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Congratulations to Kerry Washington for her successful run in "RACE" on Broadway.

Kerry Washington, Makeup by Andrew Sotomayor

Last fall, Kerry Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s “RACE” on Broadway. She recently finished her run on stage with co-stars James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas. I first met Kerry when I did her makeup for the annual Americans for the Arts Gala held at Cipriani’s 42nd St in October. The first thing she said was “Hi I’m Kerry.” Followed by “First things first, are you related?” referring to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (the answer is no). Her longtime hairstylist, Takisha Drew, is responsible for perfecting those gorgeous waves. (More photos of celebrities at fabulous events can be seen on


Kerry is wearing L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Fairest Nude and Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Quad in Earthscape.


Kerry is witty, worldly, talented, and has an incredible eye for style. Her remarks about gay rights during an interview for the documentary “The People Speak” still inspire me. She looked amazing in the Christian Dior dress above and in the white Marchesa mini below (Takisha did her hair and I did the makeup). Read more about what she wore by visiting MSN.




Congratulations to Kerry on her successful run in RACE, and best wishes for all her many upcoming projects.


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

Oscars Week: Avatar Inspired Fashion, Eco Chic Beauty Products, and Oscars Ready Makeup

It’s a safe bet James Cameron loves a good adventure flick as much as I do. I don’t know him personally, but I’d assume as much.

Critics often mention how beneath the revolutionary technology of Avatar is a story that’s already told before (think Dances with Wolves or Fern Gully – The Last Rainforest) and thankfully, they’re right. As a Latino American, I’ll be the first to argue that stories inspired by the Spanish Inquisition will never be cliché. Furthermore, the preservation themes of films like Avatar and Wall-E have emboldened the spirit behind my childhood obsessions with Captain Planet, Free Willy and ET that have lingered like as a canvas tote bag I made in grade school with SAVE THE EARTH in vibrant puff paint that resides somewhere in my parents’ basement.

In honor of Avatar’s cry for mother nature,  I’m gonna give shout outs to two of my most favorite beauty brands that benefit beauty fanatics and mother earth.

Cargo’s PlantLove Lipsticks have tubes made from corn instead of plastic, are free from petroleum or parabens, and the cardboard wrapper is infused with wildflower seeds that actually grow when buried.

Chantecaille has worked hard raising money to protect endangered species by donating a portion of the sales of their blushes and eye shadows beautifully embossed with designs representing tigers, whales, coral reefs, butterflies, and most recently (my childhood favorites) dolphins.

Going back to nature is important for our future, but technology has earned it’s role in entertainment. Both times I saw Avatar in IMAX 3D, the landscapes were so breathtaking, I felt a bit of relief from my yearning to run off and move to the rainforest. Unfortunately, that fantasy will not come true until they have an iPhone app that cures one’s fear of snakes.

Fun with technology inspired photographer Lizzy Sullivan, dancer Marcus Phillips (from the original Off-Broadway production of Fela!), and I to brave the winter winds for a rooftop photo shoot last fall. Building on the skills I learned when I keyed Patrick Wolf’s Hard Times Video, we used blacklights, blue UV activated body paint and a long exposure to create motion blurs of Marcus moving with the Brook
lyn Bridge behind him. The final look reminded me of Billy Crudup as Dr Manhattan in Watchmen.

If you’re eco chic, and headed to an Oscars party this Sunday, this easy Avatar glamazon look is the perfect way to show your futuristic wild side. Brighten your whole expression with a single tiny Swarovski crystal placed in the inner corners of each eye. Pick it up with tweezers, dip it in a tiny bit of lash glue and place it just beyond the tear duct. The effect is much more subtle than you’d think and looked amazing at Marchesa F/W 2010 presentation. To keep the rest of the look simple, avoid shimmery eye shadow and instead add a pop of vibrant matte blue color on the lid using Shu Uemura m 685. Follow with several coats of mascara and you’re done.

If you’re not willing to paint yourself blue in full Avatar solidarity, you’ll obviously need to know what to wear. stylist Eric Himel suggests turning to Alexander McQueen’s S/S 2010 collection, Plato’s Atlantis. The “eighties-inspired tribal futuristic” dresses “epitomize the strong tribal culture of the Na’vi people.” The prints even look like the markings on Pandora’s flying Ikran.

Finally, every good warrior princess needs to accessorize, so jewelry designer Jenny Jordan recommends these handmade bangles from her Symbology collection, available on and at Elle Squared in Livingston NJ. Her Pisces and Aquarius designs are both hand painted and plated in 22-karat gold. “People born under these signs are humanitarians. They are sensitive, headstrong, creative, intuitive and have a very large imagination.”

Avatar is hands down the most technologically advanced film of the year, but will blue take the gold for best picture? I’ll be glued to my TV set Sunday, eager to find out. I’ll “see you” there!

For more styling tips, click here to reach out to Eric Himel via

To see more of Jenny Jordan’s designs visit her online boutique at or in-person  at Elle Squared in Livingston, NJ (973) 533-1111

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 makeupfor 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

The Fashion of Alice in Wonderland, Red Lips and Shimmering Eyes, Rescue a Rabbit and The Road to the Oscars

This is a huge week for movies. Hollywood’s biggest night returns this Sunday for the Oscars! Before we talk about the memorable performances of this past year, I have to mention that if you love fantasy adventure films like I do, you must be totally psyched for Alice in Wonderland, opening this weekend. I’m obsessed with Tim Burton (Have you seen his exhibit at MOMA? I checked it out with vlogger Michelle Phan), Johnny Depp (I can’t decide if I’d rather have Johnny Depp’s cheekbones, talent, or rock star attitude), and of course Helena Bonham Carter (Can anyone play “losing her mind” better than HBC?). The dream team behind Sweeney Todd and The Corpse Bride are joined by girl next door-turned fashion’s sweetheart, Anne Hathaway, who plays the White Queen.


                  To commemorate the film, the fashion team at the New York Post created a photo story using models dressed in modern clothes inspired by the film’s main characters. We shot the photos in the Rose Bar at the luxurious Gramercy Park Hotel (I can’t list names but this historical hotel is a favorite haunt of celebrities past and present). Knockout hairstylist Karim Odoms teased and twisted some wicked creations while Deborah Padilla did makeup for Alice and The Mad Hatter while I made up the Red Queen and the White Queen.




The            The Red Queen got her signature ruby lips from Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge and the White Queen got her sparkling eye shadows using Glitter All in Snow by Shiny Mama Makeup.  




Save for Nina Garcia and Audra MacDonald, I’m rarely star struck. However, I could barely keep my cool when Snowflake, a lop eared rabbit, arrived on set. Playing Wonderland’s tardiness prone bunny, Snowflake spent the morning with us courtesy of the local animal shelter. He was found alone on the streets of New York and was probably an Easter gift that someone grew tired of. I had a rabbit when I was in middle school and can tell you rabbits make great pets (they love being indoors though of course they love to dig in the grass) and will use a litter box with virtually no training. For information on how to adopt one of these needy critters visit






I can’t wait to see the makeup, hair and gowns this Sunday at the Os
. Expect to see Marchesa fully represented on the red carpet. The Oscars have the best makeup, hair, and fashions of any event second only to The Costume Intitute Gala. In honor of the women who left their beauty mark on film history this year, we’ll devote the rest of the week to the most memorable movies and the actresses who starred in them. Get some great makeup tips on how to get glamorous like your favorite stars or pay tribute to your most inspirational heroines.


Hollywood or bust!


Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in NYC. See his work at



Model Anna Laryn in Marchesa FW 2010

Makeup by Talia Shobrook


Yesterday, I joined Talia Shobrook’s makeup team for Marchesa. As Rachel Zoe would say…”where do you want me to start?”


Start with the who’s who. All the usual suspects were there of course. I was shooed out of the staging area as Anna Wintour of Vogue arrived for the advance preview and saw Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar being interviewed.  Tall drink of water and celebrity stylist, Nick Steele and I got to talking briefly and he introduced me to the drop dead gorgeous Melissa George, he was escorting. Nick’s worked with Beyonce, Claire Danes, and Denzel Washington. Andre Leon Talley was stepping out of a car as I was walking out.


But down to the makeup! Talia Shobrook was key and created a colorful look that was ethereal and romantic and a little bit French circus. The show was sponsored by Le Metier de Beaute which is available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. The Classic Flawless-Finish liquid foundation was nicely sheer and dewy, but I especially loved the moisturizer. I also liked the peach and bronze eye shadows.



Talia mixed a new product called Magic, also from Le Metier de Beaute, with loose green shimmer to line the upper lids and inner corners of the eyes. ALSO…she applied a small rhinestone to the inner corner of each eye. The best way to describe it would be both literally and figuratively, as the British would say, “brilliant!”


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




Diesel Black Gold by Lucia Pieroni

Fashion Week is almost over! So much to catch up on, but here’s one show I was thrilled to work on. Lucia Pieroni created this natural looking Brooklyn inspired makeup for Diesel Black Gold. I was amazed to see how efficient she is. She did the demo and in just a few moments, the model suddenly looked even more beautiful and with a natural radiance.


I’m running off to join the makeup team for Marchesa led by makeup artist Talia Shobrook. Meanwhile, check out more about Lucia’s creation over at


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