That, says makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, is the hottest color
in eye makeup this season. The color, once very favored, then very disfavored, “is definitely coming back,” she said, adding it doesn’t matter whether it’s shadow or mascara.
But blue mascara?
“Not a bright blue, a subtler shade with hints of blue so that when the light hits, it makes your eyes pop,” said Gomez-Duplessis, whose must-have cosmetic is mascara.
How to make the eyes “pop” and makeup in general have interested Gomez-Duplessis, 42, since she was a kid growing up in New York City. Back then, she was fascinated by the overall glamour that Hollywood stars achieved. Seeking not to imitate them, but to recreate their styles, she filled books with her visions of makeup colors and looks.
Her first professional steps in the world of cosmetics were at Estee Lauder in New York. Finally, in 2006, after years of paying her dues and working assignment after assignment, her career took off.
Today, her appointment and job books read like a Who’s Who of the celebrity world. To date, the self-taught Gomez-Duplessis, a Danbury resident, has worked with, among others, Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, Jordin Sparks, Reggie Bush and Usher. She has accepted assignments at the Golden Globes, Super Bowl, Sundance Film Festival and with Donna Karan for Market Week.
Besides all that, she is a L’Oreal Cosmetics Pro Makeup Artist, a contributing writer to several bridal magazines and accepts private bridal jobs. That she is good at what she does seems to be without question.
According to Kristin Larrusso, Stila Cosmetics artistry executive for the East Coast, she sure is.
I just had to have Brandy on my team out here,” she said. “She has a passion for making women feel beautiful. She is such a team player, and I wish I could work side by side with her every day — her passion for beauty resonates through her work.
Sitting before the makeup area in her at-home dressing room Gomez-Duplessis, a friendly, warm person, answered questions with humor, grace and patience.
Asked why women have long worn makeup, her answer was honest. “For different reasons,” she said. “Makeup is fun and all illusion. I love it because it makes me feel pretty and powerful. You feel good when you get compliments.
Plus, it can also be an accessory. You can be a different person every day. Women pick their shoes to complement their clothing. Why not their makeup, too?
Gomez-Duplessis, who was interviewed on a warm day, said for her, as well as other women, a fully made-up face makes her look “polished. I have on a full face every day.”
The kind of makeup she wears, however, changes with the seasons, especially in summer.
I change to long-wearing, stay-all-day makeup when it’s warm,” she said. “It won’t sweat off or smudge. When I’m involved in an outdoor shoot, more bronzers, more long-wearing foundation and more all-day eye liner are necessary. In the winter, you can get away with regular makeup. It won’t `melt’ off then.
As far as taking off makeup, there are makeup wipes and liquid makeup remover, she said.
But,” Gomez-Duplessis advised, “one must get the right remover for waterproof makeup. Regular remover won’t work.
Again, with the idea of looking polished foremost in her mind, Gomez-Duplessis offered some advice regarding mascara application.
When putting on mascara, she suggested applying it “to the top of each lash first, then underneath each,” and, she added, “get the brush as close to the lid as you can.”
In her view, too, one type of mascara is not enough.
You should also have two mascara types, one for long length and the other for fullness. Length goes on top, fullness underneath.
Gomez-Duplessis gave this last bit of advice about the role of cosmetics in making the wearer attractive.
You should wear the makeup,” she said. “The makeup shouldn’t wear you. It should enhance your look. People should be looking at you, not your makeup.