Pink Champagne Makeup Tutorial

Hi Loves, I finally got a chance to sit down and film this Pink Champagne Makeup Tutorial for you. I hope you like this look! ♥ For this look I used a mixture of MAC and Anastasia eyeshadows. I wanted the focus to be on the eyes so I used a shimmer shadow for the lid. First I applied MAC Bamboo in the crease. Then on top of that shade I applied Soft Brown. For the corner to give added definition, I used the shade Embark. Then for the lid, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Champagne. This eyeshadow is …

September Favorites

September Favorites Hi Loves, I’m actually semi on time for my September Favorites post! I decided to put a little twist on this and share with you all of my eyeliner favorites that I’ve been using lately. 1) MAC Fluidline in the shade Blacktrack – I like to apply this gel liner with the MAC 263, MAC 266, Sigma E65, or Sigma E06. This liner is an ultra smooth gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier finish. 2) Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes in the shade Wicked – This gel liner is long wearing and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Holiday Party Makeup Tutorial

Hi Loves, I created a gorgeous makeup look for my friend Susie. I hope you love this Holiday Party Makeup Tutorial! All of the products I used for this look are listed below. MAC Wipes MAC Soft Brown and Texture Eyeshadows MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush MAC 217 Blending Brush MAC 266 Small Angle Brush MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush Lorac Pro Palette Urban Decay Naked2 MAC Fix + Sigma Beauty Gilded Loose Shimmer MAC Vanilla Pigment MAC Fluidline Blacktrack MAC Studio Moisture Fix Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation MAC 190 Foundation Brush MAC 129 Short Handled Brush MAC 116 Blush Brush …

Channel Trailer

Hi Loves! As some of you may know, I have been working on launching my YouTube Makeup Channel. It’s finally here, my very first video – Channel Trailer! It’s taken me some time to learn the tech side of things – camera, lighting, editing software, etc. I’ve had so much fun throughout the process and look forward to producing more videos for my Youtube Makeup Channel. I hope you like it! Please feel free to leave your comments on YouTube below the video and SUBSCRIBE. ♥ As always, thank you so much for reading! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, …

Bronzed Beauty

Hi Loves! I know it’s been like forever since I wrote a post! The life of a Makeup Artist… on set doing makeup for beauty campaigns, fashion lookbooks, commercials, private makeup lessons, makeup for weddings, etc. You get the idea… ♥ By now I’m sure you have seen some social media buzz from a recent beach shoot I worked on. I thought I’d share with you how I created this beautiful bronzed beauty makeup look for gorgeous model Fallon Baker! I started creating this makeup look by prepping the eyes with a shadow base. You can use your foundation or an …

Taylor Swift Blank Space Makeup

Hi Loves, I’ve had so many requests lately to recreate the Taylor Swift Blank Space makeup look. I’m sure you’ve seen the video by now, if not… click here. ♥ Taylor’s makeup in the Blank Space video is “magic, madness, heaven, sin” …just like the lyrics to her song! There are several variations to the eyeshadows in this video if you look closely; simple smokey to dramatic smokey, with a slight color change. Indoor and outdoor lighting also play a role in the makeup looks. Her staple winged liner and red lips, for the most part, remain the same. For specific …

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 …

Makeup Trend For Fall

As Summer comes to an end, some may be in shopping mode putting together new looks for Fall. What better way to find out what’s on trend than to revisit what was seen on the runways! Of course, as a Makeup Artist, I’m going to focus specifically on makeup trends for Fall 2014. 😉 This pretty makeup trend for Fall was seen on the runway at NWFW during the Carolina Herrera show (photos below). The makeup look is so beautiful… bold, yet femininely arched brows paired with a berry-kissed stained lip. Simple, yet elegant is something I just love for a …

Standout Eyes Gel Liner

Hi Loves! Have you seen the new Sigma Beauty Standout Eyes Gel Liner Collection yet? These liners are beauties! ♥ The Standout Eyes Gel Liner Collection features six beautiful long-wearing colors. All gel liners are versatile, yet unique, and have intense pigment. These liners go on smooth and have a fluid-like finish. As a professional Makeup Artist, my favorite thing about these gel liners is that they are so opaque! Let’s chat about the colors! 😉 Wicked is such a cute name; it’s the blackest of black liners. This color is perfect to use for any makeup application. Liberally Toasted is a gorgeous …

Makeup Brushes 101

Let’s chat about makeup brushes and their uses! As you know, I’m a Makeup Artist and I teach private makeup lessons and makeup classes in Orange County. The question comes up often during these makeup sessions on what each makeup brush is for and how it should be used. I thought I would share just a few basic makeup brushes that are must haves for every makeup application and perfect to add to your makeup bag. 😉 Makeup brushes can be synthetic, natural, or dual fiber. Synthetic makeup brushes are best used for liquid and cream products such as primer, foundation, …

Makeup Must Haves: Scoop of Sugar

Hi Loves, I ran across this cute line called Sugar (Sugar Brand) the other day and just had to share! Anyone who knows me well would agree that my two favorite things in life are makeup and sugar. 😉 So of course, I was totally excited to open my box of Sugar Brand goodies. ♥ Their packaging is totally adorbs (short for adorable) with a little wink girl logo in white and pink. Sugar Brand has an array of products to include mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, concealer, primer, lipstick, lipgloss, lip balm, cheek color, highlighting glow… you get my point. My …

How To Achieve A Fresh Faced Makeup Look

Hi Everyone! I had the pleasure of doing makeup for lovely model Lyssa during a photoshoot recently. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to explain how you can achieve this fresh faced makeup look (photo below). This makeup look focuses on creating flawless skin while incorporating a pop of color which is totally wearable every day. Start by prepping the eye lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. These come in several shades. For this look, I chose the basic one that does not have shimmer. Sweep the lightest shade from the NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette from NARS …

Give Your Makeup A Sexy Boost

Hi Everyone! I was running some errands at the local drug store the other day and had to stop when I saw the cutest makeup packaging by Physicians Formula! They currently have 10 different lines: Mineral Wear, Eye Booster, Sexy Booster, Nude Wear, Bronzers, Organic Wear, Super BB, Shimmer Strips, Youthful Wear, and Super CC. My faves in particular are the Sexy Booster, Nude Wear, and the Shimmer Strips. The ultimate must have is Sexy Booster, which comes in gorgeous red and black packaging with a silver high heel shoe charm! Love it! ♥ They market this as “the 1st ever line of …

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, …

Makeup Tip – No Makeup Remover? No Problem!

Have you ever gone on a trip, packed 4 suitcases of items you totally didn’t need, knew you wouldn’t use, but had to bring anyway? Of course you have! Then, of all the things you forgot to pack, that you actually needed, was your favorite makeup remover. I’ve done this …it happens! 😉

Q&A – Makeup For Color Photography Vs Black and White Photography

Hi Everyone! I just love doing Q&A blog posts. Here is a fun and technical one requested by a follower on Instagram! Makeup for photography! Q: I’m doing a shoot and want to get some cool shots in black and white, but also some in color. What kind of makeup should I do, so it will not look like too much in color and will pop in black and white? A: Makeup for color versus black and white photography varies in technique. If it were me, I would try starting off by doing makeup for color and then make a few …