rather than a canvas.
Photo Courtesy of Alivia Cocchiola
Alivia Cocchiola’s (‘25) most recent makeup look of a rainbow blended eye shadow look.

Freshly washed face. The sun hidden. Bright vanity lights shine amidst the night. Many would decide to snuggle up after a long day, but she’d much rather express her artistic abilities through makeup. Beauty blender, foundation, brush, blush: these are just a few things that junior Alivia Cocchiola uses to do her makeup. While Robinson is diverse and has many artistic students, Cocchiola’s medium is just slightly out of the ordinary.

Since adolescence, Cocchiola has found inspiration through drag shows, performances, SFX makeup and magazines. While self-taught, she does watch influencers to help her improve, one of her favorites being linsmakeuplooks. She also tests different products and looks on her skin to see what works for her and her routine.

“Seeing people with beautiful works of art on their faces mesmerized me,” Cocchiola said. “This influenced me to want to learn how to re-create that art on myself. I’m mostly self-taught, but if I need help, I will watch tutorials.”

Makeup is something that can always be improved, and Cocchiola is always willing to learn and get better. Currently, she wants to practice on smaller, more detailed pieces, and eventually wishes to widen the playing field and begin using other faces to practice her makeup.

“I’ve perfected learning what products work for me and my skin, and what materials, like brushes, I can use well with any product given to me,” Cocchiola said. “I wish to improve working with smaller pieces, as my hand tends to shake and can make it hard to work on a small area.”

Makeup is a very tedious process and Cocchiola described that a normal routine for her begins with skin prep.

“Skin prep is always first. If your skin is clean, so will your makeup. Next, a primer and base consisting of foundation and concealer. Then, set that all in with powder, [follow that with] contouring and bronzing the face to bring in some color,” Cocchiola said. “Then, adding color in the cheeks with blush and as well on the eyelids with eyeshadow. [Finally], finish it with mascara, eyebrow gel and lipstick/gloss with setting spray to keep it from falling over time.”

While Cocchiola loves perfecting her craft, she has to manage school and extracurriculars, including swimming and flag football. She only participates in makeup activities when she has free time as she prioritizes school first. Though this is a heavy load to maintain, Cocchiola expressed that her family and friends are very supportive of her as they see it as art as well.

Katie Aguilar (‘25) is a long-time friend of Cocchiola’s and has been there for her for over two years now. Over those few years, Aguilar confidently expressed that Cocchiola has a talent for makeup and she’s witnessed the progression.

“Alivia is a very positive and energetic person. She’s always doing something and learning new things, and makeup is one of those things she has picked up. I believe she has a talent for it,” Aguilar said. “I’ve seen progression very quickly. She has a certain style that she’s found now that suits her, such as her winged eyeliner and colorful eyeshadow. I believe she is capable of extending her makeup passion further, I definitely see her doing makeup for others in the future.”

While Cocchiola isn’t sure she’ll be able to pursue makeup in the future, she has been keeping up with it and the possibilities.

“I definitely want to pursue this in the future, cosmetology school is something I have been looking into and researching,” she said. “If not that, this [makeup] will be an exciting activity I can do on the side in the future.”

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Yesenia Rosario, News & Features Editor
Yesenia Rosario is a junior at Robinson and the News & Features Editor of  Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and her first year as an editor.  Rosario has a deep fondness for the community that journalism has built for her, leading her to return to the staff for a second year.  "What brings me back is the community and the work, it’s very great. It’s very easy but fun at the same time," Rosario said.  Although busy with her academics, Rosario manages to find time for hobbies; she especially enjoys baking and being with friends. Rosario also appreciates a wide variety of media, particularly the essence of Jordan Peele's movies. Currently, “Coraline” is ranked as one of her favorite movies due to its more dark and irreverent tone.  “It's not that I don't lean over any other genres of movies, it's just that I think that thrillers and creepy movies have you on the edge of your seat more, they could be more interesting," Rosario said. "More can be done with a lesser timeframe, rather than like two-hour movies, and though they're good, they're pretty lengthy, so I think that horror and thriller movies have so much content in a short amount of time." Being a movie and music enthusiast, her favorite section to write is A&E. She often finds herself gravitating towards sections that allow her to editorialize.  “I prefer writing album reviews over any other, because it's something I enjoy writing about and giving my opinion on and it gives me a reason to listen to music for fun, rather than having to write lengthy feature stories or any informative story that aren't as fun to write," Rosario said.  Rosario hopes that her love for writing will continue to play a role in her future, even after high school. “One of the reasons I like journalism is that you’re able to choose and write about what you’d like and I think that’s pretty cool," Rosario said.  Profile by (Jordan De La Cruz)
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