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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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The Quintessential Natural Bridal Makeup Look

Today I bring you some of my favorite muses to inspire your natural bridal makeup look for your special day.

 

The Quintessential Natural Bridal Makeup Look

 

A lot of my brides request makeup looks that will accentuate beautiful skin and highlight their natural beauty; in other words, like they aren’t wearing any makeup at all. Continue Reading…

Posted January 18th, 2018.

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Bridal Hair and Makeup for The Very Fairy Bride

This blog is not about fairy tale weddings per se; instead it’s dedicated to the Fairy Bride.  Every once in a while I receive a call from a bride with a whimsical fairy-like spirit. She wants to sparkle and shimmer on her wedding day. She craves a natural makeup application, a soft messy up-do/or loose waves and dewy skin to give her that doe-eyed fairy-like air of ingenuity.

 

Bridal Hair and Makeup for The Very Fairy Bride This blog is not about fairytale weddings per se; instead it's dedicated to the Fairy Bride. Every once in a while I receive a call from a bride with a whimsical fairy-like spirit. She wants to sparkle and shimmer on her wedding day. She craves a natural makeup application, a soft messy up-do/or loose waves and dewy skin to give her that doe-eyed fairy-like air of ingenuity. Image: bridal-hair-makeup-for-very-fairy-bride-01 This blog is designed for her because Wedding Makeup should make a bride feel like the most beautiful version of herself on one of the most magical days of her life. Check out all about floral crowns and accessories that will perfectly compliment the whimsical makeup look that the fairy bride desires. May the ethereal display of artistic vision and delicate style of these looks inspire your magical day. About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia As lead makeup artist and founder of BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Lead, I love the transformative artistry of makeup. I love playing with color and technique, figuring out how best to enhance the beauty of each bride in a way that makes her feel comfortable and listened to. Love, pleasure and joy is at the core of my approach to a bride's makeup application. Trial runs are all about enhancing your face while trying something new, taking risks, seeing what works, getting excited about your bridal look, but still honoring the classic, natural look. Credits: Photo #1 Fashion photographer Natalie J. Watts

 

This blog is designed for her because Wedding Makeup should make a bride feel like the most beautiful version of herself on one of the most magical days of her life. Continue Reading…

Posted August 3rd, 2016.

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Which Bridal Makeup Look is Right for You? The Classic Bride

You have explored the different silhouettes (dress forms) for your body type and you have chosen The Dress. Now what about your wedding bridal makeup look?

Choosing the right bridal makeup look is one of the most exciting parts of planning for your big day. Your bridal makeup should be an extension of who you are. But, first, you’ll have to ask yourself “what is my bridal style?” Now, how do you design your makeup around your bridal style? Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore everything from romantic, to modern, classic, natural, glamorous and more. This week’s blog is all about the Classic Bride. Which makeup style best suits you?

 

A classic bridal look that evokes a sense of timelessness.

A classic bridal look that evokes a sense of timelessness.

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Posted May 17th, 2016.

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Spring 2016 Bridal Hair & Makeup Beauty Trends

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia reveals the latest bridal hair & makeup beauty trends to emerge from the runways.

 

Spring 2016 Bridal Hair & Makeup Beauty Trends

Bridal Spring 2016 enchanted us unveiling so many beautiful looks!

 

From delicate organza floral blooms to spiky, silver tiaras gracing bridal hairstyles, Spring 2016 bridal is filled with trendy details that classic, vintage, romantic, and modern brides alike, will adore. Continue Reading…

Posted April 18th, 2016.

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Bohemian Chic Bridal Beauty Inspiration

Today’s Bohemian Chic bridal beauty inspiration comes from free-thinking brides that shun convention and trust their wildest instincts, and love natural bridal looks.

 

Bridal Makeup & Hair updated to a chic, boho aesthetic.

Bridal Makeup & Hair updated to a chic, boho aesthetic.

 

With its free-spirited prettiness, no other style quite compares to Boho-Chic. For me, it is a style of fashion makeup that take elements from Bohemian and pre-Raphaelite influences. Chic, bohemian style is about easy breezy makeup and “un-done” hair. No frills, no fuss, just a laid back glow and soft tresses that you can take from day to night and of course, from ceremony to reception!

Credit: Vogue Japan June 2013

 

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

I launched this wedding beauty blog in 2011 as a place to share & explore bridal makeup and hairstyle ideas with brides-to-be and those who simply love beautiful aesthetics and design. With a background in fashion and art, my passion has extended from creating beautiful faces to writing about it.

If you’d like to get in touch with me to create your own romantic, non-traditional bridal look, please contact me at aradia@bridalmakeovers.com

 

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Posted January 12th, 2015.

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Vintage Wedding Makeup & Hair Inspiration

Vintage Wedding Makeup & Hair – Today’s bridal makeup inspiration is from a gorgeous vintage Vogue Spain Jane Birkin-like wedding editorial.

 

For brides setting their sights on the 60's for inspiration...

For brides setting their sights on the 60’s for inspiration…

 

One of my favorite decades for amazing fashion, design, music, makeup and hair is the 60s. And it’s still inspiring brides to this day!

 

The 60s were all about enhancing your favorite features and making a bold statement.

The 60s were all about enhancing your favorite features and making a bold statement.

 

As an ode to the infamous mod looks of the era, I’ve put together a how-to on how to create this striking look for your vintage inspired wedding. Continue Reading…

Posted January 5th, 2015.

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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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