Kim Kardashian’s glam master Mario Dedivanovic shares his secrets to polished & oh-so pretty makeup

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To aspiring makeup artists everywhere, Mario Dedivanovic is a super hero of sorts. Don’t just take our word for it. One only needs to check out the YouTube videos dedicated to re-creating his concealer technique, his packed out workshops, or the 72,000 and counting Twitter followers that refer to Mario as the ‘go-to glam master’ or the ‘god of makeup artistry.’ While Mario has spent the past decade showcasing his skills on countless editorials and red carpet looks, there is one particular client that has firmly cemented his status as an iconic beauty maker. Mario’s self-professed ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian’s flawless complexion, perfectly arched eyebrows and fluttering lashes have set the bar on how modern glamour girls want to look – polished and oh-so pretty. We asked Mario about his makeup kit essentials, what every woman should be doing to enhance their beauty, and how we too can create eyes and cheekbones that pop.

How did you start out in the business? What was some of the best advice you got along your journey to success? I was introduced to the beauty business when I was 17-years-old and began working at Sephora in NYC. I was hired to work as a fragrance consultant but the makeup was more interesting to me. I fell in love with the art of makeup and was determined to become a great makeup artist. A great piece of advice that I learned early on was to always compete only with myself and not others. To do better today then I did yesterday…better tomorrow then I am today.

Fans of your work say they can immediately spot a celebrity face that you’ve transformed; how would you describe your signature makeup style? I don’t really think much about my ‘signature style’ so it’s hard for me to answer that one. I love to do very polished, pretty and clean makeup and I try to be consistent with my work. For me, there’s nothing worst then being hit or miss.

What are your absolute essential products you have in your makeup kit? I have so many essentials in my kit and they change from time to time; Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Eye M Glam all over highlighter, Smolder eye pencil by MAC – the list goes on.

Your fans travel from around the world to attend your workshops; what questions do you seem to get asked time and time again by guests? Before I did workshops, I was afraid that people would ask me a lot of questions about my clients or would be more interested in the whole celebrity world. I was surprised and relieved to see that wasn’t the case at all. Most of all who attend my workshops are very serious about makeup and the majority of the questions I get asked are about product names and shades that I’m using, my technique and tools. I always allow for questions the entire time I’m working so that they really have an understanding of what I am teaching.

Could any beauty fan benefit from your workshops or just makeup professionals? Any beauty fan can certainly benefit from attending one of my workshops.

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Your ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian has become a beauty icon for her sculpted cheekbones, defined brows and ultra-glam lashes: what easy tips can you give for emulating this look? Don’t over pluck or wax your brows and fill them in using pencil or powder. Curl lashes and apply Lancome Hypnose Mascara to top and bottom. Use individual eyelashes in medium to really open up the eyes. Lastly, highlight your cheekbones and eyes with Eye M Glam.

What is the one thing every woman should do to enhance her face and beauty? The eyebrows are very important and frame the whole face so I would definitely recommend keeping your brows groomed and in a shape that best flatters your face.

What is the biggest mistake you see women making with their makeup all the time?Just an FYI – I don’t usually critique a woman’s makeup in my mind upon meeting her, LOL. People always assume that I do. If I were going to critique as a whole, I’d say the biggest mistake women make with their makeup is choosing the wrong color foundation and/or not blending their makeup as much as they should be.

You are a master of contouring: what are your go-to tools and products for achieving this look? Is it worth investing in special contouring brushes or palettes? Quality brushes are always worth investing in and will make your application much easier and last longer. I contour using different products, depending on the skin tone I’m working on or the effect I’m going for. I like to contour using a foundation that’s a few shades deeper than the skin tone and always blend it into the skin and hairline with a damp beautyblender sponge.

Is there a celebrity or model you would love to work with, or give a glam makeover?Yes, of course ;-) I feel as though I’m just getting started, so please stay tuned.

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When is your next workshop? I was recently the Keynote Speaker at The Makeup Show in L.A and it was an incredible experience to say the least. I do plan on hosting more workshops in the future and I’d love to travel to Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Australia and the Middle East & wherever else people ask of me to go.

Pilates, Body Fat Stem Cells & Coconut Oil? Make Your Chest Look Its Best!

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As this year’s awards season rolls around, chances are every actress will have her own personal Golden Globes on display. Fortunately, Hollywood’s top dermatologists and facialists are on hand to dish out lasers, treatments and peels to ensure they rock a delectable decolletage in front of the cameras. Here are their top tips to keeping cleavage wrinkles (eek!) at bay and skin toned and firm (Hint: ditch the push-up bra!)

The neck and cleavage area always has been a sure tell of aging. After all, no one is immune to genetics and gravity’s pull. And no amount of makeup or exercise can affect neck cords and deep cleavage lines (though sunblock, of course, can help prevent fine lines and pigmentation damage). But in 2015, there are a multitude of ways to improve the skin from the chin down — called the decolletage — ranging from less invasive topicals and microdermabrasion to chemical peels, lasers and even surgery.

Beverly Hills facialist Ronit Falevitch likes exfoliation for the decolletage: “When you remove dead skin, you get new healthy skin.” To get rid of lines and pigmentation in the area, he advises weekly glycolic peels, microdermabrasion and vitamin C, followed by hydrating honey masks and “light therapy that stimulates collagen.” An alternative is “a mix of hydraquinone and Retin-A, a cocktail I mix up as a topical” (neck-only treatment is $150; face, neck and chest, $500). Olga Lorencin Northrup, owner and top facialist at Kinara Spa on Robertson Boulevard, adds a special secret ingredient to her microdermabrasion machine, an oxygen-sodium bicarbonate serum ($300): “We call this a ‘poreless neck and chest facial.’”

For deeper lines, Falevitch recommends a chemical peel, while Northrup opts to add a 20-minute microcurrent: “It’s a fine electrical current that lifts the muscles underneath, a nonsurgical face-lift” for the decolletage. She says clients “really see a difference” after three treatments ($900).

“Using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin… The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

To combat visible loss of collagen and elastic fiber — i.e., the sags — Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter Kopelson recommends photodynamic therapy, which combines the use of an intense pulsed light (IPL) machine with a substance called Levulan to remove brown spots ($800). “The light energy, when applied in a series, also activates collagen and tightens loose skin,” says Kopelson. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Lawrence Koplin, another proponent of IPLs, explains that they “injure and make the skin heal itself. For the girl who’s been too long at the beach, the top layer of the neck and chest can be addressed by the IPL.” Plus, there’s no downtime. Procrastinators — or last-minute switchers to low-cut gowns — can undergo the treatment on Golden Globes day (and many do) for a quick tightening effect.

Now, what about those two deep cords in the neck that often start to appear on women around age 45? Kopelson applies Botox every two or three months to relax them ($800 to $1,200, depending on the severity of the cords), a very popular treatment among women and gay men, he notes. But Kopelson adds that there’s a reason why fillers aren’t injected into those valleys caused by cords in the neck and chest area: “You don’t want to cause bumpiness; the neck and chest area have very thin skin.” (Other doctors, such as plastic surgeon Leif Rogers, are not averse to using ultra-fine and thin fillers, such as Belotero, for decolletage wrinkles; $850 per syringe.)

Lasers have varying degrees of intensity, with stronger therapies including the Pearl and the Erbium, Kopelson’s favorites. Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer is an advocate of laser peels for serious grooves, from fractional Erbium, Venus or Diva lasers (all three are great for peeling and tightening) to an EndyMed 3DEEP laser, which uses little gold pins to create tiny wounds that rev collagen output for healing, ironing out crepey texture and chest lines along the way.

An advanced turkey neck can benefit from the newly FDA-cleared ultrasound technology called Ultherapy ($4,500 for face and neck), which tightens the area around the jawline with more energy than lasers, says Rogers. It treats deeper layers of skin with little visible healing, and can take three months for best results. “It even has a breast-lifting component,” he says.

For deeper neck and chest wrinkles, Koplin believes in using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin ($8,000 to $14,000). “Stem cell nanostem serum improves the skin rather than injuring the skin,” he says. The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

An even more invasive treatment is ThermiTight ($4,500), which delivers radio frequency under the skin with a probe, heating tissue to the point where it increases collagen. “After that, it’s only surgery,” says Rogers, “a little incision under the chin, cut the muscle a little, tie it together, and you have a new neck by platysmaplasty,” or neck lift. It seems that for some pronounced neck bands, only a good old-fashioned lift will do ($6,000 to $8,000).

Yet the laser-, voltage- and needle-averse need not despair. Lifestyle changes, such as cutting out sun exposure, smoking and alcohol, can help (although nothing can prevent lines in the breast area caused simply from sleeping). A low-fi tip from Northrup that anyone can try — and women over 50 should — is massaging in nutritive serums or oils (coconut oil “is fantastic for the chest”).

Lancer also recommends a high-protein, low-carb and no-added-salt diet to improve skin texture, and Pilates to keep the musculature under the skin firm, making it tighter. And please note, ladies, that according to Lancer, push-up bras can cause cleavage lines, and breast implants make them even worse! Lancer adds that, whatever you do, “the skin has to match from the dinner table up” — meaning, if women are having facial treatments, they would be wise to also treat the neck and chest or their skin tones won’t jibe: “It’s a dead giveaway.”

Val Kilmer Articles – Film Review Magazine” – March, 1994

 

 

Going West

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David Aldridge meets Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer – riding into town to promote TOMBSTONE …

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Film Review Magazine, March 1994


 

Going WestKURT RUSSELL and Val Kilmer have just watched their careers go West. And they’re over the moon about it. Kurt and Val play frontier Marshall Wyatt Earp and gunslinger-sidekick Doc Holliday in “Tombstone”.

Val, 34, rising star of “Top Gun”, “Willow” and “The Doors”, is Wild about the Old West, anyway. Part Cherokee, and a lover of the wide open spaces, he perceives it as a time of purity – a period he feels spiritually in tune with. “Imagine it,” he says, in town to tout Tombstone: “being able to ride a thousand miles, and all you experience are those thousand miles. There’s nothing man-created to move through. It’s just the land; I find that extremely moving. I live in the US’s fifth largest state (New Mexico), yet there are less people there than in Central London. There’s still quite a bit of space. And it just does something for you. It creates a spirit that I find quite noble.

I’ve lived in three major US cities and I don’t like it at all. It’s just the desert I love. I live there, and my mother lives there – just a couple of hours away from Tombstone, in fact I spend most of my free time in deserts, either in the US or someplace.”

JUSTICE:

Kurt, 42, veteran star of “Tango and Cash”, “Backdraft” and “Unlawful Entry” claims to feel in touch with bygone times, too. A self-confessed man’s man who hunts for sport, he says of the days when men were men, and women were glad of it: “They were a fair time, with a simpler notion of justice. They were unencumbered by years of lawyers inventing language that only they pretend to understand. We’ve now got laws about everything. Too many laws!”

Kurt plays his Wyatt the way he was – as a self-doubting dark revenger, out to avenge the murder of one brother and the crippling of another. “I like Wyatt Earp a lot,” he says. “I see eye to eye with a lot of him. I enjoy playing him. His attitude was: ‘You killed my brother – I’ll kill you!’ That’s what he believed. And that’s what I believe.”

But when I pull Kurt up on this, and ask him whether he’s really saying that he’d take the law into his own hands if someone threatened him or his family, he tumbles to the implications of what he’s just said, and switches to more defensive mode. “I wouldn’t say that to you personally”, he says, “because I’d be held responsible.”

Val Kilmer grew up steeped in Old West ways. His grandfather was a gold miner on the New Mexico border with Tombstone’s Arizona. And he recalls the tales told to him. “I grew up more interested in the real stories of the West than in the films about it. The films never seemed logical to me, I could never understand why the Apaches wore Cherokee headbands. Inaccuracies like that really bugged me.” But he grew to love the movies later.

Kurt Russell unquestionably wouldn’t want to be in a terrible Western. For he says the appeal of making TOMBSTONE wasn’t “throwing on a six-shooter, and galloping up and down Main Street”. It was the movie’s unparalleled historical accuracy.

“I’ve been an actor for 33 years; I’ve done the fun, I’ve done the playing at cowboys. Tombstone’s appeal was in trying to do something that had never been done before. Because there’s never, to my knowledge, been a Western so authentic.”

He instances the town of Tombstone itself. “Never before has it been depicted the way it really was,” he says, “It was Las Vegas, it was Beirut. It was a colorful, evolving, constantly changing place, with millions of dollars streaming in and out of it. The townsfolk could have the best of what there was to be found anywhere in the world because Tombstone was a boomtown, and they could afford it. They dressed in the latest fashions. They could have oysters in the middle of the desert if they were prepared to pay to have them shipped in. They could have fresh strawberries brought in by fast horse from Denver. Anything you wanted was available in Tombstone.”

And the movie’s authentic beauty also extends to the lead characters themselves in extensive research to make an accurate portrayal. Of the consumptive Doc Holliday, a killer Southerner, with charisma, a borderline psycho who didn’t give a damn because Death already had his number anyway, Val says: “He was actually a dentist. So he had a mean streak even before he started killing people. But he was also an aristocrat, the son of a Georgia mayor – apparently a very witty man, extremely well mannered, and rather shy unless you insulted him. He knew Latin. And he played classical piano. He’s never been portrayed as three-dimensionally before. Kevin Jarre [the writer] did a great job. The character was already there, ready for me to more or less step into.”

PIANO MAN:

But not without learning to tinkle the old ivories first. “I’m musical,” says the man who did his own singing in the concert scenes of The Doors, “but I’m no pianist. Learning a nocturne for TOMBSTONE was a real Bitch! It took four months. I can now play one minute of Chopin – and Chopsticks. That’s my entire piano repertoire.”

Kurt Russell went to even greater lengths to research his Wyatt. He not only read all he could, he also sought out people with remembrances of the real McCoy, including Glen Wyatt Earp III, a descendant of one of Wyatt’s cousins. “Glenn actually appears in Tombstone, ironically playing a member of the gang that his ancestor came up against in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral.”

Kurt acknowledges what he describes as the current Hollywood ‘feeding frenzy’ for Westerns, with Geronimo already out Stateside, and Kevin Costner’s alternative take on Wyatt Earp, with Dennis Quaid as Doc Holliday, currently in production. But he’s pessimistic about long-term genre prospects. “it’s like any other genre,” says the actor, “good initial movies translate into good box-office taking. Then crap gets made to capitalize on that initial success. People make Westerns, not good Westerns, and then the genre disappears again. No genre stays alive without good movies being made to support it.”

Says Val Kilmer of the Costner ‘rival’: “Our’s came out first and is doing well (more than six million dollars during the opening US weekend), so I’m sure they’re worried. I’m curious about the Costner because they’ve been filming it only about 50 miles from where I live, in New Mexico. But our script is so good – why are the bothering? But then films always come in clusters. A couple of years back it was two Valmont’s [Dangerous Liasisons and Valmont], then it was three Robin Hoods.”

But why the current Western comeback kicked off by Dances with Wolves, given added momentum by Unforgiven, and now positively ploughing along?

“Because we’re currently a nation with an identity crisis,” avers Val, “and because, during an identity crisis, we always seem to go back to the genre that features our culture’s only true heroes. And I think we’re exhausted of the other extreme – where actors who can’t even properly speak English make offensively expensive movies with dubious messages.” Can’t imagine who he means, can you?

“We just set out to make something that was both entertaining and informative”, says Kurt Russell simply.

Skinny Secrets: Beverly Hills bombshell Lilly Ghalichi

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If Mattel were ever going to design a Persian Barbie doll, they wouldn’t have to look much further than Lilly Ghalichi for inspiration. This Beverly Hills bombshell (who co-founded the luxe swimwear lineHave Faith – Swimgerie, along with another G Girl, Jennifer Stano-David) has turned mirror pics into a fine art with her perfectly tousled hair, towering Louboutins & all-out glam style.

We asked the bronzed beauty to share in her own words all her stay skinny secrets!

“I know what I’m about to say is going to make every girl despise me, but the real reason I’m so skinny is honestly due to my genetics.  I have the smallest bones on Earth, my wrist literally look like that of a 6 year old’s.  As a result, I will naturally always look super, duper tiny.

Everyone in my family is ultra-thin.  Great for my sister and I, maybe not so great for my brother! Lol. We’re all blessed with something amazing- great hair, beautiful eyes, long legs- for me, it’s being skinny! I HATED it when I was younger.  Kids would make fun of me and call me Olive Oil, and I had to wear sweat pants under my jeans (sometimes 2 pairs!) because even the size 0 was WAY too big.  I cried all the time and even saw doctors to try and gain weight.

Now that I’m an adult, I love it

With that said, I do give a little effort to keep my body looking skinny-tight rather than skinny-fat (and, yes “skinny fat” exists, skinny girls get cellulite too!). I’d love to share my skinny secrets with you and your readers.

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Diet.  As far as dieting goes.  That entire term is really a foreign concept to me.  I eat whatever I want, and I am a sugar queen- desserts are my weakness.  However, diet is the NUMBER ONE factor for me on how my body will look.  If I eat poorly, it shows.  Although I’m still skinny, I get a little gut, and my butt/thighs look soft also.  When I eat clean, it really shows as well- definition in my abs and all.

When I have to be beach or photo shoot ready, or maybe if I have a new crush I want to impress, I follow a few diet guidelines:

1.     No sugar (unless is natural sugar such as in a piece of fruit)

2.     No Carbs with Dinner, and

3.     No food at all after 8pm.

These 3 simple rules will turn my body from flab to fab in about a week.  No exercise required.  They say that diet is 75% of how your body will look, from experience, I absolutely agree. Although I don’t “diet”, I do have a few very healthy habits naturally, they definitely contribute to why I’m so thin.

For example, I DESPISE alcohol.  You cannot pay me to have a drink.  It tastes disgusting, and the way it makes people act is even more repulsive to me.  I know that alcohol is full of empty calories, so by not drinking, I’m likely sparing myself of tons of unnecessary pounds (and morning regrets!). Also, I don’t drink soda.  Carbonation burns my nose and esophagus.  I have always hated soda, or any carbonated drink, even as a kid.  Sodas are full of sugar and liquid calories, so again, another step I naturally do that I’m sure helps contribute to my skinniness.

Workout. I LOVE to workout.  Cardio is a huge stress reliever for me, and sweating makes me feel alive.  When I was in law-school I had the BEST body.  I used to run about 3 miles-4 times a week because I was so stressed out.  Too bad I was too busy with school to show off my beautiful body!

These days, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in exercise.  My partner Jennifer Stano and I run a swimsuit company together (Have Faith – Swimgerie, www.HaveFaith.com), and summer is our busiest season.  When I do find the time to squeeze in a workout, I love to Spin, and I have recently become obsessed with Pilates.

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For anyone that hasn’t tried spinning, it is the most incredible cardio workout.  You can easily shed 1000 calories in 1 hour if you give the class your all (in fact where I spin (Cycle House in West Hollywood) they offer a class called “The 1000 Calorie Ride”, no one leaves until the calorie counter hits 1000!). When I walk out of a spin class, I’m completely drenched in sweat. The only downfall to spinning is that I actually get too skinny if I go too much! Although skinny is sexy, women need curves too.

Pilates is the second type of workout I do when I have the time.  It’s low impact, and it creates long, lean muscles rather than bulking you up.  Pilates is definitely a great way to be skinny, yet still have a perky butt, and definition in your legs and torso. My class is always filled with models, so clearly it’s working for a lot of girls!

When I’m preparing for something, I will spin 3 times a week, and do pilates 3 times a week (usually on the same day, back to back!).  During busy season at work (like right now..) I will maybe find the time to spin once a week. I need motivation- a trip/shoot, or boy!”

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