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NEW: fashion/editorial makeup

Working on fashion editorials with a talented team and gorgeous models can be very rewarding.  I still get the same excitement, after 10 years, when a story I worked on is published.  I love to see the final images laid out as a story.

This is my latest story shot by Henrique Gendre in the current issue of Surface Magazine.  The gorgeous face you see is model Ali Stephens and styling was done by Gregory Wein.  The shoot was all about bright solids so I kept the makeup simple and clean with a strong brow and subtle contour.  For the last couple of shots, I  darkened her eyes with shadow only.

Editorial makeup is very different from celebrity/red carpet/TV, etc.. .  To keep it modern and editorial, I didn’t use any mascara, liner or blush.  Hope you like it!  I will post a Get The Face! for the look below (dark eyes) very soon.  Xo, Mario.

Behind the scenes video from my workshop!

Im excited to share this short video with you all! It was shot during my first workshop that I hosted for Industry Art Shops. It’s a recap of the entire day that shows parts of my makeup demo as well as the artist portfolio event and photo shoot afterwards. Hope you like it and I look forward to hosting more workshops/seminars in the near future.

Kourtney Kardashian glows on Lopez Tonight

Earlier in the week I made up Kourtney for her appearance on Lopez Tonight. You can watch the clip above to see the funny interview. I loved Kourts entire look that night!

I went with more natural makeup and gave her cheeks a beautiful glow using Eye M Glam, my favorite all over highlighter of course. For a subtle pop of color, I painted her lips with a sheer peachy/orange shade. Leave a comment and let me know if you like the soft makeup on Kourtney! Xo, Mario.

Watch me share tips/tricks on BeautyBFF

Jenn Falik, beauty/fashion expert and host of Beauty BFF on msn recently had me on her show to discuss some supermodel beauty tricks. Take a look and let me know what you think! 😉 Mario.

Answers to your questions…


Hey guys!  Tomorrow is the workshop in LA and many of you have been asking what the Artist Portfolio Event is and the difference between that and general admission.  General admission is for those who want to come and watch me do a full makeup demonstration on a model and hear me speak, answer questions, share my tricks of the trade, etc.

The Artist Portfolio Event is optional and means that after my demo, you are given your own professional model to do makeup on and have her photographed by a professional photographer.  You can then use the beauty shot for your portfolio.  General admission attendees are welcome to stay and hang out during the artist portfolio event as well.   This is a sweet message from a woman who wrote me after the Dec 4th class… she was nervous because she wasn’t a makeup artist:

“Mario, I really want to thank you for all the valuable info that you shared with our class on Dec. 4.  You are an amazing Artist with so much talent.  We chatted very briefly outside.  That was my first professional makeup workshop ever.  I knew I was going to be nervous and maybe not understand everything but your spirit is so calm and welcoming I felt so at home with your instruction.   You are the best!”

I hope this helped to answer your questions.  You have one more day to register, so click here!  Xo Mario

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

Loving Surface – Nov 2010.

It was so great working on this cover shoot for the current issue of Surface Magazine.  This story is all about jewelry and was shot by Yu Tsai – he’s a genius photographer and had me cracking up the entire day!

I went for a clean, beautiful, monochromatic look.  Her features are softly defined and skin has a satin finish to it.  This makeup is very “me.”  🙂 I think a “Get the Face” will be coming soon for this look in which I used Dior Cosmetics to create.  Hope you all like it and if you pass by a newsstand, check out the issue.

How to Get Kim’s Bronzy Smoky Eyes

Remember this look that I gave Kim in NYC a few months ago?  Well, US Magazine.com interviewed me and they’ve got all the info that shows how you can create this bronzy and smokey eye makeup.  Visit US Magazine to read the interview and learn how to Get The Face!  Xo Mario

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