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10 Commandments of Being a Makeup Artist

May 4, 2017

With having been in the industry for over 20 years, there are definitely some tips {commandments} I feel I’m able to offer just through trial and error. I do a lot of Makeup Artist classes/workshops, where we definitely hone-in to perfecting actual makeup skills and techniques, but there are also other very important {maybe even more important} things to keep in mind. Whether you are just getting into this industry or have been in it for several years, please let me know of any other tips you personally feel are so important to our amazing field!


{1} Knowledge is power. This pretty much says it all. Never stop learning! That is what is pretty awesome about our field, there are always new things to learn. New products, new techniques, trends, etc. Quite often I have people come to me right after beauty school and want more makeup training. I can’t stress enough, the more people you work on the more your confidence will grow and you’ll be able to sharpen your skill. Practice, practice, practice and if you’re even a seasoned veteran of the field – still practice, there is always something to perfect.

{2} Appreciate the Journey. This is most important for people at the beginning of their career. Don’t look at someone who has 10-15 years of experience on you and think you should be where they are. We truly live in a “I want it now” world. Appreciate the people and artists who have helped you along the way and never take that for granted. It’s always important to have those mentors in your life for advice, recommendations, job references and on-going inspiration. I love the quote — “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” YES!

{3} Build a Strong Network of Support. This almost goes along with the paragraph above. It’s important to have other Artists you can count on. There will always be jobs and opportunities coming in. Why not pass the work to someone you trust and they will in turn do the same. Work together because no one gets anywhere in life by themselves. I often reach out to people for not only passing along work but just asking their advice on something. I love that I’m not in this alone.

{4} Grow Your Brand in a Professional Way. Oh the internet. It’s an awesome tool. But realize what you put into the world online stays there forever. Don’t ever bash clients, ummm…they are most likely reading it or will find it because it’s the internet! It’s great to use Instagram/Facebook and whatever else as a branding tool, but keep it classy peeps. Your feed is a mini portfolio and a look into how you carry yourself on a job. You can better believe clients will look at this before hiring you in a lot of cases.

{5} Cleanliness is Next to Godliness. Your kit should be ever-changing, constantly growing/evolving and always clean and pristine. Sometimes I feel that I clean my kit and brushes more than I actually use them. It’s constant but a crucial part of the job. Client’s can SEE what you have going on in there. Speaking of which, I need to do this again today.

{6} Be More Than Prepared. Just when you think you’ve packed everything you need, do a triple check and bring things you don’t think you need! Don’t ever take for granted that a job is cut and dry. Things always pop up on set and during shoots where you’ll be asked for something you may didn’t plan on bringing. Bring everything, seriously.

{7} Always BE ON TIME. Actually, I can’t stress this enough. It’s a matter of you not getting a job or gig again if your late. No one wants to wait around for you getting there to set up your kit. If a call time is 8:00 am, be there even a little early if possible. With having to carry a billion and one things, we need the extra time to get situated. If you rush into a job and the talent or client is sitting there waiting it starts off the day rushed.

{8} Give Back. We as Artists have a true talent and get to make people feel beautiful…that is super rewarding. Find something in your community that allows you to give this talent back to others. There are many organizations looking for licensed professionals to volunteer. Just a couple I am familiar with are Flashes of Hope and Look Good Feel Better. But if you don’t choose one of these, create something of your own — it just makes you feel really good to do something beautiful for others.

{9} Integrity is Key. Hopefully this goes without saying but just be nice and don’t under-cut rates, bash people or tear each other down. If you’re doing what you need to be doing, that is enough. Don’t worry about what this one over here is doing, what he/she is doing, etc. It’s crazy to me when I hear about someone using another Artists picture as their own online or even worse conning brides out of deposits, money etc. Yikes. Don’t do that. And just respect others in the field and others in general — again, hopefully going without saying?

{10} Makeup is a Small Fraction of it. You’re amazing at makeup, great. But a person once said to me that my job was 50% skill, 50% personality. This always stuck with me. You can be really spectacular at what you do — but no one will want to hire you if you walk in like a diva or that you know it all. Know your place on set and when to give your two cents or advice on something non-makeup related. Your a little package deal, your professionalism is a part of what they are hiring. No one wants to work with a cranky, know-it-all Makeup Artist.

With that being said, I definitely do not know it all. If you have any little tips to add, like I said, please let me know. I’m curious and thanks for reading =)

Xx, Julie


Katie & Dan

May 22, 2017

I was so thrilled to be a part of this gorgeous couple’s wedding day on April 14th of this year. It was a picture perfect day at Lingrow Farm, one of my very places to go.  I got to also work with one of my favorite photographers, Amanda Wilson, along with her partner in crime, Ashley. I absolutely loved Katie’s vision for her makeup — she wanted her pretty green eyes to pop…and I think we definitely achieved that! She was a truly a vision. Thanks again for having me be just a small part of your day…I loved every minute of it! ❤









Madison & Brandon

October 23, 2016

I’m so excited to be featuring this awesome couple on my blog today! I met Madison a few years ago at a shoot I was doing at American Eagle and got to know her pretty well over the course of the next couple years before she moved. I was so thrilled when she asked me to do her makeup in Philidelphia for her wedding day and of course, said yes! The happy couple was married on October 1st at the beautiful Union League and it couldn’t of been more perfect. It’s not often I get to do the bride’s makeup then go to the wedding =).  Madison looked absolutely stunning and SO so happy. I’m just honored that I got to be a small part in this very big day among her & Brandon’s family and friends. Here are a few of my favorite pictures and I truly enjoyed looking thru all {700} of them!

Vendor Info…
Photographer: Kyna Damewood
Florist: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers
Hair: Nicole Rocco
Dress: Romona Kaveza from Felice Bridal
Venue: The Union League of Philadelphia
Bridesmaids dresses from bhldn
Abby & Haley helping her into that gorg dress…








This pic makes me smile =)





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Valerie & Travis

October 7, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with this truly lovely bride on September 17th of this year. I was so excited when Val mentioned to me at her bridal trial that her wedding Photographer was Kristi Telnov — her work is just unreal, there is no other way to explain it! Val was such a beautiful bride and I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures of her wedding day, it looked so magical. I’ve never been to The Gathering Place before where I did her makeup that morning along with her bridesmaids and mom — wow, such a beautiful venue!  I also loved working with Christy from Simply Captivating Styling, she is an artist with hair and Val’s updo was a creation like nothing I’ve ever seen. I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of this stellar group of vendors on Val & Travis’ big day!



Val with her beautiful mom and sister…



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Alexa & Brian {July 23rd, 2016}

August 26, 2016

I can’t get enough of my beautiful bride Alexa’s stunning wedding look! Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, she is such a sweetheart! I first met Alexa at my studio when she came for her bridal makeup preview in May. We discussed what she envisioned for her makeup and together came up with the perfect look for the big day.  I kept her skin soft, glowy and flawless using Temptu Pro airbrushing and added touches of liquid bronzer and highlighter for that dewy look. Her eye-shadows were a neutral palette of shimmer and matte tones with more emphasis on her dramatic lashes and eyeliner. Although she looked amazing on the preview day, I truly love how everything came together on the wedding day! It was such a fun morning getting all of her girls glammed up at the hotel and I’m genuinely thrilled I got to be a small part of her and Brian’s wedding day!

Photos by Sarah D’Alessandro //



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Just an I-Phone snapshot but I couldn’t resist this one…


Getting into that beautiful dress…



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Thanks again Alexa & Brian and best wishes to you both!











Whirl’s Women in Business 2016

May 1, 2016

I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated this year for Whirl’s Women in Business issue, May 2016. Along with my business, Pittsburgh Makeup, there are 150 other women listed who are business owners/entrepreneurs in the ‘burg! I am truly humbled to be a part of this issue among so many other women who rock!  The message — women supporting women and community, not competition…LOVE IT. Thanks again to Whirl Magazine and your support!


Ali & Nate

February 1, 2016

I’m really excited to be doing a blog post of this lovely couple, Ali & Nate! I first met Ali back in 2011, when I did makeup for her sister Samantha’s wedding. I was honored when she wanted me for her own wedding! It was a great morning at the Wyndham on October 31st where I did makeup for Ali and her beautiful bridesmaids.  Along with my assistant, Haley, I got to also work with some of my favorite wedding vendors.  Shari from Tease Salon did an amazing job with all of the hair and I can’t say enough about Michael Williams Photography…he is the absolute best!  I loved looking through all of the beautiful pictures from the day and thrilled that I was a small part of it!