Talks To Afro-Latina Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Published on March 10th, 2014

L'OREAL Paris Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis doing makeup on model for ENEWS hair segment with Johnny Lavoy recently spoke with celebrity makeup artist
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis. We’ve been following the beautiful Cuban-Honduran makeup artist through social media for a while now and couldn’t wait for the opportunity to feature her on our site. In our interview Brandy discusses her day-to-day routine; life after Hurricane Katrina; working with Kerry Washington; and she shares a beauty tip for our audience.

Check out our interview with Brandy and photos of her work below! When did you first pick up a makeup brush or when did you know you wanted to become a makeup artist?
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: I first picked up a brush when I attended one of those art schools for the first 2 years of high school. I was a big fan of art, I’ve always loved painting and sketching. When I picked up that paint brush, I had no idea that I would be using a brush for the rest of my life. It’s so funny…my parents didn’t believe in me and my career choice. Being that they are from Honduras, I passed up attending art school in Philadelphia because my dad said he didn’t come here for me to paint (laughing).
What is a typical day or “A Day in the Life” like for a celebrity makeup artist?
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis:  A typical day of my life is getting up around 4:30am to get ready for work. I catch the 6am train to the city (New York).  While on the train I respond to emails that came through once I retired the night before. I do a few tweets, take selfies on the train (laughing) and watch a few fashion shows on my phone. I am always motivated by watching fashion. Once on set I create glamxurious makeup looks… I’m in my zone.  During the break I’m checking emails and on the kids, then send hubby a flirty text (smiling). Depending on the assignment, I’ll post a behind the scene pic. Once we wrap I sometimes catch up with friends while in the city for a cocktail or I’ll attend an insider beauty event. As I head home, I usually do phone interviews since I have a 2 hr. commute to Connecticut. I then do more responding back to emails and lately I’ve been writing. Once home I clean my makeup brushes, pack kit for the next assignment, then I put in the rest of my evening with my family. 

brandy doing makeup on kerry washington
You’ve worked with so many celebrities, who’s been your favorite or what’s been your most memorable moment?

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: Yes, I have been blessed to work with many talented A-list celebrities. With each one I have such a great story that sometimes when I’m watching television or a movie I smile to myself (because) I had personal moments with them. With Kerry Washington, I knew in advance that I was going to work with her. She’s the friend in your head and in-person she validates that. She understood that I needed visual with her. She would not get up until it was done. The second time she was amazing, taking pics and tweeting about it. Both times I needed a moment alone to thank God for this incredible moment.
Hurricane Katrina… We read you launched a successful beauty business (freelance makeup services and one of the first beauty bars) in New Orleans and after Hurricane Katrina had to re-launch your business, literally from the ground up. How did you do it?
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: OMG, that was such a hard time in my life and in my family’s life after Katrina. Trying to rebrand myself in a city that wasn’t quite ready for me to rebuild was hard. But because of my passion for makeup artistry, I knew I had to make it work. It’s a blur sometimes because I don’t know how I did it. My first makeup studio was easy and very successful. Since I had the beauty blueprint from the first one, it helped a lot with the second.
Now you are based in Connecticut and you are traveling the world as a celebrity makeup artist, beauty expert, and blogger, how do you balance family and such a demanding career?
Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: I’ve learned to balance my personal life and career the old school way…a good organizer, color highlighters and large wall schedule (laughing). My husband is very supportive, he helps a lot…I’m lucky.
How do you ethnically and/or culturally identify?

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: I Identify as Cuban-Honduran but culturally I identify as Black. It’s so funny when I’m out with my husband who is light-skinned with curly hair, society thinks my husband is Hispanic. They walk straight to him and greet him with Mr. Gomez…crazy!
What is your #1 beauty tip for women?

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis: My beauty tip of all time is to find your signature look (lip color, eyeliner, blush or bronzer), polish it…and then embrace being you, embrace being a woman.

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All images in this post were provided by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis.


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