3 must-know tips from Kim K's makeup artist

You won’t believe the transformation he gave his sister!

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / May 25 2017

While most know Mario Dedivanovic as the makeup whiz behind Kim Kardashian’s full coverage glam makeup looks, his talent extends beyond a neutral eye look and intense contour. In fact, after a quick scroll through his Instagram feed, it’s clear that Dedivanovic can completely transform anyone with his expert application of products and a lot of blending.

Perhaps the one makeup transformation that amazed us the most and literally had us picking our jaw off the floor was this makeover he gave his sister:

In an interview with Allure, Dedivanovic revealed his makeup makeover secrets and shared exactly how long it took to perfect the look.

#1 / Spend time on your brows

According to the makeup artist, his sister fell victim to the eyebrow curse of the 90s and early 2000s…over-plucking. As a result, she like so many of us has had a “hard time growing them in,” he explained. In order to mimic the effect of full brows, Dedivanovic began by “filling in her arch using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for definition and then added brow powder in a slightly lighter shade over the pencil for volume.” When it comes to making the finished look as natural-looking as possible, the trick is “all in the strokes and blending,” says Dedivanovic.

#2 / Contour is key

The most striking thing about Dedivanovic’s transformation was how much younger his sister looked. He revealed the reason he was able to shave years off her age was by going “all out with contouring, using both cream and powder. I contoured her forehead, cheeks, jawline, nose and the crease of her eyes using a darker cream foundation, blended very well, and then followed with powder bronzer to set it.”

#3 / Don’t forget to highlight

Contouring and highlighting go hand in hand and Dedivanovic didn’t skimp when it came to adding glow. “I highlighted all of the high points of the face: I used a lighter shade of concealer under the eyes and on the bridge of the nose, and highlighter on the cheekbones, brow bone and Cupid’s bow to make lips appear fuller,” he explained. To ensure you don’t end up with a face that resembles a shimmery mess, Dedivanovic says the “key is really to blend until your hand falls off. It’s important to soften the look.” Message received!

He also revealed that the whole process took nearly two hours to complete! While there’s no doubt the finished look is incredibly impressive, we think we’ll be sticking to our 10-minute morning routine and admiring looks like this from afar.

If you’re looking for more makeup tips from Mario Dedivanovic then check out his sneaky eyeliner hack and find out exactly how he created Kim Kardashian’s radiant VMA’s makeup.

Image credit: @makeupbymario

Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.