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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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