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Celebrity makeup artist Debra Ferullo is well-known for her work with A-list clients like Drew Barrymore, Heidi Klum, and Emily Blunt, to name a few. We wanted to find out more about the woman behind the brush, so we caught up with Debra for our “Getting To Know…” series! Think you know Debra? You might be surprised!
TM: What sparked your interest in makeup?
DF: "I remember being very, very young sitting on my mom's hamper in her bathroom and watching her put on her makeup. It was the late '70s and she was into a more natural look. She wore peaches, browns and corals -- to this day it's still one of my favorite looks. l loved watching her so much and, although I wasn't supposed to, I would sneak in and play with her makeup while she was at work. I guess that's when I realized what I wanted to do with my life."
TM: What inspires you?
DF: "I find inspiration in many different sources. My jobs are never same and always changing so my inspiration is always different -- it could be the color or shape of a flower, or even a certain era that inspires me. My inspiration could come from the clothes for a shoot or from a fellow artists' beautiful work. Inspiration can be found anywhere and in anything."
TM: How do you relax?
DF: "Between work and my kids, I am lucky enough to stay quite busy. When I do have some down-time and need to relax, I love to go see a movie by myself, take a hike in the hills, or relax in a hot bath with no one banging on the door looking for me (plus, my skin always looks better afterwards)!"
TM: Where is your favorite place to travel?
DF: "I have been so fortunate to be able to travel to some of the most amazing, beautiful places on earth and so many of them have left indelible marks in my mind. However, nothing can compete with Boston. It's where I grew up and its where my family and friends still live -- that makes it my favorite place in the entire world."
TM: Any advice for aspiring makeup artists?
DF: "My advice to aspiring makeup artists is to work really hard. Take every job that comes your way. A lot of them will be favors and freebies, but take them anyways because you never know where it might lead. Assist everyone you can and pay attention to everything they have to teach you. You'll learn more assisting than you will at any school! Don't take short cuts -- they never, ever pay off."