I will be posting the details and registration info for my London workshop very soon! Im very excited to be going to London. More info coming very soon! xox
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.
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.
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.
It’s me! LOL. How cool! Last night when I logged onto Twitter, I was surprised by a link to this drawing of me, by Diego Valdez. Diego and I have never met but he is one of my “tweeps” (twitter friends). You can check out his site here and follow him on Twitter (@RealDiegoValdez) where he posts a lot of his work. Xo Mario
Some of you may remember the other day when my flight from LA to NYC was delayed. I was praying for a miracle to happen so that I would make it in time to do K. Michelle’s makeup for her live performance on 106th and Park. I do believe in miracles because I got there with a few minutes until show time and I started painting for my life! Thanks Jai for your help! Anyhow, enjoy this video clip of her performing and also of her interview right after. Xo Mario
I just spent some time uploading pics on my new Facebook Fan Page . I know I don’t post as often as I used to but I will start daily posting’s on my blog, facebook and Twitter. Check out my Fan Page and friend me there to see my newest work as it comes out. Thanks to all of you who follow me on Twitter as well – 30,000 amazing followers!! Xo
Hope you all like the current September issue of Surface Magazine. I did the makeup for the cover and cover story inside . I used MAC cosmetics to create the cover look. It was my first time working with photographer Henrique Gendre and he was amazing. In the inside story, the entire set was built out of paper – I will post those pics as soon as I get them! If you get a chance to pick up an issue let me know what you think. Xo Mario
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
As promised, here is the beauty breakdown for Kim’s look at the CEW Beauty Awards in NYC. I shared what I used on Kim step by step to create this refreshing look with TalkingMakeup.com. Take a look and learn my secrets and tips! If you try the look out yourself, please send me pics! Xo Mario
Earlier today in NYC, Kim attended the CEW Beauty Awards. CEW stands for Cosmetic Executive Women and Kim is definitely that and a whole lot more. She looked stunning in a one shoulder coral/peach dress and her hair was put up in a simple and elegant style by Michael Silva. I played up her eyes and lashes and kept the rest of the makeup clean and pretty. I hope you all like it. Stay tuned for more info on this look. Xo Mario