Something For The Groom on his Wedding Day

A perfect gift for the gentleman that’s about to walk down the aisle: The Groom’s Survival Kit. When having a destination wedding, you’ll likely leave something at home. Not every groom will be lucky enough to have Jennifer Lopez as their wedding planner but this kit with 26 emergency items will help any groom on his wedding day. No hangover or bridezilla will knock him off his feet with this collection of wedding day survival tools complete with it’s own stress ball and chain. Your I DO’s will include being ready for any situation right here in this Don Draper approved cure all.

Contains 26 must-have items: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Mints, Deodorant, Pain Reliever, Antacid, Facial Tissues, Razor, Shaving Cream, Styptic Pencil, Nail Clipper, Adhesive Bandages, Interior Mirror, Lint Remover, Mending Kit, Scissors, Safety Pins, Boutonniere Pins, Stain Remover, Wrinkle Remover, Black Socks, Stress Ball Keychain and Extra Wedding Bands.

$49.00

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Words by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Photo courtesy of Ms. and Mrs.  
ABOUT
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently reside in Upper Manhattan, New York  and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. 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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False Eyelash

There are so many variety type of lashes on the market; strips, individual, clusters, minx, and semi permanent. Fake lashes are available in many colors, lengths, shapes and sizes. The two main lash colors are black and soft brown. The great thing about these inexpensive gems is that they can be reused. Just store them in their original packaging to help retain their shape.

A bride’s eyes tell the story of her wedding, and lashes accentuate that memorable tale. A wedding is the whimsical fantasy for all women and what bride is complete without her bold beautiful lashes. Here are the key items you will need to apply these great finishers.

To apply your fake eyelashes you will need the following item;
Fake eyelashes
Eyelash glue
Small scissors
Tweezers
Mascara

Makeup by: New Orleans Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Photo by: New Orleans Wedding Photographer Beebe Tran with Studio Tran

New Orleans and Miami Top Wedding Makeup Artist
a L’OREAL PARIS Pro Makeup Artist

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Bold Eye Makeup

Words by New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

The heavy black half moon liner that was a hit at the Valentino s/s show, has now made it’s way down the aisle for brides. The look created gives an appearance of dark eye shadow, but this high impact liner is being created with using a cream eye liner or kohl pencil. This makeup look is definitely not traditional bridal makeup, but nowadays what bride is? The main attraction on this bride will be the seductive eyes.

To get this dramatic bold eye, start out with applying a primer on the lid to keep the eyeliner in place. Apply the cream liner on the entire lid stopping just above the crease of the eye. I used my favorite L’OREAL HIP cream truth eyeliner in black. I like to apply it with a flat stiff brush then going back over it using my fingers to soften the look. Once it is well blended, I go back and line the eyes with a slanted eyeliner brush to give the eye a shape. Here you can do a round shape or the popular winged shape.

To give a more Barbella look add your favorite volume mascara (L’OREAL Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black) and a full set of lashes. On the lips, I prefer going with a very sheer lip color in pink or peach (Josie Maran lip gloss in Confession). I decided to opt for using a lip pencil because I wanted to keep the lips soft.

Now look what a glamxurious bride you are!

Makeup By New Orleans Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist
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Shimmering Campagne Nails for Your Destination Wedding

words by Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Here comes the bride, sashaying down the aisle with her shimmering champagne nails. A fabulous neutral undertone bridal nail color that I think looks great on any hand is “Hardy Water Lily” by Priti NYC, glamxurious color that will enhance the bling on your hand and compliment your wedding day accessories. This silver gold polish is a perfect spring color for runways, the fashion page, or white sandy beaches and Priti NYC offers a variety of luxurious shades for any destination wedding. Make sure you paint your hands with one of their luxurious colors on your special day.

Priti NYC is an eco-friendly non-toxic nail polish founded by Kim D’Amato in 2005 to change the world one manicure at a time. Their polishes are named after flowers and plants. They are fast drying, chip resistant, and have a high shine.

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The Bronzed Bride-How, What and Where Should It Go

Doesn’t matter if you are a blonde, brunette or a redhead, we all want that radiant bronze look. No more stained hands or baking yourself and the sun damaging your skin. For an instant beauty tan gratification that is healthy for you, I suggest using a bronzer to give a flawless Caribbean finish. If applied correctly bronzer can be a girl’s best friend. Even I don bronzer on my boogie down brown skin.

To create a natural goddess-like glow or a radiant sun kissed look just sweep a bronzer powder on the face, over your cheeks, eyes, shoulders, décolletage, or anywhere you dare to bare skin. Matte bronzers are great for the face and shimmer bronzers are great on the eyes, shoulders and body.

Some of my favorite bronzers are:

TheBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, $19

Stila Stila Sun, $26

Smashbox Bronze Lights, $28

Josie Maran Bronzing Powder, $30

Lancome STAR BRONZER – Magic Bronzing Brush – Automatic Powder Brush for Face and Body, $33

On my bride I stroked her face with the Smashbox Bronze Lights. So, I won’t tell if you don’t tell where you received your tan…

Makeup By: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis with BGD Makeup Artistry
Wedding Photos by: Beebe Tran with Studio Tran
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Airbrush Makeup for Brides

written by New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

The new must have item for brides is a 10 year makeup technique that has been the beauty secret in the fashion and entertainment industry-airbrush makeup. As you know Hi-Definition (Hi-Def) has shown up everywhere from television and cameras to camera phones. Airbrush makeup is the only makeup that stands up well in Hi-Def. Airbrush makeup was a big hit on the runway and now it’s made its way down the aisle and on the beach for my destination brides.

Over the weekend at Couture Designer Harold Clarke’s event “Weddings Couture”, I introduced the airbrush makeup to upcoming brides when I offered mini bridal consultations. Many of the brides have heard of airbrush and have seen it on television, but have never had the opportunity to experience being airbrushed. “What’s so special about airbrush?” was my most asked question.

Airbrush makeup gives a natural and flawless finish that photograph beautifully. With airbrush makeup, you can conceal blemishes and imperfections leaving the skin looking radiant and the bride stunning. If done correctly by a professional makeup artist, the ultra fine mist will leave no streaking or fading but still achieve a full-face application with very little makeup. The mist of silicone water-based & hypoallergenic should feel cool against the skin and actually very relaxing.

With airbrush makeup you can contour, highlight, and even give someone a natural looking tan. If covering of tattoo is needed, move over derma blend because now brides and their bridesmaids can also have their tattoos covered still leaving a natural coverage. What I like the best about working with airbrush makeup on my brides is not having to deal with brushes. It cuts back on having to stop and clean my brushes on a large wedding group.

Models Gowns by Harold Clarke Couturier Atelier
Makeup by New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
with BGD Makeup Artistry

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Makeup For A Winter Destination Bride

written by Connecticut / New York Celebrity Bridal Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

A winter bride can be very fairy-tale and very romantic, especially when there is a light snowfall. But what’s not so fabulously is dreary and harsh winter light that can make any bride look less stunning in her pictures. On this day, your best beauty item will be a bronzer; a bronzing gel, a tinted gel, or a self tanning mist to achieve a natural summer glow on your skin. The L’OREAL Sublime Bronze line offer salon like self tanner, great to do especially if your going to wear a strapless dress. You want to make sure your foundation now matches your tan skin if you opt to do your own makeup.

When you are having a consultation with your makeup artist share with them that you would like to do more warm and glowing hues instead of dark and smokey. Select a full coverage foundation like L’OREAL Paris True Match Roller Foundation to help achieve a flawless pale skin. To compliment your bronzed skin select peach, coral, pink or a matte bronzer for the cheeks. If you decide to go with a red or a nude lip be sure to give them a high gloss.

Don’t forget to take care of the grooms favorite part-the lips. Be sure to nourish and moisturize them daily with lip conditioner weeks before your wedding day. My favorites are the lightweight L’OREAL Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner because it has minerals, conditioning Sweet Almond Oil and a soothing Vitamin E. I also love OCC’s Ultra-sheer Lip Balms, their deeply pigmented and moisturizing.

To be a radiant winter bride, sparkle less, shimmer more and turn your winter wedding into a winter wonderland.

*Bronzer used on model: L’OREAL Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in Enchanting Sunrise #941

Makeup & Hair: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis with BGD Makeup Artistry
Model: Jamielyn Arcega
Photo By: Fred Plunkett with Latigid Photography
Wardrobe Stylist: JL Closet

New Orleans Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis writes for Destination I Do Bridal Magazine

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in Connecticut works in New York and part time in New Orleans. This L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist has worked with celebrities like: Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Jennifer Aniston, Kerry Washington, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Julianne Nicholson, Jordin Sparks, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Ava DuVernay, Emayatzy Corinealdi,  and Reshma Shetty to name a few. Brandy has worked with New York top affluent and influential New Yorkers; Donna Karan International, St. George’s Society of New York, The Royal Wedding Bash, The English Ball for Burberry, world renowned event planner Marcy Blum, NY award winning CeCi Johnson, Women Of New York, to name a few. Brandy recently worked Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, Project Runway, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, L’OREAL Paris, International Latino Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, NBA All Star Weekend, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside the Life of a Makeup Artist” or follow her glamxurious tweets.

Glam Up Your Up-Do’s for Your Destination Wedding

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Weddings are becoming more and more progressive, so it’s surprising that many of the old traditions still make it down the aisle. Read More

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Rehearsal Dinner Make-up Looks


Written by Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Wedding rehearsal dinners can be just as stressful as the big day for most brides. WHAT TO WEAR, HOW TO WEAR YOUR HAIR, HOW BOLD CAN YOU WEAR YOUR MAKEUP, are a few things brides tend to worry about. So, I try to make it easier and give my brides a completely separate makeup look from her destination wedding day. I love applying an edgy glam bold look for the rehearsal dinner. I enjoy playing with metallic eye shadows- it’s fun, glamxurious, and always great for a dark evening dinner in a restaurant.

Below you will find some great eye shadow palettes that will help you to create sexy sizzling eyes at all price ranges. Read More at

Destinatio I Do Magazine Blog

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Glamorous Lips – Make-up Tip


Words, Hair & Makeup by: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

My holiday brides are normally the ones that request the most for glamorous and luxurious lips…old Hollywood inspired. I personally think this may be one of the hardest looks for a bride to pull off but, definitely the most glamorous. To achieve that high pigment & high gloss lip color, I am going to share with you a beauty industry secret. READ MORE

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