Before the internet, social media, bloggers, vloggers and fashion tv, we had magazines. They were our insight into what was happening in the fashion and beauty industry. Every month, I soaked in every page I could get my hands on. My bedroom was covered in tear sheets from magazines as I dreamt of one day being a part of it all.
It was an article about Milan Fashion Week, that showed makeup artists working on ‘the’ supermodels like Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangalista, that made me realise that you could have a career as a makeup artist, and I never looked back.
During my 23 years in the industry I have worked in makeup retail, I have been Head Makeup Trainer at an Academy, have worked in runway, feature film, short film, music videos and bridal. Although I love it all, my passion sits with still photography. Creating images for people to lose themselves in inspires me. With my years of experience, I have an ease with makeup that allows me to explore processes surrounding the application. It has become a passion to read the talent in my chair and work to make them be in the best possible frame of mind to step in front of the camera. Sometimes matching their energy, other times lowering mine so they might follow. All with the hope to make them feel nurtured and empowered.
When I studied, I was on the cusp of old school techniques and new school ways of thinking about makeup and feel lucky to be able to bring this to the table through my work. I think this is a valuable understanding of makeup and one that I try to pass this on to my assistants.
My passion for hairstyling came a few years later. Like a lot of makeup artists, I was hesitant to get my hands on hair. Now with years of hairstyling experience to draw on, I really enjoy the process of creating a complete look. Makeup has always come first and now I use hairstyling as the perfect companion. Confidently styling to any given brief.
Julia’s Celebrity Clients include; Rachel Griffiths, Rachel Taylor, Eric Bana and Elizabeth DeBicki