Meet the Co.


Beauty with Julie at Bar Beauty & Co. was created by the vibrant and passionate Julie Occhino. Julie is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Management with a Fashion Merchandising specialization. She is a highly trained beauty and make-up expert who has been working as a make-up artist for the past nine years. Julie has participated in make-up artistry for many brides and bridal parties, photo shoots, special events, theater productions, and fashion shows. Over the years, Julie has had the pleasure of working for numerous cosmetic retailers including: Lancome,  Macy’s, Jean Paul Salon and Spa, and Sephora. Julie is a Licensed Aesthetician, Certified Eyelash Extensionist, and Science of Sephora certified. She is also a featured make-up artist on The Knot Wedding Network. You will find Julie flipping through bridal blogs, reading and sharing real love stories, sipping on ice tea, trying new make-up and skincare products, trending make-up looks, jotting down new ideas on note pads, and involved in just about everything BRIDAL! Julie lives by the words of her loving mother who always told her to “Go Dazzle the World With Your Talent!” She is most appreciative for her wonderful clients and amazing support system who have inspired her sparkling success, and most of all she believes in everything Love. Xo

Melanie May Hasselbach is a hair stylist, barber, and make-up artist located in Upstate New York. Moving from her hometown of Montgomery, NY, more than 13 years ago, Melanie graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an Associates degree in Individual Studies and attended SUNY Albany. During this time she realized that Hair and Make-up was her true passion! One year later, Melanie graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in Schenectady, NY, with a Cosmetology License. Melanie did not stop there! She went back to school at the Austins School of Spa Technology in Albany, NY, and became a certified Make-up Artist and also obtained a Master Barber License. Since then, Melanie has worked in several salons in the Capital Region and has experience in freelance work with Weddings, Photo shoots, and Fashion Shows! Currently, she is an instructor at Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady and recently joined the Beauty with Julie at Bar Beauty & Co. team in Troy, NY! From the bride to the groom, Melanie can cater to your every day needs or for your “big day!” Visit @melaniemaykeover to see more of her talented work!

A graduate of the Austin’s School of Spa and Technology Makeup Artistry program, Joseph Dudek is a Certified Freelance Makeup Artist specializing in weddings, photography, fashion, and special events. As well as using traditional makeup techniques, Joseph has been highly trained on the TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup Pro System to enhance your natural beauty. Joseph was trained using many makeup lines including Stila Cosmetics and TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup. He has experience in working with photographers and videographers for photo shoots and editorial pieces as well as brides and bridal parties. Joseph resides in Albany, NY, and is looking for more opportunities to make people feel beautiful. Remember, stay gorgeous! #blessedtobebeautiful

Christina Palmer
Licensed Esthetician, Makeup & Lash Artist

Christina specializes in Eyelash Extensions, Eyebrow Shaping & Waxing, and Makeup Artistry! She is a graduate of the Austin’s School of Spa Technology where she obtained both a certification in Makeup Artistry and Esthetician License. Christina is a highly trained beauty and skincare expert proficient in brands including Dermalogica, Eminence, Bella Lash Eyelash Extensions, TEMPU Airbrush Makeup, Stila, and Makeup Forever. She is also certified in Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. Be sure to book with Christina today!!