Beach Day Makeup

Hi Loves, I filmed this Beach Day Makeup Tutorial before Summer and finally had a bit of time to edit! Better late than never I suppose. My friend Sandy came over and I created this simple makeup look for the beach or the pool. This look is light and wearable, perfect for the hot Summer weather! I wanted to keep the foundation natural and light looking, so I used Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation. I love it because it looks like real skin when applied. To warm up Sandy’s face, I used the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer …

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 …

The Glow Enhancer Tips & Demo

The Glow Enhancer Tips & Demo Hi Loves, I attended IMATS LA a few months ago and preordered The Glow Enhancer by Elcie Cosmetics. I just received this beauty oil in the mail and wanted to share some tips with you on how to get beautiful glowy skin by using this beauty oil. Elcie Cosmetics was created by a makeup artist, Makeup By Lilit (on social media). I chatted with her a little bit while I was at the booth and found out she attended the same makeup school as I did. MUD alums unite! The Glow Enhancer is a …

Color Correcting Made Simple

Color Correcting Made Simple! Hi Loves! I was in Sephora the other day and picked up the Sephora + Pantone Universe Palette. I tested it out during my Color Correcting Made Simple video that I posted on YouTube. Sephora partnered with global color authority Pantone and developed this Color Correct and Conceal 2 in 1 Palette. I find that this palette is perfect for color correcting and contains all the necessary shades needed to address dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. The Sephora + Pantone Universe Light/Medium Palette comes with a booklet that provides labeling as reference to color correcting …

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 …

December Favorites

Hi Loves, I’ve been busy working on set and wanted share with you some of the makeup that I have been using a lot recently. I’m calling them my December Favorites! Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Collection I’ve been reaching for this lately while doing makeup for clothing line lookbooks and catalog photoshoots. I’m able to create beautiful day time makeup looks and also gorgeous evening makeup looks with this palette. The colors are so pretty and the names are really cute. I think my favorite shade is Cashmere Bunny! ♥ The next item on my list of December …

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 …

Lip Gloss Tips

Love wearing lip gloss, but want more staying power? Here are a few lip gloss tips to help make it last! Tip: Lightly exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub. Lip gloss will adhere better to smooth lips! Try using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, a sweet treatment that leaves lips feeling soft. This formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. A great treat for the lips! Tip: Use a lip concealer. Lip concealer …

How To Get Perfect Brows

Hi Loves, Let’s talk about how to get perfect brows! 😉 When doing a makeup application on myself and clients, I always spend time working on the brows. Why you ask? Eyebrows are one of the most important features of the face, as they frame the eyes. Without a good frame, there will be no focus to beautiful eyes and gorgeous eye makeup. Tip: The beginning of the eyebrow is determined by the inner brow line, which extends from the tear duct upward.  This means that any unwanted stray hairs past that point should be cleaned up. Be sure to use …

Makeup Tip – Soft Smokey Eye

Hi loves! Want your eyes to pop, but don’t want the harsh black eyeliner look? Create a soft smokey eye by using this makeup tip. Tip: Sans that eyeliner for a softer look!  Under the eye, sweep a light brown eyeshadow from outer corner to inner corner. Then carve a darker brown eyeshadow from outer corner to just to the middle. This technique will enhance the eye, provide a simple smokey effect, without the raccoon eyes. See photo below of the makeup I did on model Lexi for reference. Enjoy! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget …

Why To Hire A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

Hi loves! Happy Spring! Wedding season is among us once again. Congrats to all of the brides-to-be! ♥ You’ve spent countless hours choosing your dress, florist, wedding site, caterer, photographer, hairstylist… and now you are wondering what to do with your makeup! Here are a few reasons why to hire a professional makeup artist for your wedding. All eyes will be on you, the bride! A professional makeup artist will create the perfect look for  your wedding day. Makeup artists have a trained eye and will be able to select beautiful colors that will suit you. They will know how …

Makeup That Glistens

Hi Everyone! I recently did a photoshoot with gorgeous model Mikara (image below). She’s from New Jersey, just like me, so of course, we were instant “besties”. Moving on to the point: The photoshoot took place on location, outside in direct sunlight. As the Makeup Artist, I really wanted her makeup to catch the light just right to make it glisten. Knowing that these images may be produced in both color and black and white, I chose a gold eyeshadow with a hint of shimmer to achieve this effect. Next, I applied a tinted moisturizer and skipped the powder for …

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! 😉 Love sparkly makeup, but not exactly sure how to apply these products? Is your face and bathroom counter covered with shimmer afterward?

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! 😉

The Secret to a Fuller Pout

I just love love love… did I say love… Angelina Jolie’s gorgeous lips! Try this tip to get a fuller pout! TIP: Add a hint of gloss to the upper cupids bow and center of your lower lip. This will give the illusion of a fuller pout!  Note – The “cupid’s bow” is the part of your central upper lip which has two peaks toward the nose. The shape resembles Cupid’s bow and arrow. I like to use MAC Clear Lipglass when applying this lip technique. Enjoy! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and …

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, …

Fab Holiday Gift!

Dare to shop on Black Friday? Here is a must have gift to add to your holiday shopping list. Get the M∙A∙C Primped Out Eye Look Bag in Decadently Pink for a fab holiday gift! Beautiful eyeshadows Radical Pink and Shadowy Lady work for all skin types. Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bordeaux is great for accentuating the lash line. Black Opulash mascara will give length to any lash. The 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush is amazing to perfect that smokey eye. It comes in a cute leopard print M∙A∙C Holiday bag too! Happy shopping! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, …

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 Taylor Swift Red!

Go Taylor Swift Red! Want to perfect that red lip just like Taylor Swift? Start by lining lips with Passion 315 COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipliner and then fill in completely. Apply COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot 305. Blot lips lightly to seal in the color. Add a dab of MAC Pro Longwear Gloss to the middle of the bottom and top lip for a little shine. ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

Winter Skin

Winter Skin! Remember to wash your face in the morning and at night. Use a heavy moisturizer like MAC Studio Moisture Cream to keep your skin silky smooth. Exfoliate only once a week during the cold weather months. Don’t forget to use a foundation that has SPF. Even in the winter we need to protect our skin! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

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!