This month, I was fortunate to attend celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic's NYC Workshop. He is most well-known for creating Kim Kardashian's signature look, as well as working on other celebrities such as JLO, and many models. My main reason for attending this workshop was to learn how he creates that perfectly highlighted undereye area that many have tried to obtain.
Here is a step-by-step guide to recreating the glamorous red carpet look that he did on his model during the workshop. Please note that this look is intended for special events where you are being photographed or videoed. I will create another post where I will break down the steps in order to achieve a similar look, but more for everyday wear.
1. Apply an emollient moisturizer to clean face. Mario's favorite is by Kiehl's. He does not use primer as he feels like the foundation cannot blend with the skin as well.
2. Apply a cream foundation that is one to two shades darker than your natural skintone allover the face, excluding the undereye area. He leaves the undereye area bare until after the eyes are finished. See photograph #2 for a guide. He used a foundation that was a bit darker than her skintone because he wanted that glowy, tan look, and also because flash photography can tend to wash you out. His foundation of choice was Mehron Celebre Cream Foundation. He also went over the eyelids with the foundation rather than applying a primer.
3. Apply a cream concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin to the planes of the face that should be highlighted (forhead, bridge of the nose, and chin). See picture #2 for a guide. He used a small concealer brush for this.
4. Blend the foundation and concealer into the skin using a damp Beauty Blender sponge (see picture #4). Use only stippling/patting motions, do not swipe as this will only move the foundation and not blend.
6. Before moving onto the eyes, Mario likes to fill in the brows. He used Lingering eyebrow pencil by MAC, and filled in the middle to end of her brow. He slightly extends the end of the brow by drawing a point. He also fills in the front of the brow very lightly, or you can even leave the front bare. Focusing only on the middle to end of the brow creates the most natural look. He then brushes the eyebrows into place.
7. For the eyes, Mario created a smokey look using a brown cream eyeshadow (such as Mac Paintpots or Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo) to create texture. He then blended NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Surabaya all over the lid and blended it out and up to create a cat-eyed effect. Any shimmery brown and bronze can be used to recreate this look if you do not have the duo.
8. He connects the eyeshadow from the front of the eye to the bridge of the nose as he feels it gives a prettier effect. He used a matte brown shade (MAC Cork) to do this.
9. For eyeliner, he applied MAC Smolder blended out, then liquid liner over it (MAC Boot Black). He then blended out the liquid liner as well, and then went over it again with the pencil.
10. Moving onto the infamous under-eye concealer, Mario first wipes the entire area with a wipe in order to remove all fall-out from the eyeshadows. He then applies the same concealer that he highlighted with earlier in a traingular shape, then applies liquid concealer on top of that (Makeup Forever High Lift Concealer). He then uses the beauty blender to blend them both into the skin simultaneously. He quickly sets the concealer with a pink-tinted translucent powder in order to prevent creasing.
11. He then returns to the eyes, and lines the lower lashline with MAC Smolder again, and blends it out as he did on the top of the lid.
12. He applies mascara, then two sets of false lashes.
13. He returns to the face, and contours the cheekbones, forhead, under jawline, and down the bridge of the nose with a matte bronzer. (See Picture 2 for a guide)
14. He then uses a shimmery highlighter (you can also use a light shimmery eyeshadow for this) on the tops of the cheekbones. He does not bring the highlight past the end of the browbone.
15. He then buffs the skin with a pressed powder the color of the model's skintone. This warms up all the translucent powder that you used so it won't look so white in photos.
16. He finishes with the lips by applying a nude lip pencil, lipstick, and gloss.
17. Finally, he sprays the face with MAC Fix + in order to hydrate all the powder he used and prevent it from looking cakey and unnatural.
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