Subtlety + Symmetry are both art forms that Manhattan-based makeup artist / eyebrow stylist Julie Tussey has mastered. She employs her own brand of shading and highlighting techniques to create the sheerest, most radiant complexions while breaking down the brows to design an angular brow that moves naturally with one’s expression.


“I play with low, middle and high tones, so everything looks 3-D,” Tussey explains. “I enjoy mixing and finding the right colors.” Using airbrush makeup and a Kabuki brush, she customizes textures too, adjusting formulas so that they last all day and night, yet remain undetectable. “Skin should always glow, as if there were a soft filter on it,” she says.


Transforming brows, Tussey magically makes the brows appear fuller by making every hair count. By adding a little tint then systematically wielding her scissors and tweezers, she explains, creating a well balanced brow will frame up the eyes and complement the cheekbones / jawline which make the face appear slimmer and more shapely. “Everyone has what I call a happy brow/sad brow and it is my passion to create two happy brows so that the face appears more open and inviting.”


Is there no wonder that Tussey has such enthusiastic fans, from fashion designers Catherine Malandrino and Tory Burch to celebrity Kerry Washington, musician’s James Taylor and Billy Joel, model Christy Brinkley author’s Katie Lee, Beth Ostrosky Stern and Ivanka Trump, and magazine editors including Vogue’s Laurie Jones and online Hollywood Life’s very own Bonnie Fuller. But it’s Tussey’s keen intuition that makes her a true powerhouse. “When I first meet a client, I try to assess whether she is natural or whether her look and her style are more polished. Her wardrobe might give it away. I strive to work within a woman’s comfort zone so that she’ll feel beautiful. Another key question for me is: What’s the occasion? Dinner by candlelight? A TV appearance? A wedding? or is she walking the red carpet? Once I know that, I know what will work and more importantly, when to stop.”


When clients ask Tussey how she got her start she simply explains that her mother told her that she was messy in the kitchen, so she taught her how to do makeup and brows instead. “I remember being in 5th grade when my mom opened a magazine to an article and exclaimed ‘ Look Julie, this is how you shape the brows.’ So my mother and I shaped the brows of my best friends in 6th grade when it all started making sense. When I size up a brow it is always my first reaction to help women to grow back their brows as much as possible. I feel that brows are like plants, because the more you pay attention to them the more that they will grow. A simple brush of the brows will send blood to the area, which helps stimulate growth.”


It’s really the small touches that make all the difference, Tussey notes. “By adding a single element, false lashes, for example, you’ll start to bat your eyes. When I apply lip gloss, you’ll want to pucker, and mostly when you have a beautiful brow it enhances your eyes and you naturally begin to use them in an alluring way to communicate.”


The Indiana native originally moved to New York in the early 80’s to fulfill her dream of dancing on Broadway. After appearing in the original cast of such blockbuster shows as A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, and Smile, she channeled her energies into another passion: makeup/brow artistry. Before joining the John Barrett and Warren-Tricomi Salon where she worked as a Laura Mercier makeup artist, she was a makeup artist show host on QVC’s sister network Q2 and a representative for makeup lines ranging from Indian Earth and Ultima II to Estee Lauder, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Nars, Elizabeth Arden, Prescriptives and Bobbie Brown.


“I love handing someone a mirror when I’m done and seeing her begin to sparkle from within,” she adds. “I help women find that inner light, that moment of love. As a makeup artist, I manipulate light. I use colors and textures to throw the light and catch the light. As a brow stylist, I help women to grow their brows back, train them how to lay them down and reshape them. Tussey says that she has clients who referred to her as “Light Catcher and The Brow Whisperer.”


Celebrities
Adaora Udoji
Adrienne Bailon
Ali Wentworth
Alice St. Clair
Andrea Gruber
Anita Baker
Anna Netrebko
Anne Heche
Antwan Lewis
Aron Task
Aviva Drescher
Beth Ostrosky Stern
Billy Joel
Bob Seger
Bob Wiltfong
Britney Gastineau
Carrie Preston
Christie Brinkley
Chloe Melas
Constantine Maroulis
Cooper Lawrence
Dania Ramirez
Delania Dixon
Dustin Diamond
Elizabeth Edwards
Ethel Kennedy
Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti
Eva Longoria
Geoffrey Zakarian
Geraldo Rivera
Gianna Toboni
Gretta Monahan
Heather Graham
Helena Christensen
Holland Taylor
Isabella Rossellini
James Taylor
Janice Dickinson
Jaslene Graham
Jason Dundas
Jeanine Pirro
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julie Cambell
Kara DioGuardi
Katheryn Winnick
Katie Lee Joel
Keira Knightley
Kenny Loggins
Kerri Kennedy
Kerry Washington
Kelly Rutherford
Kim Cattrall
Kimberly Stewart
Kristen Taekman
LA Reid
Lauren Conrad
Lauren Lyster
Lena Olin
Lisa Gastineau
Lisa Ling
Liza Minnelli
Lorraine Bracco
Luann de Lesseps
Maggie Smith
Madame Mayham
Marc Anthony
Marianne Garvey
Marla Maples
Martha Stewart
Mary Kennedy
Mia Farrow
Michael Urie
Mindy Grossman
Nate Berkus
Nigel Lythgoe
Nigella Lawson
Noah Levy
Paul Mecurio
Phil Ramone
Phoebe Cates
Rachel Leigh Cook
Rachel Uchitel
Ramona Singer
Reed Krakoff
Rob Shuter
Rolando Villazon
Rosanno Scotto
Rosie Perez
Russ Saizberg
Sandra Lee
Sasha Lazard
Selma Blair
Serena Williams
Shoshanna Gruss
Sky Nellor
Soleil Moon Frye
Sonja Morgan
Steve Lacy
Susannah Constantine
Tinsley Mortimer
Tracey Anderson
Trinny Woodall
Valerie Simpson
Victoria Clark


Designers


Catherine Malandrino
Cynthia Rose
Danielle + Jodie Snyder
Maria Buccellati
Michelle Roth
Tory Burch
Trish Wescoat Pound

Models


Astrid Munoz

Jaslene Gonzalez

Lydia Hearst - Shaw

Natalia Vodianova

Rachel Hunter

Sophie Dahl


Editors


Bonnie Fuller
Bridget Foley
Candice Dhakhwa
Charla Krupp
Christina Greeven-Cuomo
Elaine D. Farley
Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti
Jane Sarkin
Janice Minn
Julie Campbell
Kate White
Kelly Delaney
Kim Van Dang
Laurie Jones
Lesley Jane Seymour
Lisa Benenson
Lois Joy Johnson
Mary Alice Stephenson
Plum Sykes
Victoria Kirby


Socialites


Angela Rich
Ann Hirsh
Barbara Bancroft
Carole Holmes McCarthy
Christina Oxenberg
Delphine Arnault
Elizabeth Kieselstein-Cord
Emma Jane Pilkington
Fabiola Beracash
Hilary Geary Ross
Ivanka Trump
Jennifer Creel
Jil Roosevelt
Karen Luter
Katharina Ott- Bernstein
Laura Hunt
Levy Arum
Linda Fargo
Pamela Gross
Sasha Lazard
Susan LLyod
Suzy Hilfiger
Tatiana Papanicolaou
Wendy Murdock
Whitney Fairchild

Commercial


Luxury TV
Breast Cancer Awareness
Accenture


Music


3 Graces
East Village Opera Company
James Taylor "One Man Band"
Universal Classical Group

Print


Avenue
Best Life
Bridal Guide
Domino
Elle Decoration
Fairfield
Family Circle
Food Network
Self
Food & Wine
Glamour
Gotham
Hallmark
Hamptons
House + Gardens
In Touch
More
New York Magazine
OK
Opera News
Paris Vogue
Post
Rachael Ray
Shape
Social Life
Star
Town & Country
Us
Vanity Fair
“W”


Photographers


Aleksi Niemela
Alessandra d’Andrea
Andrew Stewart
Arthur Paskal
Avery Powell
Aydin Arjomand
Ben Hoffmann
Bruce Weber
Carlos Ruiz
Chiun Kaishih
Christopher Appoldt
Christopher Baker
Danelle Mathey
David A. Land
Ditte Isager
Earl Carter
Elizabeth Sullivan
Fernando Milani
Francis Hills
Gary Spector
Gilles Bensimon
Graham Morrison
James McBride
James Merrell
James Salzano
James Waddell
Janson Bell
Jaramay Aréf
Jim Franco
John Huba
John Kernick
Karen Pearson
Keith Majors
Kfir Ziv
Kyle Ericksen
Lynda Churilla
Marc Sifuentes
Mark Leibowitz
Mark Seelen
Mattias Clamer
Max Kim-Bee
Michael Filonow
Michael Larson
Miki Dusterhoff
Patrick Mcmullan
Paul Costello
Paul Sunday
Perry Halopian
Quentin Bacon
Rob Horne
Rob Howard
Roger Moenks
Sam Sunshine
Stephan Wurth
Suza Scalora
Tiffany Walling - McGarity & John McGarity
Timothy Greenfield Sanders
Timothy White
Troy Word
Vincent Dilio

Runway / Fashion Shows


7th on Sixth
Anne Barge
Anne Bowen (Lead Makeup Artist)
Badgley Mischka
Bill Blass (Lead Makeup Artist)
Cynthia Rowley
Dennis Bussco
Mackage(Lead Makeup Artist)
Michelle Roth
Suzanne Simon
Vera Wang

Television - On the Set of


Kelly + Regis CBS News
Good Morning America Behind the Label
ABC News Wendy Williams
Inside Edition Si' T.V. Styleyes
Rachael Ray CW11
Tyra Banks Extra
Big Deal The View
"E" Tattle tales Satellite Media Tour's
Barbara Walters The Big Morning Buzz
Fox News CNN
Discovery TODAY Show
QVC Good Day New York
Fox + Friends The Chew
Better TV


Salon


2013 - present Patrick Melville Salon
Makeup Artist / Eyebrow Specialist
2012 - 2013 Angelo David Salon
Makeup Artist / Eyebrow Specialist
2004 - 2012 Warren Tricomi
Laura Mercier Makeup Artist / Eyebrow Specialist
2000 - 2004 John Barret
Laura Mercier Makeup Artist / Eyebrow Specialist
1995 - 1996 Kozue Dat Spa
Facialist / Eyebrow Specialist
1981 - 1982 The Hair Loft
Sebastian Trucco make up artist / Eyebrow Specialist


Television


2014 "Kitchen" Food Network
Hair & Makeup artist
(currently working on)
2013 VH1 "Gossip Table"
Hair & Makeup artist
2005 Si’ T.V. Styleyes
Guest make up artist
(appearance)
2003 As The World Turns
Extra - On set make up artist
(appearance)
1995 “Q2” Silver Cup Studio
Home Shopping (sister network of QVC)
Show Host
(appearance)


Radio


Present "The Cooper Lawrence Show"
Makeup Expert


Resident & National Make Up Artist


1998 - 2000 Bobbie Brown, Saks 5th Avenue
1995 - 1998 Nars, Barneys N.Y.


Education


1994 - 1995
Specializing Christine Valmay (Licensed Esthetician) specialing in skin care, makeup artistry, eyebrow shaping, waxing + training.


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