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! ūüėČ 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 …

Top Ten Makeup Must Haves

Hi Loves! As you know, once in a while I randomly post “Ask Me Anything” (makeup related) on my social media pages. Sometimes I am able to answer these questions right on the spot; others I like to blog about. I received a great question from a fellow makeup artist and thought it would be really fun to answer it here! Q: What are your absolute top ten makeup must haves for your kit? A:¬†This is a fabulous question! Each makeup artist has their favorites depending on what type of work they do. Here are my top ten makeup must …

Peach Makeup Must Haves

Hi Everyone! As a Makeup Artist, I’m always testing out new products and looks. I’ve been totally obsessed with peaches this week and just had to share! ‚ô• My favorite peach makeup must haves are as follows: 1) Sigma Beauty Eye Shadow in the shade Grasp – This shade is a gorgeous papaya color from Sigma Beauty’s Individual Eye Shadow Collection. It has a pretty¬†frost finish and blends just beautifully. This shadow is so rich in pigmentation and is paraben-free. Today I carved this color right into my crease. This shade is so versatile; you can use it on the …

Tips On How To Use MAC Fix +

Hi Loves, The past few days have been pretty crazy on my end celebrating my birthday, teaching makeup lessons, doing makeup applications for proms and weddings for my private clients. I’ve also been doing makeup for a bunch of photoshoots in both Orange County and Los Angeles, with one to include yet another celebrity! Yes, I know‚Ķtotally exciting! ūüėČ The life of a Makeup Artist! ‚ô• I’ve noticed within this past week, I’ve been really obsessed with my MAC Fix + Finishing Spray. I thought I’d share some tips on how to use Fix + and its variety of uses. …

Beautiful Bridal Makeup For Your Wedding Day

Hi Loves, Are you getting married and searching¬†for the most gorgeous makeup look for your wedding day? I had a fabulous opportunity to do¬†makeup in Los Angeles to create a beautiful bridal makeup look and wanted to share it with you! (photos below) Here is a step by step makeup tutorial on how to recreate this wedding day makeup look for brides to be! If you have been following my makeup blog for a while, you know the very first step I like to do for a makeup application is prep the eye. Start by applying an eyeshadow makeup base …

MAC Blot Powder vs Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Hi Everyone! It’s that time again! I received a fabulous question from a fellow Instagramie for this “Ask Me Anything” post! Q: MAC Blot Powder vs Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – Which one is better? I have both and I don’t know how to use them for different situations.¬† A:¬†Great question! ūüėČ These are two completely different products. Let’s first talk about the MAC Blot Powder. This comes in two different forms in various shades: 1) Blot Powder Pressed and 2) Blot Powder Loose. This powder is specifically to control shine throughout the day, without adding any noticeable …

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! ‚ô• 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 …

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 …

Lucky In Love With Green

Hi loves! Going out for St. Patty’s Day … or just looking for a pop of color to add to your makeup routine? Try recreating this beauty look I did on model Devon (below) that has a hint of green on the lids and peachy pinks to the cheeks and lips. I’ve written a quick green eyeshadow tutorial below. This look is sooo gorgeous! Here’s how to recreate the this look: Use a primer on the lids to help eyeshadow stay on. Try using Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer¬†from The Balm. This primer contains light reflecting properties that …

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!”‚Ķ makeup-related of course! I truly love doing this‚Ķ. 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, …

Look Radiant With Orchid

Hi loves! I attended The Makeup Show in LA this past weekend. For those that don’t know, The Makeup Show is one of the largest beauty events for professionals in the industry. While shopping and networking, I ran across a glass case of assorted makeup in gorgeous vibrant hues of fuchsia, pink, and purple. These colors were displayed along with a sign that read: “Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” Radiant Orchid is a must have color for your makeup bag! This color is …

Set Those Brows!

Hi loves! I have a few go-to products that I use whether I’m doing makeup professionally on set or just applying my own makeup. This one in particular that I wanted to share today is brow gel. It’s like hairspray for the brows‚Ķbut better! This works great, especially if you have brow hairs that go in different directions. Even if your brows are perfect, you may have a day where an unruly brow needs a quick fix! I even use this product when the look I’m creating on a model is very high fashion‚Ķwith the brow hairs standing straight up! …

All Dolled Up!

Have a hot date, going out with the girls, or just want to try something new? Get all dolled up with this gorgeous makeup look I created on lovely model Sydney Lee! Here’s how to get the look… Start by priming the eye so that the makeup stays put. The eyeshadows I used for this look were all¬†MAC.¬†Sweep a gold shadow on the lid (Woodwinked), a mid tone brown in the crease (Espresso), darker brown in the corner and under the eye (Brun), and a dust of highlight under the brow (Shroom). You can find similar shades in the¬†Urban Decay …

Ask Me Anything – Highlighting and Contouring

Hi Everyone! It’s that time again‚ĶAsk Me Anything! A fellow Instagramie asked… Q: What’s the best brush and shade palette for contouring?¬† A:¬†Try using the MAC 109 Small Contour Brush¬†(Image 1). It has a soft rounded tip to apply contour color seamlessly. I also like the NARS Kabuki Artisan Ita brush as well. It is made with black goat hair, soft to the touch, but strong enough to create angles (2). Both brushes are the perfect fit for the hallow of the cheekbone. I know you didn’t ask about a highlighting brush, but I figured I’d suggest one anyway. The …

Tip For Glitter Lovers!

When you see glitter and pigments, do your eyes light up like a little kid in a candy store? Mine do! ūüėČ Love sparkly makeup, but not exactly sure how to apply these products? Is your face and bathroom counter covered with shimmer afterward?

Valentine’s Day ‚ĶGo Glam!

You have the perfect dress, shoes, and bag for Valentine’s Day ‚Ķso why not complete your stylish evening look with a sultry makeup that has hints of shimmering gold, bronze, and a pop of red! Whether you are going out with friends or have a hot date, go glam with this Valentine’s Day makeup! This makeup look I did on Amanda (photo below) would be absolutely perfect for your night out on the town! Here’s how to recreate it: Apply an eyeshadow base to the eye lids all the way up to the brow. Try using Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer …

Fabulous Five Makeup Trends For Spring 2014

Want to know what makeup looks to wear this spring? Check out these fabulous five makeup trends from the runway Spring 2014! Michael Kors runway makeup look was all about berry kissable lips and bronzed skin for a beautiful glow. Lip Lacquer in Dame and bronzers called Sporty and Sexy were used from the Michael Kors Beauty Collection. Perfect for a day time look! Marc by Marc Jacobs goes bold with blue using¬†Shiseido¬†Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice and Limited Edition Eye Color Bar palette for the eyes.¬†The rest of the look is simple with clean skin and a touch …

Katy’s Roaring Red Carpet Makeup Look

I’m in love with Katy Perry’s red carpet makeup look for the Grammy’s! Did you see it? It’s a clean beauty makeup look with a gorgeous pink lip. So pretty! Here’s how to get the look! Start by applying a paint pot base to the lid of the eye, up to the crease. Try the shade Soft Ochre by MAC cosmetics. This will help your eyeshadow stay put all day and night! Sweep a light brown eye shadow on the lid. Carve a deeper tone brown into the crease and under the lower lash line. Add a gold dusting right …

Adelaide Kane …Just Gorgeous!

I was reviewing all of the media photos from The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards and ran across actress Adelaide Kane from MTV’s Teen Wolf. Her makeup is just stunning! Here is how to get her gorgeous makeup look! Prep the skin with moisturizer and primer. Try using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer-Hydrating¬†‚Ķespecially if your skin is dry during these winter months. For the eye, add a vanilla shade to the brow bone, use a deep peach for the lid, and carve a nice warm brown into the crease. Apply 2 coats of mascara to add dimension to the lashes. …

Fabulous Makeup Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

The holidays are here‚Ķ time to shop till you drop! Here is a simple 2013 holiday gift guide of my makeup favorites. All of these makeup goodies are perfect for those that love all things beauty and makeup! Read on for fabulous makeup gift ideas! 1) Wondervision Lipgloss Set by Smashbox – Includes five luxe sheer lip glosses in shades of pink, red, raspberry, pearl, and rose. Gorgeous for all skin types!   2) LORAC Pro to Go Eye/Cheek Palette¬†– OMG this palette has everything a girl could wish for! Contains 3 shimmer eyeshadows, 3 matte eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 …

Get Kendall Jenner’s AMAs Look!

Did you see Kendall Jenner’s makeup look on the red carpet for the AMAs? It’s so flawless and classic, love it! Here’s how to get Kendall Jenner’s makeup look: 1) Prime the eyelid with a good primer. Try the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay. This will ensure that your eyeshadow stays in place all day and night! 2) Place a soft vanilla color all over the eyelid all the way to the brow bone. 3) Carve¬†a warm brown tone into the crease. Try using a shade like¬†Soft Brown by MAC. 4) In the outer corner of the lid, apply …

Jennifer Lawrence Bold and Beautiful Lips

I recently ran across the latest Harper’s Bazaar UK edition and absolutely fell in love with the bold lip that Jennifer Lawrence was wearing on the cover. It’s just gorgeous! Want to recreate this lip? Here’s how… Before you start, line the outer edge of the lips with a colorless pencil like the¬†Lip Line Perfector by Make Up For Ever. This will prevent the lipstick from feathering outward. Apply a lip liner to shape the lips. Look for a shade like¬†Burgundy by MAC. Choose a beautiful deep plum lipstick like MAC’s Lush Life and¬†Chanel’s¬†Rouge Allure Intense Longwear Lip Colour –¬†Envoutante. …

Q&A – Foundation For Photoshoots

I recently received a really great beauty-related question from an Instagram follower who is a model. I thought it would make an interesting blog post because I’ve been asked this often. Q: When I have to do my own makeup for a photoshoot, what is the best foundation for photoshoots? A: Let’s talk about natural light first, and then move onto flash photography. If the photographer is using natural light, feel free to use a makeup that has an SPF so that you are protecting your skin from the sun. One of my favorite foundations is MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid …

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôve 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 …