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.
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.
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.