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19th of September

Mirror, Mirror.


Hey Beauties,

I’ve had on my heart to share the meaning behind my mission for, ” Beauty from the inside, out.” I truly believe that when situations squeeze us we learn really quickly whats inside us. Are we ruled by our emotions? Are we easily swayed? Do we give into comparison?

Identity is key when we go to apply our makeup and get ready for the day. Do you do it to hide away? To become someone else? Don’t succumb to the pressures of the world to become someone else, be YOU! The world doesn’t need another copy it needs original YOU!

From the Tale, Snow White, we’ve all read as kids, The Evil Queen said, ” Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? The magic mirror responded, ” You, My Queen, are so fair true. But the young Queen is a thousand times fairer than you.”

The Evil Queen was obsessed with comparison and maintaining her vanity to the point she exiled all the “undesirables” to outside of town. It literally drove her mad. Could you imagine if the Evil Queen believed in herself enough to have the confidence to embrace her flaws and give herself permission to be original. Now, that would have been a whole different tale to tell.

You can quickly find yourself in a spiral of comparison in this day and age of social media. Someone is always doing it better. Thats the way it will always be. If we keep outside focus on what should be an inside job we find ourselves in the never ending spiral. But if you keep focused on the path in front of you and don’t look to the right or to the left, you’ll be mind blown by what you’re capable!

When you look into the mirror next, speak life to yourself, love your flaws, embrace your differences, that’s what makes you, YOU. The world needs you to be YOU, not someone else! One of my favorite books, I’m reading for the second time ( if you know me, that never happens ) is called Without Rival by Lisa Bevere. She talks about embracing your identity and purpose in an age of confusion and comparison. Pretty much the best book ever for this topic, am I right?!

I hope you began to love yourself, embrace your truths and live from the inside, out. The world needs your truth, your self conviction and your beauty! Speak life to your passions and I hope that everywhere you go you leave a smile behind with those your encounter. The amazing Maya Angelou said, ” I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. “

 

  • Ashley Marin, Founder, Makeup Artist and Esthetician of Marin Makeup in Longwood, Florida.

 

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24th of August

The Girl Boss Edition


Hey Beauties!

The term, “Girl Boss” has been used so much the past few years and you know what, I AM LOVING IT! So what does it mean to be a Girl Boss? Are there qualifications? Who are the Girl Bosses to look up to? Am I a Girl Boss? How do I become a Girl Boss? Some of these questions may be swirling through your mind. By no means am I an expert to quantify and qualify anyone to be Girl Boss but I will say being raised by entrepreneurs and being an entrepreneur myself for the past 7 years I may know a thing or too about being a GIRL BOSS! Oh yeah, baby!

In working as a makeup artist most of my clients are the ultimate Girl Bosses, Lawyers, CEO’s, Momma’s, Politicians, Pastors, Creative Entrepreneurs, Singers, Dancers, Actors and so many more! Today I wanted to showcase a few of my clients whom have been an absolute dream to work for because they truly are changing the world!

First up is Sofia Boyer of Magnolia Creative Studio, her work is incredibly beautiful for it being of the tech kind. 😉 She helps women business owners with all her magical website and brand building skills. She offers some amazing services, go check her out!

Photo Cred | Marin Makeup | Chantell Rae Photography | Girl Boss: Sofia Boyer

Next up, the ever so sweet Erika Reiner of Erika Reiner Photography. She has an incredible eye and is seriously the sweetest person to work with! The cool thing about Erika is I’ve had the pleasure to work both for her and with her. She specializes in natural light lifestyle photography, you should go check her out!

Photo Cred | Kathy Thomas Photo | Marin Makeup | Girl Boss: Erika Reiner

Photo Cred | Erika Reiner Photography | Model: Wendy Biagioni | Marin Makeup

Lastly is the ultimate Girl Boss I’ve had the honor to work with many times both on production sets and photography shoots. She is the multi talented, Pam Hoelzle of How To Start Something and Dear Rockstar. She has incredible business sense and is a true encourager to help you turn your passion into a profit! You have to go check out her work!

Photo Cred | Alyssa Hopkins Photography | Hair by Giovanni | Marin Makeup | Art Gallery at Mills Park | Girl Boss: Pam Hoelzle

Photo Cred | Alyssa Hopkins Photography | Hair by Giovanni | Marin Makeup | Art Gallery at Mills Park | Girl Boss: Pam Hoelzle

Photo Cred | Alyssa Hopkins Photography | Hair by Giovanni | Marin Makeup | Art Gallery at Mills Park | Girl Boss: Pam Hoelzle

 

Being a Girl Boss is more of a state of mind than a state of status. We are ALL Girl Bosses is our own right and walk with your head held high no mater what you do. Now, I’ve showed you a few Girl Bosses I know personally but I wanted to share some I look up to in the beauty industry as well, whom I haven’t met yet (speaking that in faith). They work so hard and are crazy talented at what they do!

First up is Lisa Eldridge, one of the most respected and experienced makeup artists in the world. She has a vast knowledge of makeup history which I find super fascinating! She has an incredible book called “Face Paint: The Story of Makeup” Go check it out, her knowledge and skills are outta this world! She also just launched a fabulous jewelry line that is absolutely stunning!

Lastly is the ultimate Girl Boss, who coined the phrase for our current generation and that’s  Sofia Amoruso, the author of Girl Boss, Founder and former CEO of Nasty Gal and current founder and CEO of Girlboss Media. She is the authority on all things vintage and women in business. Netflix even did a hilarious series about her life and the start up of her multi million dollar franchise! A favorite quote of hers is, “A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

I hope you feel encouraged to follow your dreams and don’t give up! Let’s be the women who help straighten each others crowns. Now, go on and turn your passion into profit like I did with my makeup and skincare business. You can do it!

– Ashley Marin, Founder | Makeup Artist | & Licensed Esthetician of Marin Makeup in Longwood, Florida.

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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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20th of June

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Airbrush Makeup for Your Wedding Day.


5 Reasons to Upgrade to Airbrush Makeup for Your Wedding Day:
  1. Texture. It feels like second skin and is perfect for those brides who don’t want to feel they have makeup on. But good news it looks amazing! Makes you camera ready in an instant!
  2. Long wear. It’s water resistant and transfer resistant. The technology in most airbrush makeup formulas makes it so it adheres like skin to the face. When used with proper primers, moisturizers and setting powder it truly it’s unstoppable! So much so I put Temptu’s perfect canvas hydra lock formula to the test at a recent shoot where the model went underwater. And not just a dip like full on swimming! Her face stayed perfect! I’d say you want that in your wedding day!
  3. HD camera approved. I briefly mentioned this is number 1 but I’ll go into more detail. Using an HD makeup formula is so important in today’s use of HD camera and video. You want a smooth finishing and every pore covered for that big day and airbrush makeup is your solution! The way in which the foundation is blown through the gun creates a finishing that looks perfect on camera!
  4. Skill. Airbrush makeup application takes a certain level of skill. When hiring a professional makeup artist, make sure they have a wide range of skills. Learning and mastering airbrush application is such a great skill to have and brings more options to the table for your best day ever!!!! Most makeup artist that offer this service have a few years under their belt and you can trust them with all your makeup need so the day of your wedding.
  5. Investment. Those makeup artist’s who spend money on a good airbrush system see the value in giving you the best of the best! A good airbrush system can cost in upwards of $500. We truly want you to have the best for your best day ever! Investing in our makeup kit is investing in you! An artist who carries good quality products is the artist you want to hire. Professional products require professional skills.
Airbrush makeup may be a bit more expensive than your average makeup application but let me tell you its worth every penny. I will say there is only one downfall to airbrush and depending on the formula it is not well suited for some mature skin types. I will say though the new Temptu Hydra Lock formula is perfect for mature skin and all the above. It’s my new secret weapon! So for all my fellow artists reading this, the sky is the limit with the Hydra Lock Formula!
I hope this helps in your makeup decision for your big day! Much luck to you!
Ps. In no way am I sponsored by Temptu or any airbrush makeup company. I truly believe in these products and spend my hard earned makeup money on them. I know I can trust them to perform to the quality I want them to and trust them to make my client look their absolute best!

-Ashley Marin, Your Friendly Neighborhood Makeup Artist.

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13th of June

Countdown to Summer Vacation!!!


This may not be something to actually write a blog about but why not! This is the first summer in 4 years my hubby and I are taking a legit summer vacation and to say I’m freaking out excited is an understatement!!! Do any of you remember that movie ” The Last Song” …. (The early days of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth love story)  Well that’s where we’ll be going! Tybee Island, GA! Tybee has such serious charm, for all those that know the amazing charm of Savannah, GA… this is that, plus a laid back beach attitude, yes please! My grandparents own a beach house in Tybee Island and its always been a family tradition to go and stay. This time will be all together different though, our best friends from VA will be joining us whom we haven’t seen in 4 years!!!! SO SO SO EXCITED!!!

I have such amazing memories of my grandparents house on the Isle of Hope right on the savannah river. Swimming in the river, taking mud baths and swimming with dolphins. As an adult now its crazy how much we take for granted. The following photos are a few of my favorite things on the island, the sea turtle conservatory, the Tybee Island pier, the crazy beautiful sea oats and incredible sunsets! I am soooooo ready to be there, now!!!!

 

 

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