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Get Your Glam On! Win a Kim K makeover with me ;-)

get your glam on

Hey guys!  I’m so excited for the “Get Your Glam On” Kim Kardashian makeover contest.  You can enter the contest to win a makeover by Kim Kardashian’s glam squad.  That’s right, one of you lucky ladies will get made up from head to toe and feel what it’s like to be a star!  We’ll be giving you the full on red carpet celebrity treatment 😉

The glam squad includes myself for makeup, Frankie Payne for hair and Monica Rose will be your fashion stylist.  Frankie and Monica are both so talented and literally two of the sweetest people ever.  To enter the contest, go to Kim Kardashian’s site or just click here!  Xoxo Mario

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Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami!

 

 

GET THE FACE: Kim Kardashian, NYC to LA.

 

This look is actually very simple to recreate and doesn’t require so many products.  I did this makeup on Kim in the morning for the Pepsi Max Bullrun rally in NYC and she was able to use it later that evening in LA for the Aces and Angels Celebrity Poker Party that she hosted at the Playboy Mansion.  All it takes for your makeup to last all day and night is some powder and gloss touch ups.  Here’s how to “get the face” –

 

Skin – I started out with a primer (Smashbox photo finish primer) all over her skin.  This primer helps the makeup to last longer on the skin.  After, I applied Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup all over the skin.  I set the foundation with Laura Mercier loose setting powder.  For concealer, I used diorskin sculp lifting smoothing concealer under the eyes and set that with Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder.

 

Brows –  I filled her brows with MAC’s brow pencil in Lingering, followed by a little bit of MAC’s eyeshadow in cork on the outter corners of the brows.

 

Eyes – Apply b-dazzle by GIELLA custom blend cosmetics on the brow bone and on the tear ducts (inner corner of eyes).  Use Antiqued eyeshadow by MAC all over the lid.  Blend it up to the crease and out a bit past the outter corners of the eyes.  Use antiqued shadow again along the lower lash line and blend.  On the inner rim of the eye, I used MAC’s eyeliner in fascinating.  Try Lancome’s Hypnose mascara on top and bottom lashes to finish the eyes.

 

Cheeks – To warm up the skin, I used Smashbox bronzer in Suntan Matte around the frame of the face and on the hollows of the cheeks.  For a subtle glow, I applied the Copacabana multiple by NARS on the bridge of the nose and on the cheek bones followed by Peaches blush by MAC on the apples of the cheeks. 

 

Lips are lined and filled in with the #50 lip pencil by Make Up For Ever followed by MAC lipglass in Queen Bee.

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.

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!

 

 

GET THE FACE! Adrienne Bailon on the set of Fabulous’ music video.

I recently did Adrienne Bailon’s makeup for an appearance in Fabulous’ music video and used all NARS makeup to “get the face.”  She was wearing a beautiful bright yellow dress so I went for a bronzed, sunkissed look with a smokey eye.  I began working with Adrienne when she was a Cheetah Girl about a year and a half ago and she’s one of my favorites!  She loves makeup! 😉

GET THE FACE – All products by NARS

Skin – The new Firming Foundation all over skin and I set it with loose powder.  I mixed the new Duo Concealer under her eyes and on eyelids only.

Eyes – Duo Eyeshadow in Scorching Sun.  Use the golden color on the brow bone and the more orangy color all over the lid.  In the crease I used Surabaya Duo Eyeshadow (the lighter shade in the crease and the darker blended on the outter corners) Also, use the darker shade to smoke on the lower lid.  I lined the upper and inner lids with Blackmoon liner.  The brows are filled in with the Jodhpur brow pencil.  Several coats of the Black Orchid Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Cheeks – To contour her face, I used the Casino bronzing powder.  If you have lighter skin, try the Laguna color.  For blush, I used Orgasm on the apples of the cheeks and to highlight, I blended The Multiple in Maldives on the cheek bones and alittle on the bridge of her nose.

Lips are lined with Bomeo lip pencil, followed by Barbarella lipstick and Orgasm lip gloss.

Try it out… its a good look for evening 😉

 

 

Lil Kim’s music video “Download” GET THE FACE!

 

Hey guys, have you seen Lil Kim’s new music video for her song “Download?” I had such a blast working on her makeup for this video and she is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with.  Music videos are hard work and very long hours but I love them!  For “Download,” I gave Lil Kim two different looks.  Some of her girl freinds stopped by for a scene so I did the lovely Lisa Raye’s makeup too.  The beautiful girl in the pic with me is Sally, my assistant in LA.  I love her to death!  Here’s the video 😉 Lil Kim\’s \”DOWNLOAD\”

Get the Face!

On Lil Kim’s brows – Lingering brow pencil by MAC

On Eyes – Dreamy eyeshadow all over lid and on lower lashline by LORAC.  Feline eyepencil by MAC on top.

Cheeks – Dior bronze matte sunshine in amber matte on hollows of cheeks and framing the face.  Diorskin shimmer powder in diamond rose to highlight cheekbones and bridge of nose. 

On lips – Way To Love lipstick by MAC.   😉

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

 

 

 

My favorite brushes/tools…

When it comes to brushes, I can NEVER have enough!

People always joke with me because of how many brushes I have but I really do use all of them.  Of course I have my favorites that I use on every makeup application and I’ll share some of them here with u…

 

This is the #15 brush by Stila that I use all the time.  I use the bigger side to apply eyeshadow all over the lid and/or on the brow bone.  I like this brush becuase it picks up pigment really well and the shadow doesnt fall off of it (I find that shadow tends to fall off of softer, more fluffy brushes so i use those to blend mostly).   The smaller brush on the end is perfect to create a defined thinner crease.

 

 

 

This is the NARS dome brush #13 that I use to blend eyeshadow.  Blending is so important with makeup and this brush works really well.  Just dip it in some translucent powder and blend away.  You can also use this brush to apply shimmer/shine to the cheek bones.

 

 

 

Sephora Professional Platinum Natural Smudge Brush#11.  This brush is one of the few that I use to smudge liner for a smokey eye and also to blend shadow on the lower lid.  I like a brush that isnt too soft when I’m blending liner.

 

This is the #11 paintbrush for brows, by BillyBbeauty. (billybbeauty.com) Again, this brush holds the powder pigment really nicely and it isnt too hard or too thin.  It basically gives you a defined brow but looks natural.

 

 

 

Another great brush by BillyBbeauty.  Its a very lightweight retractable lip brush and the bristles have a nice bend to them that allows you to get a sharp, perfect line.

 

 

 

#15 brush by Stila.  I use this brush to apply bronzer and contour.  It works especially well on the hollows of the cheeks because it’s a flatter brush.  The tip is angled as well – great for detail.


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