Month: December 2015

Glam New Year’s Makeup Look With Glitter & Lashes

This is a fun New Year’s Eve makeup look I did 5 years ago with Tia Williams and Essence Magazine for a Shake Your Beauty segment. It’s so funny to see how my makeup artistry has grown since then. But I had such a great time at the Essence magazine office creating this glam New Year’s Eve makeup look that I had to share it with you. It’s a simple makeup look that could be done tonight especially if you luv glitter, lashes and bronzer.







Sephora Collection Color Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette Is A Must Have




I’m so excited about trying out this amazing palette of eye shadows from the Sephora Collection called Color Wonderland. I couldn’t agree better with the name. It’s a wonderland palette of colors, highlighters, eye liners and a double sided brush. Don’t sleep on Sephora eye shadows, their full of pigments that I like using wet and/or dry. 

Sephora Color Wonderland Palette

*78 eye shadows

*two eye pencil

*double ended eye shadow brush

*two different color stories, neutrals on the left and vibrant shades on the right

CLEAN New Reserve Fragrances Will Evoke All Your Senses


CLEAN wants to change the way we experience fragrance. Their reserve of raw ingredients they created a collection that highlights individuality that has eco-conscious sustainability. They removed the clutter and complexity  so all that’s left is CLEAN

Clean Warm Cotton

Reserve Blend Warm Cotton is for those who currently love Warm Cotton, or anyone who prefers to smell quintessentially clean. The fragrance envelops you in pure freshness that’s bright and comfortable. Its essence lies in the irresistible freshness of translucent florals and the soft feel of skin-loving musks for the ultimate feeling of luxurious comfort.

Aldehydic Ginger, Watery Ozonic, Mint Green, Pepper Floral Accord, Musk, Incense, Vetiver.
Fresh. Comforting. Nostalgic.


Reserve Blend Rain captures the energy of a rainforest and the moment after a fresh rainfall when the air is so pure and fresh, you can actually smell life. The fragrance is created from an unexpected combination of a fruity floral notes blended with fresh patchouli vetiver and musks.

Bergamot, Moist White Flowers, Patchouli.
Lush. Fresh. Invigorating.

Clean Terra Woods

A fragrance for the misfits, movers, and shakers who want to make a positive impact on the world, Terra Woods is the most unique fragrance of the collection. It smells alive with crisp and zesty notes, and is freshened further with water and air to move into a natural floralcy. Creaminess and a woody base provide contrast, creating a beautiful duality that instantly transforms into a new experience when paired with Velvet Flora, Smoked Vetiver, or Sueded Oud.

Fresh Accord, Fresh Geranium, Jasmine Sambac Petals, Coconut, Skin Musks, Textured Woods, Tonka Bean, Madagascar Vanilla.
Unique. Enticing. Woody.


For the understated and quiet one who likes to leave a mark, Reserve Blend Skin depicts the tenderness and soft intimacy of a warm embrace—a blended combination of comforting salty sweetness.

Fresh Musks, Warm Skin Accord, Tonka Bean, Salted Praline.
Comforting. Inviting. Smooth.


Velvet Flora is an intoxicating blend of sophistication and allure made for anyone who has an aura of distinction, confidence, and modernity. It captures the unique contrast of bergamot and leathery woods, awakening the senses with freshness and warmth.

Green Bergamot, Jasmine Lily, Saffron Flower, Cedarwood, Moss, Musk, Amber, Patchouli.
Sophisticated. Alluring. Luxurious.


Amber Saffron is the sexiest and most delicious fragrance of the collection. An irresistibly fresh blend of red fruits, delicate florals, soothing musks, warm amber and exquisite saffron, it is sure to leave a lasting impression. Velvet Flora and Sueded Oud are Amber Saffron’s perfect matches.

Bergamot Armoise Artemisia, Mandarin Oil, Rose, Lily, Raspberry, Musk, Saffron, Amber.
Sexy. Intoxicating. Sensual.


Smoked Vetiver is the most masculine fragrance of the collection. It has a smoky sweetness that’s fresh, inviting, and sexy. Made for both men and women, the fragrance is light and fresh when worn alone, but can be paired with Sueded Oud to transform it into an irresistible sensual experience.

Verbena, Bamboo Leaf, Bergamot Oil, Quince Pear, Blonde Cedarwood, Cotton Peony, Wild Moss, Gold Amber, Soft Musks, Vetiver, Clean Woods, Myrrh.
Sweet. Smoky. Masculine.

Clean Blonde Rose

Blonde Rose is not an ordinary floral fragrance, it is for anyone who loves to be feminine with an edge. A sophisticated blend of rose, jasmine, and peony, it reminds of the classic, yet modern femininity that’s fresh and sexy. Men can wear it too, especially when paired with Sueded Oud.

Aldehydic Watery, Rose, Peony, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk.
Sophisticated. Classic. Feminine.

Clean Terra Woods

Sueded Oud is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance.

Incense Oil, Blue Cypress, Birchwood, Red Pimento, Honeysuckle, Temple Oud, Night Blooming Jasmine, White Magnolia, Fir Balsam, Sarcocaulon, Soft Suede, Gold Patchouli, Black Amber, Praline, Skin Musk, Olibanum Tears.
Sophisticated. Mysterious. Sexy.

Skincare Goodies For Women In Their 40’s

Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Everyone has their guide books and TV shows to get them through their life, so I thought I’ll write a post on skincare products I use to maintain my youthfulness. I always get carded because I don’t look my age. When I’m with my 23 and my 18 year old they think I’m their sister. I joke that the lupus has stopped me from aging, making me the black female Benjamin Button, lol. So if it’s not the lupus that’s stopping my age process then maybe it’s really all the expensive skincare products I slather on my face morning and night. I’m happy to share with you my skincare cocktails that I used daily on my mature skin to achieve my baby skin. Hopefully, one of these products will help you with anti-aging.

Right now these are the following products I have been using.




The Sista Circle Featuring My Makeup Artistry

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Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis doing makeup for ENEWS and L'OREAL Paris

Its always an honor when peers especially the younger ones reach out to me with consideration of featuring me on their blog. It’s a great way to introduce myself and my makeup artistry to the younger audience who is not aware of all the cool assignments I’ve done before Instagram and other social media pages. I luv the fact that Christine from The Sista Circle did her homework on me, it’s always nice to reminisce, I must say I had a great run. Check out the interview here and yes I did have that moment with actor Paul Rudd, lol.

My Favorite Blur Primers For Instant Smooth Skin

Connecticut Makeup Artist and Sephora Beauty Studio Coordinator Brandy Gomez-Duplessis makeup look at Donna Karan Market Week.jpg-originalEverybody love to look photo-shop in their pictures but what about days your not taking pictures. I know for me I have a challenge with skin texture. Because my entire face is covered with moles I like to look like I have a flawless complexion. So my must have to achieving that look is Blur Primer.

The great thing about blur primers is that it can be used on all ages, all skin tones, and on both men and women. When I’m on set especially working with men, brides, and photo shoots, I always prep with a blur primer. It gives such a smooth texture covering skin bumps, fine lines, and minimizes the appearances of large pores.

Blur primer is a lightweight non greasy product that feels silky to the skin leaving you with an instant smooth skin. Here are my favorite blur’s I like to use personally and on my clients.




  1. Lancome Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur
  2. L’OREAL Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur
  3. NudeStix Pencil Blur
  4. Philosophy Instant Miracle Worker Line Erasing Blur Stick
  5. YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector



CeCi Style Holiday Issue featuring Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

5 quick tips for you to glam up your makeup this holiday season.

Expert Style 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.

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis of BGD Makeup Artistry

Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has made a name for herself in the bridal industry through determination and exceptional work. She is highly sought after in New York, Miami, and New Orleans. She has been called a “Makeup Bridal Guru” by “Anti-Bride” & “Destination I Do” bridal magazines. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro-Artist, SEPHORA Beauty Studio Coordinator and has worked with Kim Kardashian, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Malin Ackerman, Edie Falco, Kathryn Erbe, Angela Bassett, Ellie Golding, Mario Lopez, Elijah Wood, Usher, John Legend and worked events such as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, OPRAH O!You, and has appeared on “How Do I Look” and “I’ll Take The Dress”.

I’m a big fan of makeup artists who are able to make their clients look incredible — not trashy or overdone. These are the ones you want to work with. Brandy Gomez-Duplessis not only has the artistic skills to truly elevate your look but she is a lovely, hard-working woman to boot. To me, it’s all about working with people who have that perfect combo of great talent and personality. – CECI JOHNSON

Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis quick tips for you to glam up your makeup this holiday season:

  1. Eye glitter: Glitter on the eyes always makes a girl smile. It’s like diamonds for the eyes. This fun makeup item can be used at the bottom of the eyes or in the inner corners. These sparkles will leave you feeling so glamorous.
  2. Lips: The holidays are a perfect time to wear Cherry Bomb lip color. It’s especially great when you want to stand out. Don’t forget to buy it in a lip stain or a long-wearing formula to keep up this delicious look.

  3. Lashes: Lashes are always a girl’s best friend. With great holiday choices (strip or individual), they are a must-have item that will make you feel sexy and look seductive. It’s an excuse to flirt a little more.
  4. Eye shadow: Metallic eye shadows are perfect if you choose to go with a smoky eye. Silver metallic eye shadow on the inner corners of the eyes and dark metallic in the outer corner and crease is always smokin’.
  5. Face: A highlighter on the face can be very sexy when applied on the cheeks. It’s a very simple and easy product that can also be used on the décolleté for a subtle glam effect.

Discover more on BGD Makeup Artistry


My Regular Monday Doctor Visit With My Pulmonologist

Have you ever heard someone say that their body hurt when it rain. Well, I’m that person, change of weather affects my body, my joints. I woke up this morning feeling horrible so I knew it was raining. I struggled to get out of bed for my morning doctor appointment. I’m only looking forward to going because I’m suppose to get results from my latest CT Scan that was done on Dec 7th  at Northeast Radiology. I did the best that I could with hair & makeup but I still looked a hot mess.
I always hate doing the spirometry lungs function test, it takes everything out of me. You have to breathe so hard into the mouthpiece that sometimes it leaves me feeling dizzy like I’m going to faint.
 I did get some good news as well as bad news but the most important my nodules are getting smaller in size.  I’ll be back in this same room next Monday Dec 14th after my appointment with my ENT. Hopefully sinuses surgery won’t be needed.

Favorite Bronzers To Use This Fall Season


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During this time of year your skin can look dry, dull and pale. So to bring some warmth and exotic glow back to your fall/winter face I picked my favorite bronzers and brushes to help achieve a healthy tan. makeup brushes article.jpg

  1. BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze Contour Perfector
  2. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder
  3. Guerlain Terracotta Sun & Glow Kit
  4. Stila Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm Powder
  6. Sephora Pro Flawless Bronzer Brush #46
  7. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
  8. BECCA The One Perfecting Brush
  9. Tom Ford Bronzing Brush
  10. Real Techniques Powder Brush
  11. Lilah B Retractable Bronzer Brush

Cane + Austin At Home Treatment Skincare Line


Cane +Austin skincare

Today was definitely a treat meeting Dr. Craig Austin, dermatologist and owner of Cane + Austin skincare line at Sephora. It was such a surprise because one of Sephora skin expert Noemi Caraballo just gave me a sample of the Miracle Pad to try a few days before. I expressed to Noemi that I wanted something to help me to get rid of my enlarge pores. I’m always looking for something that is healthy because of my lupus. But it had to be something easy that I could do without many steps. So she suggested Cane + Austin Miracle Pad. I’m interested in seeing what type of results the sugar cane ultra pure glycolic acid will have on my skin. Then later, I’ll try the Retexture Pads because the moles has taken over my face. I would luv to have more of a smoother texture. Can’t wait to see the results.

The brand consists of ten easy, effective, at-home products, including the Retexture Pad, Acne Retexture Pad, Body Retexture Pad, Facial Moisture Cream, SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen, Miracle Pad®, Miracle Pad® +, Corrective Eye Cream, Body Retexture Lotion, and Face & Body Retexture Scrub. All Cane+Austin products are clinically proven to deliver results comparable to a treatment in a doctor’s office, and are perfect for all skin types.

Choose the treatment and intensity level that is right for you.

Acne Retexture Pad

The at-home facial treatment clinically proven to fight acne and signs of aging at the same time.

Retexture Pad

Hydrates, evens skin tone, and reduces fine lines, enlarged pores & uneven pigmentation.

Miracle Pad

Intensive facial treatment to hydrate, even skin tone, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores & the appearance of age spots.

Miracle Pad

Their most intensive facial treatment to hydrate, even skin tone, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores & the appearance of age spots.