First off, Hi!!
This is probably the most excited I've ever been to share a blog post with you all!
As some of you may know I was lucky enough to attend one of Mario Dedivanovic's (most known for being Kim Kardashian's incredible makeup artist, a genius, a visionary, MY HERO!) makeup workshops in Hollywood.. and I get to share with you all about this wonderful experience!
I got off work at 9:30pm the night before and drove straight to my hotel room (about a 4 hour drive). I couldn't sleep from the excitement lol!
Meeting someone you admire so much is very surreal. Mario was extremely gracious and sweet! For the first part of the workshop, he demonstrated his talent and answered our questions.. he gave a lot of great career advice as well that left me feeling completely motivated and more inspired than ever. Any Mario fans probably already know that his career began as an assistant, but my jaw dropped when I learned that he also worked for Kabuki (another amazing artist)! I believe that he is one of the most sought-after makeup artists today, and yet he so genuinely shares his story and techniques with us. In a cool way, I like to think of him as a mentor... he gives so much encouragement to aspiring makeup artists everywhere!
One of my questions to Mario was whether or not he will be coming out with a makeup line of his own, (can you imagine the impact on the concealer market this man would make?! lol) his answer gave the impression that it is something he is interested in and could become a reality somewhere down the line. Can't wait! :) I currently EyeMGlam which was made by him and I loove it! I'm also keeping my hopes up on someday owning a makeup book by him.
After his demonstration (did I mention it was amazing??!) we were each paired with a model to work on for shoots. At one point I was having trouble with getting the concealer just right and he came over to help me (again, so surreal!) He told me that less is not more, more is more! He took my brush and used a generous amount of concealer to make it look "lush." (at this point I can't believe that his hands are touching my brushes and in my makeup-perfect bliss! lol I even got a taste of what it'd be like to be his assistant when he asked me for a damp sponge hahah <3)
Overall, it was an extraordinary experience. I gained so much from Mario, I learned amazing techniques and received true inspiration that I will hold on to for the rest of my life! The reason I held out so long on this post is because I was waiting for the recap video to come out! and it's finally out, I'm so excited for you all to see his beautiful work and get a visual taste of my experience. As long as he keeps holding workshops I will definitely keep attending, and I sincerely hope I see you all there as well! Make sure you follow his twitter http://twitter.com/makeupbymario and follow his blog to be alerted as soon as he announces a new workshop date! http://blog.makeupbymario.com :)