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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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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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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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Bridal Beauty: Chic Red Lipstick – Memorial Day 2013

The Bride Wore Red…

This Memorial Day Blog honors the patriotic men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for their country.


War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40's Glamour, and Red Lips

War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40’s Glamour, and Red Lips


When I am inspired to create a 40s Hollywood – Veronica Lake, Lana Turner and other silver screen sirens of that era come to mind The focus is on a gorgeous, strong red lip, but a red that a bride can actually wear is essential. Bridal Makeovers is all about  beautiful, sexy and feminine brides and nothing portrays a woman’s beauty like the ability to wear a truly stunning and universally flattering red on her wedding day.

BRIDAL MAKEOVERS has the deepest respect for those that have served and those that currently serve in our military, which is why we want to celebrate you and your loved ones with this Memorial Day. We hope that you can all spend it with your families and friends. To those of you who cannot, especially those of you who are serving right now, we remember your sacrifice and humbled by it. To commemorate the holiday show off your beautiful smile by wearing red lipstick.  I have a fun little wedding inspiration roundup for brides who want bright and bold for their lips on the big day! Red is a very strong color. It represents the blood shed in this country to obtain freedom but, it’s also a classic vintage lip color suitable for your vintage wedding especially if if you are going after a 40’s bombshell style for your bridal makeup look.


Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

1940's Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.

1940’s Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.


During World War II wearing red lipstick became a militaristic strategy and tactic. Continue Reading…

Posted May 27th, 2013.

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Bridal Beauty Essentials – Part 1: How To Get That Photo-Ready Bridal Look

Hi All…What an amazing year it has been so far; full of fashion shoots, gorgeous dresses, stunning models, exotic locations and bridal trials, not to mention, weddings. Lots and lots of happy brides have had their makeup and hair done by our incredibly talented team and myself this season.  So, if you are wondering why I haven’t posted a blog lately, it’s simply because of this whirlwind adventure of makeup artistry, color and style I have been on, wooh! But, I am happy to say that I am back and fully focused on writing about some of my favorite subjects – Bridal Fashion, Style and Beauty.


How To Get That Photo-Ready Bridal Look - Makeup Lessons On Skype

Makeup Lessons On Skype


Alongside my bridal, editorial, fashion and beauty work, I also offer personalized makeup lessons on a one-to-one basis. This week I am preparing for makeup lessons via SKYPE. You can now have an Art of Beauty signature makeup lesson by Aradia  no matter where you live. I can teach you all tricks of the trade and create your complete beauty routine that’s right for you. The lessons will be catered to meet the client’s individual requirements. The lessons can be focused on one area you feel you would like to learn more about or on several areas you feel you would like to improve on. Join me on Skype for a private makeup lesson in the privacy of your home or office. I am limiting this special offer to 3 makeup lessons per week so contact me soon to book your lesson. One and two hour slots are available. Call me 305-851-2515 or send me a message for more details.

Brides,  if you are avoiding that frosted/metallic/iridescent look and want to add depth, dimension and a flattering cast to your eyes, you’ll need a collection of shadows that are truly matte. I love a neutral palette with shades ranging from light to dark. For a photo-ready look, every bride needs an essential palette of a selection of subtle and smoky shades browns.

Start by blending an ivory shade on the brow bone. Follow with a light taupe or caramel; remember to blend it well on the lid. A muted golden brown is a typical crease color for neutral looks. A deeper brown in the crease to make it look more defined and dramatic. A chocolate brown color is a must, the trick to this shadow is layering the amount you put on your lid. A light layer can give you a subtle daytime look. If you pack on the color, you will get a sultry smoky eye . You can come up with lots of great natural or dramatic combos with these colors! A dark brown-blackish matte eyeshadow is great for smudging along the lash-line to make your lashes look thicker. It turns any daytime look into a night look, and if you blend it in with a matte jet black it adds dimension to eyes. A sultry chocolate palette of dramatic shades, perfect for creating any smoky eye look. Look for shades with velvety/suede finish with amazing color pay-off.


A very pigmented matte dark brown eyeshadow and a creamy bisque shade should be a staple in everyone's collection.

A very pigmented matte dark brown eyeshadow and a creamy bisque shade should be a staple in everyone’s collection (in my opinion).


Random Musings & Bridal Beauty Tips from Professional Makeup Artist – Aradia

“I absolutely love what I do and translate this into my work each and every day.  I feel honored to be selected by so many amazing brides to be a part of the most special day in  their lives. I created this blog as a journal of my experiences as a bridal makeup artist.  I feel this is a great way for my brides to get a better feel as to what I can do, as well as the type of artist I am.”


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Posted May 1st, 2013.

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY – Bridal Beauty Trend Alert

Fashion Makeup & Hair Inspiration From New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Looking for some enchanting new season hair and makeup looks for your bridal inspiration? To help you enhance, define and slightly alter your features according to the latest trends, we’ve put together a selection of the makeup trends for fall 2013 from New York Fashion Week. Amidst a sea of wonderful, exciting new designs at New York Fashion Week, hair and makeup have been an essential ingredient for creating show stopping looks on the runways. We’ve spotted trends that have emerged and will be sure to lead the bridal looks this season.


Bardot-esque cat-eye look was all the fall rage at Anna Sui 2013 runway

Bardot-esque cat-eye look was all the fall rage at Anna Sui 2013 runway.


At Bridal Makeovers we’ve been busy checking out the hottest makeup designs and hairstyles for fall 2013 at New York Fashion Week and we have yet to be disappointed.  We’re smitten with some of these ethereal and romantic looks and blown away by the opulent details …Here’s a glimpse at the candid images of the runways and our predictions of what’s to come for weddings! We just love how these trends bring a fresh dimension to bridal beauty to inspire your own personal runway look. Don’t you?


Fuller, defined brows are popular this fall and are a classic look for bridal

Fuller, defined brows are popular this fall and are a classic look for bridal.


Thick eyebrows are making a big bold come-back this season and were seen across a wide variety of runways. Eyebrows really frame and define the face and pull the whole look together. Following the natural shape of your brow is generally the rule of thumb. Designer Faces – NARS: Marc Jacobs Spring 2013


Statement-making eye brows by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westmanseen at the Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

Statement-making eye brows by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westmanseen at the Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.


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Posted February 25th, 2013.

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Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Another Awards show has come and gone, and The Grammy’s did not disappoint! Though music’s biggest night usually brings out celebrities’ most wild styles, the 2013 Grammys produced more traditional fashion moments. I found myself loving so many hair and makeup red carpet looks.  Here are the favorites of the night that are perfect for bridal. . . Whether or not they walked home with a statue, they’re winners in our book for highlighting their best features and inspiring our brides with these gorgeous makeup looks and hairstyles.


Beyoncé - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Beyoncé – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair


Beyoncé rocked one of this spring’s most chic and simple hair trends: showing off a picture-perfect ponytail on stage at the Grammys. Minimal make-up of bright red lipstick, flirty liner let her natural beauty shine through… All very sleek, sophisticated and influential to brides seeking a more polished feel for their wedding day look.


Katy Perry - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Katy Perry – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair


Katy Perry offered one of the best beauty looks of the night!  She was truly a showstopper with her voluminous, bouffant blown-out hair, strong eyebrows, look-at-me lashes and nude lips. Very inspiring for brides searching for a vintage,  bridal bombshell look!


Taylor Swift - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Taylor Swift – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair


Taylor Swift showed just how thrilled she was to take home another Gramophone trophy on Sunday as she graced the stage in her ethereal braided bun. Love the soft wisps framing her face, so feminine and romantic. Add the high-shine bronzed cheeks and a perfect pink pout,  and brides too can look ethereal and goddess-like with this braided style. Continue Reading…

Posted February 18th, 2013.

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Bridal Makeovers Holiday Beauty – Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful

Happy Holidays! Welcome to my creative outlet for sharing makeup looks, hairstyles, reviews, tips  and all things relating to bridal beauty.


Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!

Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!


These are exciting times as we enter into the energy of positive change. It is time to move forward into the Now! Blessings and thank you for your amazing support.


Bridal Gift IdeasBest Bridal Holiday Makeup Sets

Check out my top picks for fabulous gift sets with high quality formulations designed to enhance your natural radiance with limited-edition lipsticks, nail polishes and palettes – Create makeup looks that dazzle and impress! Christmas and Chanukah time is an exciting time in the beauty world. My favorite beauty brands have gone to great lengths to ensure there’s plenty to covet this Holiday season. Gift sets this year are deliberately including a more-sophisticated crowd (perfect for brides). It is also nice that many collections feature palettes and/or minis, which allow you to try a few products without committing to a full size version. In an industry that doesn’t typically discount, the holiday season represents a time to offer “value” by bundling products. These collections are designed to satisfy cravings for color and countless looks. Enjoy!


4 Favorite Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas


Makeup Forever's All Eyes On You Set

Makeup Forever’s All Eyes On You Set

Too Faced - Sweet Indulgence Palette

Too Faced – Sweet Indulgence Palette

Urban Decay  The Vice Palette

Urban Decay The Vice Palette

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set


DIY Holiday Party Look Tips

The holiday season calls for a special look. Here’s some ideas that will make every night of this season that much more special. One of the hottest trends for the holidays is adding color to your eyes.  If you are not so daring, choose something that still fits your personal style but also adds a pop of color.  A perfect makeup example of a not-so-daring but still-adds-color style is simply to add a bright color eyeliner. Continue Reading…

Posted December 17th, 2012.

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Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is the epitome of glamour. The screen siren, who taught all of my brides-to-be that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, is getting my creative ideas flowing.


Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe


Today, a half-century later,  this 1950s bombshell is a source of inspiration for a new generation of brides.


Bridal Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe in Tulle Tutu Dress

Bridal Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe in Tulle Tutu Dress


2012 is the 50th anniversary of the late great blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe’s passing. I’ve been doing professional makeup for over 20 years and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to do the  “Marilyn Monroe look”  since she  represents glamour, style, and elegance – qualities that most brides look to embody on their wedding day.

This blog is dedicated to the beautiful, wonderful, and talented Marilyn Monroe. This is the first in my Hollywood Icon series and it was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. After 50 years her legacy seems to be bigger than ever, and her memory will never die. She has left a huge impact on this world. From smoldering to demure, Marilyn Monroe channeled every facet of femininity, often using makeup to express herself.


Tender Photo Of Marilyn Monroe Looking Like A Glowing Bride

Tender Photo Of Marilyn Monroe Looking Like A Glowing Bride


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Posted November 12th, 2012.

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Brides Want Silky, Soft, Beautiful Lips

My number one request from most brides is that you all want smooth, beautiful, sexy, kissable lips! If you are going for a baby soft, baby pink or nude lip look color for your big day, it is essential that you exfoliate your lips beforehand. Exfoliating dull, dry, flaky skin will help keep your lips in impeccable kissing condition for a super soft, super smooth result.


Silky Soft Beautiful Lips - Candice Swanepoel

Smooth lips photograph better and lipstick stays on better.

How to Get the Softest, Smoothest, Most Kissable Lips Ever?

Silky Soft Beautiful Lips - Exfoliate With Sugar

Exfoliate With Sugar, So Sweet!


Here is a great  technique I use on models to get their lips super smooth and photo ready. I exfoliate their lips with an incredible homemade sugar scrub. And here is what you’ll need to prepare the lip exfoliation recipe: ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup honey,  6 to 8 Vitamin E capsules, 1 tbsp. pineapple juice concentrate


Silky Soft Beautiful Lips - Sugar

Sugar acts as the abrasive and it dissolves so, no worries about “grit” getting in your mouth.


Begin preparing the lip exfoliation recipe by measuring ¼ cup of white granulated sugar into a small mixing bowl. The primary purpose of sugar in this recipe is to provide naturally strong exfoliation to your lips, helping you remove unsightly dead skin cells without causing irritation to your lips. Sugar is also a source of glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxyl acid that penetrates deeply into skin below dead skin cells and destroys them. In addition to exfoliation glycolic acid helps attract moisture to the skin, which is crucial for lips since they lack oil glands. Continue Reading…

Posted September 9th, 2012.

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