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“You should always handle the area around your eyes gently, especially your eyelashes. If you notice your lashes are falling out an an alarming rate, you might be treating them too roughly. Keep reading for our tips on proper eyelash care, including expert advice from celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor! Don’t forget to check out our splurge or save article on eyelash curlersto help you choose the best one for yourself.
Kelly’s daytime makeup was done by my friend Masako Kizuki (and fellow Project Runway makeup artist) while I did Kelly’s makeup for her avante garde studio shots. Click below to watch the video. Follow Kelly, Shu Uemura and I on Twitter.
–New York makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Alicia Silverstone, Saffron Burrows, Natasha Bedingfield, Nina Garcia, Rose Byrne, Piper Perabo, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner, Isaac Mizrahi, and many others. His clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Rachel Ray Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for look books for Proenza Schouler, Behnaz Sarafpour, Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear collections, keyed the Simon Spurr runway show, and assisted on fashion shows including Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Latina, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew is a regular guest speaker at The High School of Fashion Industries in New York. 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.”
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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.com
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. MyFashionPlate.com 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 Etsy.com 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 MyFashionPlate.com.
To see more of Jenny Jordan’s designs visit her online boutique at
www.SYMBOLOGYbyJJ.etsy.com 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 AndrewSotomayor.com
We interrupt these Fashion Week announcements to share a recent photo. This is glimpse into how my musical theater friends and I celebrate Superbowl Sunday in Astoria with a twist. The only thing that makes eye black more fun while playing football, is if you make it purple.
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.