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My Beauty Breakdown on Makeup411.com (Get the Face!)

I’ve been getting tons of  “Get the Face” requests for different looks that I gave Kim in the past couple of months.  I was especially excited when makeup411.com asked me for a Beauty Breakdown as I’ve been a fan of Make-Up Artist Magazine and makeup411.com for some time.  This beauty breakdown shows you how to get the look from Kim’s fragrance launch in Miami.  Check it out to find out all the products I used, including my very own highlighter that I made for GIELLA cosmetics called EYE M GLAM.  Also, read about what inspired me that day… 😉  Xo Mario

Im Loving… Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger

The other day I received a huge box in the mail and inside was the entire line of Motives cosmetics by the gracious and gorgeous Loren Ridinger! (Pics above of almost everything Loren sent me) My assistant and I spent hours testing all of the shades and textures – many of which will now be staples in my kit.

I used the white pencil on set yesterday on a model and it turned out flawless and lasted all day.  Today I used a few different gold and warm toned eye shadows on Kim.  The pigment and textures are beautiful and I look forward to using Motives more often.  Thanks Loren! Xo Mario

Keeping Up With The Kardashians – Season 4 Finale tonight!



As a lot of you all know, I flew out to LA to work on Season 4 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  It was a season full of drama, excitement, tears and everything in between. I feel fortunate to have been there to witness Khloe’s marriage to Lamar and Kourt’s pregnancy.  I cant forget Kim’s Vegas birthday! (LOL) The Kardashian girls are truly beautiful inside and out and I had an amazing time glamming them up everyday for over two months.  Kourt – thanks for being the best pregnant woman I’ve ever worked on.  Khloe – thanks for the endless laughs and Kim, my muse – thanks for continuing to inspire me everyday.

I hope you all enjoyed watching the season as much as I enjoyed both watching and working it!   Im so excited to watch the finale tonight on E! because I know it’s going to be sooo good!  Im also sad because Sunday nights wont be the same until next season. 😉 Let me know what you think of the finale!  XoXo Mario


Get The Face! Kim Kardashian – Valentines day Queen of Hearts


Happy Valentines Day!  Here is a Valentines day treat for you all as I promised earlier today.  I love doing this soft and pretty makeup on Kim and apparently you love it too!  I’ve gotten a ton of requests for a “get the face” post for last nights Valentines look.  Hope you try it out and if so, please send in pics to me.  Here’s how you can “Get the Face!”

I started out with Josie Maran Argan Primer Mist on the face.  Once that dries, go on to your foundation. On Kim –DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup SPF 25. Use just a bit of this foundation and blend well.  Set your skin with a little of Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder.

I filled in Kim’s brows with MAC’s Eye Brows Pencil in Lingering.  Sweep the pencil with light strokes in the direction the hair grows.  Brush through brows for a more blended, natural look.

Using a brush, I applied Sweetheart eye shadow by Josie Maran on the eye lids. Keep the shadow right below the crease.  Next, I gave her a thin line on the upper lid using ARTLINER – Precision Point EyeLiner by Lancome.  Feel free to extend the line out without overdoing it.  Lashes – use one coat of HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara by Lancome.  I added some individual long lashes by Ardell to the outer corners of her eyes.  Follow with another coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes as well.

To warm up and bronze the skin, I used Laguna Bronzing Powder by NARS.  Using a small shadow brush, apply a dab of the bronzer to the crease of eyes and along the lower lash lines.  To make her cheeks pop and to add a gorgeous glow, I swept Powder Blush by NYX Cosmetics in Peach on the apples of the cheeks. For that extra glow on the cheek bones apply N.Y.C. New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust in Opal Sparkle.

Finish off this Valentines look with a sexy and pretty shade of pink on your lips.  Line all over with Sephora’s Nano Lip liner in Pinup Pink and follow with Pure Lipgloss in Petunia, also by Sephora.  Have fun!  Xo Mario


NO H8 Campaign: Kourt, Kim and Khloe.

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Hey guys…  I really like the NO H8 campaign images of the girls above and wanted to share with you.  I kept the makeup on all three girls very similiar.  Liner to define the eyes but not alot of eyeshadow on the lids.  Hope you all like it. 😉  Xo Mario

My favorite Halloween looks of YOU!

Now that it’s almost Christmas, I finally have put together all of your Halloween makeup looks, LOL.  Thank you all for sending in your images.  I had so much fun looking through all of the pics – hundreds of them!  Below are some of my favorites.  Which makeup is your fave?

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Im Loving…NYX Cosmetics!

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Hey guys!  I recently had the chance to meet and work with the gorgeous Toni Ko,  founder and creater of NYX Cosmetics!  We had a great time shooting a few different looks on her.  NYX sent me this amazing makeup kit filled with tons of NYX products.  Check out the pic above of the kit!  If you’re not familiar with the product, you should definitely look into it.  NYX is quality makeup but very affordable.  Aside from their fun colors and amazing eyelashes, I love  the sleek packaging!  I just used the Ultimatum eyeshadow on a shoot and it’s a must-have for sure!  Xo  Mario

I’m Loving… Urban Decay’s 24/7…

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I’m loving Urban Decay’s 24/7  Glide-On Eye Pencils!  I was at Sephora the other night when I spotted these.  I picked up Lucky, Baked and Honey and love all of them.  They work really well on the inner rims, blend well when you first apply them and stay on all day! Xo Mario

TWIP of the day! Want gorgeous, glowing cheekbones?

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Want gorgeous, glowing cheekbones?   Blend a bit of L’Oreal’s HiP Illuminating Highlighter in Twinkling onto your cheekbones.  Use the darker shade to acheive a bronzy glow, or mix the two.

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TWIP of the day! To thoroughly cleanse your brushes…

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To thoroughly cleanse your brushes, use The Makeup Brush Cleanser by Clinique.  It will help your brushes last longer too.

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