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Brides, Please Take Care Of Your Skin. It Is The Canvas I Will Paint On!

I am often asked “What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to a bride?”

 

Enjoy your beautiful fresh face and relax knowing you will look perfect on your big day!

Enjoy your beautiful fresh face & relax knowing you will look perfect on your big day!

 

Within each bride there exists the potential for perfect balance, a state of well-being that radiates from inside out. A bride’s skin needs pampering. I am a firm believer of “loving your skin and it will love you back”. Continue Reading…

Posted February 6th, 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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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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Summer Brides – Limit Sun Exposure For Beautiful Skin

Happy Summer! This week’s blog is all about solar beauty. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow. All it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Bridal beauty begins with the skin. The better the condition of your skin, the better the makeup will look and the less you will need.

 

Don't try to hide the burn behind a thick layer of makeup! Makeup isn't going to cover up a sunburn.

Don’t try to hide the burn behind a thick layer of makeup! Makeup isn’t going to cover up a sunburn.

 

A lot of brides like to be tan for the Big Day. And it makes sense! The dress, in most cases, is white, and white pops more on dark things. However, some daytime wedding venues can be tough on your skin and makeup, notably, those venues where vows are exchanged outdoors. While a daytime wedding could mean altering your standard beauty regimen just a bit, it’s nothing the informed and well-prepared bride can’t handle.

 

Color theory. It’s logical, a white gown looks great against bronzed skin.

Color theory. It’s logical, a white gown looks great against bronzed skin.

If you must be tan for your big day, consider alternatives that won’t harm your skin.

If you must be tan for your big day, consider alternatives that won’t harm your skin.

 

Skin care comes down to practicing good habits. In the spirit of getting your skin to look its optimal for your big day here are five tips that can help guard against skin burn, chapped skin, dryness, and more. Continue Reading…

Posted July 8th, 2013.

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HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT BRIDAL TAN

Dark tans may be out of style, but lots of brides still want to give their skin a little extra oomph by getting a spray tan. When planning makeup and hair for your big day, the tan is also now a major factor in getting the look perfect.

 

How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan

How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan

 

For many years a fake tan was deemed a no go for brides. They didn’t want to look back at the wedding photos and see an obvious deep spray tanned look. Nowadays there are finishes on the skin that complement all complexions and occasions. Tanning has evolved over recent years and this season, it’s a must have. Here’s what to keep in mind to make sure yours looks nice and even and not at all orange. Here’s how to walk down the aisle with a (believable) head-to-toe color:

1. If you’re going to get a fake tan before the big day, spray-tan at least two days prior to your wedding. It’ll darken on the second day, and by the third day, it’ll have settled and be perfect. I promise, you will sweat on your wedding day … so your best bet is 2 days before your wedding you should have had a spray tan. 1 day before you should have showered the excess color off. The night before the wedding or day of you should take another quick rinse shower and you will be the PERFECT color!

2. A gentle layer of self tanning gel/mousse/lotion followed by an illuminator will ensure you have a natural glow with a light radiance. When it comes to tanning the body, many brides feel more confident by gently building up the color with a gradual tanner. With these products you can layer up until you have the color you most desire.

3. Exfoliate at least two times per week starting several months before your wedding day using an oil-based exfoliant. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that may prevent your wedding day tan from looking even and fresh.

4. When your skin is healthy and hydrated it holds a fake tan longer and better, so moisturize every day after your shower. Just avoid lotions that contain alcohol or anti-aging ingredients, as they tend to dry out the skin. But on the day of your spray tan, make sure you do not apply any lotion beforehand (or makeup or deodorant, which can also contain oils that keep the tan from soaking in). Your skin should be clean, dry and free of any products.

5. Always do waxing before your spray tanning appointment. Doing this afterward can make the tan come off in those areas. Prepping is crucial for the ultimate tanning finish. Waxing or shaving should be completed 24 hours before to enable the pores to close. A must do tip is to free the skin of any older self tan and the remnants of any oil based products. A hot soak and exfoliation is ideal, then avoid any body moisturizer to keep the skin like a clear canvas, so that the tan can cling evenly. Always clean your teeth before self tanning to avoid water or toothpaste reacting with tan at the side of the mouth. Remember you don’t want your tan wet for at least eight hours

6. Book a trial appointment, maybe on the day of your engagement or bachelorette party. There are many different types of spray tanning solutions and techniques so it’s best to find the one that’s right for your skin. Start with a solution that is light and has a low percentage of the tanning agent DHA. Once the color guide is washed off, gauge the tan in natural light. Then inspect the finish on the skin every day.

7. Think about a self tan as ‘enhancing’ the skin rather than being darker.Contouring your tan on the body is a must if you’ll be showing arms and shoulders in a strapless gown. An extra layer of product on top of your existing color should be applied sparingly from the top of the shoulder and dragged under the arms.

8. My top tip for gradual tanning is to work in sections of the body at a time, and take your time in front of the bathroom mirror. A good tip is to drag over the heels and feet with large bronzing make up brush. This avoids the color clinging to deep to these problematic areas. My advice? For a truly flawless faux bronze, it’s best to call in the professionals. Splurge on a tan administered by an experienced technician, not a session in an automatic spray-tan booth, where your results may be less even and realistic. This is not a day you should mess with if you want the most foolproof results. You cannot gamble on having streaks, orange color or a sweaty melt down at any cost!

9. If you plan to take a beach trip or lay outside to tan instead, be conscious of tan lines. A good makeup artist can minimize them but the makeup may come off on the dress. And yes, the photos can be retouched in Photoshop but you can’t Photoshop you walking down the aisle … in your gorgeous dress, beautiful hair, flawless makeup and tan lines (which will spoil the whole effect).

10. Finally the color of the face, neck and ALL visible skin should match. If you meet with a makeup artist for a consultation in advance but you’re going to be a different color the next time they see you, let them know.

As with all things related to the ” big day” a bit of advance planning will go a long way to a happy ending. XOX, Aradia – Pro Bridal Makeup Artist

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Posted June 21st, 2013.

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Brides that Shine – NOT!

Makeup Mattifying Products to Help Control Your Bridal Summer Shine

It may not be official but, the hot, humid South Florida Summer months are here. And that can be brutal on a bride’s skin during her big day. So how do you mattify and control shine during your lovely hot weather wedding?

 

There’s a fine line between glowing, dewy skin and an oily, shiny face.

There’s a fine line between glowing, dewy skin and an oily, shiny face.

 

Quite often excess oil and shine can be a problem because the skin is over stimulated due to weather conditions,  sun exposure and humidity. Lucky for you there are several products on the market that will help control shine and excess oil production. They are broken down into four categories of products:

  • serums (primers and gels)
  • powders
  • sprays
  • blotting tissues

Each category works differently but they all work towards the same desired effect of eliminating shine.

Serums are light weight products with a gel like consistency. They are applied to the skin before the makeup is applied. They are great for the skin because they work as a primer as well as an oil absorbing product. This type of product will help the makeup glide on better and stay on longer and the oil absorbing properties will control the shine. Some important ingredients to look for when looking at gels are silicones and Acrysorb (brand of Acrylates Copolymer) –  micro-particles that work to permanently trap up to 6X their own volume in oil.  It is only necessary to apply this type of product once a day but can be used over makeup for a touch up in the T-zone area. Be careful to apply this product over makeup, especially foundation because it can change the appearance of the makeup. Some brands to look for when searching for a primer/gel are Smashbox anti-shine, Peter Thomas Roth anti-shine and OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.

The most popular solution to oil control with cosmetic products is the use of a powder. This will absolutely absorb oil and one of its main functions is to give the skin a matte or dull like finish. However, the issue most clients have when using a powder is that the desired effect does not last long enough and the more powder that is applied to the skin the more heavy or caked on the powder begins to look.

Some brands recognized the need for a colorless lightweight powder that can be applied several times a day and keeps the skin looking natural. These products include ingredients such as Kaolin clay, Amazonian clay, or oil absorbing rice powder. They come in loose or pressed formulas and leave the skin looking soft and smooth. Highly recommended brands include Urban Decay De-Slick, Tart T-Zone and Arbonne’s FC5 oil absorbing powder.

Mattifying sprays are great for touch ups before an important event or a long evening of long lasting makeup wear. These are an extreme lightweight mist that has oil absorbing properties such as rice powder and temperature control to prevent against your skin becoming over stimulated by any situation. This type of product is best used before you leave, but does not travel well. The light reflecting properties that this product has also helps the skin to appear younger and softer. The No More Shine Makeup Finish from Skindanavia ($29) controls oil and holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours. Also the Keep Your Cool. Skindinavia Makeup Finish Spray  releases cryogenic technology to lower makeup’s temperature by a chill 20 F, thus keeping everything—foundation, eye shadow— in it place. It’s a favorite for my Summer brides.

The last option that many people lean towards is the use of blotting papers. Although they are great for absorbing excess oil, they can also and often times take away makeup product when used. They are only good for T-zone or chin areas and should be of good quality. Some less expensive brands contain mineral powder or oil; this actually can clog pores and make the skin worse in the long term. Better quality brands will have linen or rice paper and should contain flax seed which absorb the oil. For a calming effect, look for the ingredient bamboo. Shiseido PURENESS Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($18): For most brides, these are the reliable standard. They have the lightest covering of translucent powder on them, which ensures a matte finish post-blot. Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($12): From a purely shallow perspective, these come in second. They’re effective in de-oiling. But the gold-flecked, black-and-tan sheets are so perfect that you could gladly share with your groom.

I love instructing as much as I love makeup, so writing this little blog and sharing tips with my brides is a great joy for me. I could go on and on but having faces as canvases for me is what keeps me so in love with what I do! And why I’m obsessed with bringing out each bride’s unique features with a light hand and not creating a mask with a heavy hand. When thinking of new entries for my blog I try to think of fun and new techniques that simplify everything and make it less scary. Or for those of you that are very comfortable with makeup, I try to create pretty looks that will inspire you and offer the products and tips on how to achieve them. And I love reading your comments and feedback! It’s truly been an amazing journey so far!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Sincerely,
Aradia

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Posted June 3rd, 2013.

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Bridal Beauty Is All About Gorgeous Glowing Skin

Dear Brides… It’s Time To Get Glowing!

 

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

 

Becoming a makeup connoisseur comes with acquired knowledge and patience! I try (and love) plenty of beauty products but only a select few earn a permanent spot in my already crowded makeup kit. I cannot tell you how many cosmetics I went through until I found my favorites, and I am still trying to find some perfect products. However, in my work as a bridal makeup artist, I have found some gems that every bride probably didn’t think they needed in their makeup collection, but trust me you do.

I find that a more radiant and even skin tone is immediately attainable through a unique combination of products. It’s all about revealing a luminous complexion and youthful glow. Bridal makeup tip #1: Choose timeless over trendy when it comes to your wedding day look. Ever wondered how celebrities always seem to have such wonderful glowing skin? Well, you can enjoy that glow as well for upcoming big day. Here is my breakdown of the beauty tips and tricks to getting this “lit-from-within” glow for your wedding without having that greasy, shiny or sweaty look.

 

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

 

Being a total highlighter-fanatic, I’m very familiar with how a topnotch luminizer can simultaneously spotlight our best features and downplay beauty blemishes. So, the first thing you need to do for your skin is brighten up. But, remember to avoid using too much shimmer as it can make your skin appear too shiny in your wedding photos. Instead, use it to highlight certain areas like the cheekbones or brow bones. I always tell my brides to remember when they look back on their wedding photos five, 10 or 20 years from now that they want to still love how they looked on their wedding day and not look at the photos and say ‘What was I thinking?

To create a dewy glow you need to lighten your look while maintaining full coverage, add a highlighting liquid to your foundation to create a flawless base that is still very sheer and youthful. There are many products geared towards adding the highlighting dimension to your face such as loose powders, shimmers, sticks, etc. Add them anywhere you want a pop in the face.

The pièce de résistance in my makeup kit is NARS’ Brightening Serum – A beautiful product that provides an opalescent, soft glow and balances the skin tone. I apply it over the foundation to make it more uniform and light. It can be mixed with foundation or just used as a highlighter. Not as much shimmer as an illuminator, but a more subtle effect rather than in a makeup product. Adding a bit of luminizer to your daily moisturizer will also offer you a glowy effect. For a naturally opulent glow, layer a tinted moisturizer over the top. Also opt for luminous foundations that have a pearlescent formula. These types of foundation will have properties that will help brighten the complexion with very little effort. One of my favorites are Dior’s Hydra Life Pro Youth Skin Tint and Dior Nude Fluid Foundation.

 

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

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Posted November 28th, 2012.

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Radiant Bride – Give Your Skin a Foundation for Bridal Beauty

On your wedding day, radiant skin translates into wedding-day photos that reflect a bride’s glow inside.  Although I believe inner beauty is the most important quality a bride can have, I see enhancing outer beauty as an outlet for creativity and boosting confidence.

 

Give Your Skin a Foundation for Bridal Beauty

Give Your Skin a Foundation for Bridal Beauty

 

Natural beauty remains the most timeless and sought after look of all. Brides often tell me how they want their wedding makeup to enhance their own beauty, without looking overdone. The fact is that stunning transformations are made possible by healthy and nourishing skin care products that prime the skin. Incorporating a skin care regimen as part of your daily routine is critical to achieving your aesthetic ideal for a flawless canvas for your bridal makeup look.

 

Skincare Musts

It all begins with moisture balance and regaining the skin’s natural hydration.

 

It all begins with moisture balance and regaining the skin's natural hydration

Start with Moisture Balance & Regaining of Skin’s Natural Hydration

 

Hydration and Exfoliation

I highly recommend cleaning your face twice a day with a cleanser or cream matched to your skin type. Pat your face dry and then follow up with a toner and a moisturizer. Layers of makeup applied to dry skin can add years to your appearance and create a cakey look. Improving the skin’s moisture level is a daily ritual, but regular weekly exfoliation will contribute to flawless bridal makeup application. Similar to when one has dehydrated skin and slowed cell turnover, applying makeup over the resulting layer of dead skin cells can cause creases to look more pronounced. Properly executed mechanical and chemical exfoliation can be effective and non-irritating. Improving cell turnover will brighten and even out complexions, enhance hydration and smooth skin so that a luminous finish can be achieved from foundation application.

 

Complexion - free of flakes, shine and the threat of fine lines.

Complexion – free of flakes, shine and the threat of fine lines.

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Posted November 19th, 2012.

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POWDER POWER for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

Myth: Brides don’t sweat, they glisten and glow.
Reality: Unwanted shiny spots on your bridal face can ruin your portrait.

 

Face Powder Power for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

Face Powder Power for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

 

A beautiful portrait shot captures the essence of who the bride is. Sometimes however, the lights being used on brides are too harsh, or the bride’s face is not powdered enough so shiny spots on the face seep in. Shiny spots on your face are unsightly, but despite all I do in prepping you, sometimes they are hard to prevent on brides that have oily skin. However they are avoidable.

Whether you are saying “I do” or wrapping up your last dance, you don’t want to be thinking about how the professional makeup application (that was applied hours ago) is holding up on your big day. But how do you touch-up your bridal look in order for it maintain beautiful from the beginning to end of your wedding? Here are my bride-tested techniques for a flawless face.

 

Skin Powder Power for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

Face Powder Power for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

 

Brides sometimes make the mistake of toning down shine with powder puff and face powder, which can be problematic. Before you pull out your compact you’ll want to use blotting papers first. If you are getting married in South Florida you will probably end up at some point a little hot, sweaty and shiny, you don’t want to add powder onto oil and perspiration – you’ll get a floury, chalky mess! Instead, blot forehead, nose, upper chin and the area above the eyebrows with blotting papers to absorb oils without disturbing makeup. Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers are great at soaking up excess oil.

 

Skin Powder Power for Beautiful Bridal Portraits

High Definition Loose Powder with a Light Brush

 

Once you blot, then what?

Powder sets make-up, reduces shine and evens the skin tone – in other words it’s an essential make-up basic for your photo-ready touch-ups for your big day! But finding the right color and texture for oily skin can be tricky. I’ve experimented with a lot of them and here are my favorites. Continue Reading…

Posted October 29th, 2012.

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Bridal Health Tips – Reduce Stress, Detox, Promote Beautiful Skin

Nutrition – Key To Reduce Stress, Detox, Promote Beautiful Skin, Increase Energy & Sense of Well-being

 

Bridal Health Tips - Reduce Stress, Detox, Promote Beautiful Skin

Bridal Health Tips – Reduce Stress, Detox, Promote Beautiful Skin

 

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is stressful. There are so many details, deadlines, and (whether you want them or not) opinions involved. That is especially true when it comes down to your bridal look. Sadly, your skin usually pays the price for all this added stress. So brides, if you’re looking for beautiful skin, the first place to start is to help yourself with your nutrition, specifically with the food supplements you take. Make sure they are of the highest qualitythat you can afford and treat them as part of your beauty regime.

 

Nutritionally support your skin, hair and nails

Nutritionally support your skin, hair, nails

 

Holistic experts agree that vitamins, minerals and super-star supplements can improve your skin (and mind). It’s all about natural ways to boost energy, bring a glow to the skin and fine-tune the system. They strengthen the skin’s natural support structure and therefore help to prevent premature aging and environmental skin damage, leaving skin looking and feeling strong and healthy. They also help to detoxify the skin by keeping it supple and soft. A targeted food supplement will nutritionally support your skin, you hair and nail condition as well.

 

Consider taking a good multi-vitamin for a nutritional boost.

Consider taking a good multi-vitamin for a nutritional boost.

 

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Posted October 15th, 2012.

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