Julie Dy is a makeup artist extraordinaire and who lives and works out of a very creative and unique space in the Mission. She has two adorable Fourche Terriers (a mix of Yorkie and West Highland Terrier) named Ichiban and Dion.
Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?
Generally, I have 2 different types of days. One is where I work on-location for a photoshoot or commercial job, or, I'm with a bride and her bridal party for wedding day beauty services. Other days I meet clients at my home studio. These are the days that I also sit at my computer and answer emails and do other back office stuff. Most days I take a walk with my dogs around my neighborhood, or at the beach, have a meal with my boyfriend, try to see some friends and putz around on the internet. I try to do yoga 3 times a week.
Q: How did you decide to get into makeup artistry? What was the path that brought you here?
The decision to get in to makeup artistry was a little bit an unexpected development in my path—I was interested in studying psychology and perhaps thought I would do something in that direction. I come from a family of doctors, nurses and other careers in medicine, so it is a little left field to be a makeup artist. But it is also quite a natural fit because I always loved to draw and create growing up.
When I was in my early 20's I had a bout with some adult acne and felt a bit self conscious about it. I was walking through a cosmetics department one day, and a makeup artist for the Laura Mercier cosmetics line asked if she could show me some products. She showed me how to conceal my acne scars very discreetly and I was so impressed. This hooked me—because not only is makeup fun to experiment with all the array of colors and textures, but it can also be empowering and quite a confidence booster.
A couple years later, after doing a lot of experimenting on my own, I ended up working for Laura Mercier, and also began assisting on various jobs, whether it was a commercial, a photo shoot, or a wedding day. I've really admired a lot of the makeup artists that I've met along the way. They inspired me to hone my skills and really pursue working as a full time makeup artist.
Q: How do you keep on top of trends in the fashion world?
I love to pour through fashion, makeup and hair magazines. I have huge stacks of them at my house. I check out fashion and beauty blogs now and then, and watch videos on Youtube a lot. I like collecting inspiring images on Pinterest, and I follow some of my favorite makeup artists like Lottie, Pat McGrath, and Hung Vanngo on Instagram. I have quite a lot of fashionable and savvy friends—I get a lot of inspiration from them.
Q: What's the most exciting work opportunity you've had?
I remember being asked to work with a great beauty photographer, Jeff Tse. I just thought his work was so stunning and I was so excited to do a location shoot with him at a beach in Point Reyes. The model was wearing different swimwear, rolling around in the sand. I also had to do her hair and bronze up her body. I thought that was good practice in case I ever got to work at the beach for a Victoria's Secret photo shoot sometime—haha. Really, I'm excited by almost all the work opportunities that come my way...day to day I meet great new people and have different challenges and objectives depending on what type of job I'm doing. I love my bridal clients—I'm excited to work with 3 brides this weekend. I'm excited about a 4 day shoot that I'm doing with the North Face next week, all outdoors at various lovely locations in Marin. I have a lot of fun with my job!
Q: What do you do to unwind and relax after a busy day?
Have a glass of wine and have dinner with my boyfriend. Play with my dogs. Watch Project Runway.
Q: What is your favorite piece of clothing?
I love comfortable clothes that I can wear while working and also just hang out in. I just discovered the Lululemon Lab—it's a design incubator for Lululemon that makes fashionable clothing pieces with technical fabrics. It's perfect for that person that loves to hang out in their yoga pants when working from home, but may want to scale it up a notch. I love this lightweight jacket I wear when riding my bike to yoga class, or I throw it on top of a long tank top dress when I'm doing a job in a casual setting.
Q: What advice do you have for young women who are just starting their careers?
Explore your curiosities and your interests, they will give you content and individuality in your field or craft. Learn from everyone.