Hey, beauties! Happy Friday! Let me introduce you guys to the gorgeous Maria ♥. Maria currently lives in Miami, Florida. She has always had a passion for makeup, She can still remember being so young and sneaking behind her mom’s back and drawing on dark lip liner with a nude lip! LOL. She began to build her kit and investing in herself about 6 years ago and has executed looks for a few women in the hip hop & modeling industry along with a Cover Print. She currently works for MAC Cosmetics at Aventura Mall, which is a Global Door & #4 in the world. She has been with the company for 2 1/2 years now & still has her own business work as a freelancer outside of her amazing job!
What is your favorite high-end brand?
My favorite hIgh-end brand I love would be MAC Cosmetics of course! But definitely have a thing for Kevyn Aucoin & Laura Mercier!
What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?
I couldn’t live without my Kevyn Aucoin, skin enhancer, Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish compact powder, and MAC Fix +, along with brushes. Also, Anastasia’s Dipbrow in Ebony. Ugh! To be real, I couldn’t live without at least a medium size makeup bag!! LOL
What’s your favorite drugstore brand?
My favorite drugstore brand I would say is L’oreal because I absolutely love their mascaras & black gel liners! It’s the smoothest liner I have used yet to date!
What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?
I am a beauty product hoarder of lipsticks and eyeshadows! I think I have about 95 lipsticks and so many eyeshadow palettes from MAC, Urban Decay, Stila, Lorac, Nars, Too Faced and I believe I will continue that forever LOL. I’m also falling in love with primers – lip primers, lash primers, face primers! They really make a difference!!
What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?
Hmm.. BROWS! I myself take pride in being a Brow Queen. I could give anyone amazing brows. I’ve been seeing blocky brows and brows that look so shiny and unnatural! Also, not lining your lips I truly believe a lip liner is always needed whether you overline or not! As a professional makeup artist working in the beauty industry, I just love an amazing finished lip with beautiful brows!
Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
Beauty Budget? What’s that?? haha!! I am terrible with budgets! I pretty much spend on whatever I feel I LOVE and never on something I feel I would never use on myself or for my kit. When I enter a beauty store, it’s like the gates of heaven open up and I hear angels! Nothing else matters.
What’s your favorite lipstick?
My favorite lipstick? As in just ONE? Sheesh…. that’s impossible I absolutely love Limecrime liquid lipsticks in all colors. Also, Anastasia liquid lipsticks in all colors. I LOVE LOVE LOVE MAC. Okay, ya’ll ready for my list? Here it goes! Blankety, HoneyLove, Fleshpot, FlatOut Fabulous, Diva, Sin, Cyber, RiRi Woo (limited), Heroine, Stone… and a few more :).
Describe your everyday makeup look.
Wow, my everyday makeup Look is always a finished full face because of my job! So, I always switch up eye shadow styles and techniques from a beauty look to natural to grungy. That’s what I love about makeup. You can always change things up and still SLAY!
What’s your favorite mascara?
My favorite mascara would be between L’oreal Voluminous & MAC Haute & Naughty! They both have amazing brushes and formulas! I love the consistency and how it applies.
Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?
A celebrity makeup style that inspires me would hands down have to be Dascha Polanco & her artist Jay Suarez! Hands down. Every time he touches her face it is glam. It is clean. It is natural and is EVERYTHING! He executes amazing looks on her every time and never fails the makeup gods!
Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?
My favorite Beauty Guru would definitely be the god himself, Scott Barnes. Also, Renny Vazquez and of course, my fellow MAC brother Romero Jennings!! I really don’t believe I need to explain why. They are by far the most amazing in my opinion.
If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?
Wow.. what a question.. just thinking about it feels like torture! If I HAD to leave with just ONE.. it would be chapstick!! haha!!
Are there any brands that you try to avoid?
The only thing I try to avoid is lash glue with latex because I’m allergic! Other than that, if I love it it’s mine.
Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?
I HAUL, HAUL, HAUL, HAUL. I rarely have time to shop for myself because I’m always with my babies. When I do get some free time, I go IN and ALL OUT and rack up on everything I love!
What’s your favorite skincare brand?
I currently love Dermalogica and I just started using Clarisonic. Their line is so far so good.
What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?
MAC brushes! Nothing like MAC brushes, especially #217. That’s holy grail right there!
What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?
I would definitely recommend Laura Mercier loose powder! I had it for a while and once I got the chance to try it, I have never put it away! That and also Urban Decay setting spray!!
If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Hmmmm…. I would say lip gloss. I have so many but rarely use any.
Where do you see your makeup career in the next 5 years?
Great question! I’m currently working my way up MAC and hope to be a Senior Artist for sure! I see my work on not only celebrities but definitely in some magazines & red carpets! Hey… a girl can DREAM!
Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol
Use line filler to fill in fine lines on your lips and watch those babies plump up! Also, use a business card when applying mascara behind lashes to avoid getting the product on skin!
What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?
I can be reached through direct message on Instagram @Beautyby_Maria or email BeautyByMLuna@gmail.com.