Month: March 2017

Sunday Riley: Why Everyone Is So Obsessed With the Skin-Care Brand Right Now

In January beauty writer Deanna from Allure magazine interviewed me about a skincare brand that I’m very obsessed with called Sunday Riley.  Being that I’m a makeup artist that is always on set working with celebrities, at photo shoots, fashion shows, and award shows, I am always looking for the best skincare to give me that flawless complexion. I can honestly say, Sunday Riley has given me just that.


Sunday Riley skincare.jpgThe other night, I was out to dinner with a friend. We’ll call her Brittany. While I was busy stealing handfuls of crispy fries off her plate, she waxed poetic about the skin-care brand Sunday Riley. “I love Sunday Riley,” she said. “I’m a sucker for the packaging. It makes it less scary.”

“What do you mean?”

“So retinol is an intimidating ingredient,” explained Brittany, trying to get a fry for herself. Retinol is an intimidating ingredient since, if not used correctly, the vitamin A derivative is as good at making your skin red and raw as it is at boosting collagen. “When I see a clinical retinol tube, I think, Oooh, my face is literally going to flake off. But when you offer it as blue oil and give it a fun name like Luna, I want it.” (I know. Our conversations are riveting.)

She was talking about Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil, a potent treatment that’s a rich, inky blue. (It gets that color from an anti-inflammatory ingredient called blue tansy oil. If you’re curious, we did a little investigating last year.) And Brittany wasn’t kidding: The bottle is as far as you can get from the sometimes fugly, superfunctional packaging of certain skin-care products. The font, minimalist and sophisticated. The name, whimsical. The formula itself, packed with retinol to smooth skin and boost collagen.

Last but not least: the price. It’s as high as you might think. (A one-ounce bottle of Luna Oil retails for $105, which means you’d better not drop any on your bathroom counter or drizzle any on the front of your shirt.) But this doesn’t stop fans from hoarding bottles by the Houston-based brand. “You pay for what you get,” says Brandy, a makeup artist from Ridgefield, Connecticut. In addition to Luna, she owns Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, and U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. If you’re counting, this regimen clocks in at $405 for a total of five full-size products. It’s worth every penny to Brandy. “I used to wear so much foundation because I hated my large pores and dark spots,” she says. “Sunday Riley has given me back my confidence. I don’t know what I would do without it.” Read Full Article Here.

9 best drugstore blushes, according to celebrity makeup artists

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When Beauty, travel & lifestyle writer Aly Walansky asked me about my favorite drugstore makeup brands I was very excited to share with her some of my new favorite brands.  Here is the article for the Today’s Show.


It’s hard to believe, but spring weather really is just around the corner! And nothing complements the season of flowers and sunshine quite like a fresh glow on our cheeks.

To achieve the look, TODAY Style reached out to celebrity makeup artists to find out their personal favorite blushes for spring that are all available at your local drugstore.

These items were hand-picked by our editorial team because we love them – and we hope you do, too. TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by TODAY. Full Article Here

Watch Connecticut Makeup Artist & Her Team Work NBA All Star

Today felt like old times when we would all get together to collaborate about the looks for the NBA Fan Patrol Dancers. I really enjoy creating the looks on what the dancers would look like. It’s such a great feeling seeing not just seeing my artistry work on television but to see a vision of everyone always bring a tear to my eyes. I love being a creative director on set I really luv to create. On this day I needed all 8 of us in the glam room. For the music group The Roots we had a lot of people to get hair & makeup ready.

We just finished getting The Roots dancers hair & makeup ready for their performance.

Here is the makeup palette I created for The Roots dancers for their performance. I didn’t get pics for John Legend dancers because at that time I was downstairs with talent. But we kept very similar makeup looks. At the end of the post you can see both videos of all of our hard work that evening.

L’OREAL Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur, ARDELL Demi Wispies Lashes, Absolute New York Strobing & Shading Palette, Primark Master Eye shadow Palette, L’OREAL Paris True Match Super Blendable Powder, L’OREAL Paris Infallible Pro Matte 24HR Foundation, Palladio Blush, Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain, Absolute New York Waterproof Gel Lip Pencil, L’OREAL Paris True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer, Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette, 

Luv Zoey! Shes an awesome dancer, I’m sure you have seen her dancing with some of your favorite artists.

Leah will be my makeup muse this year. Her face is INCREDIBLE See for yourself. I luv the Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Palette I used on her.

Nikki Hall the head NBA Stylist always do a great job with selecting the wardrobe. She’s a beast when it comes to fashion. I luv the clothes she picked out for The Roots dancers. She nailed all the era’s.

Can I just say how bless it is to be working with singer John Legend again. Men grooming is easy but you really have to know what products to use so they don’t look over made up. Definitely want to thank Jidenna & Daveed Diggs who performed with The Roots for being great gentlemen They treat service people excellent!

OK, I needed a minute after grooming John Legend. What a great guy!!!

This is the L’OREAL Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip Plum I have on

I like using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy on guys because it’s not so greasy especially when on TV.

The Roots Performance hereThe Roots Performance here

John Legend Performance link here


That’s a wrap! I look forward to being the Key Makeup Artist next year in LA.

Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Teaches Everything Beauty With Beauty Blueprint

Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis and Kerry Washington at Sundance Film Fest

I get asked daily “How Did You Do It” as far as branding myself in the beauty industry as a Celebrity Makeup Artist without an Agent, Manager, or Publicist. After flirting with the idea of sharing my tips, tricks, and ideas with other makeup artists & hair stylists, I decided “Why not” share my beauty blueprint.

Beauty Blueprint.jpgBeauty Blueprint is a consultation service to provide answers, suggestions, and lessons on anything to do with beauty. My consultation will always take place through Skype or Facetime in the comfort of your own home. I’m excited about it because so many artists & stylists that are living in other states who do not have the budget to travel to meet with me will find this setup convenient. I remember when I started out, I didn’t have a mentor to guide me with the business side. A lot of the business women I looked up to were either in New York, LA, or Europe. I learned a lot of my business acumen through trial and error. I didn’t know what pictures to use in my portfolio, or on my own website. I didn’t know how and what to charge clients, or how to market myself. I wanted to work in the beauty & entertainment industry but had no clue where to begin. 21 years later I am sitting down helping others with their passion of being a successful makeup artists and hair stylists. This is their opportunity to pick my brain to learn what to do, even if they are already working but find themselves in a rut. I don’t just give someone a contact list of names, it’s a business. Clients can book time with me at their own pace, with questions that they have. If they want to just learn what items they need in their kit, how to do invoices, how to market themselves, or product questions, Beauty Blueprint can provide insight. The client is in charge with what they want to learn, no unnecessary curriculum. Each session is customized to fit each client’s needs. Makeup school teach how to do makeup but as a Celebrity Makeup Artist you are learning from someone who is in the business. I teach what a school cannot…experience, clients will learn first hand from a successful makeup artist.

And while Beauty Blueprint mostly caters to clients looking to grow in the industry, it also provides basic services to people looking for personal beauty advice as well. Such as, defining your personal beauty look, beauty tips and tricks, “How To” makeup lessons, and personal beauty shopping. Beauty Blueprint: Design Your Beauty.

Book a Beauty Blueprint appointment by emailing:

Who Is Brandy?

Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has been in the entertainment & beauty industry for 21 years. She got her start by working at Estee Lauder in New York. In 1997, in her second home New Orleans, she was on the team of the first M.A.C. counter in New Orleans. This is where this fashion forward maven, who loves makeup, made her mark. Brandy began to hone her craft as a freelance makeup artist working with beauty brands, fashion designers, TV shows, photo shoots, and speaking at women conferences.

She has worked her magic on celebrities including Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Viola Davis, Kim Kardashian, Angela Bassett, Allison Janney, Jordin Sparks, Brad Pitt, John Legend, Paul Rudd, and Usher.

She now works for huge conventions such as; The Golden Globes, The Super Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Sundance Film Festival, and the OPRAH O! You Tour. Brandy is also the NBA All Star Weekend Key Makeup Artist since 2010.

Take a peek behind the glamorous curtain by following her blog; Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist, and on Instagram & Twitter, to find out how Brandy balances her professional and personal lives, and what her off-duty style is like. Contact Brandy at; for more details.

Beauty & Skincare Event At KureSpa For Whole Foods Market Beauty Week

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis leaving Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk

Yesterday Ilse Mc Donnell and I was invited to attend Whole Foods Market beauty event held at Kure Spa Wellness Center in Norwalk. Two of the sponsors were Trilogy Natural Skincare & Mineral Fusion Cosmetics both offering mini facials & mini makeovers. All of the tasty refreshments were catered by Whole Foods Market. I was really excited to see Trilogy one of my favorite nature skincare company there. I was introduced to the brand 2 years ago at their launch party in New York. I have been a fan of their rosehip oil since.

So let me tell you about the actually event. Whole Foods Market is celebrating the launch of Beauty Week. Their 2017 Beauty Bag is such a great item especially for women who enjoy using all natural, organic, mineral based skincare items and makeup. The Beauty Bag is valued at $90, you can purchase it while supplies last for $18 at your nearest store. Inside you will find brands like Juice Beauty, Evan Healy, and Dr. Hauschkausa. Ladies, don’t sleep on picking one up, the cute bag alone is worth having. In because it’s Beauty Week ALL face care, cosmetics, and nail polish are 25% off this week at Whole Foods Market. Scroll down to enjoy the pics & videos.



My fab girl Ilse McDonnell of Live Learn Luxe It wrote such a glamxurious post today that I have to share with my fab readers…enjoy, because I know I did.


Ilse Glow Article

Spring does something to me. It’s like all I want to do is embrace color and bathe in the welcomed sunshine. My husband always jokes that, “little Bub (aka me) doesn’t like the cold,” and laughs at how quickly I bundle up if just the slightest breeze comes my way. So to say I’m happy warmer days are here is an understatement.

That’s why today is a pretty special day. I’ve partnered with EcoTools at Ulta to bring you a fresh-faced, pop-of-color spring makeup look that is sure to kiss my – and your – winter blues buh-bye! The focus is all about creating a dewy, flawless face and embracing color for spring. Click here to read the article in full.

Behind The Glam Scene Of NBA ALL STAR Weekend

Regardless of how many years I have been the NBA Key Makeup Artist I get excited about the first day like I’m in high school. My makeup kit is ready at the front door, my clothes laid out and it’s a production getting ready, music on, food and drinks ordered, selfies being taken. When I know I am going to have a long day and I know I’ll be taking lots of pics of myself I use L’OREAL Paris Infallible foundation.

All of the credentials for my team

Here is the hair & makeup room for the talents, the headliners have a different green room

I have known Shannon since I opened my first makeup store in New Orleans, she started out as a client then later started doing makeup. Luv her!

My team captains for all 3 days, all of these amazing people worked with me for the last NBA All Star’s in New Orleans but also for so many other different assignments. If you do great work and have great energy I will call you every time I need hair & makeup in New Orleans. The rest of the team will arrive Saturday& Sunday.

Getting a touch up by my favorite girl Shannon…did I tell you how much I luv her!

Getting a little hair touch up to….Glam Life Of A Makeup Artist

Now it’s time to do some real work, started our day with getting Megan Miller ready. I’ve worked with Megan before so it’s always a treat working with repeat talent. 

Using Stila cosmetics custom color blush in coral on Megan

Carl is being teased because he hates being on camera and is not a fan of social media

Hey Erin…Erin was my personal hairstylist in New Orleans. She’s TALENTED!

Nicole is the NBA Host and another sweet girl that I always enjoy getting makeup ready. Her skin is FLAWLESS!

Shannon got jokes, she’s imitating MOI and how I apply makeup with love to my clients

Still Not To Late To Attend My Virtual Skincare Party

I’m so excited 😊 the night is finally here! I am doing my Facebook Virtual Business Launch with Rodan + Fields Skincare at 8:30pm. It’s still not to late to attend right in the comfort of your own home. For 45mins you will get to chat with me about skincare and I can customize you the correct line for your skincare needs.

To attend just leave me a comment that you would like to be invited. Go to Facebook to request me and I’ll accept, then quickly invite you. It’s that easy! 

See You Bye & Luv U Mean It 😘❤

Connecticut Bloggers Social Media Meetup at VOVO Organics

Connecticut Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

On Saturday I was invited to attend CT Blogger Social Media Meetup at VOVO Organics in New Haven. I was so excited to finally attend one of the meetings. Being that the meetings always take place on Saturday it’s usually hard for me to attend because it’s my most busy day. So I called up my gal pal the fabulous Ilse from Live Learn Luxe It because I thought this would be a great networking event for her to attend. If you have not seen her blog then you need to check her out. Be prepared to be there for hours, I promise she’s FABULOUS!

Wendy and Bonnie did a great job hosting the event and they offered light snacks and wine while the owner Christina offered everyone a complimentary gift bag with a full size bottle of Almond Blossom Skin Oil. With some many great items I made a purchase of Organic Castor Oil & Put The Lime In The Kokonut Body Spray.

I definitely will be visiting VOVO Organics Bath & Body store again as soon as it warm up. Christina shared with us that she just added two new additions to her space; A Tea Bar which provides an array of imported exotic teas from around the world and The Foot Spa to provide a relaxing and healthy foot soak using their exclusive imported Cape Verde sea salt.

Everyone who attend were all Connecticut Bloggers check out there sites here.

Christine Urpin-Charging You Up
Jennifer Lucia-Unfold And Begin

Wendy and Greg-Connecticut Lifestyles

Bonnie Dingus-Home Place

Erin Castro-Accidentally Stylish

Natasha Gailann-OneWomansStyle.Com

Ilse McDonnell-Live Learn Luxe It

Nicole Cline-Seasonly Creations

Cristina Lopes Ayers-VOVO Organics


Your Invited To Attend My Skincare Party

img_3923-1Hi Guys!

It’s your favorite Makeup Artist! I recently took a leap of faith by joining with the award winning skincare company Rodan+Fields. I’m so elated about using the products on myself and sharing these products with you.

So before anyone freaks out I will still be doing freelance makeup but I hope this will be a great way to bring in extra income. But I will now have a signature skincare collection that I will be able to prep my clients with. As you all know that skincare is very important to me. I always tell my clients if you want a flawless makeup application then you have to take care of the skin first. So it doesn’t matter how expensive the makeup is if your skin is not being cared for your makeup will not look good. #justsaying

I hope you can join me on Monday, March 20th at 8:30pm to hear what we love about thlash boost 3is business and products. In less than 45-minutes, we will share information about how Rodan+Fields skincare can change your life and your skin.So grab a cocktail, sit back and hopefully you’ll get some shopping done as well. The two items I’m using are: Lash Boost & the Redefine line. I’m really excited about the results of Lash Boost as you know I lost my lashes & brows because of the lupus & lyme.


In the meantime, please feel free to visit my websites to read a little more: If you would like to attend leave me a comment so I can send you an invite..See Ya Bye & Luv U Mean It! (business opportunity) (product purchases)