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Makeup Mondays With Mario – The perfect nude lip!

Want to find out how to choose the perfect nude lip color as well as some application tips and tricks?  Go over to my weekly column on Spoiled Pretty!

TWIP of the day! For the perfect red & matte lips…

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For the perfect red and matte lips, use Forbidden Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS.

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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

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

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 😉

 

 

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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