• Kim Kimbrough

"Local Love" features 'Makeup by Z & Lee'

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

Meet Azara and Leeah aka "Z" and "Lee"

Sisters – Makeup Enthusiasts – Dog Moms – Best Friends!

These striking beauties have taken to Instagram to educate and support women, as they share their passion for makeup, with tips, tricks and tutorials. They take the fear out of contouring, the myth out of color correcting and the mystery out of how often you should clean your makeup brushes. (Wait, you’re supposed to do that?? Yes, and it’s more often than you think!)

I met Z and Lee when we were living in the same neighborhood on Johns Island. I will admit, I knew the names of their dogs first, but we soon moved on to dinner parties and happy hours and now I am lucky to call them friends!

Z and Lee’s fresh, everyday look is one to be desired, and you can have it too! With full product details in their posts and items that won’t blow your budget, they don’t believe in spending a ton of money on all the “trending” products.

“Understanding your skin and what works best for it is more important than the trending products. You truly only need a few products to create a great look.”

Z and Lee love to experiment and especially enjoy getting special requests for looks to try out. This is one of my favorite of Z's looks - a trial run for New Years Eve. She so generously offered me a personal tutorial as I was going to be attending a formal wedding in DC and wanted my makeup to compliment my dramatic gown. If I could, I would have packed the both of them up in my suitcase and brought them along to be my "Glam Squad"!

In April, I had the pleasure of being their test model for bridal makeup. I was equally entertained and impressed with their knowledge and I may be a little biased, but the final result blew me away! Now if only I had planned a hot date that night – instead I went home to my dog and had to suffice for FaceTiming my husband, as he was out of town on business. Next time I will definitely plan better.

A few weeks later, the bride and her maids were glowing on the big day! Z and Lee did an amazing job of accentuating the girls’ features and natural beauty, making them look and feel like the best versions of themselves. The entire bridal party was absolutely stunning!

Between their "9-5", creating new looks, making time for their SOs and loving on their pups, life can sometimes feel crazy busy! They started #MindfulMonday posts on their IG page to promote healthy habits, focus on self-love, and share positive vibes with their supportive followers. It is an inspiring way to start the week!

"Taking time to reflect and be present in the moment can make a huge difference in your life. When we personally make an extra effort to really be present and aware in different situations, those experiences are so much more memorable and significant to us."

Check out my Q&A session with Z and Lee below to learn more about these enthusiastic ladies who continue to impress me with their talents and their positive outlook on life! Then, pop on over to the Local Love page to see contact information for Instagram, booking inquiries and collabs! They also love answering questions that help guide others in finding the best products for themselves – so don’t be shy, ask away!

1) When did you discover your love for makeup?

Lee: I think I started around middle school – I feel like that’s when everyone started wearing the Bonne Bell lip glosses (remember those?!). But I don’t think my true love and passion for it started until my early 20s. I remember getting breakouts and needing a way cover those suckers up – my answer was of course a good skincare routine, but makeup was like the icing on the cake. Wearing makeup helped me feel more confident in myself and still does to this day!

Z: I was a little different than Lee! I didn’t have much interest in makeup until after college! One day it just hit me and I wanted makeup just like Lee! So we literally went out and got the exactly same products Lee had for me. About 2 years ago I started following a few “Beauty Gurus” (Jaclyn Hill, Laura Lee, Manny MUA, etc.) on Instagram and got obsessed with makeup! I would watch makeup videos every day before bed!Leeah started following them also and like me, got pretty obsessed! We realized that the Beauty Gurus on Instagram aren’t really showing makeup for the everyday girls. After following them for about a year we realize that we love makeup and want to show others how to create attainable/achievable looks with less products or products we already have in our collection. We’ve definitely learned a lot from the Beauty Gurus and found some products that we can’t live without now!

2) What is your favorite part of your makeup routine?

Lee: For me it’s probably highlighting and contouring my face. I have naturally full cheeks (let’s be honest, they’re chubby lol – got that baby face thing going) and I love being able to use shadow and light to fake the appearance of cheekbones!

Z: Contouring and eyes! I have almost cheekbones and I love defining them more to look like actual cheekbones! I love the bridal style eye look—neutral shades that start lighter on the inside and darker on the outside.

3) Blue eyeshadow – yay or nay?

Lee: Gosh, I so want to be able to wear it because so many others are doing it and it looks so good on them but I just don’t think it’s for me.

Z: Depends on the shade of blue and the skin color of the person wearing it! I’ve seen some friends wear light blue shades and it looks really pretty on them, but on me not so much. We are just now starting to go outside of our comfort zone, so maybe one day we will find a shade of blue that looks good on us! I could see it as an eyeliner color on a cool eyelook.

4) What are your top 3 favorite brands?

Lee: Makeup – Laura Mercier, Tarte, Estee Lauder

Skincare – Tatcha, Murad, Mario Badescu

Z: NARS, Tarte, Bobbi Brown

5) Finish this sentence: "I will never leave the house without wearing…"

Lee: That’s a tough one…If I really only had to choose 1 product it would be my Nars Tinted Moisturizer with SPF. If I could choose 2 – it would be my tinted moisturizer and Estee Lauder Bronzer!

Z: Bronzer!! Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer or Bobbi Brown’s bronzer.

6) What is your favorite type of look to create?

Lee: Natural and matte AF!

Z: Bronzy/dewy looks!

*Contact information can be found within the "Local Love" section*


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