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 …

November Favorites 2015

November Favorites 2015 Hi Loves, I thought I’d share some new products that I recently purchased, which have quickly become some of my favorites! I’ve listed all of the products below. Here’s a little video I created: Sephora Cream Lip Stain (From left to right) Marvelous Mauve Cherry Blossom Infinite Rose Always Red Pink Souffle Strawberry Kissed Whipped Blush – This is the lipstick I’m wearing in the video! ♥ Blackberry Sorbet Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Palette Champagne Glow Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pearl Pressed Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop Pressed Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Blushed …

Holiday Glam Rock Chic

Hi Loves, I had a fabulous time creating this Holiday Glam Rock Chic makeup look on recording artist Haley Horsager. I hope you like the tutorial! All of the products I used are listed down below. Product List: MAC Wipes Bobbi Brown BBU Palette MAC Vanilla and Texture Eyeshadows MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush MAC 217 Blending Brush MAC 266 Small Angle Brush MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush MAC 190 Foundation Brush MAC 129 Short Handled Brush MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush MAC 109 Small Contour Brush MAC 219 Pencil Brush MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush Urban Decay …

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 …

Summer Makeup

Hi Loves! I’m sure some of you have already seen a few pics I posted on social media of my latest shoot with Newport Beach Magazine for their June/July “Best of Beaches” Issue. The shoot was held on the gorgeous grounds of the Montage in Laguna Beach overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The day started out a bit foggy, but the sun did eventually shine! The theme of the shoot was all about resort wear…with bright hues and bold patterns, paired with the perfect Summer makeup! Let’s get right into my favorite part…the makeup! For this shoot it was all about …

Ethereal Makeup

Hi Loves! Recently, I had the opportunity to do makeup on a really fun shoot with photographer Sarah Park and model Megan McDermott! The theme of this photoshoot was wrapped around the wardrobe, which consisted of beautiful tulle flowing skirts by Space 46 and accessorized with one of a kind head pieces by Creature of Habit. The makeup for this look was to be fresh and somewhat ethereal. ♥ For this ethereal makeup look, I started Megan’s makeup by priming her lids with a makeup base. Next, I dusted a golden shade of eyeshadow to the lids and under the eye. …

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 …

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 …

Fall Softly Collection

Hi Loves! I’ve been so busy beautifying the world, I figured I should take a breather and share with you the newest Sigma Beauty Fall Softly Collection. I must say, its absolutely gorgeous! ♥ First, let’s chat about the Fall Softly Collection Eye Shadow Palette. It comes with 12 shades bringing forth a new shift on traditional fall hues. The other day I created a really pretty soft smokey eye using the colors Kissing Cousin (lid), Keen On You (crease), and Go Deep (corner). For green eyes, I love using the purple shade called Elderberry, to really make the eye pop! …

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 …

Golden Coast Palette

Hi Loves, I recently ran across the Arbonne Golden Coast Palette Set and it is so unbelievably gorgeous I just had to share! As a professional Makeup Artist, I’ve seen a lot of makeup and it really takes a lot for me to get excited about a product. This palette is incased with a beautiful design of orange and coral seashells. The inspiration of this set comes from the sun-kissed beauty of Australia’s breathtaking, beachy coastline. Inside the Golden Coast Palette Set, you will find an array of four gold-dusted eyeshadows, coral bronzer, eyeshadow brush, and a mirror inclosed 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 …

The No Makeup Makeup Look

Hi Loves! Let’s talk about the no makeup makeup look! This look is very on-trend right now, especially since it’s getting a little warmer out. I had such a fun time creating this makeup look for gorgeous model/actress Brittaney (photo below) during a photoshoot and thought I’d share it with you. This look is just perfect for a summer day at the beach or pool! 😉 Here’s how to get this flawless no makeup makeup look (photo below): 1) Start by prepping the eye with a base like the Eye Priming Perfector from Becca. This eye primer creates an invisible canvas …

Romantic Makeup For Spring and Summer

Hi Everyone! It’s runway time! 😉 I ran across this romantic makeup look (below) seen backstage at the Spring/Summer 2014 Alena Akhmadullina runway show and I’m in love. ♥ This makeup look is bold, yet romantic… with the eyes splashed in peach shadow and black mascara, brows defined, cheek bones highly accentuated with contour and blush, and the lips saturated with a crimson lipstick. Totally gorgeous! The products I would recommend for this romantic makeup look are: Sigma Beauty Eyeshadow Palette – Warm Neutrals This is one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. Try using the shades Cinnamon, Balanced, Cozy, Sugar Milk, and …

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 …

Get the Look: Model & Actress Aubrey Evans

Hi loves, As always, I love doing makeup for the lovely model and actress Aubrey Evans. Not only is she totally gorgeous, but she’s also really fun to work with too! ♥ Recently, I worked with her on another photoshoot and had to share this beautiful makeup look. This look focuses on highlighting and contouring the cheekbones and really defining the brow. Here’s how to get the look: Prep the eye lid with a primer to make sure eyeshadow stays put. You can use a foundation, paint pot, or an eyeshadow primer like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. Carve a medium …

From The Runway: Fresh and Beachy

Hi loves, I recently ran across this beautiful makeup look that was on the runway during New York Fashion Week for the Sophie Theallet S/S 2014 show and thought it was just absoultely gorgeous for the Spring and Summer months! If you didn’t have a chance to see the show, click here. This makeup look from the runway was described by Tom Pecheux, backstage Key Makeup Artist for MAC as being: fresh – as if the girl was coming out of the swimming pool or beach and threw on a dress.” I think he described the look perfectly! It’s exactly …

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 …

Color Theory 101

Hi Everyone! As a Makeup Artist, I often get questioned about what colors to use for eyeshadow, lipstick, concealer, etc. In order to get the answer to these, you first need to know a little bit about color. Let’s talk about color theory! PRIMARY AND SECONDARY COLORS Going back to the basics, take a look at the color wheel. Primary colors are blue, yellow, and red. Secondary colors are orange, violet and green. These secondary colors are made by mixing two of the primary colors. Still with me? For instance, mixing red and yellow (both primary colors) make orange (which …