natural makeup

ELLE BEAUTIES

I recently collaborated on this shoot for Elle Mexico with genius photographer Adrian Nina.  The story features ten “new girls.”   They are the industries new generation of models, and future supermodels.

I gave all of the girls a clean, light and fresh look.  Using Dior makeup,  I focused mainly on the skin and with a very soft hand, I defined the eyes on some girls using shadow and stained the center of their lips .  There was no bronzer,  lashes or liner in site!  I think doing this type of natural makeup is more challenging then doing a glam look.  What do you think?  Xo, Mario

Check out my new spring cover…

The spring issue of Surface magazine is out on newsstands.  Check out the cover above and inside story.  The makeup I did was very natural and I think it works well for this story.  I wanted her amazing red hair to pop out against her pale skin and the white background.  No contour, no blush, no lipstick, no shadows!  I used a lightweight foundation mixed with a moisturizer all over the skin and then filled in her brows using a blonde pencil.  I lined the eyes, applied two coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes and added highlight to her skin and a tiny bit to the lips.  This makeup is easy to recreate if you’re going for very modern and clean look.  Oh, and how cool is the chair and table???  Enjoy! 😉  Xo Mario

Kourtney Kardashian glows on Lopez Tonight

Earlier in the week I made up Kourtney for her appearance on Lopez Tonight. You can watch the clip above to see the funny interview. I loved Kourts entire look that night!

I went with more natural makeup and gave her cheeks a beautiful glow using Eye M Glam, my favorite all over highlighter of course. For a subtle pop of color, I painted her lips with a sheer peachy/orange shade. Leave a comment and let me know if you like the soft makeup on Kourtney! Xo, Mario.

Backstage at The Inspiration Gala

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.


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