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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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Get Nude For Your Wedding (Your Lip Color, That Is)

The perfect nude lip shade should flatter your skin tone and light up your face, not drain it of life. Not all nudes are for every lip. Keep in mind that different skin tones require lip color palettes specifically designed for them.

 

Bare, naked, and au natural.

Bare, naked, and au natural.

 

The perfect nude lipstick can make your face look fresh and youthful, but a lot of brides get it wrong and pick something too light, too opaque, or too beige. Continue Reading…

Posted September 12th, 2016.

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The Most Natural Bridal Makeup Tips For Your Wedding Day Look Ever!

Looking For A Fresh & Natural Look For Your Wedding? Then let your natural beauty take center stage. There is a whole new world of cosmetics and tools available now that make bridal make-up look like real skin and not artificial.

 

The Most Natural Bridal Makeup Tips For Your Wedding Day Look Ever!

 

An ultra natural, fresh bridal make up look is only possible if the skin glows and all features are balanced. Continue Reading…

Posted August 9th, 2016.

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Golden Bridal Goddess Makeup & Hair

The lighting… The glow… The goddess-y sheen! Oh how we love the sun-kissed bridal look.

 

"Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”

 

Golden Bridal Goddess Makeup & Hair… It’s all about bronzed skin, highlighter, gold eyeshadow, and shimmery nude lips—it’s sensually perfect and oh so right for the Summer bride. These glowing looks serve as major bridal beauty inspiration. Continue Reading…

Posted June 13th, 2016.

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Classic Modern Wedding Day Makeup Style

As a professional makeup artist dedicated to brides, I rely on traditional, tried-and-true techniques to achieve modern, fashion-forward results, in order to create clean, iconic looks. Looking for the perfect classic yet modern look for your wedding? The following tips will help give you a gorgeous makeup application that will effortlessly blend the romantic, classic bridal style with modern sophistication.

 

Classic Modern Wedding Day Makeup Style
The most important thing about this look is the use of tones; subtle hints of color make all the difference. Continue Reading…

Posted June 25th, 2015.

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Bridal Makeup for 2015 Is Coming Up Roses

New Makeup Shades In Rose That Look Amazing on Every Skin Tone

Think rosy tones are for the shy and demure? Think again. Come and be inspired with these wedding bridal makeup ideas! This year offers the absolute symbol of femininity and seduction with all its rose-colored palettes.

 

It's all about  fresh, radiant rose colors that will last the whole day.

It’s all about fresh, radiant rose colors that will last the whole day.

 

The shade of rose is ideal for fairer tones with its opalescent sheen; Pink Champagne energizes fair to medium skin with a healthy glow; and Rosy Peaches are so reviving for medium to dark complexions. The general rule for picking the right shade of rose – whether your skin tone is fair, medium, or dark – is to stick to hues within two shades (lighter or darker) of your natural lip, cheek, and eyelid colors. Continue Reading…

Posted April 22nd, 2015.

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BEAUTY ON THE GO: Top MAKEUP Looks From Fall/Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over and while the eight-day extravaganza may seem like one giant blur, there were definitely a few stand out moments in beautiful makeup.Bridal Makeovers presents a few of our favorite creative styles and trends. It’s all about the makeup tricks from Fashion Week that you can use for your wedding.

 

Backstage at Oscar de la Renta, New York Fashion Week

Backstage at Oscar de la Renta, New York Fashion Week

 

We love magical, ethereal beauty that’s not afraid to take a chance. Continue Reading…

Posted March 10th, 2015.

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Happy 4th of July Brides! Top Tips For Freedom From Makeup Meltdowns

Happy 4th of July to My Dearest Brides! The heat can wreak havoc on your bridal makeup. So how can you stop from having a meltdown during your big day?

 

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

 

Top Tips for Freedom from Makeup Meltdowns

Keep in mind that heavy, oil-based cosmetics do not wear well in hot weather. Light, shear and waterproof makeup will stay in place longer.

So, always begin with a good skincare regimen. Giving yourself a mask once a week will promote healthy regenerating skin cells, smooth surface skin and a glow because you got rid of all the dead cells.

During the summer, your skin produces more moisture naturally. Heavy creams and thick lotions can make you feel like your skin is suffocating. An essential product for the blazing summer heat (especially recommended for those with oily skin) is an oil free mattifying moisturizer.

Always carry a spritzer to hydrate your skin during those summer months this helps your skin stay hydrated, look dewy and yes even set the makeup you have on. Misting your face with rose water also helps to set your makeup and keep it in place.

Wearing a good primer helps to create barrier between your skin and your makeup, thereby helping your makeup to stay put.

Translucent Powder helps control shine and help sets makeup making it a definite summer staple.

Consider using oil-blotting sheets as they help absorb excess moisture without smudging your makeup.

And finally, waterproof makeup, specifically eyeliner and mascara, helps prevent smudging.

Get The Look

Don’t be afraid to kick off the Fourth of July with a beauty look as bold as the fireworks in tonight’s sky. Apply a bold scarlet color on the lips, this color lipstick was designed for the Fourth of July!  The hot beauty trend this summer is to skip the black eyeliner. It’s just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great.

Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop! A navy blue works really well as a chic and modern alternative smokey eye.  The best part is that these hot hues are totally wearable, whether you’re a blonde, redhead, or brunette.

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Having a professional make-up artist on your wedding day is essential for the demands of the event.
My “camera ready” techniques will have you looking exceptionally radiant on your big day. And of course, your makeup will be water/sweat-resistant, with guaranteed lasting power well through the event.

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Posted July 4th, 2014.

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Vintage Pastels For A Romantic, Soft Hued, Delicate Bridal Makeup Look

If you think pastels are just a pale, sweet cliché, let this be a lesson. Romantic, soft hues and delicate pastels create a gorgeous bridal makeup look!

 

Vintage Pastels For A Romantic, Soft Hued, Delicate Bridal Makeup Look

How to make the trendy, yet classic, pastel beauty look wearable for your wedding.

 

Rose, blush, pink – in fact, all shades of spun-sugar and ballerina slippers, dominated the faces of the models walking the summer ’14 runways. And if you are not sure how to create this look, no worries. Staying on trend will be as easy as picking up an eye shadow palette that contains both a taupe and soft pinks to create the look.

  • To avoid tired-looking eyes, go lighter on the brown when applying on the bottom lids.
  • If you want to play around with the trend, but are looking for a more toned down romantic look, you can use pale pink to achieve a smashingly hip effect.
  • Start with a monochromatic palette. For cheeks, take inspiration from fresh blooms and pretty pastel hues of pale, blush toned roses.


What makes pastel pink lipstick not look like something you’d see in a Nicki Minaj music video?

Undertones that are less white and more purple.

  • Tone down pastel eye shadow with a heavy black lash and a nude lip.
  • Opt for pearl or crystal, shimmery shadows in delicate pastel shades for a lovely sophisticated finish to your bridal eyes.
  • Complete your soft romantic makeup look with a stylish tousled ‘do.


About Aradia

Trained in fashion and photographic work bridal and magazines, I believe that makeup is a bride’s secret weapon because of its ability to make you feel amazing on one of the most amazing days of your life! Even after more than 20 years as a makeup artist working in the bridal, fashion and beauty industry, I am constantly excited by the incredible transformative power of makeup.

Working with a selection of top makeup brands and offering fantastic bridal packages, our aim is to help you look the “Most amazing you have ever looked in your life” on your special day, in your own comfortable environment.

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia – Serving South Florida brides for more then two decades.

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Posted July 2nd, 2014.

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Applying Bridal Makeup On Winter-Exposed Skin

What’s a bride to do? It’s winter, and with the cold and wind and snow comes ashy, pale, dry, scaly winter skin. If you moisturize too much, you risk acne and product build-up. If you don’t moisturize enough, you have dry, itchy skin by the end of the day.

 

Brides Need To Be More Protective Of Their Skin!

Brides Need To Be More Protective Of Their Skin!

 

No worries, try these tips:

Since Winter’s temperatures creates a blustery affect on bridal skin, my top picks are all skin care based. A richer moisturizer is mandatory both day and night to replenish and rehydrate. Continue Reading…

Posted January 21st, 2014.

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