Holiday Brides get PRITI Nailcolors

Holiday brides are always looking for something fun, bold and a little sparkling on their wedding day. Priti NYC has a perfect holiday gift for the festive bride and for any glam girl that loves beauty bling for the holidays. Kim D’ Amato, owner of Priti NYC has done it again…allowing you to still glam up your manicure and pedicure while keeping it eco-friendly. In this collection there is a shade for everyone – a rocker bride, a glamxurious bride, a sultry bride and even a classic bride will find a sparkling color to adorn the fingertips. All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold and know your wedding ring won’t be the only thing that twinkles.

Colors: Union Jack, Cape Sundew, Mourning Widow, Mexican Hat Plant, Fair Folly Carnation, Silver Comet and Blue Ball

$12.50 each or Holiday Collection Set for $75.00 includes 2-in-1 Top & Base Coat


Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. New York makeup artist has worked with celebrities like; Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, Jordin Sparks, Anika Noni Rose, Edie Falco, and Kathryn Erbe, to name a few. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist, and her fashion blog, Black Tie Stiletto or follow her glamuxurious tweets on Twitter. = “UA-3446372-1”; urchinTracker();

Fall Femme Fatale Updos for W-Day

As we go deeper into the fall season, many brides will make a decision to try a new up-do that is not youthful, but modern and trendy. An elegant look that many hair stylists will master this season is from designer Sophie Théallet. This is a great look that she envisoned of statuesque Mexican women. The hair is strong, polished, and chic. It’s such a sensual look that destination brides will be able to bring the attention to the beautiful dress and not the fussy hair. The chic black headband that was used for the modern braided chignon can be replaced with a favorite item or an item or fabric from a loved one.
Here’s how to get this look on your wedding day:
1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother for smoothness. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a clean center part and then blow dry straight using a Mason Pearson brush.
2. Brush hair back tightly and secure into a high ponytail below the crown—at the back of the head—using an elastic. Spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for shine and light hold.
3. Braid the ponytail. Gently massage braid with fingers for texture and spray with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray for maximum hold.
4. Attach a black taffeta headband (or your favorite headpiece) around the base of the braid, at the crown of the head, and secure with hairpins.
5. Fold the braid in half and loop upward to create a vertical, braided chignon. Secure against the head with hairpins. Set the look with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
Photos courtsey of Aveda
Hair by Aveda Global Director Antoinette Beenders
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in 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. = “UA-3446372-1”; urchinTracker();

Pink Pout; A Trend For Fall Brides

Bright, Barbie-pink lips were the big trend this summer and this fall the juicy-pink colored lip trend will stay for brides. Many destination brides will be on the beach somewhere in Hawaii, Mexico, South Pacific or the Caribbean wearing a variety of pink lip colors. Fuchsia pink (OCC Lip Tar in Anime) is a fun, girly lip color that, thankfully, looks great on all skin tones. Bubble gum pinks to more vibrant pinks are ever so yummy, especially when topped off with a touch of lip gloss.

When taking that pink-lady pledge, don’t forget to coat your nails (PritiNYC in Fire Candle) with an electric tropical nail polish. It’s definitely so ultra femme. Plus, the groom will always say, “I DO” to a sexy vinyl, shiny pink pout.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar $12.50
PritiNYC $10.00

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in 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. Brandy will also be a special guest makeup artist at BIBI Salon in Harlem, NY / Upper Manhattan, NY in November.

Written by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Photo courtesy of Jerome Holmes Photography
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Fierce Barbarella Bridal Makeup

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.
How glamxurious of a bride you are!
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently lives in New Orleans but will be relocating to New York this fall. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh Magazine in the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. You can read more of her work on Anti-Bride and Destination I Do Bridal Magazine. She will be in New York working Fashion Night Out & Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September. 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.

Hair Flair For Summer Brides

Summer brides are carefree and set trends with their effortless hair styles. The hair they wear gives you a glimpse into their personality. Below are cool, wearable looks any destination bride can achieve on her own or with the help of a professional. Whichever gorgeous hair-do you wear, your mane will still look put together when all of the hired paparazzi takes notice.

To achieve the new, great breakout trend, the imperfect side braid, on your wedding day, start by parting the hair on the opposite side of how it falls naturally. Mist the top of the hair with John Master Organics Sea Mist. Gather the hair into a low side ponytail and plait it, securing the ends with a clear elastic rubber band. Finish the ends by allowing a few pieces to come out of the elastic.

To create the natural tousled beach look with your highlighted long layers, spray on Rene’ Furterer Naturia dry shampoo, let it rest a minute and mists hair with Sally Hershberger Shagg spray. Then finger comb to give it that tousled, just rolled out of bed look.
On the runway, hair stylist Guido Palau creates many soft, effortless and elegant buns. The classic ballerina bun works best on light to medium hair that falls to the neckline or longer. This is a great look for a summer bride who’s wearing a strapless dress. Very lightly, spritz the hair with Redken Full Volume Amplifier, back brush with a soft brush and mist with L’OREAL Elnet Satin Hairspray. Rough up the hair and then secure with hairpins or your favorite hair comb.

Faux bob works best for shoulder length or longer layered hair. This look is flirty for an evening wedding on a hot summer night. To play up the glamorous, classic look add a Swarovski crystal barrette or a vintage brooch right out of your jewelry box.

Side pinned roll works best on straight or wavy shoulder length hair. Spritz hair with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curl spray. Parting strands down the center and securing on the sides is a sexy way to go. Gather hair into a low pony and pull locks over and under, wrapping until a messy roll is formed. Use pins to hold the shape and a vibrant tropical hibiscus flower if you’re getting married on the beach.

Words by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis…New Orleans, Miami, New York
a L’OREAL PARIS Pro Makeup Artist
Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh Magazine
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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

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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Sex and the City 2 event in New Orleans

WHISKEY BLUE New Orleans SEX and The City 2 events…the only OFFICIAL Sex and the City giveaway items in New Orleans on Saturday


*Harold Clarke Couture Dresses Display

*Claudia Lynch “Shoe Stories” Art Display

*”What’s Your Shaker Face?” photo-op. Shake up a COSMO, take a picture and take your drink with you.

*vodka drink specials.


*Ladies, wear your highest, sexiest, funkiest heels and you could win fabulous prizes in our shoe contest.

*BGD Makeup Artistry, Wish Clothing CO and the only OFFICIAL Sex and the City items in New Orleans

*Several of the “HOT” firefighters from the New Orleans Fire Department’s 2010 Calendar will be judging the shoe contest.

*Twitter station to tell all your friends where you are and how much fun you are having.

Nude Lips For Your Wedding Day

Many of our favorite celebrities have graced magazines pages wearing a nude lip color. Seductive nude lips are always in season for weddings and brides can be just as glamuxrious as color stained lips, especially when paired with a dramatic or smoky eye.

When wearing a pale pout, you have to care for your lips making sure their moisturized to be sure it will wear well and look smooth and kissable. I prefer to use Sara Happ lip scrub to remove extra dry skin but a basic soft toothbrush and petroleum jelly can also do the trick. I apply a foundation or a concealer completely over the lip. This way, I have a fresh canvas and can outline the lip to the shape I like. When selecting the correct shade in the nude family I usually select; Pinks for fair and medium skin, and beige for medium dark to darker skin. I then apply Sara Happ lip slip balm to keep the lips hydrated.

Go flesh toned on the lips whether it’s cream, matte, or glossy and you will be noticeable on your wedding day.

Makeup: New Orleans & Miami Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist

Photographer: Beebe Tran with Studio Tran in New Orleans

Veil Alternatives: Bridal by Ban.Do

The most glamluxurious hair accessories a bride can dream about has been seen gracing many Hollywood starlets on the red carpet. Jen and Jamie at, two eclectic stylists based out of Los Angeles create the most fancy hair accessories. Some of their pieces remind me of what Carrie Bradshaw would rock. If you wanna feel a little Carrie on your wedding day, I am sure you will find many fashionable couture vintage pieces that can be worn down the aisle.

BAN.DO – @shopbando girls just wanna have fun!

No. 24 (pictured above) $165
A halo of white silk ribbon wrapped wire adorned with a large silk spider mum and a spray of white feathers.

No. 110 (pictured above) $165
We created this gorgeous crystal applique after finding a similar vintage brooch in jen’s closet. The applique sits atop a satin headband.

No. 60 (pictured above) $95
For the greek goddess in you! Some call this spectacular beaded piece a feather and some call it a leaf . . . we call it AH-MAY-ZING! The piece sits atop a satin headband.

No. 115 (pictured above) $225
Can you say glam? Four unapologetically glamorous rows of Austrian crystal are finished with sparkly elastic to ensure a perfect fit. As Seen In LA Times beyond the veil.

No. 111 (pictured above) $130
A little corsage for your head. 3 darling off white silk flowers are hand sewn to a wire comb.

Words by New Orleans & Miami Celebrity Make-up Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

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Evening Wedding Makeup Glamour

An evening destination bride always loves a glamxurious makeup look. An evening wedding allows for more of a dramatic makeup application. Brides with or without flawless skin can get away with a heavier foundation. Evening brides can indulge in bold eye shadow colors, eye lash extensions, shimmer, and high shine lip gloss.

When selecting an eye shadow for an evening dramatic eye, I like to use 3-4 different eye shadow colors. I always make sure to use a flat or matte color at the bottom of the eye to help make the shimmer colors stand out in pictures. (On the bride; MAC pigment in Vanilla, IMAN eye shadow in Nutmeg, MAC Pearlized Solar Bits Pigment Cluster in Black Ore, L’OREAL HIP Cream eyeliner in Black)

Eyelashes (strips or individual lashes) are an absolutely infallible feature adding definition to help bring out the eye. Strips are great if you want the lashes for the evening and individuals are great if you want them to make it through the honeymoon. (On the bride; ARDELL flare individual lashes)

Shimmer on the cheekbones is great for many reasons. I love how it photographs in pictures. Shimmer is also pretty on the skin giving it a glow as the bride walks down the aisle and as the candlelight in the room hits the skin. (On the bride; Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish)

Lastly, high defined glossy lips. An evening bride can wear both a dark eye with a color lip. I like to use a lip pencil, lipstick, and lip gloss when creating a sexy glossy lip. (On the bride; IMAN lip pencil in expresso, L’OREAL colour riche lipstick in Peach Fuzz, L’OREAL HIP lip gloss in COY)So brides don’t be afraid to get a little daring with makeup for your evening wedding. Your pictures will be stunning, your friends envious, and your husband happy.

Photos: Beebe Tran with Studio Tran
Makeup: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis with BGD Makeup Artistry

New Orleans Bridal & Wedding Top Makeup Artist

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