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How To Take Your Makeup Boldly Into Fall

By Stephanie Hepburn, The Times-Picayune on August 30, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Fall may be associated with the earthtone colors of the harvest and the turning of leaves, but fall makeup is quite the opposite: Bold is in. We’re talking teal and indigo eyes, shimmering orange cheeks and black lips. Of course, because each color is a statement, you won’t want to wear them all at once.

Mouthing off  

Gone are the days when an almost black lip was associated with alternative fashion style, but pulling off the look still intimidates many. The solution, says makeup artist Robert Hudson, is to go with a sheer black like the Janiberry Lipstick by Wallett Cosmetics. Use a lip brush to apply, and skip the liner. The lipstick is designed to hydrate and provide long-term color. “For more depth, you can outline and fill in the lip with the Wallett lip pencil in Delice ($15),” Hudson says. “It has the same base color as the lipstick and will blend easily. This type of lip is a statement on its own, so don’t overpower it with too dark of an eye or too much blush.” Janiberry Lipstick, Wallett Cosmetics $19 by appointment at Robert Hudson Makeup Studio, 8206 Maple St., 504.473.8167

Blue-green with envy

Teal shadow is a must-have. Our favorite is the Single Eye Shadow in Tropic by Nars, which features a matte teal with silver particles. The shadow is designed to stay on, and will look as bold at the end of the night as it does at the beginning. It is crease-resistant and smudges well (ideal for blending into other shadows). For less intensity, lightly brush on the eyelid. For a more dramatic look, pat on the shadow with a brush, blending it up to the bottom of the brow bone. It pairs well with a neutral lip. Single Eye Shadow in Tropic, Nars $24 at Sephora, Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 504.830.4567

Blushing, but not shy

A bit of blush helps to brighten your skin once the summer sun has faded. Blushes with hints of orange offer a fresh pop of color that can go with any makeup look, from daytime neutral to nighttime bold. Who’s Your Poppy is a highly pigmented orange/peachy-pink shade with a golden shimmer that goes with any skin tone. This moisturizing blush gives sheer and luminous color that makes the skin look rejuvenated, even after a long day at the office. Layer it for more intensity. Full Bloom Ultra Flush Blush in Who’s Your Poppy, Too Faced Cosmetics $21 at About Face of Mandeville, 3441 Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985.727.1887

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The retro cat-eye look is still in full force, but added to the mix for fall is the cat-eye liner in a bold hue such as indigo or teal. Makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis loves the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo by Stila Cosmetics. The striking rich-blue hue is easy to apply using its felt tip. “The felt tip helps to give the precise cat-eye,” Gomez-Duplessis says. “The great thing about this item is that it goes on smoothly, no skipping or pulling.” During the day, use it with a bare or neutral eyelid. At night, pair it with an equally bold glittery shadow. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo, Stila Cosmetics $20 at Earthsavers

written by — Stephanie Hepburn

Danbury, Connecticut Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis works in New Orleans & New York City. Brandy is a hidden gem in New York, who recently partnered with Erno Laszlo Institute. She recently worked with: Ralph Lauren Fragrances for Esquire Mexico October 2013 issue, Polo Player Nacho Figueras. Brandy has worked with celebrities like: Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Hutton, Queen Latifah, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, 2x Olympic champion Gymnst Aly Raisman, Jordin Sparks, Ellie Goulding, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Robert Redford, Brad Goreski, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, Phillip Phillips, 2 Chainz. Brandy also created looks for Theodora & Callum summer & fall makeup look for their upcoming video shoot, and created makeup looks for Donna Karan Resort 2014 Collection during market week. Brandy recently worked on The View, MTV 10 On Top, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars Season 2, Lifetime “Project Runway” Promo Photo shoot, E News, MTV TV Show Hip Hop Pov, Ralph Lauren and Victoria Secret New Angel Cris Urena, Ebony Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Stila Beauty Event, Fox and Friends Saturday, NBA All-Star Weeken, Donna Karan Fashion Show, DKNY Fashion Show, Keva J Swimwear Look Book, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine Holiday Pop Up Store in Bryant Park, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, L’OREAL Paris, Project Runway Finale, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, International Latino Film Festival, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Brandy is a L’OREAL Paris Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine. Brandy is also a high demand bridal makeup artist in Connecticut, bridal makeup artist in New York, and a bridal makeup artist in New Orleans. She had been hire to do bridal makeup at many destinations weddings in Jamaica at Half Moon resort. Brandy is now represented by: The Michelle Agency 213.300.8916

Local stylemakers share their visions for Michelle Obama’s inaugural look

Posted by Susan Langenhennig, fashion writer, The Times-Picayune January 18, 2009 5:00AM
Categories: Living: Fashion

Local couturier Harold Clarke said he’d love to see Michelle Obama in something that’s out of the box. He envisions a cobalt blue, one-shoulder gown with embroidery and a bit of sparkle. Nobody does black tie and ball gowns better than New Orleans, so we asked three local tastemakers how they would style the president-elect’s wife for Tuesday’s inaugural festivities. Here’s how they envision the belle of the balls.

Harold Clarke

Clarke, a couturier with studios in the French Quarter and downtown Covington, knows a thing or two about dressing a high-profile political spouse. He created Michelle Miller Morial’s bridal gown for her wedding to former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial.

Morial’s wedding dress was unexpected, with floral appliques in soft pastel colors.

“When I was working with her, I explained that her dress would reflect Louisiana,” he said. “It needed to have class and style that reflects the arts and culture of the city. We decided she should go with colors instead of stark white.

“That’s the same way I’m seeing Michelle Obama. She needs something that’s out of the box, that she will be remembered in.”

Clarke describes Obama’s style as “understated elegance.” For the inaugural balls, “she should look very glamorous. She’s a young first lady, and she should show herself. And we need a little glamour to pick us up these days. I’d put her in a fabulous gown, a little of the 1800s and a little bit of today.”

He envisions a cobalt blue, one-shoulder gown with embroidery and a bit of sparkle. “The one-shoulder design is youthful,” he said.

While Obama hasn’t rung up his atelier — yet — Clarke still will be represented at the inaugural festivities. He designed dresses for seven women attending the balls Tuesday night in Washington. Some of his clients are in Obama’s inner circle, though it would be inappropriate to name names, he said.

As for their dresses, all he would say is, “They’re fabulous — very high fashion.”

Suzanne Perron

Perron designs exquisite bridal, debutante and, most recently, couture Carnival queen gowns from her studio on Magazine Street.

For such once-in-a-lifetime moments, she said, “Women don’t want to be fashion forward. They want to be fashionable and somewhat timeless. And that’s how I see Michelle Obama for the inauguration.

Designer Suzanne Perron pictures Michelle Obama in a jewel tone blue because it’s patriotic and it would be really beautiful on her skin.”I want to see her in something that has a lot of movement. They’re going to be dancing all night,” said the designer, who worked for more than a decade in the New York studios of Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui and Vera Wang.

For the inaugural balls, Perron envisions Obama in a gown of satin and tulle.

“The satin conveys a strength and confidence, and the tulle softens it,” she said.

Perron studied images of Obama to try to come up with a dress that fits her style. She picked a jewel tone blue, because it’s patriotic and “it would be really beautiful on her skin.

“What you wear communicates so much. Michelle Obama has a chic, elegant, sophisticated style,” Perron said. “She presents such a polished, yet youthful, look, and so should her dress.”

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Gomez-Duplessis, a New Orleans makeup artist, spent last Sunday backstage at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, touching up the faces of some of Hollywood’s most shining stars.

This week, she flies off to Utah to work behind the scenes at the Sundance Film Festival.

Needless to say, Gomez-Duplessis knows what it takes to make a face look good on camera.

“I’ve wanted to do Michelle Obama’s makeup for a long time,” said the makeup artist, who works with brides and local folks at her Magazine Street studio when she’s not attending to her celebrity clientele.

Obama “goes very light and simple with her makeup during the day. She doesn’t want to depend on makeup and be critiqued on it,” Gomez-Duplessis said. “But when she does get really dressed up, she needs a wow factor.”

For the inauguration, Obama should accent her eyes and go for a sheer gloss on her lips.

“I’d do a lip stain that’s long-wearing, since she’s going to be doing a lot of talking and greeting people,” Gomez-Duplessis said.

For the eyes, “I’d fill in her brows, make them fuller. And I would do natural-looking faux lashes by Shu Uemura in brown.”

Obama’s smooth complexion is one of her best assets. “She has amazing skin, very even. You don’t see a lot of women with such even skin,” Gomez-Duplessis said. “On her cheeks, I’d give her a little pink to brighten her up.”

The key with makeup on such a high-profile night, Gomez-Duplessis said, is to play up her features, but not take it over the top.

“Michelle Obama is soft and elegant looking,” she said. “That’s her style.”

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Today Is Press Day for BGD

My morning started off with a phone interview with Times Picayune. Susan wanted the scoop on The Golden Globe and she also interviewed me about Michelle Obama. NO…I didn’t get that phone call…but I would be honor to do The First Lady Makeup. Susan wanted to know if I was her makeup artist how would I do her makeup for the big night. When she was asking me this question why did I have Kelder Summmers first lady of radio on my mind. Kelder is apart of the morning home team on old school 106.7fm radio station here in NOLA. Kelder had made a comment about Michelle on the radio and many of the listeners were upset about what she said. So, as Susan was asking me questions, I was just thinking about how many women in NOLA will be mad at me come Sunday. That’s when the article is coming out.

So after I finishes speaking with Susan I headed over to the studio to meet my Saturday bride to do lashes on her for her dinner. Then Kayla from CUE Magazine, the fashion insert inside of Gambit Weekly, called to do an interview on me about bridal makeup. I knew that CUE Magazine was doing a piece on weddings because they came out to the Austin Scarlett bridal event that I did and Greg Mills the photographer was taking mock pictures of me working. Kara told me that she would be in touch as it got closer to ask me some questions. But this was in October so I kinda forgot about it.

I received another package today from a company called “The Joy Of Soap”. They sent me 5 bars of scented soaps. So I can’t wait to try them all out. They must be reading my blogs to know how much I enjoy soaking in my bath tub. We have a nice size jacuzzi tub and I love just relaxing in it with my glass of wine and I have my candles lit and music playing in the background. My hairstylist Erin Carter always tease me about my bathroom. She calls it a sexy and grown folks bathroom. She cracks me up every time she comes over in say she is going to borrow our bathroom one day.

Tonight after I get home from the event at SUCRE’ I know what I will be doing. SUCRE’ event tonight is wedding cake and champagne…my favorite combo…


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Stephanie Jordan Photo Shoot

Here are a few pics of Stephanie Jordan who is an amazing Jazz Singer here in New Orleans. We just recently met when I was her makeup artist for the NBA All-Star Weekend when she sung the national anthem. Times-Picayune was doing a photo shoot on her kinda like a day in the life of Stephanie. So she set up for them to come to my studio while she was getting her makeup done so they could photographed it. They used the picture from my studio so I am so excited about that.