Mario Dedivanovic On Doing Kim K's Makeup And More On Beyond The Beauty
By Diana Brown
February 6, 2020
Legendary makeup artist and businesswoman Bobbi Brown hosts Beyond the Beauty, sitting down with other experts in the beauty and health fields to talk about the industry, their paths to success, and more. On this episode, she talks to Mario Dedivanovic, better known as Makeup By Mario, who rose to prominence in the beauty industry when he started doing Kim Kardashian’s makeup, using tricks like contouring and baking. He’s now known as “the Contour King” and has been teaching master classes in his makeup style for ten years. He and Bobbi chop it up about their very different makeup styles, what Kim K. is really like, and how Mario got into the beauty industry.
He needed a job after high school, he tells Bobbi, and one day as he was leaving applications at every retail store he came across, he walked into a Sephora. “I didn’t know what was inside...everyone was wearing these black suits with these black gloves, and it smelled so delicious...I just thought, I want to be in here.” After a lot of persistence, he was hired as a fragrance consultant. One day, a customer asked him casually to help her pick out a lipstick. When she loved the one he selected, he knew he wanted to do makeup. “I thought I was going to be a teacher,” he laughs, and Bobbi returns, “You are a teacher!”
He assisted under several great makeup artists for a few years, talking about how Kabuki, a high-fashion makeup artist, taught him a lot of his theatrical tricks like baking, contouring, and how to cut a crease. Then, his photographer friend called him up and begged him to “do a girl called Kim Kardashian” for his shoot the following day. He almost said no, but decided to do his friend the favor. She ended up making him famous. “What she did for me was so authentic,” he says. “It was just her being excited...she loved my makeup so much.” They talk about how long it takes him to do Kim’s makeup, how his relationship is with the rest of the Kardashian clan, and what Kim is like in real life, before veering off onto professional territory, talking about storage (“my kit is 70, 80 pounds,” Mario estimates) and who they’d like a chance to make up most (Bobbi’s actually done Mario’s dream job; “I had fifteen minutes!” she exclaims, to Mario’s horror), and much more, on this episode of Beyond the Beauty.
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