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Here are my tips for getting rid of dark spots featured on Cosmopolitan for Latinas!

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Check out my tips on how to get rid of dark spots by using the right makeup featured on Cosmopolitan for Latinas!

Andrew Cosmo May 2013

 

 

 

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Kevyn’s clients could nap, but mine have to blog!

Just another day at the office

Kevyn Aucoin used to have his clients lie down on a pillow while he did their makeup. It was how he used to do his little sister’s makeup when they were kids. Unfortunately, my clients don’t always have the time to relax. Sometimes they have to work throughout the entire application. Kerry Diamond of Lancome was just that client tonight!

 

Kerry and I go back a bit so we’re really comfortable working together. She worked on her computer while I did her makeup for a special screening of Eat Pray Love (which was fabulous), that Lancome organized especially for an audience of makeup artists. We literally didn’t need her to stop typing and look up until it was time to curl her eyelashes. Everything, including the eye shadows, liner, under eye concealer, and even mascara, was done while she wrote about it on The Lancome Blog!

 

 

I’ve also done makeup while a client was riding in an Escalade and once even in a private fitting room at DKNY! Even in funny situations, I love what I do and that’s why it’s…DRAMA FREE MAKEUP!

 

Read Kerry Diamond’s full story at The Lancome Blog!

 

 

Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com

Oscars Week: Precious: Gabourey is a True Gem, Mo’Nique is Crazy in Love, and Gorgeous Drama Free Red Carpet Makeup for Women of Color

Six Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress Gabourey Sidibe and Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique

 

 

In casting Gabourey Sidibe for the title role of Precious, director Lee Daniels found a diamond in the rough. Her first film has already earned her ten awards including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. She has been nominated with sixteen others including Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a motion picture.

 

Gabourey makes her acting debut in Precious, but for this former psychology student, performing is in her blood. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley supported her daughters by teaching special education and singing gospel. I’ve often seen her performing in the NYC subways as part of the MTA’s Music Under New York program. Huge crowds gather and several trains pass before some visitors will carry on. While my favorite renditions of hers are available on YouTube including “I Will Survive” and Alicia Key’s signature “Fallin”, but she’s also performed above ground and off-broadway in Goddessdance. Transcendental is the simplest word to describe her performance of the show’s ballad “Spread Your Wings.”

 

 

In spite of the heavy subject matter, the cast of Precious has been having a great time promoting the film. Gabourey has looked consistently stunning on the red carpet and head turningly ethereal on the cover of V Magazine. While Vanity Fair dropped the ball by not featuring this bodacious beauty on the cover of the its Young Hollywood issue,  Ebony snapped her up and flip curls have never looked better.

 

Gabourey appeared as a dancing delight on the Ellen Degeneris Show (pre-choreographed by her roommate) as did Mo’Nique who talked about how scripts like this require you to leave work at work. Speaking of dancing though, did you see Mo’Nique and her fierce troupe of plus size backups dancing “Crazy in Love” at the 2004 BET Awards, much to the delight of Beyonce? Either way, click here to watch. After bringing down the house, she deservedly patted herself on the back and in the spirit of her achingly witty, fashion forward, big is beautiful love letter, the 2006 film Phat Girlz, Mo’Nique cheekily shouted “I know the skinny video girls, you all real nervous right now.” If anyone is gunning for the role of most joyful entertainer on stage, sorry, the position has been filled.

 

It took several views of the Precious trailer to recognize Mo’Nique as her character Mary Lee Johnston. Her transformation for Precious was reminiscent of Charlize Theron’s for Monster in 2003, but has since returned to her usual full on glamorous self, often by the hand of makeup master Sam Fine, seen below. Visit AmmoMag.com to read the interview with Sam.

 

 

If you’re rooting for Precious at your Oscars party this Sunday, you’ll love this look picked out by MyFashionPlate.com stylist Sara Mitzner. Sara recommends this gold houndstooth dress available on BlueFly.com. “The movie Precious was set in 1987 in Harlem, New York so I chose a Corey Lynn Carter dress that had a bold print with a kicked up 80’s vibe, though the classic wrap style keeps it sophisticated.” She also notes the bright yellow hue which is frequently noted as Precious’s favorite color.

 

Hair would look great with flip curls like Gabourey’s or pulled back in a bun like Mo’Nique’s. Either way, flaunt this fun headband by Ban.do! “Precious is a true 80s fashionista who always matches her headband to her look.”

 

Dressed flawlessly, you’ll need the perfect makeup look. I’m a huge fan of the  Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers  (especially for women of color) which I used many times on Kerry Washington. Applied with a sponge, they deliver beautiful coverage applied just under the eyes or even all over. Illamasqua also has an amazing selection of cream foundations in the darker range. To warm your skin, reach for one of the bronzers from the CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze and in honor of New York Native Sidibe, proudly wear a Herald Square mineral blush by DEX or one of the other shades, all named after Manhattan neighborhoods.

  

 

Wash a gold shadow over the whole lid and use a liner brush to trace the Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner in Midnight Black going past your lash line and slightly upwards. Add a pair of Shu Uemura Lashes in S 217 and finish the look with Lancome’s Le Rouge Absolue in Merlot.

Ten films are nominated this year for Best Picture this year, and the cast of Precious already has much to celebrate, but will they walk away with Oscars gold?  Whatever the outcome, their brave performances are worthy of all the praise they receive and with their incredible spirits, we can at least be certain big girls won’t cry.

 

Writing about the glamour and comedic talent of Gabourey and Mo’Nique feels a bit like it’s undermining the serious work they’ve done in this film. However, the films speaks for itself and says it better than any reviewer could. Hopefully, Gabourey agrees the sillier topics are worth writing about too. As she told New York Magazine, “They try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I’m awesome. But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role.”

Shine on!

 

For personalized fashion advice, click here to co
ntact Sarah Mitzner on MyFashionPlate.com.

 

Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.comShare/Bookmark

"The September Issue" DVD Launches in Spite of Rainy Conditions – Meet Andre Leon Tally and Grace Coddington

It’s chilly and wet in New York City today. Not the best conditions for getting over a post Fashion Week cold.

 

After leading a workshop for the students in the Cosmetology Club at the High School of Fashion Industries where we talked about Fashion WeekSam FineKevyn AucoinPat McGrath and how to break down a makeup look, I headed uptown to visit a friend at Henri Bendel’s and then to Barney’s to pick up the Yves Saint Laurent loose powder I’d ordered. It’s a noted Sam Fine favorite, so I’ve dutifully responded.

 

I thought it would be fun to give my blog readers the same assignment I gave to the students…watch The September Issue! The DVD was released today and if you’re in New York, you can get your copy signed by Andre Leon Tally and Grace Coddington this Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Union Square! If not, it’s available on Amazon.com so no excuses! What a great way to spend a rainy weeknight.

 

Some friends from Lancome and I saw it in the theater as a group which was fantastic. The captivating images from the photo shoots became completely breathtaking when blown up several stories high. While Anna Wintour is Vogue’s most famous face, the film’s heart belong to the magazine’s creative director Grace Coddington. While The Devil Wear’s Prada is a fictionalized cross between 9-to-5 and Kell on Earth, this documentary cuts through the drama and offers a glimpse into the world of Coddington, the Welsh born model-turned-stylist who has less in common with other fashion tours-de-force and more with painting’s old masters. Her canvas, of course, glossy.

 

Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, and Rose Byrne and appeared on Access Hollywood. He is a My Fashion Plate Trendsetter. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com.

The Official Launch and Welcome from Makeup Artist Andrew Sotomayor – Drama Free Makeup

 

 

In 2002, just three months before I began college, I decided it would be a good idea to get a summer job selling makeup at my local department store. I knew almost nothing about how to apply it but came armed with a copy of “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin. Friends would come by so I could try to duplicate Kevyn’s transformations with overly ambitious naivety, and a great sense of excitement. I carried the book to work every single day as I though I’d discovered the world’s greatest playbook written by the world’s most charming coach.

 

Immediately, the constant streaks of lipstick, mascara and at least three near randomly guessed shades of foundation on the back of my hand alluded to long forgotten images of my childhood hands, eternally stained with Crayola markers and chalk pastels. Fortunately, I was a quick study and I improved. Summer job would return as holiday job, then again after each semester.

 

Fast forward to February 12, 2010. I’m in my early late 20’s and making a living as a freelance makeup artist in New York City. Between working with glamorous celebrities, fidgety models, being interviewed by top publications and even Access Hollywood, prepping clients for early morning shows, organizing photo shoots, and using body paint to make gogo boys glow in the dark, I’ve often said, “I do a bit of everything.” Until today, one particular milestone was yet to be reached. Bryant Park.

 

I used to work at Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue, and would eat my sandwiches from Pret-A-Manager sitting on the grass in Bryant Park, displaced only by rain or Fashion Week. Having only previously done fashion shows off-site, today marked a special occasion as I backed up key makeup artists Scott Patric and Deborah Altizio with the rest of the amazing team for the finale of “Project Runway” and my first ever show inside the tents at Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

 

Today’s milestone seems the perfect opportunity to launch my blog. Expect makeup tips and product recommendations, but also anecdotes from my life of running around Manhattan with my makeup kit as well as and posts on beauty icons, events not to be missed, and places to visit that stir the creative spirit. You’ll know where to go and what to wear! Stay tuned and I’ll help you cast aside cumbersome rules on beauty so you’ll know how to wear light on your eyes and your heart on your sleeve.

 

Tonight, I think about how much has happened during my career to this point and reflect on how a path I never expected to embark upon has taught me about art, passion, insecurity, ego, love, loss, solitude, grace, gratitude, and the thrills of a vibrant life in color.

 

As seasoned designers, editors, and makeup artists take their last looks around Bryant Park, knowing that the Spring 2011 shows will begin a new era at Lincoln Center, I start heading out of the tent in time for another gig, thinking about how my relationship with Bryant Park has finally come full circle. Suddenly, I notice a photo of Kevyn Aucoin, hanging on the wall just above my head.

 

Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, and Rose Byrne and appeared on Access Hollywood. He is a My Fashion Plate Trendsetter. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com.