Maripier and I spent the evening with none other than @makeupbymario, yes THE makeup artist who taught Kim Kardashian everything. Mario Dedivanovic, his real name, was at Sephora in Yorkdale,Toronto, for an exclusive mini master class in collaboration with the iconic Philosophy brand. Maripier was also present to host the event
Mario showed us his techniques (a lot of contouring) and glamed up Glam Master’s contestant, Julia Dantas. For an hour, we saw the artist at work and for real, we learned incredible stuff.
Did you know that Mario started his career at Sephora in New York 18 years ago? It was at the age of 17, when he worked at the retailer, that he fell in love with Philosophy — it’s the first brand of luxury skin care he used
# 1 NO TO PRIMER
Mario never uses primer, he prefers to apply moisturizer (he puts a lot, a lot on a sponge) for his makeup base, because a well hydrated skin absorbs powders better and it looks so much more natural, not cakey
# 2 A MINI FACE-LIFT USING TWO SHADES TO DRAW THE EYEBROWS
To create a mini facelift effect, the makeup artist always chooses two shades to draw the eyebrows: a paler shade in the inner side and a darker one on the outer one. It also gives a more natural look, he does not like the witch eyebrows à la YouTuber
# 3 FOR A SUCCESSFUL SMOKEY EYE, SEVERAL LAYERS OF EYELINER
His technique for the perfect smokey eye, say bye bye to eyeshadow and blend eyeliner instead. Repeat this step 2 to 5 times depending on the desired look.
During the presentation, he used four black pencils for a more defined and luxurious result.
# 4 NO NEED TO SPEND ON A CONTOURING KIT
When Mario started in business, there was no contouring set on the market. He always uses the foundation to define the face. Choose a shade darker than your foundation and here you go you have a Kim K contouring. For a better hold, he ends with a moisturizer that he taps onto the skin.
# 5 VASELINE, THE SECRET FOR A DEWY LOOK
A real pro thing is to apply Vaseline on top of the cheeks and in the same place as your highlight, it’s magical how glowy it makes your face! Mario and all the beauty experts in the industry call it “the expensive glow”
At the end of the tutorial, Mario asked Julia to remove her makeup … No !!!!!! But it was worth seeing this demo — everyone was shocked when she used the cleanser from the Purity Made Simple range. ALL, we say, all the makeup disappeared in an instant