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This past week I had the honor of attending the birthday party of Oprah's very own make up maestro, Derrick Rutledge. Rutledge is an MUA to celebs like Chaka Khan Beyonce, Michelle Obama and many others.

The occasion was filled with stars and close friends alike including Kym Whitley, Renee Lawless, Benjamin Patterson, LisaRaye & more to celebrate Derrick's special day. Check out my interview with these awesome folks as we talk party must haves and go-to jams after the jump!

Before hitting the road with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour, Mr. Rutledge made sure to throw an unforgettable celebration. The theme of the night was "All shades of green," which Rutledge explained is an homage to nature and flourishing life while also giving a nod to our desperate need to take better care of the environment.

Rich in meaning and inspiration, Derrick’s highlighted his positive spirit and focus on celebrating the gifts of life. As Derrick told his star-studded guest list,

“Family, it’s a celebration about life! You see, the more you celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate! So love the life you live, and live the life you love by coming out and helping me celebrate ... the Gifts of Life!”

The event design was provided by South Carolina-based Begonias ’n Bloom and Los Angeles- based dessert company Dr. Shica’s Pretty Delicious Foods. Gifts provided by Curls, DRAF, Foot Nanny and Rachel A. Artistry.


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