Everywhere Kim Kardashian goes, cameras follow. And so does her go to makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, who is known by his 2 million Instagram fans as @MakeupByMario. On the night of the annual Met Gala, Dedivanovic was appropriately by Kardashian's side to complete her futuristic red carpet look. "The look is very Kim Kardashian in the future," he explained over the phone, after Kardashian had hit the red carpet on the arm of Kanye West and his duties were over for the evening. "We kept it true to her tones and her style, but a little more futuristic."
By futuristic, Dedivanovic means bleached brows and "nontouring." Say what?
Thank so much for taking the time on this hectic night. What is Kim wearing?
She’s wearing Balmain. She literally just left five minutes ago we were applying lashes in the elevator.
Is it a big lash look?
No it’s not actually. We just put a few individuals in there. The look is very Kim Kardashian in the future. We kept it true to her tones and her style, but a little more futuristic.
We actually bleached her brows. So her brows were basically almost white, but then we filled it in with the Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil. We made them a light blonde, and we made the eyes smoky using a few different shades that she loved. Then very dewy skin and the hair was slicked back, wet looking. And a classic nude KK lip.
And for her skin, was there any contouring?
We always do a little bit of contour. We didn’t change it up that much, I would say I probably went a little more on the cheek and a little less elsewhere. But we definitely did highlight and contour, more so to add warmth to the face than for sculpting.
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You Instagramed a shot of Kim and Riccardo Tisci yesterday and tagged #nontouring. What is that?!
I don’t even know, to be honest. It’s a word I’ve been seeing around. It’s like the anti-contour. I mean, when they’re showing references for nontouring, the people are all still contoured, but it’s like the anti-heavy contour basic. It’s more about a fresh face with a tiny bit of contour—more dewy skin.
Like what you did?
What do you use to make sure everything stays in place?
I sprayed her down with the Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier. It’s a set and refresh spray, so it sets the makeup really well but it also gives a beautiful dewy finish. I sprayed a ton of it on her face.
What last minute touchups were you doing in the elevator?
I was powdering the t-zone and literally just applying lashes. It was very hectic. They had to leave and we were rushing, but I’m excited to see it.
Do you do color tests for the carpet lighting and camera flashes?
I definitely photographed the brows because I was very concerned with the brows, and I wanted to make sure that it was the right tone. I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t too pale, just so that the general public gets it. I didn’t want it to be too editorial because it’s the red carpet. So I photographed the brows with flash and no flash to make sure that it was the right tone.
How did the brows come into the conversation?
The brows were something that we decided to do last minute; there was really no reference. We were thinking of a way to make it look futuristic, but still keeping her classically beautiful makeup, and finding a way to make it futuristic without getting futuristic with the actual makeup.
What is the most challenging part of your job as a makeup artist?
I think that really depends on each individual client, but I think one thing that’s really important is being able to work like we did today under pressure and under time constraints. I think being able to make the makeup last for red carpet where the client doesn’t have to worry about it smudging or running just so that it has nice lasting power without making it look extremely heavy.
Watch Demi Lovato get ready for the Met Gala here: