Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Mazin.
Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started doing makeup when I was about 15. I started out just doing my dance teams makeup, my friends, and family. I started freelancing and working in retail cosmetics at about 17, and the rest is history. Ten years later I have worked with brands such as Smashbox, Yves Saint Laurent, And currently MAC cosmetics. I freelance outside of my retail job doing bridal makeup, editorial makeup, and special occasions. I have been apart of Sacramento Fashion Week as well as a Denver Fashion Week. And have recently been published and working on more publications. I’m very passionate about makeup. All aspects of it – product knowledge, artistry, and making my clients feel beautiful.
Has it been a smooth road?
You know nothing is ever easy. It takes blood sweat and tears to achieve and accomplish the goals you set for yourself. By no means has my journey been easy. I’ve been hustling and working my tail off for ten years figuring out what I want to do. And I continue to work as hard as I can because I know my passion and love for artistry and customer service is there and will take me far. And it has 2019 has been a beautiful year for my career. My best advice is to never give up! You can achieve anything you put your mind to. With dedication and focus you can do anything! Being positive and putting positivity into the universe will lead you in the right direction.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Amazin Glam – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a brand and what sets you apart from others.
I would say my specialty is my artistry. I’m so passionate about makeup. From products to product ingredients, technique, application, and the final product. Everything about makeup intrigues and excites me. I’m also very passionate about skin care and the full package for A beautiful end result. I’m also very passionate about people and making people feel good and beautiful. Currently working at MAC, I do all types of makeup. I specialize in bridal, editorial, commercial, special occasions, and avant-garde. I’m very versatile in all makeup aspects. I have a ton of training under my belt and decided to further my education with going to esthetics school. So I will soon be an esthetician which is exciting! I’m hoping to open up my own business and do many many things for and with the beauty industry
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Mentors in this industry are pretty easy to come by especially with social media. I look up to so many amazing artists and humans in the industry. I say watch and follow people who inspire you and motivate you. A huge mentor for me was my MAC family. I have so many people in my MAC career that have helped me grow and evolve not only as an artist but as a human! Networking is also easy with social media and interacting. When I’m out and about, I always have business cards handy, because you never know where or when you’ll meet your next potential client.
Art of Her
2nd to last image credit goes to Liz Torres photography, Instagram: lt.fotography