BoriquaChicks.com 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!
BoriquaChicks.com: 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).
BoriquaChicks.com: 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.
BoriquaChicks.com: 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.
BoriquaChicks.com: 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.
BoriquaChicks.com: 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.
BoriquaChicks.com: 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!
BoriquaChicks.com: 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.
All images in this post were provided by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis.