Mario Dedivanovic and Kim Kardashian have created some serious makeup magic together. Whether you contoured, baked, or swept on a nude lipstick this morning, some of this decade's most major trends have been influenced by the duo. To celebrate 10 years of owning the beauty game, Mario and Kim will release a special collaboration in April. But according to the makeup artist, the match made in heaven almost didn't happen — in fact, a lot of people were betting against the dream team from the beginning.
In an emotional Instagram post, Mario showed off his datebook from 2008. His first meeting with Kim was slated for April 5, but Mario said he "almost didn't take the job." According to Mario, "I had to work at Fox that afternoon where I did makeup for the anchors on the weekends for extra $."
But it wasn't just a tight schedule that gave Mario pause. "The idea of a reality star at the time was new," he wrote. "After all my years paying dues and assisting some of the big fashion and celeb makeup greats, I was being groomed to begin working with A list stars — actresses & recording artists. I had an agent who demanded that I stop working with Kim immediately. They said I would ruin my career and my career would end within a year or 2."
Thankfully, Mario wrote that he "Chose to stick with Kim because it felt right in my heart. She was hard working, loyal and sweet. She kept me insanely busy. She appreciated me and my artistry and I had too much respect for her." When Mario left his agency to pursue the opportunity, "One of the last things they said to me was 'Good luck, Mario because you will never get a Vogue cover working with her.'"
Six Vogue covers later, Mario and Kim are at the top of their game and dropping a surprise collaboration on April 5 — "exactly 10 years to the day we met." In another video posted to Instagram, Mario revealed that the collection includes an eye shadow palette made up of nine vibrant shades (including a champagne gold, rich plum, and electric blue we need on our lids, STAT). It also appears that a lip gloss will be included in the lineup.
Watch this space for all of the deets — and let this be another example of why ignoring haters is the best way to live.