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 …

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 …

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, …

Makeup For A Shift In The Seasons

Hi Loves, I had the opportunity to do makeup for an editorial shoot with a local magazine. The wardrobe consisted of lightweight layers and fall outerwear. There were a few different makeup looks that I created for this shoot. My favorite was the second look, where I used gold, bronze, and brown eyeshadows paired with a pretty berry lipstick. I added a bronzer to the model’s face to warm up the look and used a gold highlighter on top of the cheekbones to bring light to the face. I slightly filled in the brows, but kept them more on the …

Interview In ALTER Magazine

I’m so excited & honored that I was selected as Orange County’s Featured Makeup Artist in ALTER Magazine! They asked me so many great questions. Here is the full interview: Debra Johnson for ALTER Magazine Okay let’s get some basic questions out of the way; how did you get started with makeup artistry and hairstyling?  I was working in the corporate world and needed a change. I’ve always been obsessed with makeup, even as a kid. I decided to follow my passion of makeup and attend the Fashion Makeup Artistry Program at Makeup Designory (MUD) in Burbank. From there I worked …

Red Done Right!

As a full-time professional Makeup Artist, I’m always interested in what celebrities are wearing. I ran across this photo of gorgeous Miranda Kerr and said to myself, “This is red lipstick done right!” Just perfect… red lipstick with red dress! Love it! To get Miranda’s lip, apply Lip Primer Potion by Urban Decay. This is an invisible primer that lays a silky foundation for your favorite lipstick. For that perfect classic and sexy red,  try Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in Red Brick. This is a great shade to use for every season! Enjoy your fab new red lip! ♥ …

Q&A – False Lashes

I tend to receive a lot of inquiries regarding makeup. The latest question is: Q: What are the best brand of false lashes for performances and how to apply them? A: There are so many great false lashes available. I enjoy using Ardell, which can be purchased at your local drug store and E.L.F from Target. Lashes from Shu Uemura, Inglot, and MAC Cosmetics are also favorites of mine. Here is a step by step on how to properly apply false lashes: Gently remove lashes from their original container. Be sure not to break or bend. Size lashes to length of eye …

The Perfect Pout

How to get a perfect pout! Working as a Professional Makeup Artist in Orange County, I’ve had some incredible opportunities to work with a vast majority of talent. I absolutely loved working with Playboy Model Aubrey Evans and Photographer Joshua Escueta from BLKGLD! To get Aubrey’s “Perfect Pout”, start off by priming the lips with Prep + Prime Lip from MAC Cosmetics. Line lips with a nude liner; try using Tonga Lip Liner Pencil by NARS. Use a lightweight lipstick, such as Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Rouge Coco by Chanel. Enjoy your Perfect Pout! (Photo was taken at Forever Asbury in Long Beach, …

Get Frida Gustavsson Gorgeous!

While browsing the Nini Ricci collection, I fell in love with model, Frida Gustavsson’s makeup look. Want to get this beautiful look? Read on… Prep face with moisturizer. Try Hydra Beauty Creme from Chanel. Apply an eye base to enhance eyeshadow. Use a smokey grey eyeshadow on the lid. For the brow bone, highlight with a light creme eyeshadow. To enhance the eye, place a small amount of grey eyeshadow under the eye. Use a soft peach blush and apply right to the apples of the cheeks. Make sure to blend. Apply a high definition foundation such as Make Up …

The Black Smokey Eye

Ever wonder how to get that perfect black smokey eye? Read on for tips on how to achieve this look. Apply a base all over the eye. Try using a Paint Pot by MAC. Add black shadow to the lid and under the eye. The key is to blend. For the crease, apply a soft brown shadow. Add a burgundy shade on top. Use a vanilla or creme color for the brow bone. Try using NARS Biarritz. Line the top, bottom, and water line with a very black eyeliner; pencil or liquid will work. Add waterproof mascara. Try using Lancome …

Makeup Look – Bérénice Marlohe

Want to achieve that sultry makeup look just like Bérénice Marlohe of Skyfall? Start by applying an eyeshadow base all over the eye. Add a soft peachy color to lid. Highlight with a soft vanilla on the brow bone. Carve in a soft brown eyeshadow into the crease. Add a dark brown to corner of eye. Line top and bottom of eyes with liquid liner; try Blacktrack by MAC. Coat lashes twice with a jet black mascara. Apply a soft peach to cheeks; try Orgasm by NARS. Choose a nude lipstick like Myth by MAC. Line lips with a neutral liner. …

How To Apply False Lashes

Want those gorgeous long lashes, but don’t know how to apply them? Read on for tips and tricks! (Karl Lagerfeld lashes for shu uemura) Here’s how to apply false lashes! Gently remove lashes from their original container. Be sure not to break or bend. Size lashes to length of eye and cut remainder off from outside of lash. Bend lashes to the shape of your eye. Apply minimal glue to lash base. Wait a few seconds for the glue to become tacky for easier application. Apply lashes starting from the outside corner and gently press into the inside corner of …

Go Red!

As a professional makeup artist, I’m always sure to be up to date on the newest looks for the season. I’m so excited to share that the latest trend for fall is juicy red lips and shades of coordinating nail polish! Gucci expresses this look best in their Fall-Winter 2011-2012 campaign. Just gorgeous! To get this look, try using MAC Red lipstick paired with Good To Be Bad Sheen Supreme Lipstick. Use Essie “A List” polish to top off this glam look! Enjoy! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO …

Prada Get’s Peachy

Prada goes peach for their new fall campaign! To get this look try using Nars duo cream eyeshadow in Summer Time, Silvana blush, and Honolulu Honey for lips! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

Bright Shades for Summer!

Bright Shades For Summer! Flipping through the latest fashion magazines, I’ve noticed that the trend for summer is bright lips. Recreate this luscious lip by trying MAC’s Neon Orange mixed with Ever Hip lipsticks! Photo courtesy of W Magazine-June Issue. ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

Flawless January Jones

Flipping through the latest W Magazine, I ran across a stunning photo of January Jones, actress staring in the much anticipated X-Men: First Class movie out June 3rd. Keep reading to learn how to get her flawless makeup look! Working as a Fashion Makeup Artist in Orange County, I always have clients wanting to recreate a certain look they see on tv or in a magazine. Get January Jones Flawless look! : Prep face with moisturizer and add an eyeshadow base to the lids. Apply a vanilla eyeshadow all over the eye. Add a peach shadow to the lid and …

Wedding Planning Season Is Here!

Wedding Planning Season! I’m happy to share that my makeup work was featured on the cover of COAST Magazine February Issue in addition to a five page bridal fashion spread! I must say that I was thrilled with excitement to be working with such an amazing team and shooting at the beautiful Mission Inn located in Riverside, California. I would like to thank Ralph Palumbo, the photographer for this shoot, for inviting me to be part of his team. It has been an amazing experience to shoot an editorial piece like this one! Also, thank you to Shonna Guinn, hairstylist …

Recreate this look – Leighton Meester!

Working as a Makeup Artist in Orange County, California, I’m always reading fashion magazines to check out the latest makeup, hair, and wardrobe trends. I ran across this great photo of Leighton Meester in the latest issue of Allure Magazine. I just absolutely loved the makeup and thought you would too! To recreate this makeup look, apply a soft beige shadow on the lid, try MAC Brule. In the crease apply MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow. On the corner and under the eye add a reddish brown shadow such as MAC Folie. Add several coats of a black lash plumping mascara …

Lash Tip!

Lash Tip! Want to wear those gorgeous lashes to your next holiday party? Use this tip: Before applying lashes, let glue become tacky. This will allow a smooth quick application and the lashes will stay put. ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

Jessica Alba-Gorgeous!

Jessica Alba Cover of Elle Magazine-Recreate this look! Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Liquid Powder: Mary Kay Mineralize Powder Lid: MAC Shroom, Brun, and Vanilla Shadows Blush: MAC Dame and Melba Lipliner: MAC Dervish Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam V Mascara: Ultimate by Mary Kay Brows: MAC Lingering Enjoy! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!