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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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Naturally Beautiful Bridal Hair & Makeup – Art of Bridal Beauty

The wedding industry seems to be obsessed with physical beauty in its constant endeavor to convince brides of looking perfect. The Art of Bridal Beauty, instead sheds light on beauty – which is real and authentic with its unique imperfections.

 

Naturally Beautiful Bridal Hair & Makeup

 

Miles away from the preconceptions of beauty, we show our brides a new perspectives by celebrating her natural beauty. The Art of Bridal Beauty gives brides the freedom to explore the kind of beauty that is expressed by the love they feel in their hearts for their future spouse. Since I’m a strong advocate of inner beauty and bringing out a bride’s best features to make her feel stunning from the inside out I’m sharing some tips for creating a natural look. Continue Reading…

Posted August 22nd, 2017.

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How To Make Your Bridal Makeup Last – 5 Crucial Steps

Finding wedding day cosmetics that truly match your skin, without clogging pores or causing irritation, seems to be the universal bridal dilemma. There’s no denying the impact that a consistent skin-care routine can have on your bridal look. But, when your big day arrives and you find yourself with problem skin that needs to be disguised, you’ll need the instant skin perfecting qualities of what a good professional bridal makeup application offers.

 

How To Make Your Bridal Makeup Last - 5 Crucial Steps

 

When it comes to HD photography close-ups, your normal makeup just isn’t good enough anymore. Brides now need HD make-up to ensure gorgeous skin. So, if you want your bridal complexion to have a flawless coverage, be soft to the touch and completely even, then it’s time to say yes to luminous bridal makeup with these few essential makeup steps and product recommendations: Continue Reading…

Posted July 31st, 2017.

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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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Spring 2016 Bridal Beauty Makeup Trend: Glowing Skin

For best bridal makeup results, your complexion should be like the petal of a flower.The biggest bridal beauty makeup trend this Spring is all about luminous, polished skin.

 

Beauty in Bloom

Beauty in Bloom

 

Flowers have been used as a potent beauty ingredients since ancient times. Continue Reading…

Posted April 27th, 2016.

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The Most Requested Bridal Makeup Look Now

Nothing is more luminous than a bride on her wedding day. The excitement of a wedding and marrying the man of your dreams is enough to make any woman shine from the inside out. The Glam Bridal Makeup Look is one of the biggest trends in bridal beauty this year. So go ahead, fill a room with crystal chandeliers, drape yourself in diamonds and get all glammed up with dramatic eye makeup and a luscious lip.

 

Glam - The Most Requested Bridal Makeup Look Now

 

However, finding your ideal glamorous and dramatic makeup look is intimidating, I get it. How do you know which of the more intense shades of makeup will flatter your skin tone and style and which ones will make you look like a clown? Continue Reading…

Posted September 17th, 2015.

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BRIDAL SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS

Happy Summer 2015 Brides! Oh, summer… Just thinking about the stretch of endless sunny days and our beautiful South Florida beaches gives me a childlike rush of excitement and just makes me want to create a shimmery glow with a healthy flush for all of my brides!

 

Getting your skin prepared for the big day begins today.

Getting your skin prepared for the big day begins today.

 

Want to look glowy and gorgeous for your upcoming wedding photos? If you’re a bride-to-be this year, I invite you to be inspired. Continue Reading…

Posted July 20th, 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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Bridal Skin Breakout Prevention Basics

Flawless makeup starts with healthy skin. As a professional makeup artist and skin care expert, one of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I care for my skin to prevent skin breakouts before my wedding?

 

Bridal Skin Breakout Prevention Basics

Bridal Skin Breakout Prevention Basics

 

There are many types of easy treatments that can help in maintaining a clear complexion for the big day. Unfortunately many brides use over-the-counter acne products that are formulated to dry up oil and excessive breakouts for teenagers, but for an adult who may only be getting one or two breakouts at a time, these products will leave their entire face skin dried out and irritated (horrible for your makeup application!). Many of these products contain harsh chemicals that may exasperate your skin problems!  Natural products contain substances with antibacterial properties that can help you heal your skin in healing. Today’s blog will highlight some of these methods.
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Tip #1: Resist temptation! Avoid picking at your pimples to prevent infection and scarring. The uneven discolorations are often the result of picking at acne.
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Tip #2: Use a gentle product with salicylic acid underneath moisturizer a few nights per week. The benefit of using salicylic acid is that it gets into the pore lining and helps to destroy acne-causing bacteria to prevent breakouts, yet it’s also effective for fading down discoloration (brown spots) from hormones, sun and age and well as exfoliating the skin to keep it looking smooth.
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Tip #3: Dab on lemon juice. This treatment works for several great reasons; lemon juice is a natural astringent, so it will work to close up your pores. Its high acidity will kill off lots of the bacteria clogging your pores, and it has natural lightening powers which will reduce the redness of your zits. Put lemon juice directly on your pimple and leave it be till your next regular face wash.
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Tip #4: Zinc helps zits because it reduces the formation of toxins under your skin. Cystic zits sufferers  should take zinc supplements each day.
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Tip #5: Remember that if all else fails and you end up with a blemish or two, Photoshop is an amazing invention and can clear up any issues in a click.
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Tip #6: Tea tree oil has been used by dermatologists for years to reduce skin irritation and acne. Get some pure tea tree oil and coat your acne with it. Do this after washing your face twice daily for the best results.
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Tip #7: Put on some witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent typically used for cleaning up cuts. Put on pimples though, it will tighten the pores and kill the bacteria clogging them. Apply it heavily to your acne-prone areas or sweep it over your whole face with a cotton ball.
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Tip #8: Make a honey mask. A natural antibacterial agent, honey works to clear clogged pores and lift off excess oil and dead skin. Coat your whole face in honey and leave it for as long as you can before rinsing off. Additionally, dab honey directly on your pimples and cover with a bandage while you sleep overnight. By morning, your zit should have significantly reduced in size and redness.
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Tip #9: Green tea is an astringent that’s packed with lots of antioxidants, which help reduce signs of aging by fighting free radicals. Steep a tea bag in some hot water, remove the tea bag along with all the liquid, and place onto affected area briefly.
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Tip #10: Tomato has acid that will break down the pimple and reduce it. The acid closes your pores and fights bacteria. Apply 1 half of the whole to your face on one side, and the other half to the other side of your face.

 

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Owner | Lead Makeup Artist & Skin Care Specialist

Aradia is the founder and creative director for her signature bridal makeup and hair company – Bridal Makeovers.  Formerly an International Makeup Artist & NYC Trainer for NARS, Aradia brings over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry to South Florida and destination brides.

Have you any other tips for perfecting your complexion? Please do share in the comments below!

 

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Posted December 30th, 2014.

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BRIDES… SLEEP YOUR WAY TO BETTER SKIN

Fact: Brides-to-be do not get enough sleep! And when brides skimp on sleep, it shows on their face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles.

 

Becoming a Sleeping Beauty

Becoming a Sleeping Beauty

 

Imagine that you could wake up with prettier skin. Well, you’re not dreaming! While you’re asleep, a special skin growth hormone is released to boost collagen and keratin production (the proteins that make up your skin), and encourage cell turnover. Lose sleep and your asking for dull dry skin and deep, dark eyes on your wedding day. Try to squeeze in some extra shut-eye and you can help fight skin problems.

It’s not called “BEAUTY SLEEP” for nothing.

 

About Aradia – Owner and Lead Artist of BRIDAL MAKEOVERS

Wedding Makeup is Aradia’s forte. Her work is regularly seen on the front covers of magazines, in TV shows, music videos and commercials, as well as fashion and advertising campaigns. Combining a naturally creative eye with precise technical skill and a passion for the art of makeup transformation, Aradia has, over the past 25 years, gained an impressive portfolio of private and commercial clients.  Highly sought after, Aradia’s reputation as a world-class makeup artist is unsurpassed.

 

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Posted December 22nd, 2014.

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