Art of Bridal Beauty by Aradia

Experience the Art of Bridal Beauty – Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Punk Stories: BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Rocks the Look

Welcome to my blog! Are you ready for some drama and pure unadulterated elegance today?

 

Backstage Beauty at the Grand Palais in Paris for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection shows Photo credit: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

Backstage Beauty at the Grand Palais in Paris for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection shows

 

Weddings are supposed to be about celebrating your love and having a good time but all too often they become bogged down in ceremony and social etiquette. Are your plans for your wedding look not quite traditional?  Having an unconventional wedding?  If you don’t  conform to the traditional brides aesthetic and don’t find  inspiration in ‘pretty’,  you may just feel more comfortable disregarding convention when comes to style and beauty. It’s your wedding, who says you can’t rock that ultra heavy black liner on those smoky eyes piled on extra with feathered eyelashes? Why not?  You are the bride and you rule baby. Read on

 

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala "PUNK: Chaos to Couture"

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala
“PUNK: Chaos to Couture”

 

Even the annual fête, which formally kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly Costume Institute exhibit injected pure drama and wonderment on May 9th, 2013 as it celebrated with a punk theme. So,  how does this unconventional theme justice and inspire bridal looks? Well… I am a big advocate for brides doing what makes them happy and showcasing their vibrancy and personalities through the makeup and hair. For the past three decades my approach to makeup styles has been heavily inspired by a combination of haute couture and street fashion creations. However, most of my brides are inspired celebrities red carpet looks. So take a look at how this year’s gala punk theme inspired celebrities to leave their usual glowing red carpet beauty looks behind and instead opt for something a tad more experimental. I predict that this is going to take bridal styling  to a whole new level…

 

 The Met Gala truly brought out a bevy of style stars, from models to designers to Hollywood's A-list with their punk-inspired beauty looks.

The Met Gala truly brought out a bevy of style stars, from models to designers to Hollywood’s A-list with their punk-inspired beauty looks.

 

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Spanish Bridal Design – Beautiful Bridal Couture Collections

It’s time for another dose of beauty, and today it comes in the form of beautiful bridal couture collections. I am blessed to be surrounded by many sources of inspiration but, I have an innate love for the detail and poetic nuances that are found in the flamboyance of Spanish design.

 

Monica Cruz featured in the Aire Barcelona 2011 Collection campaign

Monica Cruz featured in the Aire Barcelona 2011 Collection campaign

 

If you have been following my blog you probably realized by now that I’m in love with fashion history and re-invention of the past,  with it’s beautifully crafted gowns and unmistakable twist on theatrics.  In an era where creativity is paramount in staying ahead of the fashion curve, Spanish bridal designers have combined the best of fast forward with the beauty of tradition. I find that Spanish couturiers may very well be leading the way in over-the-top chic concepts, they evoke a shared inspiration.

 

Bridal Hair and Makeup for Pronovias

Bridal Hair and Makeup for Pronovias

 

Here I offer you a showcase of my passion for the makeup, hair, stunning fashion coming from this land. I love the boldness, the glamor and sophistication of these collections. Nothing compares to the Old World’s charm, which makes brides feel like true princesses. Here are some stunning highlights of the 2010-2013 collections. I created this fusion from past seasons of breathtaking creations in order to merge bridal couture and beauty in way that will hopefully inspire you for your look as well. Enjoy!

 

España – Where Art Meets Beauty & Fashion

 

Lashes and Lace

Lashes and Lace

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Art Deco Wedding Glamour – Vintage Miami Beach Style (part 2)

The roaring decade of the 1920’s not only embodied a period of glamour and drama, it also represented the rise of the “Flapper”, the “new women” who pushed the boundaries of gender identity and represented sexual and economic freedom, something that is still appealing to young women today.

 

The Flapper Bride epitomizes the hedonistic subculture that made the Roaring Twenties roar!

The Flapper Bride epitomizes the hedonistic subculture that made the Roaring Twenties roar!

 

1920’s flappers were at the forefront of the revolution that challenged Victorian attitudes towards women. They demanded the freedom to live their own lives and had a lot of fun doing it. These women wore obvious make-up, showed their knees and flung themselves into the hedonistic rhythms of Jazz and the Charleston. They threw away their restrictive corsets, cut their hair, smoked, wore trousers and drove fast cars. Life was fun and meant for living!

 

Louise Brooks plays a bride in 1929's Pandora's Box

Louise Brooks plays a bride in 1929’s Pandora’s Box

 

That era began with the look called “comme le garcon” (or, “like the boy”) – short hair was a big deal – nice girls kept their hair long, as a metaphor for maidenhood. For a woman to chop her hair short was to practically admit she was no longer a virgin. Moreover, they began smoking in public – something no “lady” did.

 

An Iconic Decade’s Beauty Look

An Iconic Decade’s Beauty Look

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Art Deco Wedding Glamour – Vintage Miami Beach Style (part 1)

Welcome all South Florida Destination Brides. One the most favored styles or themes in the wedding industry now is vintage, primarily Art Deco and the Roaring Twenties, with all its flappers, feathers, crystal and lace.

 

Art Deco Wedding Glamour - Vintage Miami Beach - Compact Vanities by ERTE

Art Deco Wedding Glamour – Vintage Miami Beach – Compact Vanities by ERTE

 

So, this week I wanted to highlight this retro glam wedding trend through the years. This blog takes you to Miami Beach during the Jazz Era, and to the fashionable bridal flapper beauty of dazzling dresses with exquisite embellishments and gorgeous head pieces.

 

Celebrate your own epic romance on the shores of Miami Beach

Celebrate your own epic romance on the shores of Miami Beach

 

The Roaring 1920’s era is not only in vogue right now. Its sensational style, swank and sound is sure to leave your guests wanting more. The Roaring 1920’s era is stylish, feminine and bold, while at the same time, nonchalant and glamorous.

 

A history of 20's love and romance

A history of 20’s love and romance

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New York International Bridal Week – Awesome Hair and Makeup Trends For 2013

We are coming off of one of the biggest weekends for the wedding industry: Bridal Fashion Week. Taking place in New York bi-annually, it attracts buyers, editors, bloggers, event designers and planners and showcases the most glamorous designs the bridal world has to offer. From the catwalk to the altar. It seems as couture fashion this season is all about “white lace and promises!” I love to see the hot trends on the runway and how they inspire real brides!

 

2013 New York International Fashion Bridal Week - Hair & Makeup Trends

2013 New York International Fashion Bridal Week – Hair & Makeup Trends

 

The bridal industry is all about innovation, and Bridal Fashion Week highlights the trendsetting positioning and cutting-edge details that Bridal Makeovers exemplifies. Aradia of Bridal Makeovers takes trends that she sees on the runway, combines them with her imagination and then has her team replicate them for bridal clients. This season, designers unanimously returned to tradition with elegant lace, long sleeves, and classic silhouettes. There were fresh silhouettes, billowy ball gowns, and couture details. Here is the preview of next season’s hottest bridal hair and makeup trends—straight from the runway. And it doesn’t take much imagination to see these ethereal white creations walking down the aisle…

Bridal Market was this past weekend, and here are a few trends we’re seeing:

 

Sparkle down the aisle with an all-over sequined gown.

Sparkle down the aisle with an all-over sequined gown.

 

A memorable Bridal Fashion Week is winding down. The models have sashayed down the catwalks in the most exquisite gowns and the wedding industry collectively ‘ooed’ at the clouds of tulle, glamorous silks, satins, ruffles and intricate lace that graced the shows. Bridal beauty trends this year from the top designers – Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang included. When these couturiers recently hit New York to reveal their collections I not only became obsessed with what I saw on the runways (soft colors, dramatic ruffles, and sheer everything), I couldn’t wait to share with my brides the elements that will inspire their bridal looks. So take a peek at my favorite new looks from the hottest names in bridal, and check out the wedding beauty trends I am spotting now.

 

Monique Lhuillier "dream-like" collection

Monique Lhuillier “dream-like” collection

 

The Look: The fashion world was all aflutter last week as designer Monique Lhuillier presented her frothy confections of white lace, tulle, and satin floating down the runway. The models makeup looks were very dreamlike, ultra-feminine and sensual with different textures, ranging from shimmer to matte with sparse shimmer to pearly in shades of pretty peach with iridescence and taupes with coppery shimmers. I am enamored by these luscious looks. Continue Reading…

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Bridal Portraits Inspired By The World Of Fashion

Photo Shoots For Brides – High-Fashion Bridal Photography

Photo Shoots For Brides – High-Fashion Bridal Photography

Although there are several types of photo shoots for brides high-fashion bridal photography, bridal portraits, wedding day photo shoots, engagement shoots, etc., our favorites are the High Fashion Bridal Portraits, which are a lot of fun because they allow us to channel our fashion background and apply it toward bridal. These types of photo shoots have become really popular with our brides at Bridal Makeovers. We are strong believers in brides having a bridal portrait session. For those of you who are unfamiliar with a Bridal Photo Shoot Session, it’s one of those time-honored traditions that have regained popularity in recent years. Formal bridal portraits were treated as an heirloom to be treasured for generations to come. These carefully crafted portraits of the bride in her wedding gown were considered to be works of art.

Not only is it one of the few times that a regular woman gets to be treated like a celebrity while she is primped up and polished to take gorgeous photos of herself, which in itself makes the whole experience worthwhile but, it’s also a great trial run for the wedding day. This is your no-pressure practice time in front of my camera! The “model” face is always a foreign concept and posing doesn’t always come naturally. This is why this type of photo session is awesome! A Bridal Photo Shoot Session allows my brides to get super comfortable in front of the camera without the pressure of the wedding day timeline and the nerves that come along with a wedding day! By the time the wedding rolls around, they have mastered their poses and they feel confident in front of the camera, instead of timid. I always emphasize that it is important to add a bit of ‘fashion flair’ to your portraiture. You don’t want to be boring or typical. For the record, we love how all our real brides look so much more beautiful in their dresses than most of our professional models from our fashion shoots! I feel it’s because our brides have real bodies – curvy or not-so-curvy. And the glow on the face of the real brides beats any air-brushed model any day!

That being said, if you utilize the concepts behind fashion photography, you will be able to create striking images. If you’re considering having a bridal portrait taken with a high fashion twist, please contact us and let us know. Just like some of the editors from the bridal magazines that have contacted Bridal Makeovers for studio and location shoots, now you can too. With our high fashion, fine art touch you are bound to feel like a model on an editorial shoot. Just like a fashion shoot, Bridal Makeovers works on-location to create your unforgettable bridal look. Get gorgeous hair, flawless makeup and red carpet treatment! It’s your day to shine!

Book your high fashion photo shoot makeup & hair session today at www.bridalmakeovers.com

 

TIPS to make the most of your Bridal Portrait/Fashion Shoot

To eliminate blinking in all your beautiful wedding photos, use this tip: relax your eyes before the shot by looking down. Then, when the photographer says “cheese”, look up just as the picture is being taken.

To create a thinner line in your photos, angle your body slightly toward the camera. Never stand facing the camera straight on.

Don’t be afraid to glam it up. It’s your bridal portrait! It’s your day to be spectacularly glamorous! Add a little bling to your style like eye lash extensions and hair extensions. Remember, all eyes will be on you and you want to look gorgeous!

 

Aradia is a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry. A former fashion illustrator whose work has graced the pages of elite magazines, as well as a professional makeup artist and creative director, Aradia is now one of the top bridal makeup artists in the United States. Aradia travels across the country to provide on-location hair and makeup services to brides on their wedding day. She also owns and operates Bridal Makeovers.

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“GET IN LINE” – Fashion Runway Black Eyeliner Looks

Time To Delineate! - Fashion Runway Black Eyeliner Looks

Time To Delineate! – Fashion Runway Black Eyeliner Looks

The transformative power of makeup never ceases to amaze me. For the upcoming season, the makeup looks are drizzled in sexiness as a myriad of hot and fabulous cosmetics in an array of intense hues. Makeup trends are more unconventional and imaginative than ever. I love how the makeup is an integral piece of any runway show; it adds to the aesthetic of the show and helps to showcase the clothes.

 

Favorite looks from the best fashion shows of Spring/Summer 2012

Favorite looks from best fashion shows of Spring/Summer 2012

Black-lined, sultry, smoky and sexy cat eyes are more relevant than ever for spring/summer 2012

 

Winged liner has added a sexy feline vibe to spring 2012 fashion

Winged liner has added a sexy feline vibe to spring 2012 fashion – Cat Eyes

Perfect, highlighted skin was a great canvas for this dramatic, graphic liner. Black Liner was used to create a technical line on the top lash and under the bottom lash, in order to elongate the eyes. Continue Reading…

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Barcelona Bridal Week 2012, Novia-España, Part 2 – HAIR

 

Welcome to part 2 of my blog coverage of Barcelona Bridal Week 2012. Let’s take a look at what’s hot in bridal hair for 2012/2013.

Bridal Gown, Laced Full Veil by Oscar de la Renta

Bridal Gown, Laced Full Veil by Oscar de la Renta

Top Bridal Hair Trends from the world’s capital for brides-Barcelona Fashion Week Spring 2012. Always inspiring, our imagination ran wild when we saw these designs, romantic veils.

 

Romantic Bridal Veils

Romantic Bridal Veils

With their dramatic bustles and lace corsets, some of the gowns looked like they were snatched straight from the 18th century. Of course, they were accompanied by these gorgeous bun-chignon hybrids—the volume and slightly undone feel added some modern drama to the looks.

 

Raimon Bundo Bridal Collection

Raimon Bundo Bridal Collection

Conjuring 1930’s Cecil Beaton portraits while creating her wispy, imperfect buns… Embellishments in the form of feathers lent ethereal beauty to the gowns. Oh so ornate and opulent! Continue Reading…

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Barcelona Bridal Week 2012, Novia-España, Part 1 – MAKEUP

To all my Beautiful Brides… Happy Summer Solstice! I have something very exciting to share with you today… A divine blog post dedicated to the effortlessly chic looks from the 2012 Barcelona Bridal Week!

Last month’s blissful, three day wedding event is the source of my inspiration today. Barcelona Bridal Week 2012 drew worldwide attention to both Spanish and international fashion designers who were invited to reveal their new bridal collections. Dear brides, this is the world’s largest wedding fashion event!

Elie Saab - Barcelona Bridal Week 2012

Elie Saab – Barcelona Bridal Week 2012

This season we’re doing away with excess coverage and colors that mask your natural skin tone, and going for glow and transparent shimmer!

 

Wedding Dress by Jesus Peiro

Wedding Dress by Jesus Peiro

This season’s bridal collection featured brilliant fashion creations from the simplest of gowns to those who supplemented with voluminous skirts with impeccable details. Glamour, prestige and high end bridal designs are the identity of Barcelona Bridal Week. Check out the cool beauty trends we spotted on the runways of the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2012—now you can take elements of the very prettiest, wedding-worthy version of natural looks and make them into your own.

 

Barcelona 2012 Fashion Makeup

Barcelona 2012 Fashion Makeup

That bridal glow… Radiance depends on your complexion, your mood and the weather… But that’s not all! Targeted skincare products, the right techniques and makeup can help you achieve a glow. Continue Reading…

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Bridal Beauty Trends – Spring/Summer 2012

Bridal beauty trends, tastes and styles are always changing, and here at Bridal Makeovers, we make it our job to update our skills and to dish out the latest and greatest wedding hair & makeup looks and ideas. This blog/gallery features some of our favorite beauty trends for 2012 brides.

Spring/Summer 2012 Bridal Beauty Trends

Spring/Summer 2012 Bridal Beauty Trends

We’re going to kick off a Bridal Makeup Spring/Summer 2012 Style post on the trends and  makeup must haves for the season!  Here’s a look at what this season’s makeup trends are. Brides will love The Bare Faced Chic look of this season’s natural ‘nude’  face that’s ruling the runways. The idea is that less is more and fresh faced look is in, in a big way.

 

Check out this season's Runway Inspired Makeup Trends for Brides.

Check out this season’s Runway Inspired Makeup Trends for Brides.

While following trends will keep you fashion-forward, it’s best to keep it simple. I absolutely love the high-fashion treatment that classic bridal has been getting the past few seasons. It’s really refreshing to see unique gowns in unexpected colors, silhouettes, and fabrics. Since bridal designers are definitely thinking outside the box this season with colored gowns and printed wedding dresses that I got to thinking about all the creative ways to incorporate blossoming prints and patterns into bridal makeup artistry.

I feel you should pick one simple element, it could be a color, something in a sweet cotton-candy pink or something embellished with lace and covered in pearls and crystals, that’s going to be on-trend. Take one visual element and incorporate it into your wedding makeup palette. Another updated option is to almost reverse the smoky eye by applying a crystal/nude shadow and chocolate liner below the bottom lash line. I suggest easing up on the super lined, smokey eyes and just lining the eyes from the outer corners to the middle, like the models at the spring 2012 Dolce & Gabbana show.

 

Daytime Spring/Summer Bridal Makeup Looks

Daytime Spring/Summer Bridal Makeup Looks

Daytime Spring/Summer Bridal makeup looks concentrate on having nude peachy lips, peach shades for the eyes, peachy skin tone foundation with a touch of ivory shimmer, with natural eyebrows. Continue Reading…

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