Blast from the Past Beauty Article

By valeriekw @beautyandthebudget…my insight of being a makeup artist in the industry.
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis coined the phrase: “Glam Life of a Makeup Artist,” and she certainly lives by it. A celebrity makeup artist, she has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Tyra Banks Show, the Style Network, and TLC.  She’s done makeup for Kim Kardashian, Jordin Sparks, Brad Pitt, Fall Out Boy, Usher, Justin Bieber, and singer Deborah Cox among many other celebrities. Her work has been featured in many notable popular magazines like Essence Magazine, Teen People, and Modern Bride.
For a woman who began working as a part time Estee Lauder counter clerk, Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has worked hard to make a name for herself in the fashion industry. She’s the epitome of an elite insider, and I was so glad to snag an interview with her last week before she scurried off to Fashion Week!
How did you get into the makeup business? When did you decide that was your career path?
If I tell you when I got started doing makeup then I will tell my age (laughing). But, (still laughing) I started working at the Estee Lauder counter in New York part time. Back then Estee Lauder was one of the top makeup lines. I have always loved makeup, fashion, and hair. I think I was born in the wrong era, (smiling) the era where the women on television were glamorous, just walking around the house. Women were real women. They were put together, so elegant, and very sophisticated. Hair, makeup, gaudy jewelry and gorgeous clothing inspire me even to this day. (Smiling.)
Describe a typical day on set as a makeup artist.
TYPICAL…What’s that (laughing)? Every day is so different. Some days I awake at 3 or 4am and work about 13-15 hours. Some days I can start in the afternoon and work all evening on set. Some days it’s glam. A car picks me up to bring me to my client’s hotel or home and for 3-5 hours and sometimes it’s stressful but fab at the same time.
Everybody from the client, hair, wardrobe, assistants, managers, and extras are all in the room pulling at the client putting their two-cents in and we are all trying to do our part. Then later, the evening is relaxed and I am backstage watching my work on the monitor.
But every day is a blessing and I am doing what I love. I would not change my crazy schedule for anything
Overall, what has been your proudest moment as a makeup artist?
This is what I asked God for everyday. So when days are stressful on set, I just go with the flow and don’t complain. Plan A does not always work and I don’t always get off when the call sheet says due to a challenge that has come up. Rain, snow, power outages, talent running late, anything can happen. Many times we just sit until it’s time to work. That’s when I came up with this phrase, “Glam Life Of A Makeup Artist”. I am proud of my whole career. Starting off as a freelance makeup artist walking away from MAC Cosmetics, and to have built my business and worked on the people that I have worked on up until now through hard work, determination, and talent is what I am most proud. For me it’s not just one particular moment that I am proud of, it’s everything I’ve done, every time I book a new assignment, every time I work with a new celebrity, every time I fly to a new city. It’s the culmination of my dreams coming true.
What tips do you have for someone hoping to get into this business?
I am so glad you asked me this question (laughing). I wish someone would have shared this with me. I’ve never had a mentor. Everything I’ve done has all been learned through trial-and-error. Everybody wants the fast and easy way to fame and some have stepped on and back stabbed each other to get there. Do your homework first, learn what area of artistry you would want to work in. Practice, Practice, Practice and when it’s your time God will make it happen. On reality shows, fame comes fast but if you look at some of the most successful makeup artists and hair stylists they’re not in their early 20’s. You have to pay your dues and build your name.
See more of Brandy Gomez-Duplessis at http://insidethelifeofamakeupartist.blogspot.com/.
View the gallery below for exclusive photos from her career as a celebrity makeup artist.
Additional pictures from the Beauty and The Budget article view gallery here….thanks Valerie Warrington!!!
About:
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. She has worked with celebrities like Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian and Jordin Sparks, to name a few. Brandy is also a high demand celebrity bridal makeup artist that brides usually book her makeup service 1 year in advance. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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Feeling Like Christmas

@wwltv WWL-TV Spirit of the Season commercial  in New Orleans is my favorite holiday commercial. When the station starts running the commercial, for me it’s like it’s officially time to start celebrating Christmas. I know it sounds corny but I’m corny, lol. I want to share with you something that makes me happy and brings joy to my life. A simple song that is sung so beautifully.

As we decorate the house for Christmas this is our kick off song. We play lots of Christmas songs, watch the 2 boys ( my boogie down brown dogs) run around the tree as they pull off all the bows at the bottom. We bake lots of goodies and hubby makes the best eggnog and cocktails. I love CHRISTMAS!!!
Happy Holidays!!!!
oh, to hear the song you will have to turn my music down, my jukebox is located down at the bottom of the page.

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Brides Don’t Forget Your Bridesmaids Makeup

One of the many questions that are asked by my brides during their bridal consultations is “How can all my bridesmaids have the same makeup look?” There is no right or wrong answer about makeup looks for bridesmaids. Many traditional brides prefer their bridesmaids to have a uniform look from head to toe with their dresses, hair, shoes and even makeup. Recently, more modern brides encourage their bridesmaids to select their own makeup look for the wedding day.
If you’re a bride that opts for all of the bridesmaids to be uniform with their makeup and your bridal party is of different ethnicities, this can be tricky. Consult with a professional in advance and this will save you a lot of stress and make for happy & glam bridesmaids. I find darker eye shadow colors like golds, browns, blues, purples and grey’s to be great on all skin tones. Of course you will have to tweak some of the colors a little as all these shades will compliment each of your bridesmaids from fair, medium and dark skin uniquely.
My bride, Domini, wanted her girls to all wear grey eye shadow on the day of the wedding, so I selected one of my favorite shade in grey: L’OREAL HIP Cream Eye Shadow Paint in Steely. What I love about the cream shadow paint is that it’s long wearing, creamy and bendable. It does not crease, even on oily eye lids, and it’s an eye shadow color that can be worn on all skin tones. I just lined the eyes with L’OREAL HIP cream black eyeliner and finished the lips with a nude lip color. Try the Cream Shadow Paints in different shades, either way you’ll be sure to have a stunning group of ladies that will help make your special day GLAMXURIOUS.
Credits:

Photos courtesy of Oscar Rajo and L’OREAL Paris

About:
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. She has worked with celebrities like Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian and Jordin Sparks, to name a few. Brandy is also a high demand celebrity bridal makeup artist that brides usually book her makeup service 1 year in advance. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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Wedding: Bride Brittany Oswald

I met my bride Brittany from doing another one of her bridemaid Mimi Water, who is also Brittany cousin. I find that I work with a lot of families where they all will use my makeup services from weddings, birthdays, special occassions, etc. 
Brittany got hair & makeup ready at The Roosevelt Hotel. The FAB hairstylist Tommy Centanni was stylist of choice a great pick.
I ws so excited when she told me becuase I love going to the hotel in December it always look like a winter wonderland. They really do an amazing job in the lobby. You almost forget your in New Orleans.
On the girls eyes I went with a teal grey eyeshadow color, bronzer on the cheeks and a nude glossy lip.
At The St.Charles Mansion for pictures and cocktails before the wedding

The St.Charles Mansion
Heading to the church
Hanging out at the church with some of the bridesmaids
Last picture of Dr. Oswald before she walked done the aisle.

About:
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. She has worked with celebrities like Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian and Jordin Sparks, to name a few. Brandy is also a high demand celebrity bridal makeup artist that brides usually book her makeup service 1 year in advance. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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Heading to New Orleans for a Wedding

If you ever wanna catch up with me the airport is the perfect place, lol. It use to be I can do my work at home around 1am now I find I get more done here at the airport. This morning I am heading to New Orleans because I have a client who is getting married tomorrow. My bride has a total of 9 people schedule for GLAM makeup. This will be the third time working with Dr Brittany. Last month I flew back to do makeup on her cousin Mimi for her wedding. I always find that clients keep me in the family. I just keep extending my family, lol. So some of the ladies from Mimi wedding will be getting their makeup done by me again. Tommy a hairstylist that I enjoy working with in New Orleans will also be returning to do FAB hair.

After the wedding I will grab dinner and of course cocktails with my bestie; Jamielyn. Not sure what she’s putting together but whatever it is I know it will be GLAMXURIOUS because she’s Fancy, lol.

The great thing about still having my home here in New Orleans is never having to worry about bringing lots of makeup & clothes because I’ll always something at the house. So I doubt we will sell it. The Orlando pad is not the same but I’m working on getting that set up for the summer next year. This is why I work hard, 3 houses to call home.

Not much battery left so I have to go.

“Glam Life Of A Makeup Artist”

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Real Simple Magazine Pop-Up Store in NYC

@lorealparisusa @real_simple @rs_offers   L’OREAL Paris Pro Team & Makeup Artists offered complimentary GLAM holiday hair & makeup at the Real Simple Magazine Pop-Up store. This was a great chance for consumers to stop by and try out L’OREAL products, talk with the L’OREAL Pro Team, or just come over in get a FAB new look. The L’OREAL team really enjoyed being a part of the POP-UP store. If ever Real Simple Magazine do a POP-UP store please be sure to go. It was definitely a lot of fun. Plus, I got to touch up the makeup of Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop. Fun pics below….

thanks Grant for putting together an amazing ELNETT tree…

I’m ready to start my day
BGD & Melissa
LUV Pro Artist Tiffany…Beyonce #1 FAN
Pro Artist Tiffany & Makeup Artist Emili
I think smokey eyes…using green eyeshadow
luv using this eyeshadow palette
Pro Makeup Artist Tiffany talking with consumer about Youth Code
HOW FAB!!!
my favorite client of the day…SANTA BABY
getting Sheila ready before going on stage
consumer wanted sexy lips like mine

When:December 1st-6th
Where:Real Simple Pop-Up Shop
Rockefeller Center
10 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10111

Time:10am-9pm

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ABOUT
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently reside in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist and a special guest makeup artist in Harlem at BiBi Salon NYC. This New York makeup artist has worked with celebrities like; Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, Jordin Sparks, Anika Noni Rose, Edie Falco, and Kathryn Erbe, to name a few. Brandy is also well know in the wedding industry in New York & New Orleans that brides book her makeup services 2 years in advance. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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Ceci Style: Holiday Makeup Tips

I know most of you have at least one holiday party to attend, while others might have the dilemma of how to keep up with a flurry of invitations. Whether you have one or many fetes to attend, please be sure to have fun with your makeup. The magic of the season gives us the perfect excuse to add sparkle to our eyes and glimmer to our lips. Follow these tips from Brandy – my friend and fellow celebrity judge from the Bay Bridal Best of the Bay 2010 Awards – for an expert’s guide to making you shine in the spotlight of the holiday season.
Ceci

ABOUT

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently reside in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist and a special guest makeup artist in Harlem at BiBi Salon NYC. This New York makeup artist has worked with celebrities like; Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, Jordin Sparks, Anika Noni Rose, Edie Falco, and Kathryn Erbe, to name a few. Brandy is also well know in the wedding industry in New York & New Orleans that brides book her makeup services 2 years in advance. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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