Meet Brandy, my fairy glam-mother, as I like to call her. She’s probably my most fabulous and glamorous friend – and I know a lot of fab women! Why do I want you to know her? Because she’s definitely a #GirlBoss, paving the way for women entrepreneurs in the makeup industry. She’s been in the game for years, from owning her own makeup concierge boutique in New Orleans to working with some of the most high-profile celebrities and directing top print and editorial campaigns.
I first met Brandy about two years ago and instantly, we clicked. If you have the pleasure of knowing Brandy you know her personality is magnetic, over-the-top in the best way possible, and the warmest soul. She won’t boast about all the amazing things she’s accomplished. Nope. She’d rather learn about your goals and do anything in her power to help you achieve them – to know her is truly to love her.
A few weeks ago I asked her if I could share a bit of what she’s accomplished in her amazing career and just chat about what she’s currently up to. She agreed! So we sat down, I got to play reporter and Brandy got personal about life as a professional makeup artist in Connecticut.
How did you get started in the makeup industry? Did you always know you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I started at Estée Lauder in Walt Whitman Shops in Suffolk County, New York. I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty and fashion industry. I love being around fashion, hair, and makeup. I also flirt with photography and interior designs. I feel like I love everything that has anything to doing with enhancing a look.
You just came back from New Orleans working a big assignment. Can you share a little about it?
Yes, I was working as the Key Makeup Artist for the NBA All-Star Weekend. I was in charge of bringing on a team of hair and makeup artists and working on the talent. We always get big name actors and artists that are hot on the charts. I also create makeup looks on their background dancers, the NBA dancers, the band, and sometimes the players if they have a photo shoot scheduled. It’s a lot of work because everything is live on TNT so you always need to be ready for anything.
When you’re not working with celebrities, how do you spend your free time?
When I’m not on set doing makeup I’m usually in New York or Connecticut doing makeup on my private clients. I have a large clientele of fabulous women that I’m always getting glamorous for something fancy. I’m also very passionate about my blog, InsideTheLifeOfAMakeUpArtist.com. That’s where I share a ton of behind-the-scenes pictures and my day-to-day life.
You mentioned you work with women in the New York and Connecticut area. Does this include brides? What is it about weddings you love?
Yes! OMG I’m such a romantic at heart! I love everything about weddings. It’s such a beautiful day. I feel that’s where I can really showcase my style of artistry. I’ve done weddings all over the U.S., in the Caribbean, even on a cruise ship. I’ve done makeup for over 300 weddings in my career! They still excite me. Lately, I’ve been doing weddings in Connecticut and I have a soft spot for outdoor weddings by the water. They make for beautiful makeup photos.
What are your favorite products – the ones you can’t do a photo shoot or special event without?
Nooo, why are you asking me a hard question?! Ok, let me see because I love EVERYTHING! I’m obsessed with Caudalie Beauty Elixr, L’OREAL Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur, L’OREAL Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black, Absolute New York Strobing & Shading Palette, Stila Stay All Day Foundation, Guerlain The Original Creamy Khôl Me Kajal Eyeliner, Jane Iredale BB Cream, and Benefit High Beam. Ok, stop me because I can go on and on.
Have you ever thought about offering makeup classes?
I’ve been doing makeup classes for some time now. I call them my Beauty Happy Hour. My classes aren’t for aspiring makeup artists, that’s Beauty Blueprint. I like to teach women of all ages how to do makeup looks they love but have trouble doing. My clients will host a “girls’ night in” at their home and I come to teach them all about makeup – while they sip on some bubbly of course!
You mentioned Beauty Blueprint. How can aspiring MUA’s book a class with you?
Beauty Blueprint is a one-on-one meeting with makeup artists and hair stylists. I teach the business side and how to work in the industry and be in demand in your city. I did a lot of big assignments living in New Orleans without a manager, agent, or publicist so I feel I have a “blueprint” to share on how to do it. Not everyone can afford to travel to New York and California to follow their dreams or attend a makeup school. Sometimes I get artists and stylists that feel like they’re in a rut and need help growing. I also get calls from people who are scared to take that leap and follow their dreams. They can book 1-3 hours with me to help them become successful. You can book with me as often as you need to. Everything is done through Skype and it’s something that was started when I had to take some time off due to my lupus.
You’ve worked with everyone from Brad Pitt to Kerry Washington. Who would be your dream celebrity to work with and can you spill some celeb gossip?
Besides my friend (in my head) The Rock, I would love to work with the Obama’s. Not a lot of people know this but May 2015 I got a call about doing former President Obama’s makeup for an appearance in Philly. I was working and I was going back and forth with the staff at the White House. By the time I responded back they had already booked another makeup artist. I was five minutes late! I was heartbroken! I’m needing that good energy to come back my way!
And as for gossip, a makeup artist never spills tea.. but I am working on a book.
Didn’t I tell you she was fab? You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter and of course check out her blog InsideTheLifeOfAMakeupArtist.com if you want to keep up with professional makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy International Women’s Day!