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Brides, Please Take Care Of Your Skin. It Is The Canvas I Will Paint On!

I am often asked “What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to a bride?”

 

Enjoy your beautiful fresh face and relax knowing you will look perfect on your big day!

Enjoy your beautiful fresh face & relax knowing you will look perfect on your big day!

 

Within each bride there exists the potential for perfect balance, a state of well-being that radiates from inside out. A bride’s skin needs pampering. I am a firm believer of “loving your skin and it will love you back”. Continue Reading…

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Applying Bridal Makeup On Winter-Exposed Skin

What’s a bride to do? It’s winter, and with the cold and wind and snow comes ashy, pale, dry, scaly winter skin. If you moisturize too much, you risk acne and product build-up. If you don’t moisturize enough, you have dry, itchy skin by the end of the day.

 

Brides Need To Be More Protective Of Their Skin!

Brides Need To Be More Protective Of Their Skin!

 

No worries, try these tips:

Since Winter’s temperatures creates a blustery affect on bridal skin, my top picks are all skin care based. A richer moisturizer is mandatory both day and night to replenish and rehydrate. Continue Reading…

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How to Get Gorgeous Wedding Day Skin

When a bride gets engaged, there’s a tendency to want to do a major beauty overhaul from top to bottom. What’s the best way for brides to help their skin look its best, without going to extremes?  Here are some great habits that can definitely help you get your glow on. Even if it’s a month or two before the wedding and your skin’s not exactly aglow… Don’t fret. This guide will get you there fast.

 

Healthy skin doesn't have to come from an expensive medical process.

Healthy skin doesn’t have to come from an expensive medical process.

 

1. Don’t Starve!

Skimping on nutrients leads to tired-looking skin. There are so many beauty benefits in consuming enough good fat. I recommend including a moderate amount of plant-based fat in every meal, like a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut or olive oil, a quarter of a ripe avocado, or two tablespoons of nuts or seeds. I have tons of bridal clients with dry, flaky, cracked skin, who seem shocked to learn that the culprit is a lack of foods they think of as “bad” and “fattening. Here’s the deal: cells in the top layer of your skin only live about 30 days, and while you don’t feel or see it happening, you shed up to 40,000 skin cells every minute (yup minute) of the day. Because fat is a structural component of skin, you need enough fat in your diet to construct new healthy layers. In addition, healthy fats help you absorb more antioxidants.

 

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

 

2. Fresh Produce!

Aside from smoking, sun damage is the most egregious cause of skin damage, but certain foods can help fight its effects. Hands down, fruits and veggies are the most important ingredient for healthy, glowing skin. In one study, scientists tracked the diets of 35 people, took photos of them, and asked others to rate the pics. The volunteers who ate an average of 2.9 more portions of fruits and vegetables each day were rated as healthier looking, and those who downed an extra 3.3 portions daily were rated as more attractive. A similar UK study found that photos of subjects who ate a fruit and veggie rich diet were rated as more attractive than those with suntans! Scientists say antioxidants are the key, because they improve circulation, and alter skin pigment. Those thought to have the greatest impact are lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color and watermelon its pink hue, and beta-carotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, broccoli, and leafy greens. Polyphenols, which cause blood to rush to the skin surface, also play a role. They’re found in dark grapes, cherries, plums, apples, blackberries, and blueberries. Bonus: antioxidants also act like natural bodyguards, to fend off compounds that harm skin, including pollution, cigarette smoke, and skin damagers produced by stress and sun exposure.

 

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

 

3. Hydrate!

Water can smooth out wrinkles; alcohol does the exact opposite. Continue Reading…

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Summer Brides – Limit Sun Exposure For Beautiful Skin

Happy Summer! This week’s blog is all about solar beauty. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow. All it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Bridal beauty begins with the skin. The better the condition of your skin, the better the makeup will look and the less you will need.

 

Don't try to hide the burn behind a thick layer of makeup! Makeup isn't going to cover up a sunburn.

Don’t try to hide the burn behind a thick layer of makeup! Makeup isn’t going to cover up a sunburn.

 

A lot of brides like to be tan for the Big Day. And it makes sense! The dress, in most cases, is white, and white pops more on dark things. However, some daytime wedding venues can be tough on your skin and makeup, notably, those venues where vows are exchanged outdoors. While a daytime wedding could mean altering your standard beauty regimen just a bit, it’s nothing the informed and well-prepared bride can’t handle.

 

Color theory. It’s logical, a white gown looks great against bronzed skin.

Color theory. It’s logical, a white gown looks great against bronzed skin.

If you must be tan for your big day, consider alternatives that won’t harm your skin.

If you must be tan for your big day, consider alternatives that won’t harm your skin.

 

Skin care comes down to practicing good habits. In the spirit of getting your skin to look its optimal for your big day here are five tips that can help guard against skin burn, chapped skin, dryness, and more. Continue Reading…

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HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT BRIDAL TAN

Dark tans may be out of style, but lots of brides still want to give their skin a little extra oomph by getting a spray tan. When planning makeup and hair for your big day, the tan is also now a major factor in getting the look perfect.

 

How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan

How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan

 

For many years a fake tan was deemed a no go for brides. They didn’t want to look back at the wedding photos and see an obvious deep spray tanned look. Nowadays there are finishes on the skin that complement all complexions and occasions. Tanning has evolved over recent years and this season, it’s a must have. Here’s what to keep in mind to make sure yours looks nice and even and not at all orange. Here’s how to walk down the aisle with a (believable) head-to-toe color:

1. If you’re going to get a fake tan before the big day, spray-tan at least two days prior to your wedding. It’ll darken on the second day, and by the third day, it’ll have settled and be perfect. I promise, you will sweat on your wedding day … so your best bet is 2 days before your wedding you should have had a spray tan. 1 day before you should have showered the excess color off. The night before the wedding or day of you should take another quick rinse shower and you will be the PERFECT color!

2. A gentle layer of self tanning gel/mousse/lotion followed by an illuminator will ensure you have a natural glow with a light radiance. When it comes to tanning the body, many brides feel more confident by gently building up the color with a gradual tanner. With these products you can layer up until you have the color you most desire.

3. Exfoliate at least two times per week starting several months before your wedding day using an oil-based exfoliant. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that may prevent your wedding day tan from looking even and fresh.

4. When your skin is healthy and hydrated it holds a fake tan longer and better, so moisturize every day after your shower. Just avoid lotions that contain alcohol or anti-aging ingredients, as they tend to dry out the skin. But on the day of your spray tan, make sure you do not apply any lotion beforehand (or makeup or deodorant, which can also contain oils that keep the tan from soaking in). Your skin should be clean, dry and free of any products.

5. Always do waxing before your spray tanning appointment. Doing this afterward can make the tan come off in those areas. Prepping is crucial for the ultimate tanning finish. Waxing or shaving should be completed 24 hours before to enable the pores to close. A must do tip is to free the skin of any older self tan and the remnants of any oil based products. A hot soak and exfoliation is ideal, then avoid any body moisturizer to keep the skin like a clear canvas, so that the tan can cling evenly. Always clean your teeth before self tanning to avoid water or toothpaste reacting with tan at the side of the mouth. Remember you don’t want your tan wet for at least eight hours

6. Book a trial appointment, maybe on the day of your engagement or bachelorette party. There are many different types of spray tanning solutions and techniques so it’s best to find the one that’s right for your skin. Start with a solution that is light and has a low percentage of the tanning agent DHA. Once the color guide is washed off, gauge the tan in natural light. Then inspect the finish on the skin every day.

7. Think about a self tan as ‘enhancing’ the skin rather than being darker.Contouring your tan on the body is a must if you’ll be showing arms and shoulders in a strapless gown. An extra layer of product on top of your existing color should be applied sparingly from the top of the shoulder and dragged under the arms.

8. My top tip for gradual tanning is to work in sections of the body at a time, and take your time in front of the bathroom mirror. A good tip is to drag over the heels and feet with large bronzing make up brush. This avoids the color clinging to deep to these problematic areas. My advice? For a truly flawless faux bronze, it’s best to call in the professionals. Splurge on a tan administered by an experienced technician, not a session in an automatic spray-tan booth, where your results may be less even and realistic. This is not a day you should mess with if you want the most foolproof results. You cannot gamble on having streaks, orange color or a sweaty melt down at any cost!

9. If you plan to take a beach trip or lay outside to tan instead, be conscious of tan lines. A good makeup artist can minimize them but the makeup may come off on the dress. And yes, the photos can be retouched in Photoshop but you can’t Photoshop you walking down the aisle … in your gorgeous dress, beautiful hair, flawless makeup and tan lines (which will spoil the whole effect).

10. Finally the color of the face, neck and ALL visible skin should match. If you meet with a makeup artist for a consultation in advance but you’re going to be a different color the next time they see you, let them know.

As with all things related to the ” big day” a bit of advance planning will go a long way to a happy ending. XOX, Aradia – Pro Bridal Makeup Artist

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Bridal Beauty Is All About Gorgeous Glowing Skin

Dear Brides… It’s Time To Get Glowing!

 

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

 

Becoming a makeup connoisseur comes with acquired knowledge and patience! I try (and love) plenty of beauty products but only a select few earn a permanent spot in my already crowded makeup kit. I cannot tell you how many cosmetics I went through until I found my favorites, and I am still trying to find some perfect products. However, in my work as a bridal makeup artist, I have found some gems that every bride probably didn’t think they needed in their makeup collection, but trust me you do.

I find that a more radiant and even skin tone is immediately attainable through a unique combination of products. It’s all about revealing a luminous complexion and youthful glow. Bridal makeup tip #1: Choose timeless over trendy when it comes to your wedding day look. Ever wondered how celebrities always seem to have such wonderful glowing skin? Well, you can enjoy that glow as well for upcoming big day. Here is my breakdown of the beauty tips and tricks to getting this “lit-from-within” glow for your wedding without having that greasy, shiny or sweaty look.

 

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

 

Being a total highlighter-fanatic, I’m very familiar with how a topnotch luminizer can simultaneously spotlight our best features and downplay beauty blemishes. So, the first thing you need to do for your skin is brighten up. But, remember to avoid using too much shimmer as it can make your skin appear too shiny in your wedding photos. Instead, use it to highlight certain areas like the cheekbones or brow bones. I always tell my brides to remember when they look back on their wedding photos five, 10 or 20 years from now that they want to still love how they looked on their wedding day and not look at the photos and say ‘What was I thinking?

To create a dewy glow you need to lighten your look while maintaining full coverage, add a highlighting liquid to your foundation to create a flawless base that is still very sheer and youthful. There are many products geared towards adding the highlighting dimension to your face such as loose powders, shimmers, sticks, etc. Add them anywhere you want a pop in the face.

The pièce de résistance in my makeup kit is NARS’ Brightening Serum – A beautiful product that provides an opalescent, soft glow and balances the skin tone. I apply it over the foundation to make it more uniform and light. It can be mixed with foundation or just used as a highlighter. Not as much shimmer as an illuminator, but a more subtle effect rather than in a makeup product. Adding a bit of luminizer to your daily moisturizer will also offer you a glowy effect. For a naturally opulent glow, layer a tinted moisturizer over the top. Also opt for luminous foundations that have a pearlescent formula. These types of foundation will have properties that will help brighten the complexion with very little effort. One of my favorites are Dior’s Hydra Life Pro Youth Skin Tint and Dior Nude Fluid Foundation.

 

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

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