Local Love

Local Small
Business of the Month:


Beauty Boudoir


“I find that I am inspired by many people, places and experiences.”

—Maria Bonacuse-Martin, Owner of Maria Bonacuse, Makeup Artist


This month’s Local Love feature is none other than Simply Lush’s exclusive hair and makeup artist, Maria Bonacuse-Martin!

Like us, Maria is all about making people feel, look, and be their best selves. In fact, she’s on a mission to enhance and rock her clients’ natural beauty, making them feel better about themselves—with or without the use of makeup.

Raised in the beauty industry and licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Florida, Maria is the owner of Maria Bonacuse, Makeup Artist, located in North Scranton. With services like microblading, brow shaping, tinting and trimming, makeup applications, lash lifts, tints and extensions, lash applications, and professional trainings, it’s no wonder this boss babe is in high demand!

Though she officially opened her own business in 2017, Maria is no stranger to the hustle. She’s been building a clientele since 2009, when she graduated from beauty school and dove right into the industry. After bouncing around most of the beauty industry trying to find her niche, Maria found her passion and joy in running her own business.

“The best thing about having my own business is that I am able to balance being a woman, a mom, a wife, and a woman in business. It gives me the freedom to accommodate my clients, do what I absolutely love, use my creativity, and live a nice life with my family,” she said.

Over the years, Maria discovered her services, skills, and talents appealed to a broad and diverse audience. And this goddess of all things glam wouldn’t want it any other way.

“My business attracts some beautiful people from a wide age range, as well as men and women from many different occupations and walks of life. I meet a lot of amazing people, which is a huge part of why I do what I do,” she said.



Maria is 28 years-old and from Scranton, Pennsylvania. As a creative and beauty entrepreneur, she draws inspiration from both the personal and professional realms of her life.

“I find that I am inspired by many people, places and experiences. I would say my daughter is my biggest inspiration, as she teaches me to be yourself, dress how you want, and really not give a sh*t what people think of you. Val Garland is my biggest makeup artist inspiration. She really gets lost in her work and creates beautiful looks with a complete story behind them.”

And, did you peep Maria’s Local Love photos?

Yep, along with being our hair and makeup artist, Maria is one of our favorite Simply Lush Dolls! We’re such smitten kittens, we just couldn’t resist including these smokin’ portraits from her two most recent boudoir sessions.

Whether you’re new to Maria’s services, or you’ve been rolling with her since 2009, you’re in for a treat:

February is Ladies’ Month at Maria Bonacuse, Makeup Artist, and she’s got two mega giveaways up for grabs! Each contains a $100 gift card to her studio, one dozen chocolate-covered strawberries from Nibbles & Bits, and a box of six cupcakes from Electric City Bakehouse. Follow Maria on Instagram and Facebook for contest rules and entry!

Interested in Maria’s services? Email her at mariabonacuse@yahoo.com, call or text 570-903-5117 (texting is preferred), or get your glam on and book an appointment here: www.styleseat.com/mbmuallc

We love supporting our growing community!
Do you own a local small business and want to be featured? Click here.