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.

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.

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

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


Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Offers Concierge Services

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How many times have you watched your favorite TV show and one of the characters was getting hair and makeup glam while at home? Well, ladies don’t envy anymore, starting the first day of spring I will be offering on location luxury makeup concierge services to the ladies of Connecticut. No more leaving your home, you can now join your favorite reality housewives and say you have a Real Celebrity Makeup Artist to the stars, Brandy Gomez-Duplessis (Jennifer Aniston, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, and Ellie Goulding) that comes to you. My elite lifestyle demands me to be current with trends, beauty, skincare and fashion.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis workingon Felita HarrisI started my concierge service when I lived in New Orleans over 10 years ago, making house calls to my clients. When I moved to New York I continued offering the services, the ladies on the Upper East Side and West Side really enjoyed having this luxury service. Women are always on the go, sometimes they miss their appointments because it can be a hassle rushing to get to the salon especially if you’re a mom with young children.

Other added amenities I offer are private makeup lessons, group makeup classes, a beauty shopping concierge service whittling down your daily makeup bag to a few well-chosen day-to-night basics, and custom wedding packages where I can stay with you the entire time.

This is a upscale on demand beauty service that I know the ladies in Connecticut will appreciate.  I enjoy making women look and feel glamxurious. I can see the women using my services for all their special events, gala, brunch, wedding, birthdays, girl’s night out and any other special occasion.

You can email me: for bookings & questions that you may have. Always stay updated with me by following my blog: Inside The Life Of A Makeup Artist & my Instagram page.

Who’s Doing Your Makeup For Prom

I am now taking appointments for prom in the Fairfield County & New York area. I already have 5 dates locked in for makeup. One of the dates the teen is hosting a makeup party for a group of her BFF. When I was that age I don’t think I was that fancy, to host a makeup party. Funny how times have changed. I really luv all this hair, makeup & fashion can’t get anymore glam then that!

So don’t wait to long to book me. Email me at:

On the pretty Kassie I’m using Laura Mercier Illuminator Powder in Seduction


 *I received emails asking about my lipstick. I have on my lips Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Speedballits a cream lipstick that is a deep vibrant purple


A Pop Of Color With Makeup This Winter 

The last makeup look of the day was actually my favorite because I was able to play with color. I was feeling creative on set today, I wanted some color because all of this cold weather and snow ❄️ is so boring to me. It sound weird but I get motivated by the craziest things when I’m on set doing makeup. So my model was my canvas allowing me to be creative with her Kim Kardashian West look alike face.

To recreate this colorful makeup look I used the following makeup items.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetics Pigments in Turquoise 

Too Faces Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Eyeshadow Primer

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter 

Viseart Blush Palette

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in Color 5

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Velour Silk False Lash in Perfect Fan

DUO Brush On Adhesive 

Connecticut Makeup Artist Get’s John Legend Ready For NBA All Star


Whenever I share with my clients that I will be working the NBA All Star Weekend I always get asked the same question, “You Put Makeup On The Ball Players”? But there is so much more to being the Key Makeup Artist for the NBA during All Star Weekend. Friday through Sunday I have a lot of talents (music artists, hosts, dancers, & players) scheduled for makeup before going on television. One of my favorite talents and someone I worked with before at Sundance Film Festival was John Legend.  John Legend and his dancers were all scheduled to receive makeup on Sunday. I always enjoy creating a makeup look for the dancers so that they could all be consistent with their fashion.

The reason why I selected to share what products I used on John Legend is because so many ask how do you groom a man for television. With John Legend already having consistently even skin, he was easy to work with. My only concern was to hide his dark circles so that he would not look restless on camera. Whenever I’m working and doing a live show, I have know that the products I use will be reliable and give me the finish that I want.

Here are the items that was used to give John Legend an effortless look on television.

1. Absolute New York Makeup Cleansing Tissue

2. Absolute New York Spritz 2 Fix Matte Setting Spray

bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo • bareMinerals • $32

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream SPF 30 • L’Oreal • $24.99

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy • First Aid Beauty • $12

MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer • Make Up For Ever • $40

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Connecticut makeup artist that service Fairfield County, CT and the New York area.

I’m About To Try Rodan & Fields Skincare For The First Time

Yesterday I met with one of my clients, Amy Wendland Schmidt from Ridgefield, CT and she wanted to introduced me to a brand that I wasn’t really familiar with. A few times when doing her makeup she chatted with me about Rodan & Fields products. She is definitely a fan of the brand. If I have ever done your makeup you know how important prepping the skin with great skin care products is to me. My thing is if you don’t practice great skin care then you will not achieve a flawless makeup look regardless of how expensive the makeup is. I’ve been blessed to have radiant skin and I look youthful but I do have skin concerns. My challenge is large pores & dark circles so I look forward to seeing the results.

Amy gifted me with a travel size kit from the REDEFINE line so that I can try out and experience for myself the products. So here is what I received in my REDEFINE Age Assault kit.

  • REDEFINE Regimen (REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask, REDEFINE Pore Minimizing Toner, REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment, REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream)
  • REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream
  • REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum
  • REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum

Can’t wait to share with you my feedback so stay tuned!

Spring Into Dewy Skin With A Highlighter


Let It Glow, Let It Glow…Spring is almost here and my clients in Fairfield County can’t wait for it to get here soon enough especially with the beautiful weather we have had in the last two days. Ladies, I’m sure you’re ready for that effortless dewy skin; so how do you achieve that brilliant spring glow you ask? A highlighter…Highlighters help to give the skin a luminous finish and can be purchased in different textures:powders, liquids, and creams. When using a highlighter, I like to apply the highlighters with a damp beauty blender on the apple of the cheeks and along the cheekbones to give that radiant fresh face glow. While I was in Westport, CT doing makeup, a client asked me to select 5 of my favorite highlighters. With so many highlighters to choose from I had to think for a second, because I love them all!

You might recognize from my Instagram post me using Flower Beauty highlighter on The Roots dancers from the NBA All Star Weekend. So instead of 5 here are 10 of my favorite new highlighters that has hit the shelves and hopefully will make their way to your vanity.

algenist drop glow luminizing duo


cover fx custom enhancer drops


dior diorskin nude air luminizer powderdior-diorskin-nude-air-luminizer-powder

flower beauty highlighting palette


guerlain météorites baby glow sheer liquid foundation


josie maran argan enlightenment illuminizer


make up for ever star lit liquid

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natasha denona all over glow face body shimmer in powder

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primark white strobing highlighter set

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stila heavens hue highlighter

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