Wedding Makeup Article


I got a call this morning at 7:52 am, and I jumped up thinking my bride was calling me because I wasn’t at the hotel. You know that maybe I over slept or something. But it was a new bride calling to book me after seeing an article on me in this month Gambit Weekly L’Image Wedding Insert. I was so exhausted that all I can hear was an exciting young girl on the other end who was just going on and on. I was just relived that it wasn’t my bride calling me saying I was a no show. That is something that scare me all the time that one day I am going to be so tired that I will over sleep and not show up to one of my brides wedding.

So of course, I roll over and pull up the Gambit page (laptop next to my side of the bed)and sure enough there’s a picture of me and an interview I did with them some time ago on page 22 and 23. Because, it’s been a minute I completely forgot all about it and my publicist has not called me to tell me anything. I guess she was not informed either.

What a great way to start my SATURDAY…Thanks Gambit for featuring me in L’Image…I love you guys. Off to my bride Scarlet Pollard at the Lowes Hotel.

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VIDEO:Essence Magazine

The next two days you may see me running around outside with the Exec Video Producer of Essence Magazine. The host NANA will be the talent on this assignment. I will also be working with her twice a day during Essence Music Festival.

Tomorrow we start the day od at City Hall interviewing Mayor Ray Nagin.

So if you see me out stop to say hi:)

Glam Life Of A Makeup Artist

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Saturday Bride

Here is a little glimpse of my Saturday bride Paula and her now HUSBAND Kristopher wedding. Paula hired me to stay with her all day so I ended my evening around 10pm. Robin, my BFF Wedding planner son Seth brought me back to the mansion. It was a great wedding, love the decor and the dinner menu was very nice. Can you believe I didn’t eat dessert…my cocktail dessert of choice was the sweet lemonade. I was able to capture a small video of the couple as they came out of the ceremony…A popular New Orleans wedding way to start your marriage.
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PHOTOS: Sneak Peeks, Cool Makeup

As you saw earlier I got my hair styled by the most FAB hairstylist…my son Jordan Armani. I have two photo shoots today. One with my bride Amy from out of town. Oh gosh, she was awesome and a pleasure to work with. She’s a gorgeous girl, so I gave her a Cali babe look. That’s what she looked like when I was done enhancing her.

My second shoot was from 4:00-10:30pm by Fred new studio. Fred and I have also have a great working relationship, we joke around a lot on set. I met Fred at my first makeup studio and we have worked together for a long time. He has also taken pics of the kids when they use to model. So, he’s another extension to the family. Fred, genuine has love for me and he’s loyal to me I never have to worry about Fred using me to only better his career. Still to this day Fred is mad at this one person who clled me “GIRL”, I love him for that and he’s awesome.

Miss Sassy and Shaun was the model for this shoot. I think it went well. It’s always great working with my BFF. Sometimes, it don’t feel like I am working. It’s like playing when MISS Sassy is on set with me. My baby girl Envy is really starting to get into hanging out at photo shoots and helping out. I am so glad to have her around. She is really good with directing on set, taking pics and just being a great assistant. Everybody tells me all the time that the reason why I can’t keep an assistnat is because Envy will be the chosen one once she gets of age. Maybe, a career in the fashion industry after all.


Check out some of the pics that Envy took. It was a long night, Miss Sassy and Envy started getting tired at the end. Envy joked to her dad that she got fired about 7 times that night. At the end Miss Sassy said no more. She was the one who called “IT’S A WRAP”. I think Fred managed to get some great shot and I got some great makeup looks. I love that Miss Sassy looks nothing like herself on some of the pics. I love that I can just paint her face wit heavy makeup and she rocks it well.

Shaun did much better and gave great face this time around. I sent him little text with modeling tips. I gave him tear sheets and he listened. He’s a good kid and I hope he makes it cuz he has a great body and as Envy said, he has a model look.

Oh, Miss Sassy gave me a hard time about what I said about the plus size statement. But it’s just like when this one person was complaining and complaining about her weight and not able to find clothes at stores anymore cuz she gained so much weight. But she eats like 3 or 4 times a day at Chef Leon restaurant. So she tells me she could not go out cuz she could not find any stores to shop at. So, I said, why don’t you shop at Lane Bryant that have cute stuff. LMAO, after I said it, right. She hangs up on me. Still LMAO, cuz it was funny. But guess what she stopped complaining about her weight. So, I told Miss Sassy stop complaining, she’s HOT as is and she don’t have to lose any weight.

Well enjoy the pics…let me know what you think…
















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Getting Prep by FAB Hairstylist


I had the honor this morning to get my hair styled by the FAB hair stylist Jordan Armani Gomez-Duplessis. Before he leaves to go on one of his many summer vacations.

Not because he's my son I honestly think he has talent. Whenever I don't feel like doing my hair when I go out Jordan usually blow dry it, curl, pin it up and style it for me. I think he's awesome for his age.

Let me know what you think.
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Another Quickie

Quick update:

Well you know I have the Essence magazine video next week for Essence Music Fest that takes place here in NOLA in July.

I have the third shoot with Essence Magazine and they will interview our Mayor. And no the city is not paying me Essence is you non Nagin fans don’t go getting your panties in a ruffle.

I have two photo shoots on tomorrow one is a bridal shoot at 11am. My client is coming in from NYC and the second is for a magazine.

Using my girl MISS SASSY for an upcoming shoot.she has such a great face for makeup that I enjoy doing her makeup every chance I get, but don’t tell her. I told her today if she don’t wanna work out than I was going to make her a plus size model…she didn’t like that 😉

I have an all day wedding on Saturday and the news expect lots of rain this weekend.

Meeting with my new manager to touch base about my schedule the next 3 months.

Need to get the casting calls going. I need to find 2 makeup artists and 1 hairstylist.

Have to redo my makeup kit tonight cuz its a mess and I found so much makeup that it just need to get organized for travel dates.

Need to pack Jordan up tonight he leaves to go to Florida. Gonna miss my partner n crime.

Just lock in two more brides last night from the South Florida area.

Need to touch base with Natasha from YBF to see if she still wants me to do her makeup.I think my manager has that on her to do list.

Out of breath just typing this. Gotta go!

Glam Life of a Makeup Artist

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Essence Music Festival

Today I spoke with Essence Magazine Executive Producer of Video. We went over my next week schedule. We are shooting video that will air on TV ONE for Essence Music Festival TV SHOW. The host Nana will be covering historical locations in New Orleans.

While they are in town we will also try to fit in another assignment on Tuesday. I will get my confirmation on tomorrow about that one.

We also discussed my schedule for Essence Music Festival. She wanted to know if I was able to fit in Nana the host. She would need makeup twice a day as well. Because, I don’t have my schedule from the editors I don’t know what times and who I will be working on as of yet. But if my schedule is like last year I was up every morning at 3am.

I have another client that booked me last year that wants me again this year. I also have Donna Joyner who I have bonded with, she’s awesome. So, I don’t know how my schedule is going to go but I know I will be completely booked by June.

I have to try to organize a casting call for Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist soon, cuz I will have to run a security clearance on the makeup artist and hair stylist that I have to assist me. They want me to have assistance to help with set up, prepping, touch ups, packing, just holding me down so I can get to the next location. Last year, Makeup Artist Andrea Walker “Makeup By Andrea” located in Houston was who I hire to help with B.E.T. Television at the convention center and at the dome. I also had her prep and start on some bridesmaids at a wedding for me.

GLAM LIFE OF A MAKEUP ARTIST

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WORKSHOP: WOMEN OF COLOR

One of my favorite BFF’s asked me to teach a makeup workshop at her makeup studio in Houston, TX. So, any ladies in Houston that read my blog here is your chance to take one of my classes. Of course you don’t have to live in Houston but I have a large Houston following from my stats report so that’s why I say that. I think when I lived in Houston for a little while and worked at Jose’ Eber Salon I built a loyal clientele of women that loved me doing makeup on them for events, makeup for weddings and makeup for photo shoots. Within a month the buzz was out about me living in doing makeup in Houston.


Check out the info below about the WOMEN OF COLOR MAKEUP WORKSHOP IN HOUSTON, TX.

New Orleans-based Celebrity Makeup Artist,Brandy Gomez-Duplessis,is teaching a Women of Color workshop at the studio SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2009. Brandy will be going over the following items in her workshop:

Tricks to matching different skintones
Products with the most diverse foundation colors
Must-haves in your kit!
Getting picture perfect foundation coverage
Makeup for HD/Digital Photography
Working with celebrity clientele
Hours:11-6pm

Cost: $200

50% deposit is required to reserve your spot. Only 12 spots are available.

Please visit Brandy’s website to read more about her career and experience: http://www.bgdmakeupartistry.com/pages/bio.html

If you are interested in this workshop, please email us at workshops@reneeraemakeupstudio.com.

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Checking Into REHAB

I gotta check into rehab…cuz baby MAKEUP is my disease!!!

I am doing summer cleaning today since I am home in New Orleans all week. I never got around to unpacking everything from my studio when I closed the doors at the end of Feb of this year. My husband in his BFF moved everything out the studio the day before Easter so basically my studio has been sitting in the family playroom. The kids are not to happy about it cuz they can’t watch movies, play music, get on the internet or play those playstation and wii games. I been flirting with the idea every time I am home to clean in unpack but never have the time. Since this week they will be out of school I know they will want to be in this room for the summer.

So, as I clean today I keep finding makeup. Makeup stashed in bags, suitcases, bins, handbags, old makeup cases, victoria secret bag, target bags…seriously no joke. I am looking at almost $15,000 worth of makeup. Not including all my makeup that I retailed. I know I spent about $25,000 on getting that made and packaged. Now mind you, this total is NOT including my two makeup kit, my air brush kit and my duffle bag that I drag around with me everyday. This is just what I found while cleaning. I either forgot that I had it cuz I was hiding it from my husband, myself, or I just didn't have room.

What ever excuse I come up with I think I need some help, this is out of control. I can't believe in April I twisted my mouth to say to my husband I need to buy some makeup. One of my favorite makeup lines-NYX was having this crazy sale and I wanted to place an order.

Then makeup companies send me makeup to use on my celebrity clients or they sponsor makeup when I do events. I also have a suitcase full of individual and strip lashes.


When I first fell in love I never felt something so strong. Makeup was my lover and my best friend. All wrapped into one, with a ribbon on it! And I'll never give to myself to another, the way I gave it to you. Don't even recognize the ways you hit me, do you? It's gonna take a miracle to bring me back. And SEPHORA, MAC, L'OREAL, NYX, OCC, BEN NYE, SMASHBOX, MAKEUP FOREVER, your all the one to blame.

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