Q & A with Mario Dedivanovic

Makeup Mondays w/ Mario – Slimming a Wide Nose…

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Have you been checking out my weekly column,  Makeup Mondays With Mario on Spoiled Pretty?  Send in your makeup and beauty questions to them and I’ll answer one in detail every Monday.

Here is a previous question from Athena about nose contour:

Do you have makeup tips for making the nose look more narrow or smaller? Thank you! -Athena

Check out my answer here.

Makeup Mondays with Mario: Keeping foundation on your face…

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Makeup Mondays With Mario is my weekly column on the amazing beauty blog, SpoiledPretty.com.  If you haven’t already checked it out, please do!  I give you in depth answers to your beauty and skin questions.

This Monday, I answer a question from Khalia who’s having problems with keeping foundation on her face and off everything else. To ask your beauty question, visit my column.

If you missed last weeks question and answer, check it out here.  I give a cat eye tutorial to Mariel.  😉

Makeup Mondays w/ Mario – weekly column on Spoiled Pretty!

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Happy Monday loves!  You all may know Daneen over at Spoiled Pretty by now.  She’s the editor in cheif of the amazing beauty blog and she has officially put me to work! LOL.

I have a new weekly column on Spoiled Pretty called “Makeup Mondays With Mario.”   Every Monday I will answer, in depth, a beauty/skincare question that you guys submit.  Email your makeup and skin queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com and check out Spoiled Pretty now to see which question I answered today!

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Xo -Mario

Interview – Listen to my beauty advice, tips and tricks!


Check out this audiocast interview that I did with Ralph Mucci over at The Wedding Planning Audiocast.  Its about 30 minutes in length and filled with tons of my beauty advice, tips and tricks!  When you’re done listening to my interview, check out the other amazing celebrity makeup artists (Mally Roncal, Billy B, etc) who are feautured on the site too!  Have fun 😉   Xo Mario

Answers to your questions, LAST PART ;)

   Thank you all so much for your patience with this.  I    hope that my answers helped.  😉

1.    Hi Mario
Loving all the looks you create with your magic..and thank you sooooo much for this amazing blog where people like us (who have no clue about looking as hot as celebrities) can learn SO much from experts like you..you have a BIG HEART!! thank you for sharing your tips and tricks and giving the exact placement techniques…you are a gem!

now to my question…i actually have REEEALLY dark under-eye circles..i am presently using bobbi brown corrector & a mac concealer…i just thought i should take your expert opinion on this..which concealer would you recommend for HORRIBLY dark under-eye circles and which won’t crease alot…?

If the corrector and concealer are not working for you, you may want to try using 2 concealers.  Go with a cream concealer first, like the Laura Mercier secret camoflauge followed by a liquid conceiler.  The Make Up For Ever lift conceiler is really good and doesn’t crease a lot.

and oh one more thing..i read your blog post about weddings..and the makeup you did for your sister’s wedding was AMAAAZING!! OUT OF THIS WORLD i tell ya!! she looks like an ANGEL!!! i know i might be asking too much..but is it possible you could do a close “GET THE LOOK” for your sister’s wedding makeup? i don’t even know if you still remember it..but i would REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate it if you could or atleast just a break-down of how to achieve a similar look for the EYES

Yes, I may do a GET THE FACE for my sisters wedding makeup.

i hope you take my questions into consideration as well..thanks in advance!

a regular reader of your blog…

2.    In January of 2010 I am moving to LA to go to Cinema Makeup School. I currently live in New York, do you think it’s wise for me to move to LA for makeup or would it be best to find a school in NY? I want to know where I have a better chance of succeeding and would love to hear your thoughts about it!

It’s hard for me to say where you would have a better chance in succeeding.  LA is great if you want to get into celebrity makeup and film, etc.  NYC is also great for celebrity work as well as fashion work.  A lot of makeup artist eventually become bi-costal like myself.

3.    Love your work!! I went through all the comments to make sure this wasn’t asked already! I wanted to know about eyebrows. How to shade them in, what brow pencils to choose, etc. Thanks!!!

When doing brows, I like to concentrate more on filling in the outer corners.  I fill in the inner corners as well but slightly.  Keep it soft and natural as to not overpower your face.  I love the MAC brow pencils.  There is a color called lingering which is my favorite and usually works well with most blonds and brunettes.  You can also use any powder eye shadow for a softer effect.

4.    Hi Mario! I absolutely LOVE how you do makeup! My problem is that I have skin slightly on the fair side.

I just recently switched from Bare Minerals (I found it did not cover my acne scars or roseca) and switched to Duo Mat Forever Makeup Powder Foundation. I just got a foundation brush from Sephora called ‘airbrush #55

I was wondering what you think the best blendable brush/concealer to cover my face problems would be, and how I should use it. Esp under eye circles and acne scars.

I really appreciate reading your posts, I am so thankful someone with your skill is helping us out!!

I think that brush is great.  In areas where you need more coverage, try using a sponge and then buff the face with the powder all over for an even coverage.  I don’t recommend using just a pressed powder under the eyes.  Try a concealer under your eyes instead.

5.    Hi Mario! I hope everything is going well for you. I have oily skin and wanted to know what face lotion do you recommend? I’ve tried products from Target to expensive La Mer and La Prairie and also I was wondering what is a good face wash to use to remove make up and without make up. I am currently using Shu but for some reason I don’t feel like it works to well.

I also love Kimmie’s make up. I was wondering when are you going to post more GET THE LOOK. I love the make up you did for kim when she attended the fashion show in NYC. Can you share with me and everyone.


For oily skin, definitely use an oil free moisturizer.  There are so many out there and I’m hesitant to recommend one to you.  I love DDF and Peter Thomas Roth moisturizers.  You should try cleaning your face first with a makeup remover wipe then wash with a cleanser.  Being that you have oily skin, you should exfoliate a couple of times a week too.  There is a line out called June Jacobs that I really love.  Give it a try.

6.    For the get the look you did on Adrienne Bailon what color Foundation did you use? what kind and color did you use for loose powder and Concealer?
Your the best love ur blog so much its my Fav!

I really can’t remember what exact shades I used.  I mix colors a lot and it would be overwhelming for me to remember the exact shade of every product I’ve used in the past.  You should find a shade to match your skin perfectly. 

7.    Mario-You are a genius! I want to go into make-up and it helps to hear your story. My question is how to accentuate small eyes? In photos my eyes always look small and squinty. I don’t want to look over done but I am sick of looking like I am blinded by the sun in my photos, haha. Please help.

Small eyes are pretty too ;).  To make small eyes appear more open or bigger, try using a beige/vanilla or white pencil on the inner rim of your eyes.  MAC makes a great white pencil and Three Custom Color Specialists make great Vanilla colored pencils.  They’re called Light Clarifier pencils.  Also, use a shimmer shadow or pencil on your tear ducts to open and separate the eyes.  My favorite is b-dazzle by GIELLA custom blend cosmetics.

8.    Hey Mario, what foundation/skin products and lashes did you use on Kim K. in your first post? I’ve been dieing to know for ages! Looks gorgeous.

On skin- Diorskin nude foundation, Laura Mercier loose powder.  For the lashes, I cut up different pairs of lashes and kind of made my own so would be hard to replicate that.

9.    hey mario, how can i get fuller lips?

Pencil in your lips with a natural shade and go slightly above the lip line.  Also, use a light color on the center of your lip.


10.                       MARIO omg honestly you are the best of the best darlin i saw u at kim’s dvd launch and i was honored! ive been dying to know the eyeshadows you had on kim that day for her dvd launch what was it? and what lipstick did she have on? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know…thanks xoxox

I used neutral, shimmery colors on her eyes that day.  LORAC baked eye shadow trio in Superstar.  MAC lipstick in Myth and Victoria’s Secret Gloss in Pink Guava.

1.    Hello Mario. I am a big fan of your work and was hoping if you could give me some tips on the ever so famous yet tricky smokey eye look. My skin complexsion would be similar to Oprah Winfrey to give you an idea, ha. I want to achieve the PIERCING smokey eye you give Kim K. Also how can I achieve this look without having it smudged underneath the eye. I know you have so many questions to answer. Thank you for your time.


Go with a very pigmented black pencil like Smolder by MAC. Line the top and bottom of your eyes and the inner rims.  Apply dark shadow all over eyelid up to the crease and blend.  Smoke the same dark shadow on the lower line.  To prevent from smudging, be sure to use powder under the eye and over the concealer. 

2.    Hi Mario …..pls pls help me with this, i bought gorgio armani silk luminous foundation 6.5 as evry makeup artist told me this was my perefect shade and I also thought it was but then in my photos I look orange. .is this oxidation issue. I have combination skin. I apply primer, foundation then set with powder.what am I doing wrong. out of all the foundations i’ve tried from different companies this is the one I like most- in terms of look it gives but problem with color of it. Please tell me what shades you mix for Kim as my skin color is similar to her’s and I’m planning to mix my own colors. How to I pick which colors to mix. Also please give advice on what makeup to use to look good in photos. Thank you. Thanks for all your hard working in creating videos, blog all, your advice and tips

Maybe the powder or bronzer that you’re using is changing the color of the base. This happens a lot.  First try to apply just the foundation and take a picture of it to see if it still looks orange.  If not, you’re good.  Use a translucent powder to prevent that from happening.  If you’re still orange, then it’s the wrong shade for you.  Again, it’s very hard for me to remember what exact shades and numbers I mix.  Hope you understand.

3.    Hi Mario,

I rarely wear makeup, but I would like to begin to. In the morning I usually don’t have much time to play with hair and makeup, if any – maybe 5 min. tops. What are the makeup essentials for a simple, quick, and easy look?

For that amount of time, I would say to use a tinted moisturizer all over your skin to even you out.  Apply with your fingers.  Try the Laura Mercier or shop around to find what you like best.  Mascara, a little blush and/or bronzer and a gloss or lipstick on the lips.

4.    Hi Mario,
I live in Ghana and the weather is usually very hot all year. pls what kinds and brands of makeup can last all day here? i am african and am 20yrs but i have these big permanent bags under my eyes. how do i hide them with makeup so i don’t look so tired all the time. thanks.

Try using a primer before you put on your makeup.  Try the photo finish primer by Smashbox.  I think that application is more important than the actual brands of makeup.  Use a primer first, then a foundation and finish with a loose powder.  Use the loose powder with a powder puff.  I like the powder puff’s by MAC.  Press it into the skin and the makeup will last longer.  Same with under eye concealer.  Set it with a lighter loose powder.

5.    Hi Mario,
Let me just start by saying your work is brilliant and inspirational. The fact that you can take the time to answer questions says a lot about you, so I would like to thank you in advance. I currently use MAC prep & prime, Mac studio fix fluid, and fix powder. However I notice that my skin always looks very shinny when I take pictures, so today I purchased the Make up Forever HD liquid and the HD micro finish loose powder. Do you think this was a right move and is it okay to incorporate the MAC pressed powder or will that take away from the HD look? kinda kicking myself for not consulting you first…lol..

I think it’s totally ok to change up and use different brands together and you should.  Try one powder with the other foundation and vice versa.  It could look great.  Use the MAC pressed powder lightly with a brush and you should be fine.  It’s really more about preference.  The HD powder is a lot less coverage and a different look.  Play around with everything and you will discover and learn a lot.

6.    Mario! =)
You’re truly amazing! I sincerely hope you can answer my questions.

1. I have oily & acne prone skin, which I am treating with proactive skin care. I was wondering what foundation would be the best option for oily skinned people like myself? I know there are yellow based and pink based foundations – My skin is light (not pale though) with pink undertones – What foundation what you recommend that would give full and flawless coverage?

Thank you so much! I hope you help me!

Ella xox

Definitely use a matte foundation.  Try the Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet foundation.  It gives great coverage and looks smooth.  Follow with a loose powder so it doesn’t start looking too thick.

7.    Hi =)
I have acne pron skin, currently I am using Glo Minerals and I think it is causing me to break out. I am taking prescription medication from the doctor and it seems to be working except for the makeup. What kind of makeup should I be using on my skin? I have tried so many things, I am just tiered of having acne. Please help.


This is a hard one for me to answer as I don’t specialize in skincare.  The best you can do is consult with your dermatologist and see what he/she has to say.  There are a few skin care lines out there that make foundations for sensitive and acne prone skin – I would recommend you to do some research on that.


Answers to your questions, Part 1

Hey guys, sorry for the delay with answering your questions.  Here is part one (the first 20 questions and answers). 

1.     i love your videos / pictures and i think your amazing !!! i was wondering if you can give me some tips on how to correct purple/blue under eye circles and concealors/ correctors you would recommend? i love how you make everyone look refreshed and natural under the eye and it’s always been problamatic area for me so please if you can help me out it would make my day! thanks for your time : )

Thank you!  I suggest using a concealer with a yellow base to it.  Yellow works best to correct purple/blue under the eyes.  Lorac cosmetics makes really good yellow based concealers.  Try a shade lighter then your skin tone.


2.     What are your make up must haves? what are your favorite make up brands? what moisturizers do you use?

My must haves – Beauty blender sponge, MAC velour powder puff, L’oreal Voluminous mascara, Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation, Smashbox bronzer in Suntan Matte, etc etc etc.  I have way to many favorite brands to list.  I use so many brands.  I pick and choose my favorite products from each line.  I use Kiehls moisturizer, Giella ginseng + vit c moisturizer, cetaphil.

3.     Hi Mario, Just started reading your blog. I love how you do Kim K’s face. I noticed that you make her cheeks so defined and they end up looking amazing. I have a face that is similar to that complexion. When going for an “everyday look” what blush and bronzer do you recommend? In other words what is your favourite Blush and Bronzer?

I can’t wait to see more “GET THE FACE” posts. You are amazing!! Truly an artist!

Thank you.  A great everyday blush and bronzer – Orgasm by Nars.  You can’t go wrong with that.  For bronzer, I love the Smashbox matte bronzer or the Nars Laguna or the Dior amber matte.

4.     Hi Mario, you’re makeup talent is unbelievable! you are by far better than the rest…i have a couple ?’s:

1)    how do you apply blush so perfectly and make it look so good?? Where and how is blush supposed to be used? it is my favorite makeup staple but i feel as if everytime I apply it, it doesn’t look as defined and flawless.

Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks only.  Start out with very little on the brush, smile, and sweep over the apples of the cheeks.

2)    What is the easiest way to apply liquid eyeliner?

Tilt your head up a bit in the mirror and pull your eye out on the outer corner with one hand, then apply the liner with the other hand.

3)    I looooove love Smashbox bronzer, but am getting sick of it, do you happen to know of any other great bronzers??

You can try the Christian Doir Amber Matte bronzer.

5.     I love you work!!!!!

What blush or bronzer did u use on this model (picture on top) I love it!
also whats your favorite bronzer?

I used the NARS bronzer in Laguna on Sky Nellor in that picture and Desire by NARS for blush.

6.     Hi Mario! I bought the Stila brush you recommended and I love it!!!!! However, I am having a hard time finding the LORAC flatter edge brush you used for your video with Kim K. Do you know where to find it or a good substitute for it? Thank you for sharing. You are the best!!! I love your works….

Try the Sephora brand retractable all over shadow brush.

7.     Hey mario!!! what foundations do you use most of the time? what is your favorite foundation? what is your favortie make up line?

I use many different foundations for different skin types/jobs, etc.  Giorgio Armani, Make Up For Ever, Stila, Dior, Laura Mercier.

8.     will you make anymore videos?

Yes, I will.  I have one coming out that I just did with Khloe Kardashian.  It takes time to shoot them and edit, etc but I will do more. 😉

9.     Hi Mario,
i think you are great at what you do and love alll your work so far!!
i have a big problem lol i have really small eyelashes what do you think is the best mascara? also how did you get in the business? i love the way you make Kim look so TAN how do you achieve that? ok love thanks muchas Gracias!

For small eyelashes, I recommend curling them first so that they appear longer and applying a couple of coats of the L’oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black.  To achieve a tan look, frame the face with a bronzer.  Be sure to apply some to the neck too.

10.                        hey mario what loose and presses powders do you use?

I love the Laura Mercier loose powders right now and the MAC studio fix pressed powders.

11.                        Hi Mario,

What are good combinations of eyeshadow colors, something you can wear causally? Something besides the browns?

It depends on your coloring.  I like greens mixed with gold, applied with a soft hand for everyday.

12.                        Ok Mario, here we go, what is the trick to putting on false lashes, its so difficult but it makes a big difference in the complete look? And also please send me a link to a tutorial on the “smokey eye” look. Thank you soo much. Oh yah and are you gonna be in the Vegas area around June 24- 29? i and my sisters would love a personal tutorial make over. Thank you for your time.

Apply the glue to the lashes and let it dry almost completely so that it is “tacky,” then apply to the lash line.  If the glue is too wet, it will not stick.

13.                        Hi Mario!! i was wondering if you had any tips/tricks for working with oily skin. Are there certain products that work better then others like primers or eyeshadows? I am sure you come across many skin types so any advice or tips you have would be awesome!! Thanks so much! I love all the looks that you do and I am super excited you have a blog!!

When I’m working with oily skin, I use an oil free moisturizer or a primer first.  There is a product called Make Under.  It’s a great product and works nicely with oily skin.  They also make a good eye shadow primer.

14.                        Hi Mario, big fan of all your work – your video with K Kardashian was really helpful!
The one thing I can’t seem to master is the “dewy” look. I’ve tried using highlighters and primers but i still just look matte! I have normal/dry skin, HELP!

When you do your makeup, don’t apply an powder especially to the T-zone.  Use a very emollient moisturizer, not a primer.  Try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer all over the skin.  To highlight cheekbones, use a liquid highlighter like the benefit High Beam.

15.                        Hi Mario! I would like to know how to match make-up and outfit…I love bright and colorful eyeshadows, but if I match it with what I’m dressing I’m afraid I’m overdoing…what do you think? when can someone wear purple, green or blue eyeshadows?

I’m not a big fan of matching makeup with clothing.  It can be a bit tacky I think.  You can try wearing colorful or bright shadows when you’re wearing nude, white or all black clothes.

16.                        i LOVE your work, i think you’re truly an artist. I’m sure you have experience with South Asian clients in the past – from that, do you have any products you think specifically work better on that kind of a skin tone?

What’s your opinion on MAC vs Makeup Forever? Do you like one over the other, or feel like it’s pretty even on quality of things like foundations and eyeshadows?

Products that are yellow based would better for your skin tone.  Lorac cosmetics makes great foundations that are yellow based.  I like both MAC and MUFE  and use both.

17.                        What self tanning should I use with light skin.

Neutrogena makes some great self tanners.  They come in different shades.  Choose the least dark one.  If still too dark, mix it with a moisturizer and apply.

18.                        I always have trouble applying blush without it loose powder falling onto the rest of my face, and it’s never even. What is the proper way to apply blush, and any tricks??

For a more even finish with blush, make sure that your skin is powdered first to prevent a blotchy look.

19.                        Hey Mario, I have dark hair and eyes, and a medium complexion, can you suggest a day eye color, that isn’t dull?..Thanks!

Try Lorac eyeshadow in Serenity.  It’s a great everyday color (tan/peachy/gold tone) for they eyelid.

20.                        Mario,
I am African American and LOVE the way you do makeup. I have two questions, I have really dark circles under my eyes and every concealer i try make me look ashy or greenish once it sets…any suggestions of a brand is should try? I have pretty much tried them all. Secondly, could you possibly do some get-the-looks on some darker skin tones so I can have a little something to go by! Thanks Love your work.

If makeup is looking ashy on you, you need to go with something that has more red in it.  You should most likely try a pallete so that you could mix colors.  Derma Color and/or Beauty Tech have great palettes with different shades including, reds, pinks, etc.  Choose a color that matches your skin and mix a bit of the red-ish  shade in it to cancel out the ash.

Ask me your questions and I will answer! ;)




Hey guys,  I’ve been getting lots of questions about makeup, how I started, etc and it’s hard to answer them all throughout the day so I thought I’d have you all ask me here on the comments area of this post and I will then post another blog with your answers. This way, you can all see answers to other peoples questions that can be helpful to you.  Xo


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