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Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day

Today, on the second Monday of October, the ever-controversial Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated. Columbus Day is a holiday celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

 

Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day - Isabel 1 of Castille

 

However, the holiday is being reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples Day — a day of solidarity with Native Americans, as well. Given to the criticism of Columbus as a European colonizer whose journeys led to the decimation of American indigenous populations, I prefer Indigenous Peoples’ Day to the Columbus Day holiday as well. Everyone knows the story of Christopher Columbus, a Spanish explorer looking for a passage to Asia for the trade of goods in the late 1400’s. With his three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, Columbus set sail and ‘discovered’ America, where he found what he called “Indians,” thinking he found India.

But did you know that the Renaissance created such an impact on the European cultural movement that it’s  still influencing artisans and designers in present day. So, in praise of Columbus’ “discovery” of the so-called “New World” I’d like to share some modern day looks for brides inspired by what came out of Europe in the mid-fourteenth century and spread to the colonies in the New World.

 

Native American Bride - Bridalmakeovers - Columbus Day

 

As far as their makeup goes, European brides and all other fashionable ladies in this era highly valued pallor. An ivory-like complexion was highly desired by the ladies of the age. Brides who weren’t naturally pale used white lead powder to achieve look of the day, white powders such as ground alabaster were also blended on the face to give the appearance of fair skin.

Today, we are fortunate to have much safer versions like Dermablend’s Professional loose powder. I love using it on my brides because it’s so weightless and truly translucent while setting your foundation for up to 16 hours. Cheeks also remained fair but needed to give off a bit of a glow. Mercury was sometimes added to the white lead powder and rubbed into the cheek area in order to achieve the necessary effect.

 

Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day

 

If you’d like to have that Renaissance glow sans the poisoned pallor look, I recommend Dior makeup artist’s secret weapon to add instant radiance to any look – the Backstage Glow Face Palette .The palette is designed with two highlighters—one white and one golden—as well as two blush shades—one rosy and one bronze—that can be applied to the cheekbones to express the classic Renaissance ideal of beauty. These easy-to-blend powders and highly-concentrated, shimmery pigments can be worn alone or blended together, giving you the freedom to customize your look from a natural glow to intense radiance.

 

Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day

 

Since high, wide foreheads were prized, women often pumiced that area to hide any evidence of tweezed hairlines and to assure that no lines cracked the serenity of their brow. Eyebrows needed to remain light and airy, so they were often tweezed or even cut to make certain that they were not overly prominent. Vermilion was commonly used on the lips, which could either be left natural or tinted to full, highly defined, and luscious red color. Women also practiced putting drops of belladonna, an herb, into their eyes. This would create the desired effect of making their eyes sparkle and make their eyes look wider. Unfortunately, it also led to poisoning and permanently harmed their vision with extended use. Long hair was seen as a symbol of wealth and high social status. Elegant and intricate braided hairstyles like the one seen here from Valentino’s catwalk, were popular at the time, and much in favor by sixteenth-century royal bride – Marie de’ Medici.

 

Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day

 

Much like today, luxury and style have often revolved around the bridal gowns worn during the Renaissance era.The brides of the Renaissance era were known for their distinctive and elaborate sense of style. In fact, European cultures were very fashion-conscious, so wedding dresses were appropriately stylized and remarkable because the purpose of clothing in Renaissance times was to make a statement or establish one’s social status.

 

Bridal Makeup & Columbus Day

 

The Art of Bridal Makeovers by Aradia – Yes… It’s about the love of fashion history and culture! But mostly it’s about today’s bridal beauty.

CREDITS

The style and cultured elegance of the Renaissance inspired the following gorgeous bridal editorials:

Isabella I of Castile

Magazine: Vogue China (January 2007)
Editorial: Renaissance
Photographer: Pierluigi Maco

Model: Vlada Roslyakova
Vogue editorial The Renaissance
Photographer: Matjaz Tancic

 

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Posted October 14th, 2019.

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Beauty Trends for Brides: 91st Annual Academy Awards Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2019

Brides looking for an amazing a pro artist to create celebrity-inspired bridal looks have been coming to Bridal Makeovers by Aradia for over 20 years. As an international makeup artist, my passion for the creative and exceptional understanding of color, light and shape, are fundamental elements which are distinct in my work. From enhancing with natural styles to expression through creative designs, my team and I continuously strive to provide fresh ideas through our bridal artistry.

 

Just like the fashion designers that are known to create custom gowns for stars walking the Oscars red carpet, BRIDAL MAKEOVERS by Aradia also creates custom-designed makeup looks and hair styles to make you feel like a star walking down the aisle.

Just like the fashion designers that are known to create custom gowns for stars walking the Oscars red carpet, BRIDAL MAKEOVERS by Aradia also creates custom-designed makeup looks and hair styles to make you feel like a star walking down the aisle.

 

It could be argued that the Oscars are all about the fashion. Hollywood beauties strutted the red carpet with flawless skin and glossy lips during this year’s Oscars, the most glamorous event of the year and the beauty industry’s biggest source of inspiration. The best part is that Bridal Makeovers can duplicate the styles of your favorite stars. From the hairstyles to the au courant makeup, we adapt and personalize these upscale looks below for our brides as we custom design them to meet their individual tastes. Continue Reading…

Posted February 26th, 2019.

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Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look

There was so much to love about the old-world charm of Vizcaya. Beautiful Bride Charisse’s eye for detail and impeccable taste was evident through out the day. The morning started in the stunning bridal suite at EAST, a Miami hotel in the Brickell City Centre in an elegant retreat fit for a queen surrounded by downtown Miami’s unique architecture and ambience.

 

Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look - Bride Charisse

 

To create my bride’s romantic Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look, I first prepared Charisse’s face by giving her a relaxing facial. Continue Reading…

Posted February 26th, 2018.

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BRIDAL MAKEUP AND YOUR BOHO DRESS

Did you know that choosing your wedding day makeup can be the hardest decision you’ll make after choosing the groom?

 

Bridal Makeup And Your BOHO Dress

 

While your dress is definitely crucial, your bridal makeup is equally important — not only will everyone will be looking at your face and its radiant glow, but photos are forever. A good rule of thumb is to start thinking about your makeup early on — perhaps right after you lock down your boho dress. That way your whole entire vibe goes together. So, if you’re going with a boho vintage-inspired lace gown like the one seen here, think ethereal style when it comes to your makeup. Continue Reading…

Posted August 28th, 2017.

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BREEZY BRIDAL MAKEUP & HAIR

Spring, in all its flowery, warm, sunny, breezy, beauty has arrived! In honor of this glorious season and your special occasion, keep your wedding makeup light and breezy.

 

Breezy Bridal Makeup & Hair - Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

 

Natural makeup for brides this Spring doesn’t have to mean beige and brown and simple doesn’t have to equal plain. Continue Reading…

Posted May 2nd, 2017.

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Floral Wreaths – A Spring Wedding Hair Trend That You Won’t Regret In 10 Years

“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life”. ~Jean Giraudoux

 

Floral Wreaths - A Spring Wedding Hair Trend That You Won't Regret In 10 Years

 

I have blogged and posted about them before, and I will keep sharing images FLORAL CROWNS for Brides. Continue Reading…

Posted April 27th, 2017.

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Bridal Hair and Makeup for The Very Fairy Bride

This blog is not about fairy tale weddings per se; instead it’s dedicated to the Fairy Bride.  Every once in a while I receive a call from a bride with a whimsical fairy-like spirit. She wants to sparkle and shimmer on her wedding day. She craves a natural makeup application, a soft messy up-do/or loose waves and dewy skin to give her that doe-eyed fairy-like air of ingenuity.

 

Bridal Hair and Makeup for The Very Fairy Bride This blog is not about fairytale weddings per se; instead it's dedicated to the Fairy Bride. Every once in a while I receive a call from a bride with a whimsical fairy-like spirit. She wants to sparkle and shimmer on her wedding day. She craves a natural makeup application, a soft messy up-do/or loose waves and dewy skin to give her that doe-eyed fairy-like air of ingenuity. Image: bridal-hair-makeup-for-very-fairy-bride-01 This blog is designed for her because Wedding Makeup should make a bride feel like the most beautiful version of herself on one of the most magical days of her life. Check out all about floral crowns and accessories that will perfectly compliment the whimsical makeup look that the fairy bride desires. May the ethereal display of artistic vision and delicate style of these looks inspire your magical day. About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia As lead makeup artist and founder of BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Lead, I love the transformative artistry of makeup. I love playing with color and technique, figuring out how best to enhance the beauty of each bride in a way that makes her feel comfortable and listened to. Love, pleasure and joy is at the core of my approach to a bride's makeup application. Trial runs are all about enhancing your face while trying something new, taking risks, seeing what works, getting excited about your bridal look, but still honoring the classic, natural look. Credits: Photo #1 Fashion photographer Natalie J. Watts

 

This blog is designed for her because Wedding Makeup should make a bride feel like the most beautiful version of herself on one of the most magical days of her life. Continue Reading…

Posted August 3rd, 2016.

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Cool, Chic Makeup Styles For Brides with Short Hair

I love short hair for brides because it’s so trendy and flirty! Brides with short hair can try the featured makeup looks to flaunt their bold look with style. But to pull off the look – and avoid looking too plain or masculine – you do need to have a makeup application that flatters. A lot of brides feel a little tomboyish with shorter hair. But wedding makeup that looks too obvious when you have less hair is a killer.

 

Short hair gives a clear view of your face especially cheeks, forehead and eyes. So, your bridal makeup should highlight your face.

Short hair gives a clear view of your face especially cheeks, forehead and eyes. So, your bridal makeup should highlight your face.

 

Getting the right look can be tricky. Continue Reading…

Posted July 29th, 2016.

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Spring 2016 Bridal Hair & Makeup Beauty Trends

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia reveals the latest bridal hair & makeup beauty trends to emerge from the runways.

 

Spring 2016 Bridal Hair & Makeup Beauty Trends

Bridal Spring 2016 enchanted us unveiling so many beautiful looks!

 

From delicate organza floral blooms to spiky, silver tiaras gracing bridal hairstyles, Spring 2016 bridal is filled with trendy details that classic, vintage, romantic, and modern brides alike, will adore. Continue Reading…

Posted April 18th, 2016.

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Dream Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

Hello my brides, I am back! Today I wanted to share some of the photos of Bridal Makeovers by Aradia’s bride – Vanessa, who was immersed by the beauty of the historic Biltmore Estate on her September 19th, 2015 wedding day. It was truly one of the most memorable weddings of the year in one of the most luxurious wedding venues in the world!

Bride Vanessa - Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

 

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Posted February 8th, 2016.

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