If there’s anything I’ve learned from watching Grey’s Anatomy (Only the T.R. Knight years of course), it’s that challenges, sorrow, and love are impossible to predict and often happen in stark contrast. This week, I was dealt the first two, but joyfully a friend has been blessed with the latter. After an unusually challenging week, I’ve arrived at the beautiful Delamar Hotel in Greenwich CT for the wedding of a dear colleague. As the new old saying goes, “always the makeup artist, never the bride”. That said, it’s not me but makeup legend, Sandy Linter, providing atelier services at this event (Though I may lend an improvising hand if the need arises. I hope everyone here matches my shade of Dermalogica Cover Tint (hides the occasional redness on my nose).
My plans for a midday arrival were foiled, and instead I arrive close to midnight as some pre-celebration events have all but flickered away. The first thing I notice when I open the door to my room is the TWO bath robes neatly laid onto the bed. If only the same care had been given to not reminding me I am recently single at the second wedding in two days.
With the kitchen closed, room service is out of question, but the idea of eating Dominos alone in my room is completely unacceptable. I decide the best thing, rather than wallow, is to soak. Meredith Grey style, I begin filling the tub with hot water and throw in an entire travel sized bottle of Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert body lotion into the water (Delamar offers the same kind provided to my morning clients who were staying at the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue).
As I struggle to use the cappuchino machine in the hall to make a cup of Decaf Roobis Chai, I get an idea. Grabbing as many Harney & Sons Fine Teas White Vanilla Grapefruit teabags as are courteously provided, I return to my room and toss each tetrahedron shaped sack into the tub. (Please don’t tell my friend at Argo Tea, the makers of ChariTEA which raises money for a new important cause each month, about my…infideli-tea). Tea is filled with antioxidants and there’s nothing like a bathtub concoction of “with our compliments” to free-radical ideas of calling my ex-boyfriend late at night, after a rough day, from the hotel where a friend is getting married. Put down the phone, and get in the tub Mary.
Having found a sachet of lavender petals in a gift bag from the bride-to- be, I toss those in too, along with the formerly ornamental pink orchid from the basin (Wine glasses were made to be broken and according to Guerlain, orchids are meant for the skin).
Although I’m 6’3″, I do my best to enjoy the silence, while shifting between keeping my Michael Phelps length torso, and Karolina Kurkova length legs submerged and warm. As I consume my midnight snack of pretzels and Ritz Cracker sandwiches (which aren’t gluten free but haven’t tasted this good since I was young enough to be handed a juice pouch of Capri Sun to soon realize it contained only air…Don’t remember? Lady Rizo tells the story with panache and an obscenely outre pair of false lashes), I read one of the tea wrappers to see that Harvey & Sons Fine Teas are members of 1% for the Planet and therefore donating 1% of their sales to improving nature. A company that is conTEAentious? For some reason, this provides a bit of calm.
Now that the water, and my temper have chilled slightly, I’m ready to dry off, climb into my king sized bed, and be grateful for life and the gift it is to just be…in tea.
New York makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor has worked with celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Emmy Rossum, Christine Baranski, Alicia Silverstone, Nina Garcia, Natasha Bedingfield, Rose Byrne, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Isaac Mizrahi, Adam Lambert, and many more. Supermodels including Liu Wen, Arlenis Sosa, Angela Lindvall, Elettra Wiedemann, and Du Juan, have worn makeup by Andrew and clients have worn his makeup for appearances on Project Runway, The Oprah
Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, The Rachael Ray Show, CNN, and The Tony Awards. He’s created the makeup for Betsey Johnon and Victoria Beckham’s look books, and assisted on fashion shows including Chanel, Dior, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Diesel, and Project Runway. See his work at AndrewSotomayor.com