BTS Fashion

Hi Loves, As you all know, I’m a makeup artist in Orange County, CA. I filmed this BTS Fashion video in December and finally got around to editing it today. I know it’s now May… a little late,  but better than never. Model Kelli Kickham and I have been planning on collaborating for years and I was so excited that we eventually got around to shooting! Lovely photographer Anna Buder was on set with us to take some amazing photos. I was doing the makeup and filming this video. Please note that hair was done by Madison Reeves, clothes are …

Smokey Eye 3 Lip Options

Smokey Eye 3 Lip Options Hi Loves, I created this smokey eye makeup tutorial and provided 3 different lip options. First I started this makeup look by applying the shade Bamboo by MAC Cosmetics. Next, I used the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette, starting with the wheat shade and carving that into the crease. Then I used desert and earthy to darken the eyes to make them more smokey looking. I coated my lashes several times with Haute & Naughty Lash and then added a few Ardell Individuals on each corner. To smoke out my under eye, I used two …

Summer Chic Makeup Tutorial

Summer Chic Makeup Tutorial Hi Loves, As some of you know, I’m a pro makeup artist. Even after 10 years, I still love seeing my work get published. I decided to film a tutorial and recreate a makeup look that I did on a model for a photoshoot. I hope you like this Summer Chic makeup tutorial! Products used for this look: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette Limited Edition – Stark, Steady, Zone MAC 217 Blending Brush MAC 239 Shader Brush MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler MAC …

Teal Makeup Tutorial

Hi Loves, I hope you like this Teal Makeup Tutorial I filmed with my friend Reema. I used the teal shade called Misdemeanor from the Urban Decay Vice LTD Reloaded palette. It’s such a stunning color and the focus of this makeup look. MAC Wipes MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow Urban Decay Vice LTD Reloaded Palette – Misdemeanor Eyeshadow MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara Ardell Individual Lashes MAC Studio Mositure Fix Bobbi Brown BBU Palette Laura Mercier Translucent Powder MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel MAC Smolder Pencil in the …

Sunburst Makeup Look

Sunburst Makeup Look Hi Loves, I created this pretty Sunburst Makeup Look on my friend Courtney to make her hazel green eyes pop! To create this look, I used the shade Gash from the Urban Decay Vice LTD Reloaded palette and placed this color right on her lid. To warm up the crease, I used the eyeshadows Texture and Rule by MAC. I highlighted her brow bone, inner corner of the eyes, and cheek bones with Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm. This is such a gorgeous highlighter! To get glowing skin, I mixed a few drops of The Glow …

April Favorites 2016

Hi Loves, I wanted to share my April Favorites 2016 with you. This is makeup that I have been using on set and also some of my personal makeup faves. The first item I’d like to share with you is the lipstick shade Fuchsia from the Stila Sunrise Splendor Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette. The lipsticks in this palette go on so smooth and creamy. They are great for dry lips! What I love about this palette is the colors are so beautiful and that you can also wear these as blushes. The shades are English Rose, Lillium, …

Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial

Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial Hi Loves, My friend April came over the other day and I created this pretty makeup look to include rose and gold eyeshadows from the Buxom Dolly’s Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette. I paired the look with a pink blush from Sigma Beauty called Modesty. For the lips, I decided to use a lavender shade from Urban Decay called Bittersweet. I tested out the Sigma Beauty Clean Cut Brow Pencil and Duo Brow Powder in the shade Light. They were really nice to work with! To complete the look, I added Ardell Wispies Lashes. These lashes are inexpensive and …

February Favorites 2016

February Favorites 2016 Hi Loves, I’ve been using these makeup products a lot on set and they have quickly become some of my favorite items. I thought I’d share my current makeup faves with you and film a February Favorites 2016 video. Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette – This eyeshadow palette consists of 12 neutral eyeshadow shades that you can create a natural or dramatic eye makeup look. This collection features different finishes in matte, frost, sheen, duo-chrome, and shimmer. Bobbi Brown BBU Palette – This is a corrector, concealer, and foundation palette all in one and perfect for a makeup artist …

BTS Coachella Inspired Fashion Shoot

BTS Coachella Inspired Fashion Shoot Hi Loves, I recently did makeup for a Coachella Inspired Fashion Shoot with model Sabrina from IT Model Management and photographer Tara Ziemba. The makeup that I created was fresh and natural looking. I used a light peach eyeshadow from the Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette paired with a neutral brown shade to really make her blue eyes pop. For the cheeks, I chose a sophisticated blue-pink blush from MAC Cosmetics called Dame. To highlight Sabrina’s cheekbones, I applied a loose shimmer called Ravishing by Sigma Beauty using their High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush. This …

Natural Beauty Makeup Look

Natural Beauty Makeup Look Hi Loves, I recently worked with model Sabrina with IT Model Management and filmed a step by step makeup tutorial on how to achieve this natural beauty makeup look. This makeup look is so pretty and Victoria’s Secret inspired. I used a light peach eyeshadow from the Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette paired with a neutral brown shade to really make her blue eyes pop. For the cheeks, I chose a sophisticated blue-pink blush from MAC Cosmetics called Dame. To highlight Sabrina’s cheekbones, I applied a loose shimmer called Ravishing by Sigma Beauty using their …

Highlighting Demo & Tips

Highlighting Demo & Tips Hi Loves, I put together this little video showing you how I highlight my face using several makeup products and brushes. I hope this highlighting Highlighting Demo & Tips help! Product List: MAC Shaping Powder Pro Palette in the shade Emphasize Sigma Tapered Highlighter Brush F35 MAC Nylon Eyeshadow MAC Tapered Blending Brush 224 Beauty Blender Pro MAC Lightscapade Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in the shade Luminous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in the shade Beige Becca Pearl Cream Highlighter Becca Pearl Powder Highlighter MAC 184 Sigma Tapered Blending Brush E40 Sigma High Cheekbone Highlighter F03 MAC Short Duo …

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup Hi Loves, I created this pretty Valentine’s Day Makeup look on my friend Cierra. The eyeshadows are matte and then I added a bit of glitter on the inside corner of the eyes to make them pop. This step is optional if you prefer not to wear glitter. I paired the look with a pink blush and pink lipgloss. Here is a step by step makeup tutorial on this makeup look. I really hope you like it! ♥ Product List MAC Wipes NARS Sheer Glow for eyeshadow base MAC 190 Foundation Brush Beauty Blender Pro Laura Mercier Translucent Powder …

Simple Makeup Look

Hi Loves, I created a simple makeup look on my friend Sana using mostly neutral shades from my MAC eyeshadow palette. For the cheeks, I lightly contoured and highlighted with a few new brushes I got at IMATS from the Sigma Beauty booth. To complete the look, I used a mixture of Bobbi Brown and Sephora mauve lipsticks. I hope you find this look easy to recreate. If you do, please tag me on Instagram: makeupbydebra Product List: MAC Wipes Laura Mercier Translucent Powder MAC Vanilla MAC Texture MAC Jest MAC Espresso MAC Brun MAC Blacktrack MAC Haute & Naughty …

IMATS HAUL 2016

IMATS HAUL 2016 Hi Loves, I attended IMATS LA this past weekend and wanted to share with you what I got! Most of these products I will be putting in my professional makeup kit, but a few I will be keeping for myself. Here is a video I filmed with all of the products. I hope you like it! Please make sure to like, comment, share, and subscribe. Thanks so much for watching this IMATS HAUL 2016! ♥ Product List: Lashes In A Box No 10 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Le Metier De Beaute Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush …

Smokey Purple Eye

Hi Loves, I loved creating this gorgeous Smokey Purple Eye makeup look for my friend Brenda. I started out by using a deep purple eyeshadow and then added a bit of bronze to the look. No eyeliner was needed, but I did use falsies! To complete the look, I paired it with a peach blush, nude lipstick and gloss. I hope you like this Smokey Purple Eye look! Product List: MAC Wipes MAC Studio Moisture Fix MAC Vanilla Lorac Pro Palette MAC Soft Brown MAC Bronze Becca Pearl Becca Champagne Pop Too Faced Mascara Sigma Beauty Limelight Bronzer Sigma Beauty Heavenly …

Winter Classic Makeup

Hi Loves, I created this gorgeous Winter Classic Makeup look on my friend Christine and thought I’d share a step by step makeup tutorial on how to recreate it. Starting with a gold shimmery eyeshadow, pairing it with a cutesy pink blush, and completing the look with a stunning red lip. This makeup look is just perfect for Winter! I hope you like it! If you recreate this makeup look, please feel free to tag me on Instagram @makeupbydebra #makeupbydebra All of the products that I used in this video are listed below. Happy New Year! Product List: MAC Wipes MAC …

New Year’s Eve Makeup

Hi Loves, I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season so far. I thought I’d create a festive New Year’s Eve Makeup look that is a bit smokey with a champagne pink twist to give the eye a pop! Recently, I purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette and wanted to test it out. It was absolutely perfect for this makeup look! Of course I wanted the lashes very glam, so I coated them with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and then added beautiful falsies by Ardell. To make this look radiant and glowing, I used the MAC …

Neutral Eye Berry Lip

Neutral Eye Berry Lip Hi Loves, I recently did makeup for an editorial fashion photoshoot. The makeup consisted of a neutral eye with a berry lip for a pop of color. I posted a little snippet of the video on my Instagram: makeupbydebra ♥ Here is the completed video… it’s a makeup tutorial and behind the scenes in one. I hope you like it! Credits: Makeup by Me – Debra Johnson @makeupbydebra Model – Jasmine Fuelberth @jazzfuelberth with it Model Management @itmodelmanagement Photographer on Set – Tara Ziemba @taraziemba Stylists – Rachel Dickens with OC Style Report @ocstylereport and Rebecca …

Bobbi Brown Artist Palette For Lips

Hi Loves! As most of you know, I’m a Makeup Artist and am totally beyond obsessed with makeup. Yes, of course I like shoes, handbags, clothes, etc… but not near to the extent that I love makeup! Let just say I’m like a kid in a candy store when I shop online or visit makeup stores. Recently, I ran across the Bobbi Brown Artist Palette for Lips on their website and had to have it! I ordered it on Wednesday, paid for express shipping, and finally received it this afternoon at my door step. I must have checked my front …

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Hi Loves! Here is my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide for gifts to give and request this season! ♥ (Click the link or image for more info) MAC “Keepsakes Plum Eyes” is a beautiful eyeshadow palette that has eight gorgeous purple shades in your favorite finishes, including frost, veluxe, pearl, luster, matte and satin! The shades are: Sensibility, Plum Grand, Taupeless, Magic Moor, Subtly Elegant, Fashion Beat, Nocturnelle, and Shadowy Lady. The palette also includes a double-ended applicator complete with a 213 Fluff Brush and 266 Small Angle Brush. Give your look the royal treatment!   Dior “Backstage Brush Set” features tools created with …

Orange Lipstick

Hi Loves! We’ve all seen it on the red carpet, fashion runways, magazines, celebrity outings, etc. The orange lipstick trend is sooo very hot this year, especially now for Summer! 😉 Pair this beautiful makeup look (that I created for model Jenya, below) with a white top, floral dress, or swim suit. A pretty shade of orange lipstick is perfect for a day at the beach or a night on the town! Here’s how to get the look: 1) Apply primer to the eyes to make eyeshadow last longer. Try using the Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo, a unique blend of powder and …

A Natural Foundation You Can Stick With

Hi Everyone! As a professional Makeup Artist, I’m constantly testing out new makeup products. Recently, I ran across the newly reformulated Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and let me tell you… it’s gorgeous! This new Skin Foundation Stick, as they call it, is available in 24 practical shades. This foundation blends beautifully, evens out skin tone, and provides a natural look. It is a long wearing formula, and the website states that it is great for all skin types. I love that this new formula has olive extracts and shea butter – perfect for moisturizing the skin. I recommend applying this …

Get the Look: Sun-kissed

Hi loves, It was so fabulous doing makeup for this gorgeous Russian model Dana for a recent photoshoot. I just loved the photos from photographer Dondee Quincena and had to share with you step-by-step on how to achieve this beautiful fresh look. (Photos below) This makeup look is so stunning for Spring and also Summer too! Want to test it out? Here’s how to get the look: Sun-kissed! As always, apply a base to the eyelid. This will ensure the eyeshadow will stay put. Try using Tarte’s Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer. Sweep a nude color shadow …

Ask Me Anything – Flawless Skin, Lipstick, Eyeliner

Hi! As many of you know, every once in a while I post on Facebook or Instagram that infamous phrase: “Ask Me Anything!”… makeup-related of course! I truly love doing this…. it’s so fun and gives me a great idea of what people are really interested in learning. This last posting brought in some interesting questions, so I thought I’d answer all of them in this blog post! Q: What’s a good waterproof eyeliner that self-sharpens? A: These are some of my favorites! 1) Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner is smudge-proof, waterproof, and self-sharpening. This eyeliner comes in 6 colors: Onyx, Espresso, Cinnabar, Pewter, …

Go Metallic For Fall

Metallics are the latest trend for eyeshadows this fall. You will see these sharp colors on runways, in magazines, and while shopping for the newest makeup collections. Here is a list of my metallic favorites… Arctic Zinc Instant Intense Eyeshadow Trio by Estee Lauder. Try using this palette for a super intense look. Rockstar, a medium metallic grey, by Bobbi Brown. This grey can be used for a soft day time look or paired with a black shadow for night. 3 Couleurs Smoky Black eyeshadow palette by Dior . Get that perfect catwalk smokey eye with these gorgeous shades. Moondust 3-D eyeshadow collection by …