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Thank You to my Sponsors!

Thank you to my sponsors for being so generous and providing me with all my favorite products to share with all who attend my workshop.  Special thanks to Atelier of Beauty and to Sigma Beauty for your extra support in making this day possible.

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I just came across StyleBust, a very cool site covering all things stylish.  Check out this review of Eye M Glam, the all over highlighter that I created for Giella Cosmetics.  I’m very flattered to say the least!  When I created this highlighter, I never thought it would become a product in Giella’s line but I’m so glad that it is available to you all, as it is one of my staples that I rarely work without.  Thanks StyleBust for making me smile and thanks to all of you who continue to write positive reviews of Eye M Glam.  XO, Mario

Giving Pretty

I love Fashion Week… Its fast-paced, inspiring and glamourous shows motivate me to paint pretty. Another thing I love just as much is giving back. This year, while fashion models strutted the cat-walk looking flawless, I dedicated my personal time to mentoring young women with the help of my friend and client, singer Adrienne Bailon at the Lower East Side Girls Club local charity.

I spent months researching charities that promote self-confidence and self esteem for young women.  I came across The Lower East Side Girls Club in NYC and thought they were a perfect match. They prepare the girls for real life experiences such as college interviews and internships. With the generous sponsorship from NYC NEW YORK CITY COLOR, JOSIE MARAN, GIELLA CUSTOM BLEND COSMETICS and SALLY HANSEN, we gifted these amazing girls with great tools to promote natural beauty from the inside out.

Adrienne Bailon, native lower east side girl herself, was so great as she answered questions and shared advice and life experiences with the girls.  She also modeled for me as I gave a full makeup lesson, revealed tricks of the trade and exposed the “real” beauty in each of them.  I focused on adding bits of color to enhance and brighten the face rather then cover or conceal.  Thanks again to Adrienne, NYC New York City Color, Josie Maran, Sally Hansen and Giella for helping put smiles on their young faces. A special thanks to The Lower East Side Girls Club for putting a big smile on my face and hopefully all of yours.

PS.  If you know of any local charities such as TLESGC, please let me know as Id love to continue “Giving Pretty.”

Xo – Mario

GET THE FACE! Natasha Bedingfield

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Natasha Bedingfield is one of my favorite singers and also one of my faves to work on! I always have a good time when working with her.  She’s sweet, super talented and loves to play with different makeup looks.  This look that I gave her was for a TV appearance/performance in NYC.   The eyeshadow I used is actually silvery, not blue.  I rarely match eyeshadow to a dress.

So for you fair skinned/lighter hair ladies out there, Get the Face!  This makeup would work with jeans and a t-shirt as well. ;)

Eyes-  Use Forgery eyeshadow by MAC on the lids and along the lower lash line.  On the crease, use a bit of Cork, also by MAC.  Line the upper lid with Magic Khol Eyeliner Pencil in Black by Givenchy.  Curl lashes and use Longer Then Life Lengthening Mascara by NARS on top and bottom lashes.

Cheeks – On the apples of the cheeks, use Desire, by NARS.  Frame the face lightly with Laguna bronzer, also by NARS.

Lips – Line lips with MAC’s subculture and use Keri’s Kiss lipstick by GIELLA.

Xoxo, Mario

Get The Face – Kim K @ The Emmy’s

Hey Beautiful!  For this Emmy’s look, I gave the lovely Daneen over at Spoiled Pretty an exclusive on the makeup I used.  Click here to check it out and find out more about Aquagirl eyeshadow that I custom blended at GIELLA cosmetics.  Xox Mario

Get the Face! Adrienne Bailon – Steppin’ Out.

 

 

Here it is girls!  I’ve gotten so many “get the face” requests for this look I gave Adrienne Bailon.  This shoot was for the cover of “Steppin’ Out” magazine and we had so much fun working that day.  As you all know, Adrienne’s highly anticipated solo album and single, “Super Bad” will be coming out soon and I’m super excited!  Stay tuned for a lot more “get the face” with Adrienne Bailon…

Adrienne loves to play around and expirement with different makeup looks, so for this shoot we decided to play up the eyes with darker shadows and keep the lips light and matte.  Here’s how I did it –

On skin, use Keihl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer all over.  Follow with Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Foundation.  Set the makeup with a bit of loose powder by NARS.  Use Stila Perfecting concealer under they eyes.

Brows are filled in with Lingering brow pencil by MAC and blended lightly with a Q-tip.

Eyes – I used Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow in Whipped on the eyelids only.  On the crease and outter corner of the eyes, use Walnut shadow by Smashbox and blend well.  Line the upper lid with Smolder by MAC and smudge towards the outter corners.  Use smolder again on the inner rim of the eyes, but starting at the center of the eye and going to the outter corner again.  On the inner corners of the inner rim, use B-dazzle pencil by GIELLA.  To smoke the eyes along the lower lash line, use Envy by Smashbox with a brush.  Start with a little and build for more intensity.  Blend it out to elongate the eyes.  Finish with two coats of Loreal’s Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

Cheeks –  To warm up her skin and contour, I used Casino bronzer by NARS all around the frame of the face and on the hollows of the cheeks.  For blush, I applied Orgasm by NARS to the apples and blended out.  For highlight, I brushed Rose Gold Illuminating finishing powder by STILA on the cheek bones and bridge of nose.  I also put a dab of it right on the brow bone (under the brow).

Lips are lined with Subculture by MAC.  I custom blended the lipstick myself at the GIELLA makeup counter at Henri Bendel and I named it “Bailon Besos.”  Its very creamy and moisturizing!  Comment or email me to find out how to get the lipstick.

I hope you all try this look out and please send me pics!  xo – Mario

Get the Face! Kim K – Maxim Hot 100.

 

Hey guys… For the Maxim Hot 100 event, Kim wore an all while dress and the hair was pulled back so I definitely wanted to use alittle bit of color on her eyes and green is my favorite color.  I really like how this look came out on her and it photographed beautifully.  When using a color on the eyes, keep the cheeks and lips soft and pretty.  Here’s how to get the face…

Skin – Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation by Make Up For Ever in Neutral Beige.  GIELLA concealer in #2.  Set the face and under the eyes with Make Up For Ever HD translucent powder.

Eyes – Golden Olive pigment by MAC on lids.  Humid eyeshadow by MAC in the crease and blended on the lower lashine.  Electric Edge Liquid Eyeliner Marker Pen by Calvin Klein in Electric Black on the upper lid and winged out alittle on the outter corner.  GIELLA B-dazzle eyepencil on the inner corners (tear ducts) and on the inner rim of the eye.  Two coats of L’oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black, top and bottom lashes.

Cheeks – Rock and Republic contrived pressed blush in Call Me on the apples of the cheeks.  Apply Summer Affair Bronzing Powder by Calvin Klein framing the face lightly.

Lips – No lip liner.  Just a clear gloss ;)   Let me know how it comes out if you try it!

 

 

Wedding makeup tips and tricks…

 

Tis the season to get married!  I figured I should do a wedding makeup post since so many people are getting married in the summer and fall.  I think makeup is really important for a bride on her wedding day.  It’s photographed by a professional and you will see the images forever.  If there’s any day in your life that you want to look you’re very best and most beautiful, it’s your wedding day. 

I get emails everyday from brides-to-be from all over (some as far as Moracco!) asking me to do their weddings.  I feel terrible because unfortunitely my schedule now doesn’t really allow me to book weddings anymore, but I have done many many weddings in the past and I always loved making a woman feel beautiful on her special day.  Below are some products and tricks to help you out. 

The pics here are of my beautiful sister Vicky.  She got married last summer and of course I did her makeup, lol.  I love you Vicky ;)  Vicky usually does her makeup pretty natural so we kept with that theme of warm, natural and nude colors.  Theres also a couple of pics of Dara Godfrey, wife of the amazing designer Jay Godfrey, on their wedding day.  I flew out to Miami for their wedding.. it was really beautiful and so was she!  The last pic is a bridal cover I did a while back, “For The Bride” magazine.

Tips and tricks –

Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox.  This is a really good primer to use all over before you apply your foundation.  It helps keep the makeup last longer and keeps it smooth.

Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier.  This concealer had 2 shades that u can mix to get the perfect match for your skin.  Go alittle lighter under the eye and for blemishes, match the exact skin color.

Loose Setting Powder by Laura Mercier.  This is good to set your foundation and concealer.  It’s very silky and sheer and has a bit of light reflecting which helps to smooth fine lines and imperfections.  Try putting a bit of it on a velour puff and applying it that way.  Great to touch up with also through out the day and night.

Oragasm Blush by NARS.  It’s a peachy pink with shimmer and just looks beautiful and so many skin tones.  Brush it on the apples of your cheeks (try not to go too low on the cheek with it).

Dior Bronze – Amber Tan by Dior.  A matte golden bronze shade of bronzer.  Brush it all around the frame of the face to warm your skin up.  Dont forget to apply some to the neck too!

High Beam by Benefit.  This is a  luminescent complexion enhancer.  Apply it on your cheek bones for a dewy glow.  I like to use it on the center of the lip too for a hightlight and on the bridge of the nose.

Silk Eye Shadow Wash by Stila.  It’s a water-based liquid-to-powder eyesshadow in a shade called kitten (pinkish gold tone)  It looks great on alot of skin colors.  Use it on your eyelid or to highlight.

Powerpoint Eyepencil by MAC.  This pencil is great for a wedding because its waterproof but you can still blend it nicely for a smokey eye.  Also great for the inner rim of the eye.  After applying on top lids, brush alittle translucent powder over it and apply again.  This will give the line alot of pigment and really pop.

B-Dazzle by GIELLA.  The perfect shade eye shadow for the inner corner of the eyes.  Makes you look more awake and gives that “angelic” look.  GIELLA can also custom blend it into a pencil.  www.Giella.com 

All products except for the MAC and GIELLA can be found at www.Sephora.com .  Remember to keep your makeup classic looking on your wedding and don’t overdo it!  Xo

Mario

Pretty in Purple – GET THE FACE!

This was a really fun shoot with a mermaid theme.  I don’t use bright colors that often so I was excited to do so this day.  I really pushed for the smokey purple eyes instead of the usual black and I love it! LOL.  So girls and guys, GET THE FACE –

On Kim – I used Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous foundation to get a more glowy look.  I mixed a couple of the colors to get the exact match.  It’s set lightly with Laura Mercier translucent powder.  The brows are filled in with CORK by MAC.  On the lids I used Stars N’ Rockets by MAC.  In the crease, outter corners and under the eye, i used Deep Truth – also by MAC.   Right below the Deep Truth shadow, I blended Creme de Violet shadow (a lighter shimmery purple, MAC) all the way down to the cheek bones.  I also swept a bit of it on the brow bone.  The liner on the top is a very pigmented black liquid that I blended myself from GIELLA cosmetics.  In the inner rim of the eye, I used the black power point pencil from MAC and ALOT mascara – Bad Gal mascara by Benefit.  For this shoot, my assistant and I cut up a bunch of different lashes and I placed them in peices all over the lash line so I wouldn’t be able to tell you the brand or style type.

For blush, I used Angelika by NARS and the bronzing powder by LORAC ( framing the whole face and on the hollows of the cheeks).  To get that glow all over the skin and on the bridge of the nose, I blended my own color with different pigments and shimmers but you can get a very similiar effect by using Shroom shadow by MAC, or if your skin is darker, try Trace Gold blush by MAC. 

For Kim’s lips, I used alittle bit of the foundation on them, followed by a clear gloss.  So easy ;-)

 

On Kourtney – I used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Fawn all over her face, followed by Laura Mercier loose powder in Beige. 

On the lids – Creme de violet.  On the outer crease is vibrant grape and also on the lower lash line.  I used Smolder by MAC on the inner rim of the eyes and blended into the vibrant grape (with more on the outter corner).  I filled in her brows with Espresso shadow by MAC and brushed them with the MAX FACTOR clear brow gel.  Her eyes are lined with Feline, also MAC.  For eyelashes, I used L’oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black.

On the apples of the cheeks, I used NARS blush in Desire and I framed her face and the hollows of the cheeks with the new Tantalizer baked bronzer by LORAC. 

Lips are lined with Spice by MAC, blended towards the center.  Lipstick is called Mario Pinched My Lips by GIELLA cosmetics, followed by a clear gloss.

On Khloe – For skin, I used the Matte Velvet foundation by Make Up For Ever and set it with the HD translucent powder, also by MUFE.  Khloes eye makeup is almost identical to Kourtney’s, except on her lids, I used red violet by MAC – so refer to her eye makeup above.  I used a few coats of the Lancome definicils mascara on top and bottom lashes.  Her lashes are filled in with Lingering pencil by MAC.

The apples of cheeks are brushed with Orgasm by NARS and the cheekbones with Good as Gold by MAC.  Framing her face is the Guerlain Terracotta bronzer.

For lips, I used Lingering lip liner by GIELLA cosmetics blended all the way in and followed by the Lip Enhancing Gloss in Expose by Smashbox.

On Kris – Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation followed by Make Up For Ever HD powder.

Brows are filled in with MAC shadow in Cork.  I used creme de violet by MAC all over her lid and vibrant grape on the outter lids and on the crease.  I then used Carbon by MAC on the outter crease for more intensity.  The inner rim is lined with Smolder pencil by MAC.  Lancome definicils mascara on top and bottom lashes.

NARS blush in Desire on the apples of her cheeks and Smashbox bronzer all over in Suntan Matte.  I used Artificial Light Luminizing lotion by Smashbox on the cheek bones for a glow and on the center of the lip.  Lips are lined with subculture by MAC and turkish delight gloss by NARS.

ps.  I know you’re going to ask about the concealer, LOL but I can’t say because I was testing out and blending some formulas (with no names or colors yet).  ;-)  Hope you guys GET THE FACE!!

XO Mario

 

 

 

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