The Magazine is out today


Michael just texted me that my “Destination I Do” magazine arrived today in that the cover looked amazing. I have not seen it yet but I am excited. As soon as I can I will place them on the site tonight.

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Wild n Crazy Mardi Gras 2009


As usual my morning starts off early. As I was headed to the studio to work, locals and tourists were still at the clubs partying having a great time. This is still the glam part of being a makeup artist. This morning clients were riders on Zulu…yes, the coconut throwers, black face and grass skirt wearer.



After I finish getting them ready my day of partying and having a great time begin with family in friends. This is one of many days that I try to shut off and party…hard. The entire two weeks I am always very busy getting so many ready for the balls, parties, and just parade goers. So, I don’t always get to attend with the family.














By the end of Mardi Gras I know I will be exhausted but it’s all so worth it….

GLAM LIFE OF A MAKEUP ARTIST

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Bloggers…give credit

Hey guys…when you are taking articles from my daily beauty articles make sure you are giving me credit for them on your page. I personally write these, a lot of them are written when I am at the airport, on the plane or just sitting around at work. I then finish them up with pictures, and videos later. I am flattered that you all enjoy my writing, since I was never good at it in school/college. So, to know you all have them floating on your page is nice but I would like credit for my hard work.

Thanks…..

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VIDEO: M.A.C. Cosmetics Hello Kitty Ad

written by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

I am so excited to share the M.A.C. cosmetics mini makeup movie from their Hello Kitty line. Hopefully, you haven’t seen it yet because I wanted to share it with you first. Let me warn you now, it’s not the typical or traditional beauty commercial where you will see lots of hair blowing, cool outfits, fake lashes, mascara or lip gloss floating in the air or being pushed by the hottest celebrity and/or model.

It’s so very opposite… Imagine a twisted Alice In Wonderland (fluffy in pink), The Wizard Of Oz (S&M house of horrors) meets Hello Kitty (male bondage dancers with large cat heads) and it’s 4 minutes long. Take a look and let me know what you think about it.

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Downtown Lesli Brown from 102.9fm

I ended my night with my favorite client…tonightwe have the Zulu Ball in New Orleans and I am always booked all day back to back working from early up to 11pm doing eye lash extensions, makeup applications and air bush makeup. Many of you know when I am working I refuse to answer my cell phone…refuse…but for some reason I picked up my phone and baby girl was on the other end. She needed me to some how fit her in after she gets off from work. I’ve been doing DOWNTOWN LESLI BROWN makeup for a long time now. She is a radio personality on 102.9fm radio but she use to be a radio personality on 104.5fm radio before Katrina. I love working with Lesli…she has such a great face that she can wear any look I give her. I’ve done the over the top eyes…bright bold colors…to soft natural bronze looks and she looks amazing everytime. Another reason why I love her because she comes in never asking for hook-ups because she’s on the radio…she just sits in the chair in get whatever look I put on her. So I always throw in something extra. Plus, she’s C.R.A.Z.Y…she reminds me of a mini me but with more street flavor. Lesli, gives it to you straight…no chaser…she don’t speak with a lot of sugar…she is very real, very loyal, very generous…very appreciative…never play up she’s on the radio so your suppose to…and she is always professional and always on time…which means a lot to me. This night she kept me in tears as usual, just the things she say because she has that street edge…love her , love her! I just gave her a fun simple eye…see DOWNTOWN LESLI BROWN from 102.9fm for yourself… GLAM LIFE OF A MAKEUP ARTIST…IN NEW ORLEANS
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BEHIND THE BEAUTY: Tibi

written by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Designer Tibi selected Makeup Artist Makky from M.A.C. cosmetics and Hairstylist Kevin Ryan of Rsession to create an ‘almost pop art meets eighties look’ for her Fall 2009 show. I loved the makeup and hair… this is what I love about Fashion Week.




Get this makeup look:

MAC’s new turquoise shade for fall blended with true blue MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel on the top lid and squared off at the ends, with a cobalt blue shade beneath the lower lash lines. For concentrated color, use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly underneath. Lips were downplayed in MAC Hello Kitty Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Fish

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BEHIND THE BEAUTY: Lela Rose

writen by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis



At the Lela Rose Fall 09 Show at Fashion Week, the makeup of choice was Stila Cosmetics. The look was very basic and natural, yet it worked on the runway. Normally, runway makeup looks are hard to imitate at home, but I think this is one you can handle on your own with the new collection by Stila.

The collection includes:

· Starlight Eye shadow- Shimmer on the eyes.

· Cranberry Lip Glaze- Gave the models lips a pouty look.

· Stila Sun Shade 01- Bronzer was used on the models cheekbones.

· Major Lash Mascara in Brown- Finish off the makeup look.

Stila Backstage with Lela Rose and Beauty.com Makeup Collection : $34.

Sold only at Beauty.com


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Behind the Beauty: Kimora Lee Simmons


I was excited to see what MISS FAB Kimora Lee Simmons herself was going to come up with for her show at Fashion Week. This creative FAB girl’s inspiration was The New First Lady, Michelle Obama, for both hair and makeup. James Laliardos, the Creative Director of the makeup team, aimed for a classic beauty, keeping with what we love about Kimora…FABULOSITY!

Laliardos create a contoured face using a nude sculpting foundation and applying nude shadow into the eye crease to add definition. The lids were topped with a pinkish-gold for some sparkle and cocoa shadow on the brow bone to subtly separate the lid from the brow bone. Individual lashes were applied to make them semi-sexy on the top lashes, and black mascara in MAC Zoom Black for the bottom lash. A hint of gold glitter on the inside corner of the eye for radiance and a light coating of glitter across the lids to catch the runway lights. On the cheeks peach, pink or fuchsia blush was used depending on the model’s complexion for the most part he used MAC Pink Swoon blush at the top of the cheekbones. MAC Lip glass in Partial to Pink, a creamy lip gloss with a pale pink sheen completed the look.


Hair stylist Odie Gilbert turned up the volume by teasing the hair and pinning it in place for a WOW factor. Lots of tease spray, and curly extensions were added for extra volume.

GET THE LOOK – MAKEUP:

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

MAC Pro Beauty Powder/Loose in Drizzle Gold

MAC Eye shadow in Soba

MAC Pro Lip glass in Partial to Pink

MAC Pro Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoom Black

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Catching up


I have been busy working in different cities, its really hard and exhausting. I am so far scheduled to be in New Orleans the rest of the week and next week as well for Mardi Gras. I have some clients for Mardi Gras this is why I am back home.

After, I got off last night from shooting a commercial with my favorite ad agency I get a call from a certain organization about doing their makeup for mardi gras day. They told me they could only pay $10 per person for air brush makeup and the silver glitter. I would have to start about 3am. I still have no answer still shaking my head but between Natalie, Shontell and my husband they have said more than enough for me. I think I went to bed still laughing about it.

I am working on my new blueprint for my career, its very overwhelming so many ideas so many ways to go. Its like picking the right door on a game show but its real not a game. I hope to take some dates off soon and go rent a cabin in just relax get away for a minute no phones no computer no fast pace city life just the nature and fresh nature water…water always relax me. Maybe our take the kids to the orlando condo, I am so overdue…

My blood pressure is back up. 158/116…I know, I know…I’m trying to slow down ts a lot of work. I just picked up my refill about an half hour ago. Hopefully, once I shut down the studio my pressure will get back to normal…I hope. Back to runnin, articles to write, paperwork, contracts, phone calls, packing studio, stuffing mail outs, then picking up kids, homework, finish with Jordan costume for school play tomorrow night, dinner…well tonight is family night dinner meaning something lite that the kids cook. More return calls, more paperwork, shower, then bed. Somewhere in there I'll spend time with hubby;)

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Behind the Beauty at Marc Jacobs

written by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

As many as 65 models were backstage hours before the Marc Jacobs fashion show Monday night and one thing was certain, each had a different hair look. Marc wanted to bring out the character and individuality of each girl. It was like a New York night scene. There was a strong edge to each of them with fun, wild and dramatic makeup looks…very Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett.


It has been about 10 years since the last time François Nars, creator of Nars Cosmetics, did a fashion show and Nars enjoyed every minute of fun working with Jacobs again. Jacobs really combined many eye shadow colors… from dark smoky eyes to wild, exaggerated cat eyes, with eye shadow brushed from the outer corner of the eye, tapering into a point out across the temple and to the hairline. Think Elizabeth Taylor in her most Cleopatra-esque moment. Around some of the strong eyes were vivid colors like fuchsia, at the last minute fuchsia eye shadow was added. There were perfect red lips on powder white faces and fairy-dust-like highlights on some of the model’s cheeks. Nars favorited look personally was the smoky strong eye, because it was a more eighties inspired and eclectic look. Nars mixed in every color, including greens, cobalt blues and black, tailoring the makeup look for each model depending on what hair and outfit she wore.


Guido Palau, the Redken hairstylist used lots of hair spray and gel, also creating eighties punk rock dos, frizzed out Mohawks, twisted up dos, teased Afros, slicked-backed crops and towering beehives.


The binding concept among all the looks was that the girls would be ready to go clubbing after the show, and there was no doubt some of them would.

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