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14th of November

Beauty Always Sees the Best

Hi Beauties!

I wanted to write this for all my fellow beauty sisters working in the beauty industry. We are in middle of the busiest season of the year for our businesses and I wanted you to know, I SEE YOU! I see you busting your butt to work in a service industry that a lot of times has no thanks. I see you working three jobs in a day and then rushing home to make dinner for your kids. I see you hustling to network and make the best connections possible to get your name out there. I see you doing research and taking all the continuing education you possibly can. I SEE YOU!

The beauty industry is filled with immense possibilities and I am so grateful for work! As a makeup artist my skills are what pays the bills but even more than that, those whom I surround myself with are the ones who can get me my next big break. I’m so grateful to have found a tribe of gals who, “GET IT.” They get that professionalism and communication are keys to a successful beauty business. They get that skills can be learned but attitude is who you are. We work face to face with women who struggle with things that we may never have the answer to but for just a few minutes we can offer some light at the end of the tunnel and leave them feeling like the queen they truly are!

In the middle of this busy season, take a minute to reflect on all the people you’ve encountered so far this year. Did you stop and take a min? Ok, now just think, ALL those men and women wouldn’t be the same without YOU. So I want you to know if no one has told you lately, I SEE YOU. Keep showing up and doing your best. Beauty always sees the best. The world is a better place because of YOU!


Your friendly neighborhood Makeup Artist,

Ashley Marin


Ps. Here’s a fun pic from a recent job I did with an amazing group of vendors. #makeupbyme




























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Feature photo credit: Erika Reiner Photography

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11th of July

4 Steps To The Perfect Smokey Eyeliner

Hey Beauties!

This is one of my favorite looks, my go to get outta the house quick look that looks like you spent an hour perfecting it! This is great for all eye shapes and all skill levels can perfect it, no problem!

Step 1:

  • Grab a creamy, long lasting black or brown pencil eyeliner, my go to right now is a drugstore brand. I got it in my Influenster box. Influenster is such a great way to try new products completely free, all you do is fill out a few surveys a month. Anyways, I digress.. Here is the link for the pencil I am currently personally using.
  • Make a line half way, stating at the outer corner on your lid as close to the lash line as possible then stop half way.


Step 2:

  • Grab a eyeliner smudge brush. Make sure its a smudge brush not a precise brush. Start at the outer corner, smudge and blend out the line to make it have no defined lines and bring it across the whole lid this time. Try a brush like this.


Step 3:

  • Grab a black or brown powder liner. It can be a loose powder or a pressed powder. Currently I just switched to a new product that I am loving! You can also just use a black or brown eyeshadow.
  • Grab your smudge liner brush again and dip the brush a bit into the powder then start at the outer corner and press into the liner and blend. Work it into the line all the way cross keeping close to the lash line as possible, this sets it and helps it stay all day too. Pro Tip!


Step 4:

  • Dip the brush into a little more powder and on the outside corner smudge up till you hit your brow bone. Then grab a more fluffy shadow brush, use as little powder as possible (for an even better look grab a clean fluffy shadow brush) and blend out all the steps mainly sticking to outer corner. Blend, blend, blend! This creates the look of a bigger eye yet keeping it natural, smokey & sexy. Add a little bronze or warm tone shadow to the lid and now your good to go!
  • Try this product its a great multitaskser for eyes and cheeks for a warm matte bronze shadow.
  • Also try this for a little bronze sparkle it’s an all time favorite of mine! Use the title picture as a reference and inspiration. Picture also shown below.


Photography credit: Erika Reiner Photography. Makeup by Ashley Marin

All recommendations and skills are from my personal arsenal and in no way have I been sponsored or told to use or purchase any of these products. I believe in this technique and products and spend my own hard earned money on them.


I hope you learned something new and have fun blending, blending, blending!

  • Ashley Marin, Your Favorite Neighborhood Makeup Artist.


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23rd of February

Let’s Take the Masks Off

Whenever people ask me what do you do?  I say, ” Makeup Artist “….. All passionately of course (you know me) and then I say, ” I really love what I do! ” I sometimes get these very weird looks and then sometimes there are those people who are truly interested in why I do what I do.

So today I’m speaking to both of those. I consider what I do a ministry and also happens to be my main source of income. It’s truly the best of both worlds, thank you Lord!

I’ll be honest, I’ve really had to ask the Lord to show me how to use makeup as a ministry. There is the obvious of helping people feel beautiful. But there is also the obvious factor that I am covering up flaws and putting makeup over the face. Well, let’s go on a little history journey. The Egyptians were one of the first creators of makeup. The queens and princesses often adorned themselves in gold and did beautiful intricate eye designs. They were known by their people as royalty because of how they dressed and how they represented their identity to society. You may see where I’m going with this. Yes, it’s so easy to get up in the morning and just slap on your face and pretend all is ok in your world while your dying a little inside. I did that for years! I truly believe the world has tainted what makeup is… It’s not something to hide behind or put a new face on every day. It’s something you can have fun accessorizing with and playing up your natural beauty. When you know whose (daughter of the King Most High) you are and who you are on the inside, the outside becomes a reflection of the inside, not vice versa.

Isaiah 61:3 is my life verse and that’s because our creator and King of kings has given us beauty for ashes! Ashes meaning dust, nothing of value. We do NOT earn our kingdom identity it is freely given to all who surrender their lives! Our beauty is not meant to be hidden or tainted, it’s meant to be free to fly and soar in this beautiful life we have! So embrace your flaws, love what you see in the mirror! You were fearfully and wonderfully made by a mighty God, who created the heavens and the earth!


Ashley Marin

15th of February

Beauty Outside the Box

Hello! If you’ve been reading these posts I’m sure you’ve discovered by now this is my journey to express my heart and values for how I live my life in this amazing beauty industry. Today I’m digging deep, are you ready to go on the ride with me? Alright let’s go!

I often think about how our society views beauty. The more I see, the more my heart hurts. True beauty the way God intended is pure, it’s honest, it’s authentic and it’s perfect. In Isaiah chapter 61 it’s a beautiful display of Gods view of beauty and identity as warriors for King Jesus to walk out our calling.

Today there is beauty all around us but how the world represents it is through sex, masks, and narcissistic views, there is even a makeup company called Nars and they call their followers NARCISSIST’S! WHAT! (and please no hate to their products they are amazing, I have a few in my kit)

But you know what, let me be real for a minute, as frustrating it makes me. It’s a time more than EVER to truly love ourselves and show more grace than we can imagine to those around us. It’s time to step into our true identity, as the pure bride of Christ. I know we will never be perfect till we see him face to face but why not pursue all the purity we can here and now and call heaven onto earth! Isn’t that what we’re called to do? 🙂 So with all that being said let’s think outside the box! It’s time to take beauty into our owns hands and let it be free to fly!

As someone who loves Jesus with all of me, how dare I try to conform to the beauty standards of this world. I have the creator of the universe on my side to express who I am as a woman!!! I’m pretty sure that’s more creativity than this little body of mine can handle!! Woo! I hope and pray my makeup work speaks to the creativity he’s given me. All I want to do is get out of the way and let HIM work through me to minister to my clients both inside and out!

However you express yourself let it be done to the glory of God! All my creatives out there, you ARE called to be creative, don’t waste it! Take this as a sign if you were looking for one. 😉 Create away my friends!

Happy beauty finding to you,
– Ashley Anne


photo cred: for the love of a frame photography

Photo: Thats me, Ashley, on set, loving what I do, bringing beauty to the world!

8th of February

Power in Unity: Wedding Season is almost here!

Every time wedding season hits here in Orlando it always gets me thinking. All this money spent on a day that people will most likely forget all the details they spent so much money on. And maybe even forget why they did it in the first place years later. Also please don’t get me wrong I pay the bills by brides paying me to do their wedding makeup and I’m so so grateful! This post is about the heart, and how we may make decisions based on emotions that can ruin a very good thing. ( I know this because oh boy, I’ve made some crazy emotionally bad decisions. )

The divorce rate in America is mind blowingly high. And it breaks my heart. I come from a divorced home and it’s heart breaking to experience as a kid. So much uncertainty and broken promises. But looking back now I’m grateful that the pain has made me wiser and stand so much more firm on what I believe and hope for myself, my marriage and my future kids. The lord always makes a good thing out of what may seem impossibly bad at the time.

Now as a married women myself I believe that I can be just one voice to help change a generation of people who have no regard for the true meaning of marriage and the true convenent you make with your man. I’ll be honest it’s not easy but one thing I’ve already come to find in these few years, it’s so worth it!

Let’s have some real talk. The devil hates unity and he hates marriage even more beacause it is the perfect example of unity the way god meant it to be! Why do you think the stats are so high for divorce? His desire is for a broken, lost, rebellious people. But I SAY NO! I say YES to forever love, I WILL believe in marriage! The world will tell you all the different, believe me and I’m sure you can agree, just turn on the tv. So will you take a stand with me?

My heart for unity, for beauty, for love is hurting right now for my country. The state of America is so broken. But it’s time to see it as it could be and stand and declare what I believe America was founded on! That one nation under God is still possible! Marriage covenant is powerful! Beauty from within is way more attractive than beauty without heart!

I hope I stirred your mind to take a stand for what you believe in, you definitely don’t have to agree with me but just seek the truth out for yourself. Your future self will thank you. 🙂


Ashley Anne Marin

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