written by Connecticut / New York Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
I headed out to work NBA All Star Weekend 2012 on Thursday morning. Car picked me up from the airport, checked into the hotel, unpacked and I headed downstairs to grab a bite and of course order one of my favorites; a margarita. Maisha, head of hair for NBA All Stars met me in the lobby along with one of her girls, Falon.
Keenan Towns stop by and invited us to CIROC & Crown Royal "Ball So Hard" party one of the many parties that would take place that weekend. Such a gentlemen he brings me over a special Jose Cuervo margarita that he asked the bartender to make for me. Being that I am a tequila and champagne connoisseur that was definitely a top shelf drink..luved it.
On a Thursday afternoon the Grand Bohemian Hotel had a DJ outside the hotel kicking off NBA All Star Weekend. I luved it, the energy reminded me of being in New Orleans for Essence Music Festival. A proper way to greet the hotel guest as they arrive, all they needed now was two BA's holding trays of champagne.
We walked over to the Amway Arena to pick up our credentials and to do a walk through of the makeup & hair room. Making sure that we had enough stations and lighting. Perfect timing because they were just setting the room up with everything that we would need for the weekend. Including lots of snacks and drinks to keep us energized for three long days.
After the walk through and talking with the girls in production about the daily run down I went to watch the rehearsal and to see my babies; NBA Fan Patrol. On stage was Ne-yo and Chris Brown so I was able to watch them and to meet Pitbull dancers. Very sexy girls and was now able to visualize the makeup look that I would do for this halftime show. Nayer wasn't there so I didn't get to meet her but I already knew the makeup look that I wanted to do on her. After rehearsal we left to enjoy Orlando.
Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis works in New York and part time in New Orleans. This L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist has worked with celebrities like: Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Jennifer Aniston, Kerry Washington, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Julianne Nicholson, Jordin Sparks, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Ava DuVernay, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Reshma Shetty to name a few. Brandy has worked with New York top affluent and influential New Yorkers; Donna Karan International, St. George's Society of New York, The Royal Wedding Bash, The English Ball for Burberry, world renowned event planner Marcy Blum, NY award winning CeCi Johnson, Women Of New York, to name a few. Brandy recently worked Donna Karan, DKNY, Keva J, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, Project Runway, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, L'OREAL Paris, International Latino Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, NBA All Star Weekend, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog "Inside the Life of a Makeup Artist" or follow her glamxurious tweets.