I must admit, I asked for this. I dare not say how long, but I have been secretly wanting to be home for a long time, just to focus on some much-needed things: the redesign of my home, doing some repairs, catching up on some paperwork, putting together some proposals, and actually “calling and talking to friends and family”. Now that I have the time, I am trying hard not to complain about it.
Granted, the difference for so many of us is the fact that it is being forced upon us. There is nothing sexy about being quarantined.
But we are going to make the best of it, and we are going to do what all of us need to do in this time of crisis: SELF CARE This is the time of self-reflection and self-improvement.
We already began this process with you with our friends, Dr. Michelle Morancie, and E.R Physician Dr. Sampson Davis. We are now moving on to skincare junkie, celebrity makeup artist Gregg Brockington.
It’s late, and I am ready for bed—all I can see is the side-eye look of Gregg Brockington. So I jump out of the bed, run back into the washroom, and really wash my face. Save the shade, I showered! I can’t go to bed without showering. But like many, the shower gel I use for my body is not the same as the one I would use to wash my face. So even though I ran water and rubbed my face, I guarantee you I still had makeup on.
I ran to the beauty cabinet and pulled out my face wash. I am blessed I have options. I am well-aware that being an editor provides me with the opportunity to test some of the market’s best products. So, as I wash my face, I make sure I cleanse all the essential places. That’s after using the makeup removing wipes, eye makeup removers, etc. I follow the recommended steps: remove all makeup, wash, toner, spray, and moisturize. Now, I am ready for bed.
We realize in this time of crisis, no one is getting a makeup artist to come over and do their makeup. Novel Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, ruined that for all of us. But make no mistake, there are many artists available to assist you with putting your best face forward, or straightening you out like Mr. Brockington did for me, live and in living color.
Since brides are still trying to get married on Zoom, now that Governor Cuomo has legalized it, we covered the wedding of Justin and Michelle Jacob. Given current circumstances, we anticipate more weddings taking place as long as this lockdown is in effect.
Gregg Brockington is, by far, one of the most talented makeup artists I have worked with in my 30 years in the fashion industry. Beyond his professionalism is his attention to detail and respect for each of the subjects that sit in his chair. Not to mention his devilishly good looks.
There is something unique about his approach to the fashion industry and each person he comes into contact with. Anyone that is still excited about their work after 30 years deserves more than an award, they should get a statue in the middle of town.
Gregg Brockington is a native New Yorker who attended Parsons School of Design. “Fashion Design major, Steven Meisel, was my illustration professor. Yes, I dropped a celebrity name.” Brockington worked as a hand-painted fabric designer for Halston, Ralph Lauren, and Mary McFadden. Not too shabby, if I say so myself!
I think it was his skill as a salesperson, selling interior design fabrics, that enabled him to enter the beauty industry so successfully.
Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive their business performance.
Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to wonderful destinations such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.
Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, “Keep It Moving” with Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.
As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.