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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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Bridal Makeup – Arabian Eyes

The appealing eyes of Arab women are some of the most beautiful in the world. There’s a whole world of artistry in Arab literature, songs, and poetry devoted to the beauty of their eyes.

 

Bridal Makeup - Arabian Eyes

 

This exotic style of Arabian eye make-up look will not only enhance your bridal style, but it will give you a very alluring and sexy look. I love offering instructional workshops where I share the secret on how to create this signature eyeliner look. Continue Reading…

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Ancient Egyptian Bridal Makeup

Did you know that some of our current-day bridal makeup looks are tied to the past? Just think about everything from the cat-eye to the smokey-eye. All date back to ancient times!

 

Ancient Egyptian Bridal Makeup

 

Whether you are a history buff or love to get creative with cosmetics, there is no denying that these stunning ancient bridal queenly looks can still make an impact. These ancient Egyptian inspired bridal makeup application methods continue to influence and inspire today! Continue Reading…

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Spring Bridal Makeup & Hair

Spring Bridal Makeup & Hair – Spring weddings are alive color flowers and the scent of delicious greenery. No wonder Spring is the most popular of the four seasons when it comes to weddings.

 

Spring Bridal Makeup & Hair

 

The following Spring Bridal Makeup & Hair looks celebrate the joy of Spring may they inspire your bridal beauty. Continue Reading…

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Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look

There was so much to love about the old-world charm of Vizcaya. Beautiful Bride Charisse’s eye for detail and impeccable taste was evident through out the day. The morning started in the stunning bridal suite at EAST, a Miami hotel in the Brickell City Centre in an elegant retreat fit for a queen surrounded by downtown Miami’s unique architecture and ambience.

 

Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look - Bride Charisse

 

To create my bride’s romantic Opulent & Romantic Vizcaya Wedding Bridal Makeup Look, I first prepared Charisse’s face by giving her a relaxing facial. Continue Reading…

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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…

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80s-Inspired Bridal Beauty Trends

Have you noticed that ’80s hair has managed to make its way onto the scene again? The ’80s makeup looks got a bad rap, but when I look back on it, I’m so glad I grew up during that time because it’s such a reference for the beauty work that I’m doing now.

 

80s-Inspired Bridal Beauty Trends

 

I learned my makeup skills when extremes in music, fashion, hair and makeup was the norm. So, how does decade of incredible creativity impact bridal makeup and hair trends today? Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you colorful eye makeup pulled out toward the temples, in shades of purple, blue, and green for your wedding day! Continue Reading…

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Bridal Makeup at the Brazilian Court

Amazing wedding for a beautiful and sweet bride – Michelle.

 

Bride Michelle - Bridal Makeup at the Brazilian Court

 

From the moment you arrive at the historic Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in the heart of Palm Beach, you feel the serenity and magical beauty of its splendor. With a history dating back to 1926, the Brazilian Court has been the romantic home-away-from-home for the likes of Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and the Kennedy Family, who used the famous European-style hotel to house ambassadors and VIPs before, during and after it was the JFK Winter White House. Continue Reading…

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BRIDAL MAKEUP AND YOUR BOHO DRESS

Did you know that choosing your wedding day makeup can be the hardest decision you’ll make after choosing the groom?

 

Bridal Makeup And Your BOHO Dress

 

While your dress is definitely crucial, your bridal makeup is equally important — not only will everyone will be looking at your face and its radiant glow, but photos are forever. A good rule of thumb is to start thinking about your makeup early on — perhaps right after you lock down your boho dress. That way your whole entire vibe goes together. So, if you’re going with a boho vintage-inspired lace gown like the one seen here, think ethereal style when it comes to your makeup. Continue Reading…

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Here Is Why I Love Creating Makeup Looks For My Indian Brides

Vizcaya‘s naturally romantic vibes and gorgeous old world architecture makes it one of my favorite locations in Miami, so it’s no surprise that this seaside paradise was the backdrop for the Beautiful Indian Bride Richa’s e-shoot.

 

Indian Bride Richa - Viscaya E-Shoot

 

Taking full advantage of this most magical venue, Haring Photography captured Richa’s romantic adventure from every angle, showcasing the stunning gardens and views of Biscayne Bay in nearly every photo. Continue Reading…

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