Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert & Beauty Influencer Brandy Gomez-Duplessis share makeup tips, how to's, on set entertainment & BTS beauty industry pics, bridal makeup, and beauty testimonials, all while living with living with lupus, lyme disease & RA. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and she writes for the HEARST CT News Blog called Beauty Happy Hour and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. Brandy recently launched Entitled Beauty, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma
Primers are used for different things. Can L’OREAL Paris dupe the Hourglass prestige product? Do they do the same thing? I was a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist for 9 years and I wore L’OREAL Paris makeup everyday. I was always a fan of drugstore makeup because I know the beauty industry secrets.
So Beauty Expert/Actor Johnny Luoma and I got together to make you a fun video to see which beauty products we like the best. So let’s see which one of the products win, drugstore or prestige. What do you think?
So about my breathing as you know I have Lupus so my lungs were giving me a hard time talking and breathing but I pushed through and completed the video while having a great time doing what I love, talking about makeup.
New York Fashion Week in September is always a big event that I look forward to working doing makeup and attending as media/press writing beauty articles.
Commuting on Metro North Train for 2 hours from Connecticut, going from show to show pulling a 95 lbs makeup kit and standing for many hours it can take a toll on any healthy person. Imagine living with Lupus, it’s a little harder but I have master secrets that keep me able to work without any challenges that my peers and the models doesn’t know I have an auto-immune. So that I can continue to beat a face here are my secret tools to keep me looking fabulous as well as do beautiful artistry.
Biodara Immortal Mist, with aloe and anti-inflammatory ingredients. “It helps soothe and reduce inflammation in my hands — and all over my body. It also makes for a great makeup-setting spray.”
2. I’m also a fan of essential oil blend from Tata Harper Skincare to use on my pulse points. “On days when I’m really pushing myself, I put the treatment in the palm of my hands, rub them together to heat up the oils, and then I take a few deep breaths. It’s wonderful.
3. “Because I am on my feet a great deal — like 10 to 15 hours a day — I like to wear comfortable shoes. I enjoy wearing Floafers shoes, “They are so lightweight, supportive, and breathable that it doesn’t feel like I’m on my feet.”
4. Makeup brushes that I enjoy using doing New York Fashion Week are from Royal and Langnickel. Not only do they have quality brushes, their collections of brushes feels good in my hands when I’m creating magic.
5. My major secret has been CBD FX Tincture Hemp Oil. When I take 5-10 drops a day I’m pain free. No body aches and no inflammation, and on a stressful day I’m feeling relaxed backstage while everyone else is running stressed out.
6. Of course my makeup kit is packed with Entitled Beauty cosmetics, a luxurious mineral makeup line that’s owned by myself and my business Johnny Luoma. But I also wear my own collection (All Nighter Lipsticks, Glamxurious Lipgloss, & Spotlight Highlighters) as much as possible so that I don’t have any flare up’s.
You can follow all of my fashion shows experience on my Instagram page at @bgdmakeupartist
Where are my Connecticut ladies at? Gather your girls put together your outfit and comfy shoes because Saturday is going to be a fun filled day of shopping with Connecticut vendors.
Entitled Beauty cosmetics will be one of the 75 vendors that was invited by Poshology to attend their first annual Pop-Up Shop. Shop, sip, eat and mingle in one place with awesome Connecticut Beauty, Home Fragrance and Fashion vendors. Hosted by @poshology and @marcouxbrand
•650 Main Street, Middletown, CT
•MAC ART GALLERY
Shop, sip, eat and mingle in one place with awesome Connecticut Beauty, Home Fragrance and Fashion vendors. Hosted by @poshology and @marcouxbrand
This episode on Makeup and Martinis NYC, we break it down on our skincare routine. Johnny and I talk about the skincare line I use called ROC SKINCARE. Their PR company sent me a goodie box with their entire collection. Since we received the package we both have been using it and this episode we will discuss the differences, show you how to apply, and explain the benefits.
Its a Beauty Breakdown: Skincare Version! Also a Cameo from my Ghost, Charlie. LOL
As I sit in bed today wheezing my ass off I’m sorry to announce that another Lupus Warrior left us on yesterday. Asha Sharron has been in the hospital for 7 months fighting to live. I have always admired her because she was able to document everything about her life of living with Lupus. Asha was definitely my kind of girl because she loved her makeup, hair and fashion like majority of us women. She was just a sweet girl you can tell in her videos. Always funny and spoke positive of what she was going through. Even though I talk about my journey and share my hospital pics I was still guarded about how much I shared because the feedback I received was to stop if I wanted to keep working in the beauty industry.
13 hours ago everything was looking good for Asha. As you can see she was up dancing. Like many of her fans we thought that this was a sign that she was going home, but God had another plan for her. He wanted her home with him.
Just 5 days ago she was up reading her lovely cards that was sent to her by family, friends and social media friends. Even on this day she struggled with doing her physical therapy session. Her body was so weak and wouldn’t allow her to have much activities without being exhausted. It’s gotten to the point that she couldn’t go to the bathroom on her on own. Her amazing mother and caretaker had to care of her needs in the hospital bed.
On April 4th Asha celebrated her 30th birthday in the hospital. She made the most of her day. This is why I was such a fan of her.
If you would like to know more about this beautiful soul Asha, check out her YouTube page where she documented the good and the bad of living with Lupus. I promise you will be touched by her like I was. I just can’t believe shes gone, she fought so hard and it just saddens me that she couldn’t to stay with us. Please let them find a cure for us because we keep losing our good ones to this horrible disease.
To Asha mom, sisters and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank You for being a part of her journey. She was loved and respected by us Lupus Warriors.
If you’re looking for something new to give a makeup lover I have an item for you. It’s called the Sonicblend Brush from Michael Todd Beauty. Today on Makeup & Martinis, Johnny and I play with a fun summer makeup look for a highlighter lover using the Sonicblend, NARS and Benefit cosmetics. Let us know what you think about the GLOW on Makeup & Martinis.
When you have an early morning call time in New York for 6am and your coming from Connecticut it means your getting up at 4am. Then if your client is the beautiful Maite Perroni, you have to go in looking fabulous with hair and makeup. What I love about working with this amazing woman is her energy and she loves for her glam squad to look just as good as she does. By 4:30am my hair is slaying and my face is beat. Now off to New York City I go to glam up my girl.
I got to Maite hotel at 5:45am, it’s so quiet so you know what I did, I had a photo shoot in the hotel. So let the photo shoot start because I only have 15 mins so I had to strike a pose.
It was so good to see my girl Maite. I feel like we are in the beginning stage of a friendship.
I always enjoy talking with her as well as getting her makeup ready for her events. Upon entering her hotel room, Maite gave me a long hug. I couldn’t wait to catch up with her to see what all new things she’s working on that she has not shared with her loyal fans. Then I was able to share with her all the new things I’m working on including me launching Entitled Beauty Cosmetics back in November. I knew she was going to love it because she loves makeup just as much as I do. And she’s a business woman so she would understand all my ideas and what I’m trying to do with the brand. As we were talking we both realized that we are flirting with spending time in Los Angeles around the same time.
So why was I in New York doing Maite’s makeup? As many of you know that she’s one of the spokespersons for Proactiv. And Proactiv was having a big event called Proactiv Journey for Back To School. Proactiv along with the fabulous team from Lippie Taylor agency put on a great event for kids returning to school. They set them up for success by providing them with a starter backpack of school supplies ranging from; pencil pouches, 12-pack of pencils, a pack of note cards, highlighters, binders, packs of paper, folders, and so much more. The best items that was added to the backpacks were the Proactiv Limited Edition Gift Bundle that included the 3-piece system featuring Adapalene, their most advanced system to date; Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30, and Adapalene Gel 0.1%
So now the kids can treat their skin to retinoid, without a prescription. The great thing about the 3 piece system is that it includes moisture and sun protection, from what I hear it’s highly recommended with the use of retinoids.
It was an elaborate event that catered to all ages from kids, teens and adults. At the candy station is were you could find me when I wasn’t touching up Maite’s makeup.
I am so here for the Limited Edition Hello Kitty brush kit. You can find this item at your local Ulta Beauty store very soon. Check with your local store or follow Proactiv on Instagram so you can hear the launch date. It will make for a great holiday gift so make sure you pick one up before they run out. I wasn’t gifted with the brush kit but I did receive the 3-piece system and I am so honored for it. Being a celebrity makeup artist living with lupus, I’m always worried about my skin and how it looks. I wear a full face of makeup everyday because I hate the texture of my skin. I have oily skin with large pores and moles on my face. So, I can’t wait to see if my skin texture change in 3 months. Adult acne is a thing and I see so many of my clients suffering with it more then when they were a teenager. Proactiv is not just for teens, us adults we need some Proactiv love also.
Here are the makeup items from my makeup line Entitled Beauty Cosmetics I used on Maite. We are both rockin the same lip color, cuz we FLY! By 12 noon it was a wrap!