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.
First, let me say that I think you are a makeup genius and I am a very big fan of yours. Which is why I am reaching out with this question. My question is about MAC pigments. Have you ever used those? I have a whole bunch, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to use them. Can they only be used as eye shadows or can they be used elsewhere on the face? And what’s the best way to apply them – I have trouble making them stay put. Thanks so much and best of luck to you!
Thank you! I recommend priming the eyelids with either concealer or an eye primer and setting it with loose powder before you apply any pigment or mica. This allows for a more smooth, clean application. The brush that you use should not be too fluffy. Blending brushes will not work when applying pigments. Instead, use a normal eye shadow brush that is more dense like Sigma’s eye shading e55 brush. A dense brush is great for building eyeshadow for more intensity and also holds on to the pigment so it goes exactly where you apply it.
Pigments can sometimes be used on the cheeks or as a highlighter and even on the lips. If the color is appropriate, dab some on your lips and rub it in or mix a bit with a gloss. It has great staying power. Shimmery pigments look great when applied with a wet brush. I often wet the brush myself before applying a shimmer pigment because it makes application very clean and I get more intense color. Another tip is to first dip and sweep your brush into the lid of the pigment before you apply it to your face. This coats the bristles in pigment and, again, provides a more clean and precise application.
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When the weather gets chillier, I usually prefer a dark, edgy nail. But today, while perusing Sephora on my lunch break, I succumbed to the bright lilac charms of NARS Poker Face Nail Polish.
I painted the pretty purple on my thumb, but – for some unexplainable reason – left Sephora empty handed. As the hours passed, the color grew on me more and more…and now, as I type this, I have a sad face over leaving Poker Face at the store.
Guess I’m gonna have to make a return trip tomorrow to turn my frown upside down.
just announced the launch of MAC Me Over!
, the first of its kind national contest that aims to tap into its fan base to be the official faces for its Fall Color Collection. The contest runs now through December 20th.
Six very lucky winners will be chosen and flown to New York City, where they will have the opportunity to be photographed by an award-winning celebrity and fashion photographer, and those photographs may be used as part of materials that will appear at MAC stores and counters throughout the world. The criteria: Style, Heart and Soul.
“MAC Me Over! is a true celebration of MAC’s credo – All Ages, All Races, All Sexes,” says James Gager, Creative Director, MAC Cosmetics Worldwide. “The program allows us to honor our fans by celebrating their individual personality and style.”
Ro enter, log on to macmeover.com and submit a photo and blurb, or video of yourself that describe why you should be a winner of our “MAC Me Over” contest. The written or spoken part of your video entry must begin with the phrase: “MAC Me Over! because…” and then let your unique style, personality and flair shine through. The lucky winners will be announced in August 2011 and selected by James Gager, Creative Director, MAC Cosmetics Worldwide.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The MAC Cosmetics “MAC Me Over!” contest is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older as of date of entry. Starts at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 11/15/10 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 12/20/10. For Official Rules, visit macmeover.com.
My friend and celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic will be hosting his first makeup workshop/seminar for Industry Art Shops on December 4th and 5th in Hollywood, CA.
December 4th, 2010. 11am – 5pm. Watch the transformation as Mario demonstrates two of his signature looks in front of you and learn his coveted tricks of the trade. He will answer your questions, give you advice, and share his story of how he broke into the industry. You will also have the option to do make up on your own model to build your portfolio. Photographer and models provided by IAS, and Mario will be available for anyone that has questions. Brushes and make up will be available for use, but please feel free to bring your own if you choose the Artist Portfolio Event. There will be a catered lunch.
December 5th, 2010. 11am – 3pm. Catered Lunch. Spend the day with Mario and let him show you how to get red carpet ready! Known for his signature looks on some of your favorite celebrities, he shares his tricks and tips with you up close and personal. He will answer your questions and even help you edit your own make up bag if you’d like. There will be a catered lunch.
A portion of all proceeds will go to CARRY, The Coalition for At-Risk Youth. An organization dedicated to changing the lives of foster youth suffering from debilitating skin disorders and physical illnesses.
SPACE IS LIMITED. To register, click here!
Just had to share that I made a killing this week at Ann Taylor, and you can too!
Right now, all sale merchandise at Ann Taylor is 25% off. Then, if you use the Friends & Family coupon in-store (or use the promo code FRIENDS) online, you get an extra 30% off.
Yesterday, I went to my local Ann Taylor store and spent way too much money. But considering how much I saved ($160) and how cute my future outfits are gonna be (super cute), I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. Then, today, I went to the Ann Taylor website to see what else I could snatch up – and I really lucked out. I picked up six of these v-neck long sleeved tees (originally $28 each) in a myriad of shades and guess how much I ended up paying after the discounts?
Can you believe it? Six tops for $37…and that includes the $9.99 shipping charge.
Damn, I’m good.
PS – the Friends & Family discount also applies at LOFT.