Behind the Scenes

Dec 4th/5th – tons of goodies for ALL!

Im looking forward to my workshop/seminar on December 4th and 5th!  Industry Art Shops just told me that people are coming from Kansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, San Diego, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, LA and LONDON!  I don’t even know what to say?? Im so thankful and can’t wait to meet you all.

December 4th is SOLD OUT and there are a few spots left on the 5th.  Again, anyone can register.  It is for makeup artists at all levels and for non-makeup artists also.  We will also have models and photographers available on the 5th for those who register for the “Artist Portfolio Event.”

Later today, I will let you all know who the sponsors are and all the amazing products and brushes that will be filling up the gift bags for each person.  The gift bags alone are worth more then what you pay to attend!  Talk about a return on investment.  😉  Stay tuned!  To register for December 5th, click HERE.

Finally! Register for my workshop/seminar

Im very excited to be hosting my first makeup workshop/seminar for Industry Art Shops on December 4th and 5th, 2010.  Location will be in Hollywood, CA.  FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER! Space is limited so hurry, LOL!

Xo, Mario

Backstage at The Inspiration Gala

Inspiration, a new amfAR event series produced by Josh Wood Productions, is a celebration of men’s style benefiting the Foundation’s innovative AIDS research programs.  Giving back is very important to me so when I was asked to be Key Makeup Artist for the Inspiration Gala event last week, I was honored.

Top menswear designers donate looks which are then modeled in a fashion show and auctioned off.  Inspiration was a huge success,  raising close to $1 million.  Kylie Minogue hosted, Sharon Stone was chair of the event with Kenneth Cole.  Dita Von Teese and Courtney Love both performed.  Natasha Bedingfield attended as well and many other fun people!

For the fashion show, my team and I worked on Wilhelmina’s top male models.   The designs were by Jean-Paul Gaultier and DSquared².  Using Smashbox Cosmetics, I gave models a very clean, natural look.  Skin was primed with Photo Finish Primer and followed by Smashbox High Definition concealer where needed.  Brows were filled in and gelled with the Brow Tech To Go dual ended applicator.  To finish, we applied the Lip Treatment SPF 15 on lips to smooth and moisturize.

Below are some pics taken backstage.  A big, big “thank you!” to Smashbox cosmetics for sponsoring me and another special”thank you!” to Sally, Robin, Chris and Michal for being part of my team and donating your time and talent. Xo, Mario.

Rockin’ the Red – GET THE “FALL” FACE

Here’s another fall editorial I worked on recently.   Photography is by Alexander Neuman,  fashion styling by Gregory Wein, hair was done by Colin Yeo and makeup by me 😉  This shoot was the perfect opportunity for me to rock fall’s biggest trend – the red lip.

I went with a very rich, deep red  lip color and for the models skin I wanted a clean semi-matte/ satin finish.  To keep the look modern and more fashion (less commercial), I did not use any blush, mascara, or eyeliner.  Instead I softly defined her eyes using only shadow and filled in her brows.

I must have mixed 100 shades of red that day to find the perfect combo.  This is what I used to GET THE FACE! :

On skin – I have this amazing palette of 20 shades of Celebré PRO-HD Makeup Foundation by Mehron.  I used very little all over with a damp sponge to get a satin finish to the skin.  Under the eyes and around the nose and lips – TimeBalm concealer by TheBalm.  Skin was set with a bit of pressed powder by Josie Maran.

I contoured the cheeks using  the step-by-step contour kit by Smashbox.  The middle shade works well to contour cheeks.  I added glow to the top of the cheekbones using Giella’s Eye M Glam highlighter.

Brows – I filled in the outer corners (mid to outter brow) with Dior’s Powder Brow Pencil in Sand and used the same pencil in Blonde to fill in the inner part of the brows.  Blend and brush up and out.

On eyes – LORAC eyeshadow in Spice.  Apply to the crease and outer corners and also along the lower lashes.

Lips – When using red on the lips, I like to prep them first to make sure the application and staying power is near perfect.  I used The Hollywood Prescription two-step treatment to exfoliate, plump and smooth the lips.  Next, I applied Crimson lip definer followed by PureMoist Lip Color in Carrie, both by Jane Iredale. Finally, I applied the Linda lipgloss by Duchess Cosmetics to the center of the lips.

Xo, Mario

The Eye M Glam contest rules!

You still have a few days left to email pics of your most glam makeup!  Please take a second to read the contest rules below.

I will be giving away hundreds of dollars worth of my favorite products and tools that I personally pick for the winner, in addition to Eye M Glam highlighter.

Please take the time to actually do a very glam makeup on yourself, take pics of it and send them over. Many of you have been sending old pics of different makeup or blurry images taken in clubs or outside.  I won’t be able to consider these entries.  I’ve seen quite a few retouched images also.  Please do not retouch!  Get inspired and paint your face – I want to see glam makeup – lips,lashes and all.  Do not be afraid to paint.  Think Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe, Iman, Jennifer Lopez, RuPaul, Dita Von Teese, Kim K, etc.  If you’ve already sent me images but wan’t to do it again, please do!

1-3 images of the same look.  If you send just one, make sure it’s close up so I can see the makeup.

I do not want to see professional, retouched photos or photos of your favorite look from 7 years ago that you took at a bar. LOL!  The makeup should be done for this contest.

Subject line should say “Eye M Glam giveaway”

Please write in ONE sentence why you are glam.  (no right/wrong answers). ONE SENTENCE.

Last day to submit pics to AskMakeupByMario@gmail.com is November 7, 2010.

Here are examples of pics of glam looks I took myself behind the scenes…

Organizing my makeup closets…

I’ve been trying to organize all of my makeup, skincare, lashes etc that I have at home and it’s no easy task! Thought I would share some pics with you showing my progress thus far.  Keeping all of this (and there is more in boxes that I didn’t take pics of) organized is important to me so that I know what I have and where to grab it when Im packing but it takes so much time!  How do you like to organize things?  Any tips for me?  Xo Mario

K. Michelle on BET’s 106 and Park “I Just Can’t Do This”

Some of you may remember the other day when my flight from LA to NYC was delayed.  I was praying for a miracle to happen so that I would make it in time to do K. Michelle’s makeup for her live performance on 106th and Park.  I do believe in miracles because I got there with a few minutes until show time and I started painting for my life!  Thanks Jai for your help!  Anyhow, enjoy this video clip of her performing and also of her interview right after.   Xo Mario

PerfectSkin NOW!

Im very excited for the new PerfectSkin line and for Kourt, Kim and Khloe for sharing their amazing skin care with everyone!  I’ve been working with them all for the commercials and advertisements and could not wait to get my hands on the products.   I recommend the 5-Piece Deluxe Kit.  All the products smell and feel very light.  Its simple and effective skin care for women and men!  Go to PerfectSkin and check it out for yourself.   Watch the video clip below and catch some behind the scenes clips with the girls and of me on set applying lips to Kim.  😉  Xo Mario

New Work – K.Michelle’s Fallin’ Music Video

K.Michelle is another AMAZING and crazy talented singer that I recently worked with! Check out her new music video “Fallin” – another Armen directed piece! K.Michelle was so much fun to work with and she had me cracking up all day -she’s hysterical! I don’t need to talk about the voice as you will witness that once you watch and listen to her video below.  This song is being played all over and is a hit for sure.

For the makeup in “Fallin,” I gave K.Michelle a soft, smokey eye using some metallics around the lash lines. I finished her look off with peach on the cheeks and golden, nude lips. I hope you like the makeup and the video. 😉 Xo Mario

The video below is a behind the scenes from the Fallin video shoot where you can take a look at me “at work.” LOL enjoy!

Making up Melanie Fiona for her “Ay Yo” music video

“Ay Yo!” I recently worked with Melanie Fiona on her music video for “Ay Yo.” It’s a great song and her voice is incredibly powerful and beautiful! She is hands down one of my favorite female artists. This video was directed by Armen – the super talented photographer/video director. I love collaborating with him because I know that the end result will be flawless.

Check out the video below. For her makeup, I used golden, nude and warm tones with focus on beautiful, dewy skin. I Hope you like it and feel free to let me know what you think of the makeup. Xo Mario


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