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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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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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HAPPY 4th OF JULY FROM BRIDAL MAKEOVERS!

Embrace Freedom! Cherish Freedom! Live Freedom! Celebrate Freedom! Enjoy Your Independence Day!!!

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from BRIDAL MAKEOVERS!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from BRIDAL MAKEOVERS!

 

 

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Vamp Up Your Valentine’s Day Makeup!

Valentine’s Day 2015 coincides with the highly anticipated opening of the film Fifty Shades of Grey. So, why not enhance your seductive power with your eye makeup? You’ll need to master the art of making your makeup last during and after every erotic scene. After all Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do something a little more sensual with your makeup.

 

If your V-Day plans include getting all dolled up, sexy eyes are the way to go.

 

Bedroom Eyes

Typically when sex-proofing your makeup, you don’t want your eyes to run.  If the label says “waterproof,” “smudge proof,” or “sweat proof,” you’re going to want to invest. You’ll need to layer your eye makeup products for a bold, longest-lasting smoky eye. Start out by applying an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyes. Next apply a matte eyeshadow closest to your skin tone all over the eye. After that, layer a shimmery eyeshadow color similar to the matte one just on the lid and on the brow bone. Then take your main smoky color and with a thick eyeshadow brush like MAC#217 and apply it in a V shape to the outer corners of the eye and in the crease.  Just like your wedding day mascara and eyeliner, you’ll want quality waterproof cosmetics like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua liners. They have real staying power and are available in bold colors. MAC gel liner in Blacktrack is a must and their Naked Pigment shadows are amazing! The ultimate must have to transform your look from soft and innocent to sultry this V-Day is Makeup Forever’s “Give In To Me.” It’s a collection of alluring shades inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. I recommend protecting your seductive smoky eye with a setting spray.

Photo Credit: Vogue Paris‘ December 2010 issue was shot by Mert & Marcus. Model: Daphne Groeneveld

 

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I see my work as art, with each of my brides as a canvas. Since my start in the make-up industry (over 20 years ago), I’ve acquired the understanding of the importance of crafting luminous looks with a soft, natural touch.

 

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Happy 4th of July Brides! Top Tips For Freedom From Makeup Meltdowns

Happy 4th of July to My Dearest Brides! The heat can wreak havoc on your bridal makeup. So how can you stop from having a meltdown during your big day?

 

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

 

Top Tips for Freedom from Makeup Meltdowns

Keep in mind that heavy, oil-based cosmetics do not wear well in hot weather. Light, shear and waterproof makeup will stay in place longer.

So, always begin with a good skincare regimen. Giving yourself a mask once a week will promote healthy regenerating skin cells, smooth surface skin and a glow because you got rid of all the dead cells.

During the summer, your skin produces more moisture naturally. Heavy creams and thick lotions can make you feel like your skin is suffocating. An essential product for the blazing summer heat (especially recommended for those with oily skin) is an oil free mattifying moisturizer.

Always carry a spritzer to hydrate your skin during those summer months this helps your skin stay hydrated, look dewy and yes even set the makeup you have on. Misting your face with rose water also helps to set your makeup and keep it in place.

Wearing a good primer helps to create barrier between your skin and your makeup, thereby helping your makeup to stay put.

Translucent Powder helps control shine and help sets makeup making it a definite summer staple.

Consider using oil-blotting sheets as they help absorb excess moisture without smudging your makeup.

And finally, waterproof makeup, specifically eyeliner and mascara, helps prevent smudging.

Get The Look

Don’t be afraid to kick off the Fourth of July with a beauty look as bold as the fireworks in tonight’s sky. Apply a bold scarlet color on the lips, this color lipstick was designed for the Fourth of July!  The hot beauty trend this summer is to skip the black eyeliner. It’s just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great.

Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop! A navy blue works really well as a chic and modern alternative smokey eye.  The best part is that these hot hues are totally wearable, whether you’re a blonde, redhead, or brunette.

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My “camera ready” techniques will have you looking exceptionally radiant on your big day. And of course, your makeup will be water/sweat-resistant, with guaranteed lasting power well through the event.

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Happy Valentine’s Day To All Our Beautiful Bridal Makeovers Brides!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day To All Our Beautiful Bridal Makeovers Brides!

Happy Valentine’s Day Beautiful Bridal Makeovers Brides!

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Bring In The New Year Glamorously With Bridal Makeovers!

Want to look extra special for that New Year’s Eve party? If you need a little inspiration for makeup looks for the New Year, you now have free pass to experimenting with sparkle shadows, glittering lashes, liner, and eyes.

 

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and that means glamorous and glittery eyes to lure in that kiss at midnight!

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and that means glamorous and glittery eyes to lure in that kiss at midnight!

 

So throw on your season’s best and some sparkling jewelry, and have some fun this holiday and New Year! Continue Reading…

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Glam It Up This Holiday Season With Bridal Makeovers

Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! It’s that time of year again. The holidays are a time for glamour and glitz so glam it up this season with Bridal Makeovers!

 

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

 

When it comes to beauty, the holidays are the most fun and festive time of the year! Who can resist a set of flirty lashes, glittery lids or a pair of cherry red lips? Continue Reading…

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Happy Fourth Of July!

Hope you’re all rocking some cool and festive makeup this week! Enjoy!

Hope you’re all rocking some cool and festive makeup this week! Enjoy!

 

 

About Aradia

I am a professional makeup artist; passionate about all things “beauty”.  As self-professed beauty fiend I’ve been fascinated with makeup since I was a young child. The endless colors, textures and mediums are fascinating to me.I started this blog as a way to share my work, experiences, product reviews and tips with you. It takes an artful eye to see the beauty and potential in each face. I am not only trained to apply flawless, enduring makeup, I am also skilled in the art of making you feel at ease in every aspect of the process from detailed wedding day timelines to working with you to create a stunning makeup style that will transcend time.I look forward to hearing all of your comments and suggestions, and I hope you enjoy my blog… Welcome!

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Bridal Makeovers Holiday Beauty – Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful

Happy Holidays! Welcome to my creative outlet for sharing makeup looks, hairstyles, reviews, tips  and all things relating to bridal beauty.

 

Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!

Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!

 

These are exciting times as we enter into the energy of positive change. It is time to move forward into the Now! Blessings and thank you for your amazing support.

 

Bridal Gift IdeasBest Bridal Holiday Makeup Sets

Check out my top picks for fabulous gift sets with high quality formulations designed to enhance your natural radiance with limited-edition lipsticks, nail polishes and palettes – Create makeup looks that dazzle and impress! Christmas and Chanukah time is an exciting time in the beauty world. My favorite beauty brands have gone to great lengths to ensure there’s plenty to covet this Holiday season. Gift sets this year are deliberately including a more-sophisticated crowd (perfect for brides). It is also nice that many collections feature palettes and/or minis, which allow you to try a few products without committing to a full size version. In an industry that doesn’t typically discount, the holiday season represents a time to offer “value” by bundling products. These collections are designed to satisfy cravings for color and countless looks. Enjoy!

 

4 Favorite Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas

 

Makeup Forever's All Eyes On You Set

Makeup Forever’s All Eyes On You Set

Too Faced - Sweet Indulgence Palette

Too Faced – Sweet Indulgence Palette

Urban Decay  The Vice Palette

Urban Decay The Vice Palette

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set

 

DIY Holiday Party Look Tips

The holiday season calls for a special look. Here’s some ideas that will make every night of this season that much more special. One of the hottest trends for the holidays is adding color to your eyes.  If you are not so daring, choose something that still fits your personal style but also adds a pop of color.  A perfect makeup example of a not-so-daring but still-adds-color style is simply to add a bright color eyeliner. Continue Reading…

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