Aloha, Welcome To Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis blog, Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist. She shares makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment, BTS beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with Lupus, Lyme disease, RA & Asthma. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. This Oahu Hawaii Makeup Artist and Blogger was selected by her peers as The Top 15 People To Follow During The Golden Globes. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. This Lifestyle Blogger recently launched Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma. 22 years in the beauty industry, Brandy is now calling Honolulu Hawaii home. So destination brides, you now have a TOP makeup artist on the island of Oahu to get you glamxurious for your wedding day. If you come to Oahu, and is looking for a TOP Makeup Artist in Oahu, know you can get a face beat or an effortless makeup look by Brandy. Oh, and yes BLACK PEOPLE do live here in Hawaii.
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.
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.
*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 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
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.
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.
Notes: Bergamot, Moist White Flowers, Patchouli. Style: Lush. Fresh. Invigorating.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notes: 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. Style: Sophisticated. Mysterious. Sexy.
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.
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.
Everybody 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.
5 quick tips for you to glam up your makeup this holiday season.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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