Featured Vendor: Marin Makeup

The love of all things beauty as been with owner of Marin Makeup, Ashley Marin, since she was a little girl! Now she takes that passion to make her brides feel beautiful on their wedding day. We asked Ashley to give us a little insight into her business. 

bride looking down and smiling in halter wedding dress
Photo: Ashley Poole Photography

What inspired you to be a hair and makeup artist? 

I was inspired by my family business and a local wedding photographer to go for it and pursue my dreams as a Professional Makeup Artist. When I was a little kid, my mom was a single mom and she would take me on travel jobs. I helped her match foundations starting at like 6 years old! Throughout my journey, I pursued a degree in skincare and once I graduated I thought that the skin world would be my career. It still is in some ways but then a photographer friend called me one day and said our brides Makeup Artist just cancelled last minute and that my friends was my first official wedding! I did over 10 makeups that day and knew this was just the beginning of something great!

How long have you been doing hair and makeup?

That’s always a fun question. I’ve been working in the industry since I was 16 working for my family beauty business, focusing more on sales and events. Then in 2011 that call came from a local Wedding Photographer and that launched my Freelance Makeup Artist Career! It’s been 8 years freelancing and 4 years owning my own business, Marin Makeup!

Marin Makeup putting blush on a bride
Photo: For the Moment Photo

Do you have any tips for brides on preparing their hair and skin for their wedding day?

Yes! Your skincare routine should be detailed to your specific needs. If you are more oily, exfoliate at least twice a week and use a good AHA Cleanser. If you are drier, really invest in some good skin serums and oils. A good skin oil will change your life, I promise you! On your wedding day, you want your skin to be hydrated, soft and glowing. I would recommend starting new products a year out or as long as you can. Don’t change or add anything new to your routine 30 days out. You don’t want to risk any reactions! The month before add in lots of hydration masks and drink lots of water.

What services do you offer? Do you travel? 

I specialize in Professional Makeup Services including, custom blended foundations, airbrush makeup application, lash application and upon request hair styling. I travel all over the country and the world! I include in all my bridal packages lashes, airbrush and a touch-up kit. I also offer custom skincare routines to help my brides get the best skin ever on their wedding day!

bride holding back hanging florals and smiling
Photo: K. Napier Photography

Which products do you use? 

I use so many professional products in my makeup kit. I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest products for my clients. In this day and age of HDTV and 4K TV, it’s so important to carry products that translate well on camera. In my years of working on Live TV, I learned that less is more and that’s my motto when it comes to the products I choose. My favorite brands that you can always find in my kit are Temptu airbrush, Laura Mercier, Mehron, Viseart, MAC, NARS, Veil Cosmetics, Inglot, ONmacabim skincare, Ardell lashes and so many more!

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