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The New Look With Mario Dedivanovic

Mario Dedivanovic

The man who put the art of contouring on the map and the master behind Kim Kardashian’s flawless complexion, Mario Dedivanovic, reveals his trade secrets on selfies, perfect products and his ultimate new look. Refreshingly, it’s not just contouring.

How do you create the perfect base?

If you want really super-natural looking skin then use a liquid foundation, like Giorgio Armani Maestro which kind of looks like skin. I use powder in my work just so make-up lasts while the client is away, but for the everyday woman I think not using a lot of powder is key. Also, carry oil blotting tissues with you everywhere you go and your base should always be perfect.

How about perfect selfie make-up?

Well that depends on what kind of woman you are! But it's the smile. I think if you're a natural girl then that's what your selfie should convey. Just a little mascara, some colour on the cheeks and lips and smile. There's so much of this heavy, contoured make-up going on with these uber-glam selfies, so I think we need more natural girls out there. In fact I’m always encouraging Kim to take selfies with no, or less glamourous, make-up on and put it out there. I think that sends a good message to women.

  • "If you’re a natural girl that’s what your selfie should convey. Just a little mascara and a smile..."
  • Mario Dedivanovic
  • Kim Kardashian Make-Up
What are your thoughts on strobing?

Strobing is just the idea of highlighting without the contour, so it would be hard for most women to have that look really nice on them, it is very intense. You can tone it down, again just by placing it on the cheeks rather than the nose and above the lips. But really I like classic looks that will look good forever.

What are the key trends for you?

In the fashion and celebrity worlds the trend is going to be very sexy make-up with no harsh lines and beautifully blended, clean skin with a beautiful brow. The more pedestrian trend is going to be matte strong lips in browns, reds and plums. Overall it is very polished but unpolished; everything is just very soft and blended.

The New Look With Mario Dedivanovic
What is your favourite make-up look?

I always have a very polished, feminine aesthetic, so at the moment it would be just really simple, really clean make-up. For example, when I did Kim’s look for the Givenchy SS16 show I didn’t use any eyeliner, I didn’t use any false lashes, I didn’t use any blush. That’s kind of how my aesthetic is feeling right now, very soft, blended, modern and no lines or sharp edges.

Mario’s top products...

A lash curler, the Beauty Blender is one of my all-time favourites, Kiehl’s Ultra-Facial Moisturiser is another of my favourites, a good brow pencil and the La Mer The Mist for a dewy finish.