Mario Dedivanovic is one of the most respected, sought-after makeup artists in the business. The man behind the face of multiple celebrities, including Kim Kardashian-West, Dedivanovic is an industry pro. When he announced that he would be doing a series of Masterclasses around the world, getting a ticket was a no-brainer.
There's something about being in a room full of hundreds of makeup artists and beauty addicts that gives you a new wave of inspiration. The class had an open forum, which allowed for great communication between Mario and all of the attendees. This meant that while he was working his magic on the model, he was also juggling questions coming at him from guests.
Mario is very traditional in his techniques, which is refreshing to see in a celebrity makeup artist. He does believe that it is important to evolve and grow in your career, so that you are familiar with what's happening in the beauty world.
It's always fascinating to watch other creatives work. Just when you think you know it all, your eyes are opened to so many new tricks and methods you never would have thought of before. Mario is a very old-school makeup artist, he likes classic products and doesn't use any organic or oil-free products.
One of Mario's tricks is to layer eyeliner, starting with pencil, then liquid, before moving on to gel. This ensures that it stays in place and stays as dark as possible. Another interesting fact is that Mario holds onto his brushes forever, because he believes that like fine wine, they get better with age. He now has them customized so they'll do exactly what he wants them to do. So next time you think your brush is getting scrappy, maybe give it one last shot.
The gift bag lived up to the hype, with products from brands such as Laura Mercier, Beauty Blender, Smolder and many more that made me just want to dive into the pile of goodies.
All in all, it was a rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you're a makeup artist or just a makeup junkie, this class will whet your appetite for the industry all over again.