Month: February 2017

Connecticut Makeup Artist Get’s John Legend Ready For NBA All Star


Whenever I share with my clients that I will be working the NBA All Star Weekend I always get asked the same question, “You Put Makeup On The Ball Players”? But there is so much more to being the Key Makeup Artist for the NBA during All Star Weekend. Friday through Sunday I have a lot of talents (music artists, hosts, dancers, & players) scheduled for makeup before going on television. One of my favorite talents and someone I worked with before at Sundance Film Festival was John Legend.  John Legend and his dancers were all scheduled to receive makeup on Sunday. I always enjoy creating a makeup look for the dancers so that they could all be consistent with their fashion.

The reason why I selected to share what products I used on John Legend is because so many ask how do you groom a man for television. With John Legend already having consistently even skin, he was easy to work with. My only concern was to hide his dark circles so that he would not look restless on camera. Whenever I’m working and doing a live show, I have know that the products I use will be reliable and give me the finish that I want.

Here are the items that was used to give John Legend an effortless look on television.

1. Absolute New York Makeup Cleansing Tissue

2. Absolute New York Spritz 2 Fix Matte Setting Spray

bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo • bareMinerals • $32

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream SPF 30 • L’Oreal • $24.99

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy • First Aid Beauty • $12

MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer • Make Up For Ever • $40

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Connecticut makeup artist that service Fairfield County, CT and the New York area.

I’m About To Try Rodan & Fields Skincare For The First Time

Yesterday I met with one of my clients, Amy Wendland Schmidt from Ridgefield, CT and she wanted to introduced me to a brand that I wasn’t really familiar with. A few times when doing her makeup she chatted with me about Rodan & Fields products. She is definitely a fan of the brand. If I have ever done your makeup you know how important prepping the skin with great skin care products is to me. My thing is if you don’t practice great skin care then you will not achieve a flawless makeup look regardless of how expensive the makeup is. I’ve been blessed to have radiant skin and I look youthful but I do have skin concerns. My challenge is large pores & dark circles so I look forward to seeing the results.

Amy gifted me with a travel size kit from the REDEFINE line so that I can try out and experience for myself the products. So here is what I received in my REDEFINE Age Assault kit.

  • REDEFINE Regimen (REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask, REDEFINE Pore Minimizing Toner, REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment, REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream)
  • REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream
  • REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum
  • REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum

Can’t wait to share with you my feedback so stay tuned!

Spring Into Dewy Skin With A Highlighter


Let It Glow, Let It Glow…Spring is almost here and my clients in Fairfield County can’t wait for it to get here soon enough especially with the beautiful weather we have had in the last two days. Ladies, I’m sure you’re ready for that effortless dewy skin; so how do you achieve that brilliant spring glow you ask? A highlighter…Highlighters help to give the skin a luminous finish and can be purchased in different textures:powders, liquids, and creams. When using a highlighter, I like to apply the highlighters with a damp beauty blender on the apple of the cheeks and along the cheekbones to give that radiant fresh face glow. While I was in Westport, CT doing makeup, a client asked me to select 5 of my favorite highlighters. With so many highlighters to choose from I had to think for a second, because I love them all!

You might recognize from my Instagram post me using Flower Beauty highlighter on The Roots dancers from the NBA All Star Weekend. So instead of 5 here are 10 of my favorite new highlighters that has hit the shelves and hopefully will make their way to your vanity.

algenist drop glow luminizing duo


cover fx custom enhancer drops


dior diorskin nude air luminizer powderdior-diorskin-nude-air-luminizer-powder

flower beauty highlighting palette


guerlain météorites baby glow sheer liquid foundation


josie maran argan enlightenment illuminizer


make up for ever star lit liquid

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natasha denona all over glow face body shimmer in powder

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer in Powder.jpg

primark white strobing highlighter set

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stila heavens hue highlighter

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Second Day In New Orleans For The NBA All Star Weekend

Today was a quiet day not a lot of things to do for the NBA All Star Weekend event. But later in the evening I was only booked to work with one person. After getting my call time and location I head over to the Westin Hotel in New Orleans to meet up with talent Rocsi Diaz for the NBA All Star Weekend Playmakers Dinner. Was the first to arrive shortly followed by her New Orleans hairstylist Dana.

Afterward all I want to do is go get a daiquiri and a few pounds of crawfish. One of my many highlights of being back home in New Orleans.


Heading To New Orleans For NBA All Star Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m heading to New Orleans for NBA All Star Weekend to work and I can’t be so elated. On this trip my travel companion is my daughter Envy. She wanted to go home to party while visiting her friends. Hubby dropped us to the airport and us girls were on our way. Being that I been the Key Makeup Artist since 2010, Michael and I have gotten use to me working out of town on this day. But I always find a fun creative way to leave them cute gifts at home.

Did you see my beauty testimonial in Life & Style magazine, if not here it is.

Because I knew we would have a full day at the airport we decided to grab food and a cocktail. We ordered food from Anglers at LaGuarida airport.

So I order the Viva Villa, a Patron Silver tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, for $14 but my drink didn’t look like the picture. After speaking with the waiter this was the best they could do he said. I’m a girl that order food by presentation and packaging. My complaint is when businesses advertise the food /drinks one way and bring out something totally different. Anyway, I did enjoy the lobster but I didn’t eat the bread and I luv my fresh hot crinkle fries.

After I got my grub on I decided to get some work done with all the updates coming in about the celebrity talents. I found me a quiet spot at the airport spread out all my stuff and I ordered myself a drink on one of those tablets. Oh, I was straight got a lot done while we waited to board.

After leaving the airport I only wanted to make one stop and as I WISHED the red light was on at Krispy Kreme. I order 2 dozens of the original doughnuts and now I’m complete.






Who Rocked It? Allison Williams vs Idina Menzel


When you been in the beauty industry as long as I have, being asked for a beauty quote by any magazine is a major deal. I was so honored that I was asked about this topic, GREEN EYESHADOW. I’m such a fan of this shade for the eyes so this was an easy one to speak on. I talked about the makeup look that both actress was wearing, it’s Allison Williams vs Idina Menzel. I selected Allison Williams makeup look because it was such a great look for her. The colors were all complimentary for her complexion. Do you agree?

Guess what, I’m being interviewed today to give another beauty quote to Life & Style…GOD IS GOOD!

This Is What I Have In My Hair & Makeup Kit

Since I’m forced to stay home during Winter Storm Chris I decided to do a few things. One being pampering my skin while working on my hair & makeup kit for tomorrow video shoot with Nestle. And the other is my upcoming assignment this month for the NBA All Star Weekend.

Have you ever gotten overwhelmed with trying to do any type of cleaning & organizing? I think I’m there now, lol. So, I’ll just stay focus on tomorrow assignment first then Saturday I can focus on packing for my trip in New Orleans. It’s a total of 8 hair & makeup people so I just want to make sure I have everything my team will need.

I do want to thank Danielle at Alison Brod Marketing + Communications for sending over goodies to help me with makeup. Here is a quick video to show what they sent me.

This is what I’m bringing with me on tomorrow in another quick little video below.



A Snow Day Is Perfect For Pampering Your Skin

connecticut-makeup-artist-brandy-gomez-duplessis-in-drybar-rollersIt’s officially a snow day in Connecticut.  So ladies it’s a perfect day to pamper your skin ( and have a glass of wine) to a luxurious afternoon of indulgence instead of the quick scrub and rinse we usually do in the morning before work.

I’m giving myself a spa experience today by immersing my skin into a bevy of different skin nurturing items. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a drugstore, beauty store, or your dermatologist, I always tell my clients to love your skin by caring for it. Find the right skincare products based on your skin type from cleansers, eye creams, moisturizers, eye & face masks, and a good lip treatment to create your long lasting flawless finish.

Here is my secrets for looking this good….wait did you really think I woke up like this? See all of the products here.

*In my hair are Drybar High Tops Self Grip Rollers thanks Drybar, a Premier Blow Out Salon.