Makeup Mondays With Mario: Flawless Foundation

mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Flawless Foundation

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

My questions are about foundation. First, when I’m buying a foundation, how do I make sure that I’m buying the right shade? Second, once I apply my foundation, how do I get the color to stay true? I ask this because sometimes my foundation will turn slightly orange after a few hours. Thanks!


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Hi Lia,

When chosing a foundation shade, it’s important that you consider your skin shade on your face and neck. Test a few shades of foundation across your jawline and slightly onto the neck. Blend with a sponge and whichever shade looks most natural should be the right match.

Getting the color of your base to stay true is easy. Your face oils are what cause the base to turn orange so try to keep your skin matte by using blotting tissues throughout the day. You may also want to start your application using an anti-shine or matte primer, followed by foundation. Finish off by setting it all with a translucent colorless loose powder and voila! Perfection.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays With Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Valentine’s Day Beauty Giveaway Sponsored by Stila and June Jacobs

heart+mouse+computer Valentines Day Beauty Giveaway Sponsored by Stila and June Jacobs

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is next week? Well, it is – a week from today, in fact. Just thought I’d remind you, in case that obnoxious red aisle at your local drugstore hadn’t tipped you off already.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day at Spoiled Pretty, I’m partnering with June Jacobs and Stila for a giveaway. Just think of me as Cupid – hooking up one lucky winner with some love-ly cosmetics:

June+Jacobs+Kiss+In+The+Park+Lip+Kit Valentines Day Beauty Giveaway Sponsored by Stila and June Jacobs

June Jacobs Limited-Edition “Kiss In The Park” Lip Kit
Every true romance begins with a kiss. So treat your lips as well as you treat your skin with a lip facial trio that supports one of New York’s most romantic destinations, Central Park. To support her favorite place in New York City, June Jacobs has partnered with the Central Park Conservancy to create a Limited Edition version of her bestselling Lip Kit – “Kiss In The Park.” The first step to perfecting your pucker is to apply the emollient lip exfoliation treatment which utilizes sugar granules to gently sweep away dead skin cells, leaving lips silky smooth. Next, the luxurious Lip Masque is applied to gently calm and nourish the lips. The last step, Lip Renewal is infused with shea butter, mango, aloe and ceramides to instantly provide exceptional and continual relief to dry, dehydrated and chapped lips. The end result is lips that have been rescued, refreshed and revitalized – ready for kissing.
Price: $60, available at

stila+make+me+blush+palette Valentines Day Beauty Giveaway Sponsored by Stila and June Jacobs

Stila Make Me Blush Palette
This multi-color blush is inspired by Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts. The top layer is sprayed with the gold shine for visual and once dusted off with brush you are left with all over glow pressed powder that will add warmth, soft color, and sheer luminosity to cheeks and complexion. Great for all skin tones, the micro-fine formula is velvety and blendable and instantly enhances the complexion with a tint of pinks and corals. You look and feel radiant from within, just like when that someone special makes you blush.
Price: $14, available at

Enter to win by leaving a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky!

Contest is open to U.S. residents. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Sunday, February 13, 2011. Good luck!

Conair Infiniti Pro Blow Dryer

conair+infiniti+pro Conair Infiniti Pro Blow Dryer

I have a new special something in my life that I’m excited to tell y’all about.

Meet my new blow dryer boo, Conair’s Infiniti Pro. We’ve been going steady for almost two months and things are heating up.

Our courtship began when my old hair dryer started actin’ up. Even when I used it on the medium setting, the dryer would operate on high. No joke – it was like the heat of Hades was coming out of that thing. I didn’t want to chance a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial-esque catastrophe, so I decided it was time for us to part ways.

Fortuitously, around the same time, I received an email from Conair – asking me if I’d like to review their Infiniti Pro 1875-Watt Salon-Performance AC Motor Styling Tool. I responded with a resounding “yes” and a few days later, it arrived on my doorstep so that we could get better acquainted.

Infiniti Pro, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Thanks to its powerful AC motor, the Infiniti Pro performs like a salon-quality dryer. It also dries hair super fast, which cuts down on styling damage. The Infiniti Pro uses ionic technology that reduces static electricity and leaves hair silkier, shinier, and more manageable. Plus it’s much quieter and lighter than your average dryer. Best of all, it only costs around $35.

I also love that I can use my comb attachment with the Infiniti Pro; when a dryer doesn’t accommodate my comb attachment, it’s a deal breaker.

The only thing I’d change about my hair dryer honey is the position of the buttons – or, rather, how easy it is to adjust the heat/air flow settings. Sometimes when I’m gripping the handle, I accidentally click one of the switches, which changes the settings.

Aside from this minor caveat, I’m very happy with the Infiniti Pro and I think we’re in it for the long haul.

NARS Opens Its First Flagship Boutique!

 NARS Opens Its First Flagship Boutique!

Since launching his eponymous brand sixteen years ago, François Nars had dreams of opening a namesake boutique. After years of searching for the quintessential site, he found the perfect location in the West Village and turned to Fabien Baron to help bring his vision to life. 

The NARS boutique will officially open its doors at 413 Bleecker Street in NYC on February 10, 2011!

By now you’ve probably seen the above12-lipstick “logo treatment” in ad campaigns in and around New York City. “NARS 413 BLKR” was conceptualized with Fabien’s team at Baron & Baron and the shortened street name boasts an insiders’ vibe with a cheeky nod to the neighborhood. Jungle Red Lipstick, one of the first 12 lipsticks that launched NARS Cosmetics, provides the black-and-white logo with a bold pop of color, a color scheme that will also be seen within the boutique.

More details will be revealed soon on the NARS Facebook page.

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