Skin Story: Courtney Cochran, Legislative Assistant




There are five pieces of art mounted along the northern wall in Courtney Cochran’s D.C. apartment. Each piece, created by Cochran, is a glimpse into the imaginative side of the legislative assistant and new media manager. And while her affinity for color is refreshing and pointed, it’s muted on Capitol Hill, where during the day Cochran corresponds with constituents, researches and writes legislation, and schedules meetings for Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

But even in the tan and gray offices where bills are made, her love of color and artistry is never too far away.


Cochran, whose oily skin has sensitized over the years, cleanses daily with Cetaphil face wash. She occasionally applies Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask for a deep clean and uses Mary Kay’s TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set for pore-refining and preventative aging results. She protects her face with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF and her body with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer.

For perfume, Cochran has an eye for the complex and provocative. Thierry Mugler’s Womanity, an exotic fragrance featuring citrus, fig, and caviar, is her signature scent.


Adhering to the Beltway standard of minimal makeup, Cochran wears a next-to-natural face for work. She first smooths Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen over her face, followed by a light application of MAC blush in either the matte reddish-burgundy Desert Rose, or Format (a brownish-rose flattering for all skin tones). Cochran also alternates emphasizing her eyes and lips. MAC’s Powerpoint eyeliner in Engraved is Cochran’s go-to during the day, while Sephora’s colorful Jumbo Liners in Electric Blue or Purple are worn for nights out.

As for lip color, Cochran runs the rouge gamut, selecting shades that range from Hourglass’ Rose, to Sephora’s nudish-beige, Ingenuous and Latin Lover (a sheer orange).

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