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Bring In The New Year Glamorously With Bridal Makeovers!

Want to look extra special for that New Year’s Eve party? If you need a little inspiration for makeup looks for the New Year, you now have free pass to experimenting with sparkle shadows, glittering lashes, liner, and eyes.

 

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and that means glamorous and glittery eyes to lure in that kiss at midnight!

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and that means glamorous and glittery eyes to lure in that kiss at midnight!

 

So throw on your season’s best and some sparkling jewelry, and have some fun this holiday and New Year! Continue Reading…

Posted December 29th, 2013.

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Glam It Up This Holiday Season With Bridal Makeovers

Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! It’s that time of year again. The holidays are a time for glamour and glitz so glam it up this season with Bridal Makeovers!

 

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

 

When it comes to beauty, the holidays are the most fun and festive time of the year! Who can resist a set of flirty lashes, glittery lids or a pair of cherry red lips? Continue Reading…

Posted December 21st, 2013.

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Hot-Off-The-Runway Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks

Greetings Beautiful Brides To Be. I hope you are ready for some serious swooning today. You are going to love the haute couture looks from the oh-so-talented and creative designers from this season’s bridal runways.

 

On the runway, wedding makeup and hairstyles can be just as exciting as the dresses themselves.

On the runway, wedding makeup and hairstyles can be just as exciting as the dresses themselves.

 

So if you are craving a little beauty inspiration today and you are the type of bride with a passion for beauty who wants to look her absolute best for her 2014 wedding, look no further. I have the latest looks to share with you.  Continue Reading…

Posted December 10th, 2013.

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Destination Wedding Makeup – Miami Beach

Today’s blog was designed with the globetrotting bride-to-be in mind. If you want a wedding with an authentic island experience, but don’t actually want to go off the beaten’ path, then Miami Beach is for you.  It’s all about paradise overflowing with fun-filled activities and lounging on the beach.

 

Take your hair and makeup cues from Bridal Makeovers looks of undone elegance.

Take your hair and makeup cues from Bridal Makeovers’ looks of undone elegance.

 

This, my brides, is exactly what a destination wedding should be, an intimate celebration with you and your groom. It’s the perfect way to say “I do”… Made even more perfect with gorgeous hair and makeup by a team that specializes in destination wedding beauty. Continue Reading…

Posted November 27th, 2013.

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Kissable Bridal Lips – Finding the Perfect Lipstick

Everyone knows that putting on lipstick is one of the factors to achieve a great finish for wedding makeup, right? But finding that perfect shade of lipstick that coordinates with your makeup, dress, and wedding feel/theme/mood can be a bit tricky. And if that’s not is hard enough, keeping it on is even harder!

 

One of the highlights on your wedding day will be your first kiss as husband and wife!

One of the highlights on your wedding day will be your first kiss as husband and wife!

 

It is important to consider the variety of lip products out there and how they can help you achieve the longest wearing lip you can get. Applying lipstick correctly will make your lips look gorgeous and luscious, which are a big attraction not only for your groom but for your guests, too! So, aim for luscious lips as part of your wedding makeup.

But first a reality check… There is no real way to make your lipstick last forever or even look pristine 24/7. You will likely have to touch-up throughout the event, and any eating/drinking will do some damage to your pout. These tips and tricks are designed to help minimize touch-ups, damage, and the overall maintenance of your lips during the big day.

Bridal Makeovers Tips For Luscious Bridal Lips

Choose Your Color! As with shadow choices, it has a lot to do with what kind of theme/type of wedding you’re having, and of course, it should coordinate with the rest of your makeup, too. As a pro bridal makeup artist I know the sure fire ways to achieve maximum kissability. I love to see pink-corals, soft pink-beiges, light pinks, nudes and sometimes the classic red. For evening weddings, a good berry or plum can work wonders, too. Bright lipsticks call attention to your teeth, so whiten them before your big day if you want a bright lipstick.

All-Day Color? Just like the rest of your makeup, your lips have to be perfect for your big day. Of course you will have to reapply your chosen lip product a number of times throughout the day but there are some products and tricks to help your pout stay perfect. If you choose a long-wearing or all-day lipstick, remember that most formulations are drying, which is why it is essential that your lips are well moisturized and taken care of prior to the big day. One trick is to apply a heavy lip balm/moisturizer to lips about an hour before you apply the lipstick. Blot it off about 15 minutes before you apply. When applying all-day color, make sure to give the color plenty of time to dry. You have to work fast, though, because once it dries, it’s a pain to remove (aka practice before hand and be precise).

Prep and Prime! To avoid chapped lips, one of the most important things to do is exfoliate right when you get out of the shower. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, you should ensure that you treat that pucker with care, especially if you have dry, chapped, or cracked lips. Start exfoliating with a gritty sugar scrub (you can do a DIY scrub of sugar + extra virgin olive oil) and regularly moisturizing your lips with lip balm that has vitamin E. You want to take a washcloth and rub back and forth over your lips. Another favorite at-home treatments is olive oil and honey or Vitamin E.

Don’t Lick Your Lips! You end up only drying out the skin more. Again, take time to apply hydrating lip balm so you don’t end up giving your lips a quick moisture fix rather when you’re really after permanent nourishment.

Plump Up Your Pout! There is a wide range of lip plumpers on the beauty market these days, and if you feel like you need a little more oomph in your pout, go for it. Remember that a lot of lip plumpers are not going to last all day, so you may find that your pucker deflates as the ceremony goes on. Certain products both nourish and plump the lips. Look for the ingredient Resveratrol which is a super-moisturizing antioxidant which also provides age-defense. Pearlized lip colors add subtle glow that makes lips look plump.

To Line or Not to Line? If you’re not choosing an all-day, long-wearing formula, you should maximize your application by lining your lips. You’ll be kissing a lot on your wedding day. Make lipstick and lip gloss last longer by lining and filling in lips with lip liner before applying color. The liner will also make your lips to retain the color for a longer period even as the lipstick starts to wear off. Lining your lips helps give your lipstick something to further adhere to and it has a less dramatic effect as your lipstick starts to wear off. Line the outer area of your lips for a better contour and to avoid a “bleeding” look if you choose to have the deeper tone of lipstick. Follow that up by coloring your lips with the lip liner prior to applying the lipstick. The lip liner will also help you avoid a messy look as it will act as your guideline on applying lipstick.

Glossy or Matte? Try using a shimmering pink lip gloss in lieu of lipstick for a shiny look. Or test out a few matte lip stains if you prefer color without the sheen. Depending on your application and wedding type/setting/place, high gloss may not be appropriate. While some feel that gloss photographs oddly, I do feel you can still wear high gloss or high sheen without sabotaging your photos. I always recommend that you take test shots with your photographer (especially candid test shots) to see how your makeup will turn out. You can always go for tinted gloss, sheer gloss, or clear gloss to achieve a glossy lip.

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

As a makeup artist, I have applied countless combinations of glosses, pencils, and lipstick to find the perfect color for my bridal clients. Even if they already have a great color in their arsenal, I like to find something a little bit different. Who wants to wear the same old lip color on your special day? Planning every little detail of your wedding is stressful. Luckily, I am here to help! These tricks and truths will keep you looking great from ceremony to reception and beyond. Thanks for reading my blog! I really enjoy bringing you the most up to date trends in makeup, hair, fashion and whatever is related to bridal beauty!

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Posted October 23rd, 2013.

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How to Get Gorgeous Wedding Day Skin

When a bride gets engaged, there’s a tendency to want to do a major beauty overhaul from top to bottom. What’s the best way for brides to help their skin look its best, without going to extremes?  Here are some great habits that can definitely help you get your glow on. Even if it’s a month or two before the wedding and your skin’s not exactly aglow… Don’t fret. This guide will get you there fast.

 

Healthy skin doesn't have to come from an expensive medical process.

Healthy skin doesn’t have to come from an expensive medical process.

 

1. Don’t Starve!

Skimping on nutrients leads to tired-looking skin. There are so many beauty benefits in consuming enough good fat. I recommend including a moderate amount of plant-based fat in every meal, like a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut or olive oil, a quarter of a ripe avocado, or two tablespoons of nuts or seeds. I have tons of bridal clients with dry, flaky, cracked skin, who seem shocked to learn that the culprit is a lack of foods they think of as “bad” and “fattening. Here’s the deal: cells in the top layer of your skin only live about 30 days, and while you don’t feel or see it happening, you shed up to 40,000 skin cells every minute (yup minute) of the day. Because fat is a structural component of skin, you need enough fat in your diet to construct new healthy layers. In addition, healthy fats help you absorb more antioxidants.

 

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

 

2. Fresh Produce!

Aside from smoking, sun damage is the most egregious cause of skin damage, but certain foods can help fight its effects. Hands down, fruits and veggies are the most important ingredient for healthy, glowing skin. In one study, scientists tracked the diets of 35 people, took photos of them, and asked others to rate the pics. The volunteers who ate an average of 2.9 more portions of fruits and vegetables each day were rated as healthier looking, and those who downed an extra 3.3 portions daily were rated as more attractive. A similar UK study found that photos of subjects who ate a fruit and veggie rich diet were rated as more attractive than those with suntans! Scientists say antioxidants are the key, because they improve circulation, and alter skin pigment. Those thought to have the greatest impact are lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color and watermelon its pink hue, and beta-carotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, broccoli, and leafy greens. Polyphenols, which cause blood to rush to the skin surface, also play a role. They’re found in dark grapes, cherries, plums, apples, blackberries, and blueberries. Bonus: antioxidants also act like natural bodyguards, to fend off compounds that harm skin, including pollution, cigarette smoke, and skin damagers produced by stress and sun exposure.

 

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

 

3. Hydrate!

Water can smooth out wrinkles; alcohol does the exact opposite. Continue Reading…

Posted September 30th, 2013.

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Bridal Faux Lash Extensions – For a Touch of Glamour (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2: Bridal Faux Lash Extensions – For a Touch of Glamour

 

Lashes, an infallible, eternal method of seduction – can never be long enough.

Lashes, an infallible, eternal method of seduction – can never be long enough.

 

All About Lash Extensions

Many brides covet the glamorous look of bold, thick lashes. Beautiful lashes enhance a woman’s natural beauty and draw attention to her eyes, making them one of the most important aspects of her appearance. However, if you would rather not fuss with glue-on faux lashes the day of your wedding…There’s nothing worse than a beautiful bride sporting raccoon circles of mascara around her eyes. And since just about every bride tears up at her wedding, eyelash extensions are the ideal solution to prevent any mascara mishaps! I often recommended getting eyelash extensions and forgoing mascara altogether for the big day. But, there is a difference between to more the expensive “semi-permanent” extensions (around $200-$300 for example the Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions ), and the type that will only stay for a week or two (at most) and that cost about $25-$50. Both, if applied properly, will look gorgeous and natural at the same time and easy enough to do the eye make-up around them the day of the wedding. You just need to careful not to pick, tug, twist, excessively touch or brush your extensions, it could damage your natural lashes. To make the most out of your extensions just remember to choose a reputable salon, spa or eyelash extension only establishment. The lash artist should be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist and the consultation should be free of charge. Ask what type adhesive is used (it should be non-formaldehyde), and if they have a variety of lashes for customizing. Always make sure they are not applying cluster lashes as lash extensions are one single lash applied to each one of your own.

Please do not get your extensions wet for 24 to 48 hours after the application. If you are having a facial, please do not use steam. The adhesive will reactivate and may cause the lashes to stick together and look like caked-on mascara.

Please do not let moisture-rich products like an oil based hair conditioner or a heavy makeup remover get onto your lashes. This will loosen the bond. Tilt your head back when washing your hair to avoid getting them wet.

 

Bridal Faux Lash Extensions - What you need to be aware of...

Bridal Faux Lash Extensions – What you need to be aware of…

 

Do not settle for anything less than the type that is individually applied to each one of your natural lashes. They are light-weight, pre-curled, add length, volume, color and are 100% waterproof. Avoid cheap nail salons claiming to do lash extensions at a ridiculous low price and in a short 15 minute window. This is a sight of pure horror to any trained eyelash extension artist! With the increase in the popularity of lash extensions there has been an equal increase in the amount of un-trained lash stylist offering lash services without proper training or certifications resulting in damaging lash extensions of extremely poor quality. Incorrectly applied lash extensions feel UNCOMFORTABLE, HEAVY, CLUMPY and PAINFUL. They also tend to fall off easily and leave gaps, not to mention they can make your own lashes fall out. When I see these I usually end up having to put in temporary extensions plus waterproof mascara, and pray that it doesn’t turn into a hot mess of glues and gunk on my perfectly applied wedding makeup eyes!

It’s not unusual for me to see severe infections and permanent hair follicle damage on brides that have used this type of lashes. Below is an image of what I am talking about. You should be asking, how they will be applied, and don’t just ask, “Are they individually applied?” If they planning to use flares, they will say they are individual. You must ask if it is one single lash applied to one single natural lash with no sticking together. These types of salons tend to advertise as “individual” lashes but they are actually heavy clusters and flare lashes applied with toxic cheap glue. Each single eyelash extension should be attached only to each single natural hair. There should never be an extension attached to more than one eyelash. The length, thickness and curvature of the lash extensions should be customized and determined by your very own lashes. Improper sizing will cause breakage. Remember each lash separated is essential to healthy natural lash cycling. Ask what they charge and how long it will take. If it is not going to take about 1.5-2 hours to apply a full set, run the other way! That’s why skilled artists charge around $200 for an initial full set, just like your pro bridal makeup application, it takes time, talent and skill.

Eyelash extensions should be applied with your eyes closed. If the procedure is done with your eyes open, it will result in improper application. The glue used during the application should never touch your skin. Since your eyes are shut the whole time lash extensions are being applied, no glue will ever get into your eye. To avoid any irritation, however, the first safety precaution you can take is to be sure that the glue is safe for your eyes and doesn’t contain anything that can harm them, like formaldehyde. Additionally, it’s important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic.

 

I hope you find this info valuable so you can flaunt those fab lashes on your big day!

I hope that you find this info valuable so you can flaunt those fab lashes on YOUR BIG DAY!

 

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Posted September 22nd, 2013.

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Bridal Faux Eyelashes For A Touch Of Glamour (Part 1)

My best advice for your eye make up on your wedding day… Faux Eyelashes.

 

Bridal faux eyelashes are perfect for brides that want to add a touch of glamour to their eyes.

Bridal faux eyelashes are perfect for brides that want to add a touch of glamour to their eyes.

 

I don’t think I have ever sent a bride away without them. Luscious long lashes that transform the eyes to give a glamorous but natural look are a beauty must have for your big day. There are lots of light, barely there options which enhance your natural lashes as well as more dramatic, glamorous options. I’ve had several brides tell me that they wore them past the wedding and into the first few days of their honeymoon!

Faux Lash Options

Strip lashes are a good option if you want a classic, defined lash and especially works well if you’re going for a subtle liquid liner or a smokey look.

Individual lashes are a popular alternative to strip falsies, creating amazing natural looking lashes with a choice of lengths. Individual faux eyelashes are a great option for brides who want to add a bit of glamour to their eye makeup look on their big day but don’t want to commit to 3-4 weeks and the expense of eyelash extensions. The difference of even 4 or 5 individual lashes on each eye is unbelievable. Individuals give you the choice to add anything from a subtle flutter to full on Va Va Voom! I literally can’t recommend these enough. I absolutely love them!

Are you considering false lashes or extensions for your bridal look? A BRIDAL MAKEOVERS trial run includes a complimentary application of false eyelashes that are natural, subtle, and yet full, giving the perfect finishing touch to your eye makeup. We love to transform our bride’s eyes to give them a glamorous look.

The BRIDAL MAKEOVERS blog – written collaboratively by our stylists and makeup artists, we share our views, tips and recommendations on all things wedding hair and makeup, including things you may find interesting in the lead up to your wedding.

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Posted September 19th, 2013.

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13 Makeup Looks You’ll Love for Your Wedding

During the past few seasons on the bridal runway, we have seen designers showing a range of makeup looks from bold, colorful lips to clean, bare faces.

 

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

 

Get inspired from these looks and test them during your makeup trial to see which works best with your complexion and wedding-day style. Learning to be a trend-spotter instead of a fashion victim is as simple as being able to translate the runway into real terms.  Find inspiration from the art on the runway, then make it your own.

 

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

 

Choosing a makeup look to highlight your best features on a day-to-day basis is tricky enough, and finding a makeup look for your wedding day is downright intimidating. Luckily, you came to our blog which was written to aid you in narrowing down your choices for wedding makeup, and hopefully make at least one aspect of planning your wedding a little easier.

 

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

 

Bronzed, glowing skin and alluring eyes are what make this look work. Continue Reading…

Posted August 26th, 2013.

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Adding Drama To The Eyes, It’s All About The Eyeliner

When it comes to adding drama to the eyes, it’s all about the eyeliner.

 

A good eyeliner might be the most important eye makeup tool ever invented.

A good eyeliner might be the most important eye makeup tool ever invented.

 

In fact, a good eyeliner might be the most important eye makeup tool ever invented. Eyeliner is not only a way to play with color and make a statement, but it’s also the perfect instrument to reshape your eye. Wherever you put darkness is where your eye is drawn to, which means eyeliner allows you to change the shape of your eye. Got small eyes? Make them bigger with a smoky wraparound. Want to elongate your eyes’ width? Do an exaggerated winged tip. The possibilities are endless.

It’s easy to wear a statement look even if you don’t have a steady hand or hours of practice. All you need for this bold look is a long-wear pencil liner in a bright color of your choice. Long-wear liners are usually twist-up pencils, so you can’t control the sharpness of the tip, which prevents drawing a straight edge. However, unlike kohl pencils, long-wear pencils will give you bold matte color that will last for hours. Remember, liners, shadows, and mascaras can end up looking like a hot (smudged) mess at the end of the day if you don’t use a good primer first. Apply the liner to just your lower lash-line from the inner to outer corners, using short strokes. To achieve a precise line: I always start close at the inner corner of the eye. Start thin and gradually get thicker. Always lay the tip on its side at the base of the upper lash line as you draw the line. This will give you more control, which is integral to lining your eyes well.

To pull it into a cohesive look, you can apply eyeshadow in the same color family to your upper lids, but make it two shades brighter. Break up the bright color by applying a thin black line to your upper lash-line and apply mascara. The upper inner rim doesn’t always get as much attention as its lower counterpart, but it’s an equally important area to define. Applying black liner to your upper rim will intensify your lash-line, giving you natural looking definition without the hard edge of a liner. All you have to do is lift up your upper lid, while looking down into a mirror, and apply the black pencil in short strokes. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that I’m raving about the stellar eyeliners of the world, not the ones that bleed, run, last for two minutes, or have zero pigmentation. There are numerous eyeliner options to consider depending the texture, boldness, and application tool you prefer. Just remember to choose an eyeliner that will:

  • Apply easily without skipping or tugging
  • Set to a long-wearing finish that resists smearing and flaking
  • Offer classic and flattering shades
  • And of course, beautifully enhance the eye area

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As an award winning makeup artist, I am often asked by brides to give them tips on how they can achieve a perfect makeup look on their wedding day and what skincare products I can recommend for them to use at home, so their skin looks flawless on their wedding day. I have applied the makeup for over 1,000 brides on their wedding day, so I have many tips and tricks to share!

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Posted August 14th, 2013.

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