Kapolei, 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 lupus, lyme disease & RA. She share her life of what it's like being a REAL makeup artist in the beauty industry. This Kapolei, Hawaii Makeup Artist was selected by her peers as The Top 15 People To Follow During The Golden Globes. Brandy is also a Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine and is a Contributor Beauty Expert for the Today Show. Brandy recently launched Entitled Beauty Cosmetics, a luxurious mineral based makeup line with her business partner Johnny Luoma. 22 years in the beauty industry, Brandy is now calling Kapolei, Hawaii home. So destination brides, you now have a TOP makeup artist on the island of Oahu to get you glamxurious for your special day. If you come to Oahu, and is looking for a TOP Makeup Artist in Kapolei, know you can get a face beat or an effortless makeup look by Brandy. Oh, yes there is a black makeup artist in Hawaii.
Do You Like Who You’re BECOMING? Chapter 2019, I want to continue to elevate myself to becoming a Global Makeup Beauty Guru. My 22 years in the Beauty & Entertainment industry, I feel like I have so much to share especially to aspiring beauty artists (Hair & Makeup).
I’m not stopping at just doing makeup and having a makeup line, Entitled Beauty Cosmetics. I feel like I have so much more to bring to the table. Makeup for boogie down brown women, mature women, healthy makeup, creating makeup and makeup looks for women who’s going back into the work force.
I also want to bring awareness to my health challenges; LUPUS, LYME, RA, and ASTHMA. I need for our community to understand what invisible illness look like and what chronic pain can do to a person. We get chemo, we deal with hair loss, we need care takers and we need the right meds. So, my goal is to continue to speak on this issue in 2019.
She Ready! Who are you BECOMING?
New Orleans Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Gomez-Duplessis is a wife and a mother of 2 adult kids living in Connecticut. In 2014, Brandy was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme & RA.
Last month I spent about an hour chatting with writer Maria Ricapito from Everyday Health. She reached out to me about featuring me on Everyday Health to share my health story of living with RA while working as a makeup artist in the industry. Usually, I’m the one who’s sharing about my health (Lupus & Lyme) on my blog and all of my other social media pages to followers who really are interested in my story. I always find people who don’t know me tell me that I inspire them, I give them hope and I show them that being diagnosed with a chronic illness isn’t a death sentence even when there are lots of days it feel that way.
I gave a lot of tips on how I get thought my work days by using certain products, doing little tricks, and how I manage to stay stress free on set. That’s one thing I had to learn to give up, STRESS and that’s including people. I shared with Maria my must have items to help me to maintain stress free days.
And if I can share one thing with someone who may be new to hearing me speak. When you start to feel like something is wrong, SOMETHING is wrong. You have to be your own advocate when visiting doctors. If you don’t feel like your doctor is not understanding you, it’s ok to find another. Get a notebook, start documenting everything. Don’t let people tell you that your to young, your depress, your stress, and any other reasons. You know your body better than anyone else. Fight for blood work and not the basic pregnancy test, diabetes test, and thyroid test.
So here’s the article, I hope you enjoy it and learned something new that can help you or a love one….Thanks Maria and the editor at Everyday Health for selecting me.
It’s been a day and I’m so glad it’s over my body need a break. I started first by going to do a CT Scan, then off to do the allergy test on my arms and forearms, then over to the CT Sinus Center, ending my appointment doing a Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy. Unfortunately, I have to do a lot of this often, in 10 days I’ll be repeating everything except the allergy test. At least I didn’t have to give blood this week. A lot of driving around today, I’m just glad to be home. How is your Monday going?
*IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH OR HAVE TRYPOPHOBIA DON’T REVIEW THE PICS & VIDEOS BELOW.
A lot of peers always see me when I post pics of myself when I’m doing well but they never understand when I tell them that by the end of the day my body shut down. It’s hard to understand how can someone look amazing then quickly is having a hard time to breathe but it’s my life about 3-4 times a week. I decided to show you how I can go from this to the videos below. I don’t know if it’s the lupus, the lyme disease, or both but it’s definitely hard on my body. This is why my new lifestyle only allows for me to do one thing and usually work win and takes all my energy that I never have time to party or meet up with girlfriends after work. Not everyone understands and it hurts but when I give in I know I will have it bad for 2-3 days. I usually don’t like to push myself because I never won’t to be able to show up for work. So if you know anyone with an auto-immune or invisible illness please be patience with them.
Last year at this time, I wasn’t healthy enough to work backstage doing makeup at New York Fashion Week. Due to being diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme disease, & RA, I was too weak to even attend events, bloggers lounges, or anything that I had to get out of bed for. This year my body is cooperating with me. I guess it missed Fashion Week as much as I had (…lol). The last few weeks I’ve been shopping my press kit letting everyone know that I’m back and able to resume creating those glamxurious faces. Here are a few pics from past Mercedes Benz Fashion Week of me working backstage doing makeup.
Today I’m at one of my favorite places in Connecticut getting my manicure & pedicure so when I step on that concrete jungle runway I look & feel my best.
To all my autoimmune warriors who’s days don’t looking promising and you’re missing your old life, I promise there’s light at the end of the scary tunnel. You will get your old life back, even if its just a little bit of it. We can conquer our new reality. We can adapt and endure the struggles, embrace and relish the good days, and most of all live, love and laugh ( a glass of wine, a spa day, and a nap doesn’t hurt either).
Well I going to finish getting pampered. I’ll see you in the beauty pages 😉
Yesterday afternoon beauty blogger Mindy McDonald hosted Beauty Happy Hour at her home in East Haven. Beauty Happy Hour is a makeup class where I give makeup lessons to an individual or to a group of women. Mindy invited family, friends and associated who she knew loved makeup in enjoy getting makeup tips from a celebrity makeup artist like myself.
I started Beauty Happy Hour after I was diagnosed with Lupus, Lyme and RA, it was a way for me to continue to work doing what I love, that’s makeup. I worked with lots of celebrities, on TV Shows, photo shoots, fashion shows, music videos and so much more. Slowing down not traveling as much I thought bringing a fun galmxurious event to the women in Connecticut would be a fab way to stay in the beauty industry at the same time bringing awareness to the disease that I fight everyday. I’m so thankful for all the brands that sponsored the event for me such as L’oreal Paris, Bare Escentuals, & Flower Beauty with makeup to place in the goodies bags.
Mindy set up outdoor, we had a nice cocktail reception first, once the weather cool down we started the makeup class. The ladies all brought their own makeup & makeup brushes. The makeup look that I taught the group was a smokey eye a makeup look that all agreed was a challenged for them. Once the class was over lots of selfies was taking in pics was uploaded to every social media pages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Snapchat.
Beauty Happy Hour is a fun girls night out for any occasion while bringing awareness to a few horrible disease that many women suffer with.