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I hope everyone is enjoying this fantastic weather.
Oh boy, it has been so lovely outside!
This time of the year University of Washington campus is a peak destination for cherry-blossom photo shoots.
You literally have to shoot in the wee hours of the day otherwise it gets packed!!!
As I've been seing a lot of images shot there, they all reminded me shoot there last year, or should I rather say "attempt of a cherry blossom shoot". That shoot with Cheryl Ford and Chamonix Thurston Rattue was.... or well... a fun mess.
Altough we did get some pretty good portraits (these ladies are amazing) cherry blossoms were long gone...It hailed, and rained and snowed and we were literally shooting inside an entrance arch. You can see our adventures here...(Ironically this post just happens to be one of the most "pinned" posts of mine.:))
Today I would like to share another "cherry blossom" shoot which we spontaneously whipped up and could not have been happier with the images.
Our lovely model Trish (who just happens to be Chamonix's mom) was such a great sport. I wish you all could meet this amazing woman: she is just an inspiration.
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First of all, Courtney is a sweetheart.
Second of all, she has the most gorgeous eyes I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a few).
I'd like to personally thank Courtney for letting me go wild with huge "Wispy" lashes and play up how amazingly big her eyes are.
Here are a couple of tips of how to make your eyes appear larger:
~Avoid dark shadows, especially in the inner corner of the eyes.
~Do not line the bottom lash line or if you do, go for a soft shadow rather than for a precise liner.
~You can line the bottom waterline with the nude/skin-tone liner (white is too harsh in my opinion)
~Do not forget to curl your lashes.
~Go wild on mascara! The more the better but do not forget to comb the lashes through after each layer.
As to Courtney's hair - two simple, messy, criss-cross braids to create an interesting, whimsical look.;)
|Posted by Hanna on October 28, 2013 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
I personally consider falsse eyelashes one of the gratest inventions ever .
Come on, they are brilliant. What can be easier way to add drama and definition to any look???
After all - it's all in the eyes... Everyone ranging from Tyra Banks to my 13-year old teenage neighbor agree - eyes are the mirror to the sole ( not cheesy at all)
When chosing false eyelashes, there is, however, a thin line between glamorous and theatrical.
Here are a couple of things to consider.
~Choose the right size
Even the most natural-looking falsies can look pretty dramatic.
They, together with mascara will add extra volume and length to your lashes.
When starting out, go for shorter, extremely natural lashes. (one of my favorites are Ardell 110 )
Please remember to trim the lash to fit your own before appying.
~Choose the right shape
Knowing your face angles comes handy when choosing the shape of lashes. Pay attention how you do your eye makeup: do you lighten the innner corner, do you do the wingded eye? Obviously the shape of the lash has to flatter the overall look. Consider half strip if you'd like to add thickness only to the outer lashes (e.g. Ardell 301)
~Consider the color of the base strip
The base of all lashes is either clear or black.
Lashes with the clear base strip are generally more forgiving and require less blending than those with the dark strip. Consider the latter ones for more dramatic looks.
~Have a good glue at hand
Everyone's ultimate fear is seeing their lashes starting to come off throughout the day, thus a good glue is a must.
DUO glue is pretty much full proof and comes in black and clear for your convenience. Patience is key.
Make sure you are applying a super thin layer of glue and it is "tacky" before you apply the actually lash. Saves tons of time!
~Which ones should I start with?
The best and least shocking are individual lashes. Purchase in short, since they are pretty long alrealy.
~How do I remove them?
False lashes are not lash extensions and are meant to be removed at the end of the day. Saturate a q-tip in eye makeup remover or olive oil, go over a strip, start gently taking them off starting from the outer eye holding the lid down.
Crying is allowed.
~ Do not feel pressured.
Although lahes are fun and glamorous, please do not feel you have to have them just because someoone said they are awesome.
A lot of times your own lashes are already pretty spectacular and even if not - we are here to offer your some alternatives: half strip, individuals, tons of mascara, etc. Plus they would be a no-go for those allergic to latex.
You can read more of my tips about lashes in this guest blog post.
These amazing images are by Chamonix Thurston-Rattue.
Makeup and hair by yours truly.
©2013 Hanna Mazur, Makeup-Artist, All rights reserved
|Posted by Hanna on July 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
A couple of weeks ago I had an immmense pleasure to do a photo shoot with amazing Caitlyn and absolutely wonderful Erin - the owner of Studio 3 Cubed.
We had a blast dolling Caitlyn-up for her session. She is a sweetheart! I haven't laughted this hard in such a long time!
Needless to say I absolutely love the images. You ladies totally rocked it!!
Hair and makeup by yours truly.
|Posted by Hanna on July 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM||comments (2)|
I was fortunate to meet Alena at a shoot a couple of months ago and we instantly clicked.
An incredibly talented photographer, a mother of three adorable kiddos, I think she has a model hiding inside.
I simply cannot get over how gorgeous she is, don't you guys think?
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I've always been fascinated by the Twenties. Twenties truly mark a new era for any woman - liberated, confident, and opinionated. Women wearing sexier clothes, discussing politics in public and not being afraid of attention.
That is why when my dear friend Chamonix Thurston-Rattue mentioned she wanted to do a Norman Rockwell-inspired shoot, she didn't have to ask twice. I was beyond excited.
Portraying every day scenes of American life (so Rochwell) but in a more glamorous manner was the intention of this shoot, and I could not have been happier with the outcome.
I absolutely loved doing hair and makeup for this shoot and would like to thank wonderful Cheryl Ford, Alena Nieves and Stephanie Molta for behind the scenes photography/modeling and styling. You guys blew out of the park on this one.
|Posted by Hanna on June 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
One of the best things about my job is that I get to work with some truly amazing people!
Last weekend we had a chance to photograph our dear friend and amazingly talented photographer Alena Nieves and I simply cannot get over how gorgeous she is, inside and out.
"Are we going to be best friends forever?, asked Piglet. "Even longer", replied Pooh." A.A. Milne (Margaret and Cyndi)
|Posted by Hanna on June 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
Sometimes in life, you find a special friend.
Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.
Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop.
Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world.
Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.
This is forever friendship.
When you're down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full.
Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times.
If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows.
If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay.
And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and FOREVER has no end.
Please enjoy these lovely images of Margaret and Cyndi.
|Posted by Hanna on May 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Remember when you were six?
You were looking at your mother or an older sister all getting dolled-up and were thinking "I cannot wait until I am all grown up..."
And then you did... You were 15, then 20, then 35, then 60. And every year you were thinking, "When I am just a bit older I can accomplish this and that, maybe next year I'll be able to do things I cannot do now..." But will you really?
Every stage of our lives we constantly come up with some excuses as to why we cannot make things happen.
Whether it is fear or general doubt in ourselves, there are contstant road blocks on our way preventing us from achieving what we really strive for.
Last month I had a unique opportunity to be a part of a project 101 Years of Beauty by my dear friend and abolutely incredible glamour photographer Chamonix Thurston-Rattue.
We were capturing portraits of four generations of amazing women Marisa, Barbara, Carolin, Marie, being 29, 57, 79 and 101 years old.
I cannot not help but feel amazed how incredible their life stories are and how gorgeous all of them are, all in different stages of their lives.
All of them were so excited about having their makeup done, especially 101-year old Marie, whose smile just melted my heart. It was truly one of the most memorable photo shoots I have had and am so thankful to be given this amazing opportunity to get to know these wonderful women.
You can see the video from our photo shoot here.
Listening to their life-stories I once again came to realize that the beauty is not limited to a certain look, quality or age.
It is the ability to see wonder in little things, being optimistic and shine the light through on others.
So let's not wait until tomorrow, until we are older, smarter and more experienced.
Let's embrace life NOW and celebrate our beauty.
|Posted by Hanna on March 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
When I first started a blog I was absolutely certain of one thing: I am not going to write about which foundation is perfect and which brush I use for this and that. There are billions posts like this out there and I wasn’t going to add to the countless virtual encyclopedia of swatches and reviews.
The thrill and passion I found working with my clients made me firmly decide that in each of my blogs I am going to find a way to pay a tribute to every single woman I work with.
I am extremely thankful to have worked with so many amazing women with unbelievably moving life-stories, kind hearts and steel-strong will.
So, no matter if I am telling knock-knock jokes to a five-year-old flower girl or passing a cup of tea to a 101-year-old (yes, I did that), there is a sense of wonder I get looking in their eyes and I am going to tell astory about it.
After all how often do we forget to tell people around us how truly unique and incredible they are?
Ladies and Gents (drumroll...)
Please meet Elizabeth who was kind enough to share her personal story with me.
How did you get into modeling/acting?
~ I have been a dancer on the stage since I was 4 years old. Dancing led to music. I started playing the clarinet from 6-12th grade. During high schooldrama and acting came into the picture and after high school came modeling.I've worked with photographers and artists for over 8 years now. From Portland,Seattle, Spokane and Vancouver BC.
What are you looking for in collaborations?
~Good music, an awesome concept,a sense of humor with everyone involved.
What are biggest challenges being a model?
~Sometimes finding the "click" with the photographer's vision andtrying to succeed in a small market such as Seattle.
What are your go-to make-up products?
~Chap stick or lip gloss, a good mascara and a light concealer for everyday wear.
Could you give some tips for models who are starting out?
~ Build your book and make connections at fashion events and openings.
Get abusiness card and promote yourself. This is a business and you are the product.
Here is a little note I got from Elizabeth and I am so thankful for her kind words:
"Hanna is superb. She is a professional with a warm smile and good sense of humor. Her ideas and concepts are clear, concise and achievable. She made mefeel like I was going on the red carpet/my wedding day."
You are amazing Liz!
Photography: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Makeup/hair: Hanna Mazur
Model: Elizabeth Rhoades
|Posted by Hanna on March 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
This spring is it all about pastels.
Just like the fresh colors of awakening nature, muted blues, subtle pinks and toned-down purples dominate in clothing and makeup this season.
In addition to emerald green which has been a big hit, dusty blue is making a huge come back this spring.
I personally love this color.
In my opinion, it has just the right ammount of intensity without being overpowering, is versatile and compliments a variety of complexions.
Here are a couple of images of gorgeous Leah wearing dusty blue.
You can find more inspiration of creating perfect color palettes here
Photography: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Makeup: Hanna Mazur
|Posted by Hanna on March 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
In the past five years I have moved four times, two of these moves being international, and one cross-country.
In the past five years I have lost three jobs and my father,which was the most dramatic experience of my life. I completely changed my career, started my own business and bought a house.
With all these dramatic changes I thought I was handling it all until I saw first grey hair and had my first panic attack.
Stress is no fun.
Itis amazing how remarkably strong your body can be when dealing with it until one day you feel stuck, disoriented and weak. You doubt yourself, your skills and lose passion for things.
The day I realized that was truly the most important milestone of my life. I came to realize that it is time for a change. Change is not easy, change is slow and full of emotional turmoil, but it is a change.
We all struggle to fill certain social roles: we are parents, spouses, colleagues, and social activists.
We desperately try please and to exceed expectations. We try to fit in.
The irony of it is that when we fail - we burn out.
The most important things I realized in my personal journey (and I am working on this every single day) are that it is okay to be weak and helpless, it is okay not to be perfect , it is normal to try and fail, and it is absolutely fine to be different.
Some people will like you and some people won’t and it is okay.
Here is what helps me when stress crawls in.
Setting realistic goals:
Everyone who has their own business will probably agree with me that it can be extremely discouraging not to get anything back for your efforts.After all we are all working so hard.
Being extremely result-oriented it took me awhile to “chill” and enjoy the ride rather then look forward to a final destination.
This one is incredibly hard.
I am a night owl and am most productive after midnight. However, I came to realize that I cannot continue to pull all-nighters with my child being awake bright and yearly. By the end of the day I found myself both irritable and exhausted.
Dedicating certain hours to work without compromising family-time helped me have more quality time with my loved-ones as well as managing more work in a shorter time-frame.
A couple of weeks ago I had an honor to work with Kara, who is working towards a degree of a Naturopathic Medicine Candidate (2014) and is one of the sweetest people I have ever worked with.
Here is what she shared with me on how to fight stress:
“Best natural remediesfor stress I know of are adaptogen herbs like shisandra and ashwaganda.
I also like calming nervine teas -- my home remedy for unwinding after stressful days is a tea of chamomile, lemonbalm and lavender (equal parts, 1 TBS per 1 cupboiling water, steep covered).
Hot baths with aromatherapy (lavender isheavenly) or a trip to a sauna like the Hot House are my best stress busters.
Oh also, breathing exercises and meditation. Simple breathing in for a count of 6 and out for acount of 6 for 10min does wonders.”
It is not easy to break the vicious circle but when I seethe yellow light, I now slow down, rather than speed up.
Wishing you all a wonderful stress-free weekend!
Photography: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Makeup: Hanna Mazur
*Disclaimer: please consult your doctor before taking any supplements
|Posted by Hanna on March 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
I can say that today was the first REAL spring day here in Seattle. Finally!!!
Sunny, warm, with incredibly pretty fluffy white clouds here and there and gorgeous snow-covered mountain backdrops.
Spring means new beginnings, new endeavors, new adventures.
With the revival of nature we instinctively go back to our New Year's resolutions and look forward to our transformation (both physical and spiritual)
Models from magazine covers have never looked more attractive and it seems like we spend most of our free tine on a treadmill.
We all are excited and ready for change (for better or for worse).
So here are some of the makeup tendencies spotted on the runways all over the world this Spring along with some tips how to incorporate a bit of the runway into your own makeup look.
I haven't met a single woman who would not wish to have longer, fuller lashes.
Fortunately these days we can easily solve this problem using the fake ones.
My go-to are 110, 120 or Demi lashes by Ardell.
All these look wonderful without being crazy, just make sure you blend in your natural lashes to make the fake ones your own.
Full, well-groomed brows are so in.
To avoid that drawn-in look, choose eye-brow powder over the pencil.
My savior is Anastasia brow powder duos.
Classic reds are being taken over by matte, bright pinks.
After all Spring is all about fun, isn't it?
Bold blue eyeliner was the choice of many designers for their Spring screenings.
To make it more wearable for us simple mortals, remember that there is more than one shade of blue: teal, sapphire, navy, turquoise, cyan,etc. For example for Bethany here I used Stila Smudge Pot in Cobalt.
The main goal is to make your eyes “pop”, so choose the blue that you are comfortable with and have fun!
|Posted by Hanna on February 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
I am sure a lot of my colleague make-up artists will agree with the statement.
When thinking about makeup a lot of people imply “cover-up”, “hide”, “conceal”, etc.
“What’s the point of makeup if you cannot see it?” someone once told me.
Obviously opinions differ but the main tendency when people think of having someone do their makeup is that they fear it will be “too heavy” or that they will end up not recognizing their own reflection.
Yes, we are lucky to have an arsenal of powerful products at hand to help us cover and hide our flaws.
Often times we tend to forget that a truly skillful makeup application means recognizing the best features and accentuate them in a subtle yet powerful way.
It is not about the number of products used or doing “all the proper steps”, it is about the right color selection, precise placement and exquisite blending of colors.
It is about celebrating YOU and creating a more glamorous version of YOU.
Yes, it takes a good eye, yes, it takes a lot of practice, but, as my good friend once put it,
“Once you are able to completely cover up your natural blush and then perfectly re-create it, you pretty much nailed it”
Photographer: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Model: Sasha Anderson
|Posted by Hanna on February 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM||comments (1)|
“And like flowers in the fields, that make wonderful views, when we stand side-by-side in our wonderful hues…
We all make a beauty so wonderfully true.
We are special and different, and just the same, too!
So whenever you look at your beautiful skin, from your wiggling toes to your giggling grin...
Think how lucky you are that the skin you live in, so beautifully holds the"You" who's within.”
― MichaelTyler, The SkinYou Live In
Winter is so fun!
Hectic but happy holidays, snow fights, wine and yummy food – and lots of it.
Winter is also the time when out skin seems to be having a mind of its own – dry, dull, with breakouts and flakiness, you name it.
Nothing seems to work, even the time-proven-go-lotions and potions.
In search of that miracle product you feel frustrated, helpless, and broke.
Here a couple of things I find helpful in times ofdesperation as well as some tips to help you put your skin on right track inthese winter months. Hope you find some of these useful.
Clear skin starts with a good cleansing routine.
I keep these at hand in my kit and religiously use twice daily.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate.
Everything in nature sheds skin, so help yours get that healthy glow and get rid of dry/oily areas by integrating a good facial scrub.
My favorite one is Modern Friction by Origins.
During winter months masks are your friends.
More than likely your favorite moisturizer will work just fine after you give your skin a little boost.
Choose a good mask based on your skin needs, e.g. a hydrating mask for dry skin, a clarifying onefor oily skin or use both on different areas of your face if you have combination skin.
The best skin-care is in your fridge, so check-out some good home-made masks with oatmeal, honey, egg –yolks, cucumbers and other eatables.
4. HYDRATE AND PROTECT:
A good moisturizer and sunscreen are essential.
You might want to put your oil-free lotion away for a while and switch to a heavier cream if your skin is dry and chapped or incorporate a hydrating/clarifying toner or face serum if your skin is on the oily side.
Watch how your skin behaves and adjust your skin-care accordingly.
5. TREAT FROM WITHIN:
As much as you love those chocolate truffles, your skin probably does not.
So please swap wine for water, go easy on the sugar and once you are done with that apple pie have a good savory salad.
Vitamins A, E, B-complex and essential fatty acids are especially wonderful for your skin. Make sure your diet contains a lot of them or pickup some supplements in the vitamin store.
Oh, and one last thing… If I see you picking on that pimple, I’m going to chase you down and kill you (kidding of course :))
Please enjoy more images of Cindy from our recent shoot.
*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the cosmetic companies which products are mentioned here. Please consult your dermatologist with any skin-care concerns.
Photographer: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue Photography
Hair and Makeup: Yours truly
Assistant photographer: Cheryl Ford Photography
Model: Cindy Yetman
|Posted by Hanna on February 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
When working with clients, the two most frequently asked questions are:
"How long have you been doing makeup?" and"What products do you use?"
My answer to the first one is usually "Since yesterday" (excellent ice-breaker by the way) and for the second one I just open my kit and let them see by themselves.
I am not a product junkie.
Over the years I've learned to be super critical and meticulous with the products I choose to have in my kit. I definitely have my go-to products, but we will have to do another post on those if you guys are interested.
This one is not about me, it's about Rachel.
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel....
Sassy, smart, hilarious!!! In fact, I think I haven't laughed like this in ages.
A mother of three beautiful kiddos Rachel has beautiful features and amazing mane of hair. She looks simply breathtaking!
What is even more captivating than her looks is her wonderful personality and her sense of humor and as we all (and Mary Pettibone Poole) know "He, who laughs, lasts"...
Although I did list the products I used to achieve Rachel’s look at the end of this post, here is what Rachel shared with me regarding her make-up routine.
“It was fun to get all dolled up, and you did an awesome hair and makeup!
My basic makeup routine usually starts with a moisturizer then prime time bare escentuals face primer. Then Maybelline concealer stick to any blemishes. Rimmel matte powder all over face evenly. Elf blush. Then I do eyes.
Usually use an eye primer by elf. Then do shadow usually a purple tone or smokey eye look and Maybelline eyeliner after with elf mascara. I use second elf eyeliner to extend eyeliner out give a cat eye look. Then lip primer, lip stick and lip plump.”
And what about you guys, what’s your go-to make up look?
Products used on Rachel: Laura Mercier foundation primer, Face Atelier Foundation (custom-blended), Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat concealer, Eye Shadows by Stila, MAC, Mac Fluidline in black, Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara, NARS Blush in Orgasm and Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craving (my favorite)
Photographer: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Hair and Makeup: Moi
Assistant Photographer: Cheryl Ford
Model: Rachel Tuttle
Gown: Blue Sky Bridal
|Posted by Hanna on February 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
Don't worry guys, this is not going to be one of those never-ending dead-end philosophical discussions about beauty.
Too many books written, too many lives lost…
I was playing with my five-year old daughter today and could not help noticing how meticulous my little girl was separating newer, nicer toys from the older and more used ones. I got startled how prompt she was to select a “beautiful” white horse to play with and how frustrated she got when she was having trouble to put shoes on her doll because “her feet were too fat”.
Somehow we grow up in the web of stiff social stereotypes. We tend to label people as old, young, skinny, fat, black, white, rich, poor, etc. The list goes on and on all the way down to cars and fancy labels. We all know that “beauty is skin deep”, that a true beauty goes far beyond the length of eye lashes and digits on the scale and yet sometimes we forget.
I am fortunate to have met and worked with many amazing women and every single one of them takes a special place in my heart. They are all incredibly beautiful in their own unique way. That's the best part of it and I am very grateful to have them in my life.
To me a beautiful person is someone who unconditionally sacrifices his or her time and effort for the sake of a noble cause without thinking about personal gain or profit, someone who stands their ground and passionately defends a good idea in spite of the opposition of others. A beautiful person is tactful, considerate and wise. It’s someone strong enough to look into the face of despair and assure themselves and others that things will work out…
It is your mother, your friend, your neighbor, it is YOU...
These are the images of lovely Cristeena from my recent shoot.
Photographer: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue
Hair and make up: Yours truly
Gown: Blue Sky Bridal