Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spotlight | Julie Strating Makeup Artist

I've had the pleasure of working with Julie Strating on numerous occasions as she works with many of my clients to provide top-notch wedding day makeup. Since she finally(!) launched her much-anticipated blog yesterday, I am excited to spotlight her as a West Michigan vendor today.

As well as recommending my clients work with Julie, I've had the pleasure of experiencing her work myself. She gave me a much-needed makeup overhaul earlier this year and more recently, worked her magic on both me and Kate for our television appearance on WZZM 13.

Please enjoy our Q&A with Julie Strating | Makeup Artist.

How long have you been doing makeup?
Since I was 8. Unless you mean professionally, which is quickly on it's way to 6 years!

What inspires you to try new products?
I'm always looking for new products that will do something better or make my life easier. It's that idiomatic mantra of Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

One item every woman should splurge on?
A GREAT foundation (whether it be in the form of liquid or powder). The skin is truly the whole foundation of the face (pun intended). Once you've perfected the skin tone and texture, any desired look is achievable.

What's one thing everyone should have in her makeup bag?
A NARS Multiple Stick. It's a creamy textured stick that can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips. In a pinch, it will add life to the entire face by highlighting and adding subtle color.

Any great products out there I can get at the drug store?
Of course! I'm a big fan of drugstore brand lip glosses. Also, if you're an eyeshadow gal, Loreal's HIP (High Intensity Pigment) products are exactly that: highly pigmented and wear extremely well.

How often should I clean my makeup brushes?
The right answer is after every use with at least a sanitizing spray. The realistic answer is at least once a week. They need to be shampooed in warm water with a mild shampoo (yes, the same kind you use on your own hair), reshaped and left to air dry. You'll have a good set of brushes forever if you take care of them routinely.

Why hire a professional makeup artist for my wedding day?
Many reasons! A professional will give you the perfect balance. By that, I mean makeup for photography (heavier) can vary greatly from makeup for live events (softer) as photos will always dull down the overall look. There's a fine balance to achieve when doing bridal makeup so as not to apply too much for the live event portion, yet enough to highlight your features for photos. Also, a professional will know how to properly conceal any tricky blemishes, blend in your tan lines, highlight the skin, and so on. And lastly, because every bride wants to be pampered on her wedding day :)

What is your new blog all about?
My new blog which will include beauty tips, techniques, contests, behind-the-scenes looks at photo shoots and product recommendations

5 lovely comment(s):

Sarah T. Jun 2, 2009, 9:03:00 AM  

I just love Julie and her work! I also love that you included my pic in this post. :)

Victoria Pater Jun 2, 2009, 10:35:00 AM  

Logo Love!

Christina Jun 2, 2009, 12:04:00 PM  

Way to go Julie!

Megan H Jun 2, 2009, 8:35:00 PM  

Ooh! I loved the work Julie did for my sister's wedding (who's shown in your post!). I'd love to have her skill (and inventory!)

*swankytables*Annette Jun 3, 2009, 5:14:00 PM  

Gorgeous! I love that top photo!

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