Art of Bridal Beauty by Aradia

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Hot-Off-The-Runway Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks

Greetings Beautiful Brides To Be. I hope you are ready for some serious swooning today. You are going to love the haute couture looks from the oh-so-talented and creative designers from this season’s bridal runways.

 

On the runway, wedding makeup and hairstyles can be just as exciting as the dresses themselves.

On the runway, wedding makeup and hairstyles can be just as exciting as the dresses themselves.

 

So if you are craving a little beauty inspiration today and you are the type of bride with a passion for beauty who wants to look her absolute best for her 2014 wedding, look no further. I have the latest looks to share with you.  Continue Reading…

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100 Years of Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks – A Vintage Bridal Study

Down The Aisle Style: 100 Years of Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks

Today’s blog attempts to beautifully and chronologically demonstrate with the bridal beauty fashion history from the past 100 years. This year is all about vintage inspired weddings and bridal hair is no exception. As a professional makeup artist dedicated to brides I feel it’s crucial that I share knowledge of wedding trends and styling, so in an attempt to grow my own understanding of what vintage weddings through the past 100 years were all about, I offer you this blog. Since a lot of my brides want a wedding look that expresses their personal style while also reflecting a rich tradition, it’s important being specific about the era a certain wedding is based upon and not simply generalizing all styles to this vague, blurred term that ‘vintage’ is. Nothing achieves that goal as gracefully as vintage hair and makeup. Here is a luscious look at wedding beauty fashions from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Let’s take a look back at the best of the last century.

 

1913-2013 - A dazzling tour of the past hundred years of bridal fashion.

1913-2013 – A dazzling tour of the past hundred years of bridal fashion.

 

Bridal vintage style is associated with classy sexiness, youthful wholesomeness, and flawless beauty. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with style icons like Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. In fact the trend of retro pinup-style clothing, hair, and makeup is emerging in contemporary art, movies, ads, and on the fashion runways. Taking inspiration from burlesque divas and celebrities, so many of our brides seek to enhance their image with the effortless glamour and mysterious charisma of classic pinup beauty. BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Innovative & creative styling to bring you stellar makeup and hair artistry. Specializing in hair and make-up from the 1920’s – 1980’s we can transform you into a jazz era flapper girl, a starlet from Hollywood’s golden age, a rock n roll pin-up or a 60’s sex kitten! We at BRIDAL MAKEOVERS have a passion for beauty from a bygone era yet, love the idea of a vintage style wedding gown and hair with more modern makeup done in fresh ways. TIP: First create an inspiration board that features rouge lip colors that are pulled from a vanity table drawer from long ago, mixed with futuristic glittery eye accents, timeless natural tones and indelible smoky shadows and liners. The idea is you want to mix of old and new makeup techniques for a contemporary yet vintage look. The overall message: pair vintage with modern to make a statement that’s unique and all your own for your bridal makeup.

 

In 1913 a high coiffure, long elegant gowns and tightly corseted hourglass figure defined the style.

In 1913 a high coiffure, long elegant gowns and tightly corseted hourglass figure defined the style.

 

Gibson Girls were the embodiment of the American beauty during the Edwardian and late-Victorian era. Continue Reading…

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13 Makeup Looks You’ll Love for Your Wedding

During the past few seasons on the bridal runway, we have seen designers showing a range of makeup looks from bold, colorful lips to clean, bare faces.

 

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

 

Get inspired from these looks and test them during your makeup trial to see which works best with your complexion and wedding-day style. Learning to be a trend-spotter instead of a fashion victim is as simple as being able to translate the runway into real terms.  Find inspiration from the art on the runway, then make it your own.

 

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

 

Choosing a makeup look to highlight your best features on a day-to-day basis is tricky enough, and finding a makeup look for your wedding day is downright intimidating. Luckily, you came to our blog which was written to aid you in narrowing down your choices for wedding makeup, and hopefully make at least one aspect of planning your wedding a little easier.

 

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

 

Bronzed, glowing skin and alluring eyes are what make this look work. Continue Reading…

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Wedding Hair & Makeup Trends From The 2014 Bridal Runways

Ooh, ahh!  Those cheeks, those eyes and lips — Here’s how finding the perfect makeup palette, inspired by looks on the bridal runway, can help you accentuate your best features on your wedding day.

 

LIVE PICTURES FROM THE CATWALK

LIVE PICTURES FROM THE CATWALK

 

Polished models with their elegant chignons and minimal make-up, ready to walk down the aisle. The best way to describe the latest bridal beauty trends is just three words Glamour,  Elegance & Grace.These are the looks that have caught our bridal eye for their innovative and genuinely fashion-forward designs. Bridal makeup is more classic than trendy, but it has seen a gentle evolution. Many brides today have realized that less is more – more sophisticated and more elegant. Whether you seek self-expression, sensuality or riveting beauty, there is a gorgeous bridal look to satisfy your viewing pleasure. From Vera Wang’s edgy runway makeup to Reem Acra’s seductive hairstyles, here are some of  the most gorgeous runway look we can’t seem to take our eyes and minds off.

One element of bridal fashion that inspires is the transformative power of personality, and the ability to interpret a classic shape in a variety of ways. Things aren’t just heating up outside this Summer. BRIDAL MAKEOVERS most fashionable stars are keeping things sizzling with a stream of chic snaps. Read on for the ultimate guide to your big day ‘do and makeup look,  and sneak a peek at some gorgeous gowns, straight off the  2014 runways.

 

“Bridal makeup for my dresses always has to be romantic, ethereal and also demure in a very sophisticated way” – Carolina Herrera

“Bridal makeup for my dresses always has to be romantic, ethereal and also demure in a very sophisticated way” – Carolina Herrera

 

Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2014 Bridal Collection is classic romanticism meets Old World grace. The makeup paired with the regal gowns lent softness to the overall look that was delicate yet daring. Rosy lips and cheeks with shimmery eyes completed, rather than competed with, the wedding dresses. Unlike what’s shown on the spectacular Parisian runways, the makeup worn by models at Bridal Fashion Week in New York can be easily translated for regular women.

 

Monique Lhuillier's designs have always been undeniably romantic, ultra-feminine and utterly dreamy.

Monique Lhuillier’s designs have always been undeniably romantic, ultra-feminine and utterly dreamy.

 

Ladylike elegance mixed with a hint of whimsy defined the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 bridal collection. Continue Reading…

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WHAT IS YOUR BRIDAL MAKEUP STYLE? (Part 2)

Greetings lovely brides!  Welcome to Part 2 of my Bridal Makeup Style Blog!

 

Are you bold, or are you simple? Modern or vintage? Bridal style is as unique as we are as individuals. No matter what vibe you want to channel on your big day, have I've got the makeup look for you!

Are you bold, or are you simple? Modern or vintage? Bridal style is as unique as we are as individuals. No matter what vibe you want to channel on your big day, have I’ve got the makeup look for you!

 

BRIDAL MAKEOVERS has identified the most requested bridal styles.  We feel that when you are able to define your wedding style, it will be much easier and certainly more productive when communicating with the experts you’ve hired to help you create the wedding look of your dreams. Your wedding experts stand ready to bring your unique vision to life. But we are not mind-readers. The dialogue, the adjectives, phrases, colors, textures, and any visuals you bring into a trial run meeting to help your beauty pros understand you and will act as a launching pad for the creative process. Working with a client who has spent more than one to two hours exploring their style and is able to describe it translates into a much more cohesive event that is a direct reflection of YOU. This is the new first step in wedding planning, the definition of your bridal style. BRIDAL MAKEOVERS by Aradia is going to help you describe your wedding look into existence.  Once we understand the essence of your style, we can take it from there and completely wow you with the results of their interpretation of your style!

 

If you're a romantic bride, you want a super-feminine look for the most romantic day of your life.

If you’re a romantic bride, you want a super-feminine look for the most romantic day of your life.

 

The Romantic Bride: She is feminine with a touch of classic style. Everything about the romantic bride is timeless. The dress is flowy and soft and of course, pastel colors for the makeup is a must!  For the most romantic day of your life, you want your look to match. Go for dewy skin, huge eyes, and a delicate pout. For your hair, consider a loose up-do secured with a jewel-encrusted barrette (preferably an antique or heirloom), with soft falling tendrils gently framing your face. Or, should you decide to really romance your groom, go for long tousled curls for that super-feminine, “I–am–your–princess” look.

 

Free-spirited brides look to express their style in a fun, contemporary way with makeup looks that fresh.

Free-spirited brides look to express their style in a fun, contemporary way with makeup looks that fresh.

 

The Avant Garde Bride (AKA The Non-traditional Bride): You are the type of  bride who is anything but traditional or classic. Continue Reading…

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WHAT IS YOUR BRIDAL MAKEUP STYLE? (Part 1)

Happy Tuesday lovely brides! Welcome to my blog. I hope that all of you enjoyed your weekend and got plenty of wedding planning done. I know, it’s all about the planning.

 

Rock and roll, bohemian, minimalist—no matter what vibe you want to channel on your big day, have I've got the makeup look for you!

Rock and roll, bohemian, minimalist—no matter what vibe you want to channel on your big day, have I’ve got the makeup look for you!

 

So, today’s questions to you are : What are you planning for your bridal look? There are ton of different options out there! So many, in fact, that the beauty choices can be almost overwhelming. Yes, we all agree that bridal makeup should match your wedding and personality. But, what is your quintessential bridal makeup style all about? I would really love to hear from you. For now I leave you with the words of that powerful diva Gloria Steinem; “without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. With out further ado here are some of my favorite inspirational bridal makeup looks that I’ve collected just for you.

The Daydreamer: For the bride that envisions a very feminine, romantic wedding look. Through emphasizing texture and dimension, you too can create this look. Think of warm, golden colors in soft roses, golds and bronze to enhance a natural beauty. Fabric may be flowing organza or lace, but the look is unmistakably romantic.

 

Soft and romantic and oh so dreamy.

Soft and romantic and oh so dreamy.

 

The Sentimental: This look embodies a “modern vintage” bride. She desires a wedding that is reminiscent of the past, yet done in an updated way. May include Art Deco, Old Hollywood or retro styles that recall another era. Think of classic red lips, liquid eyeliner and a well structured face.

 

Are you inspired by icons like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn for your bridal style? Drawing from former eras, your wedding has an effortlessly stylish look.

Are you inspired by icons like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn for your bridal style? Drawing from former eras, your wedding has an effortlessly stylish look.

 

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Vintage Bridal Beauty: The Victorian Era

Today, we’re going back to the Victorian era. There are few historical periods that are more romantic. Love frilly, lacy, full skirted, one-of-a-kind vintage Victorian wedding dresses? Then you’ll really love this week’s blog post because it is all about Vintage Victorian Brides!

 

Queen Victoria set the trends for white wedding gowns and white floral arrangements.

Queen Victoria set the trends for white wedding gowns and white floral arrangements.

 

These stunning inspiration shoots are sure to send your heart all a flutter! The images filled with delightfully creative makeup and hairstyles in an array of subdued colored hues. Inspired brides looking for something dreamy and romantic… This blog is for you.

 

The term Victorian relates to the styles and attitudes during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

The term Victorian relates to the styles and attitudes during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

 

Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert in 1840 and set the stage for traditional wedding ceremonies and receptions. Victorian gowns were so extravagant that brides felt like the queen herself underneath the many layers of ruffles, lace, and embellishments. Ever wonder why brides wear white? Since Queen Victoria’s wedding, white has remained the traditional color for wedding gowns.

 

The ethereal evanescence and the sensitivity from some of these original wedding designs, make them unique and timeless.

The ethereal evanescence and the sensitivity from some of these original wedding designs, make them unique and timeless.

 

The Victorian dressing style and bridal fashion is considered one of the most elegant and feminine dressing trends today. The post-modern world is known to re-use or reinvent inspiration from the past. These reinventions are proof that the lace loving era is still on track with the times. It’s clear that Queen Victoria still has some influence on the world more than 100 years later. The Victorian era has resurfaced and it’s modernized in these gorgeous looks. I just love the soft hues and the dreamy, ethereal quality of some these post Victorian bridal fashion photos… Continue Reading…

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Bridal Beauty: Chic Red Lipstick – Memorial Day 2013

The Bride Wore Red…

This Memorial Day Blog honors the patriotic men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

 

War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40's Glamour, and Red Lips

War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40’s Glamour, and Red Lips

 

When I am inspired to create a 40s Hollywood – Veronica Lake, Lana Turner and other silver screen sirens of that era come to mind The focus is on a gorgeous, strong red lip, but a red that a bride can actually wear is essential. Bridal Makeovers is all about  beautiful, sexy and feminine brides and nothing portrays a woman’s beauty like the ability to wear a truly stunning and universally flattering red on her wedding day.

BRIDAL MAKEOVERS has the deepest respect for those that have served and those that currently serve in our military, which is why we want to celebrate you and your loved ones with this Memorial Day. We hope that you can all spend it with your families and friends. To those of you who cannot, especially those of you who are serving right now, we remember your sacrifice and humbled by it. To commemorate the holiday show off your beautiful smile by wearing red lipstick.  I have a fun little wedding inspiration roundup for brides who want bright and bold for their lips on the big day! Red is a very strong color. It represents the blood shed in this country to obtain freedom but, it’s also a classic vintage lip color suitable for your vintage wedding especially if if you are going after a 40’s bombshell style for your bridal makeup look.

 

Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

1940's Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.

1940’s Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.

 

During World War II wearing red lipstick became a militaristic strategy and tactic. Continue Reading…

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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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Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Another Awards show has come and gone, and The Grammy’s did not disappoint! Though music’s biggest night usually brings out celebrities’ most wild styles, the 2013 Grammys produced more traditional fashion moments. I found myself loving so many hair and makeup red carpet looks.  Here are the favorites of the night that are perfect for bridal. . . Whether or not they walked home with a statue, they’re winners in our book for highlighting their best features and inspiring our brides with these gorgeous makeup looks and hairstyles.

 

Beyoncé - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Beyoncé – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

 

Beyoncé rocked one of this spring’s most chic and simple hair trends: showing off a picture-perfect ponytail on stage at the Grammys. Minimal make-up of bright red lipstick, flirty liner let her natural beauty shine through… All very sleek, sophisticated and influential to brides seeking a more polished feel for their wedding day look.

 

Katy Perry - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Katy Perry – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

 

Katy Perry offered one of the best beauty looks of the night!  She was truly a showstopper with her voluminous, bouffant blown-out hair, strong eyebrows, look-at-me lashes and nude lips. Very inspiring for brides searching for a vintage,  bridal bombshell look!

 

Taylor Swift - Grammy Awards 2013: Best Red Carpet Bridal Makeup & Hair

Taylor Swift – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

 

Taylor Swift showed just how thrilled she was to take home another Gramophone trophy on Sunday as she graced the stage in her ethereal braided bun. Love the soft wisps framing her face, so feminine and romantic. Add the high-shine bronzed cheeks and a perfect pink pout,  and brides too can look ethereal and goddess-like with this braided style. Continue Reading…

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