Last weekend I had the extreme privilege of being invited to Mario Dedivanovic’s masterclass with Harrods. I must’ve squealed when the invitation came through as I believe the last UK masterclass of his was three years ago (read about that one here!). Mario Dedivanovic is one of my favourite makeup artists who is mainly known for doing Kim Kardashian’s makeup along with a list of other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Olivia Cuplo and Ashley Tisdale. He always seems to create the most flawless, porcelain-looking skin that glows in the most natural way with smokey eyes to die for so I was beyond excited to see him in action.
The look he created was a typical Mario look, a golden warm-toned smokey eye with a nude lip. He started off with the moisturiser mentioning that he loves Kiehl’s and La Mer but hates primer as it’s an extra step that doesn’t allow the foundation to look like skin. He went straight into foundation, the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, first applied with a brush and then went on to use a damp beauty blender using bouncing motions to blend the foundation even further.
He mentioned he always uses two shades on the brows, a lighter shade for the inner half and darker shade for the outer half as it lifts the face and lengthens the brows. After using the Anastasia Brow Whiz first he then went over the top with a similar coloured powder.
Moving on to the eyes, which he started with Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in the shade 13, he mentioned he loved these are they don’t crease, move or come off. He packed on the shade all over the lid, staying below the crease and blended out the edges with a brush. He mentioned he loved the Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes as he used shade Cocoa Mirage to define the crease, plus a shimmer highlight from the Charlotte Tlibury Vintage Vamp palette just under the centre of the brows to highlight.
What I found most interesting was that he used three different eyeliners in one session, all to create a different effect. First he started with the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Powder Pencil on the upper lash line and blended it out a little. Then went in with a more intense colour, MAC Smoulder, very close to the lashes and preceded to blend that out too. Lastly he went in with a liquid eyeliner, using this to focus on the middle and outer corners. For lashes he used the Ardell Demi Wispies and the Duo Black Glue,
Onto the part he’s most known for, Concealer. Starting with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and applying it with a concealer brush then blending it into the skin with a damp beauty blender. Following that he used the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder straight over the top to set the concealer and ensure it doesn’t budge. After the concealer was complete he went back to the lower lash line, applying some of the purple shades from the Vintage Vamp palette and some Lancome Hypnose Mascara.
To bronze up the skin he used Tom Ford Translucent Powder in Sahara Dusk in an E shape along the hairline, down the cheekbones and just below the jaw. He did mention he applies a little of Bobbi Brown’s Finishing Powder in Soft Sand just below the cheekbone to help define the contour. For the rest of the cheek action he used one of my favourite highlights, Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow with a little bit of Tom Ford Love Lust blush. He didn’t go too much into nose contouring but he did mention he loves the shade MAC Bone Beige as it’s a light soft grey.
My favourite part of the whole look was the lips, especially as he started with my favourite product, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. Following that went over the top with Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke lipstick and Charlotte Tilbury’s Gloss in Seduction.
I just adored seeing Mario in action and hearing about all his favourite products. I was lucky enough to get some one-on-one time with him too to ask him some of your questions from twitter!
What’s your top tips for staying matte?
Firstly use a mattifying lotion, Peter Thomas Roth do a fantastic one and then keep some Tascha Blotting Papers with you as these are the cleanest way to soak up the oils and they won’t ruin your makeup.
What would be the best foundation for brides? Something long-lasting and photo-ready?
Giorgio Armani Maestro as it’s really natural looking on the skin and comes in a great range of shades.
What’s the shortest time you’ve ever done a full glam look?
If you had to take one eyeshadow palette with you everywhere, which one would it be?
Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette.