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BRIDAL BEAUTY ON THE GO: Secret To Natural, Long Lasting Bridal Makeup

Sshh… Do you want to know about the best kept secret to for natural, long lasting bridal makeup?


Secret To Natural, Long Lasting Bridal Makeup
For smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or night) without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines you’ll need to a good quality setting spray. Seal the deal by spritzing your application with it in order to that fresh, just-applied look for up to 12-16 hours.  A setting spray has become the holy grail for wedding day makeup.


About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Highly skilled and experienced, Aradia creates stylish and unique looks to suit your personality or your special event. Aradia has a huge love for weddings, and provides a very professional, personalized and dependable service to take away the stress from preparing for your special day.

Always natural. Simply flawless.


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Posted February 26th, 2015.

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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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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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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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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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Girls Night Out/In Makeup Lesson in Miami Beach

I just held a private makeup class for group of over 40 ladies and we had a blast! It just goes to prove that you don’t have to be 25 to hit the scene or to have a good ol’ time on a night out in South Beach. This  group of girlfriends that recently got together to rendezvous over wine, parenthood sagas, and a lot of laughter learned so many ways to freshen up their looks that the Girls Night In Soiree turned into an exciting Girls Night Out! Obviously the sensation of feeling glamorous is more than skin deep, however  these women learned a few makeup tricks to make them feel feminine, sexy and hot. And Bam! What a magnificent positive impact it created for their evening!

Every woman deserves this, for their face, mind and soul!

Art Of Beauty / Girls Night Out Makeup Class

Art Of Beauty Makeup Class

Makeup is truly transcendent. With it, our possibilities are infinite. A mere sweep of a brush or pat with a sponge can cover our flaws, accentuate our best features and add a little whimsy to any occasion. And, perhaps best of all (especially when you reach a certain age) properly — and strategically –placed shades and formulations can impart the illusion of youth. It’s true. If applied correctly, makeup can make you look younger and more vibrant. Not only will makeup help you look great at any event, it also will improve the way you feel. With some preparation and a bit of makeup know-how, you can look significantly younger than the age on your driver’s license.

Girls Night Out

The Art of Beauty by Aradia offers exciting make up packages just for a girls night out.

With 20 years fashion experience, working in South Beach, Milan and New York City. Aradia will instruct you on how to create the look you always wanted whether it’s a Smokey eye, sparkling eye’s or make up for that special event.

As well as a personalized one to one service, Aradia also provides on location service to groups. From a small group of friends looking to enjoy an evening out in the city, right the way through to supporting corporate events, The Art of Beauty by Aradia can offer a service that suits you.The application of make-up is a skill that women are expected to possess, and yet the way we usually learn is from watching our mothers and trying to copy looks from glossy magazines.

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Posted April 15th, 2011.

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