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Destination Wedding Makeup – Miami Beach

Today’s blog was designed with the globetrotting bride-to-be in mind. If you want a wedding with an authentic island experience, but don’t actually want to go off the beaten’ path, then Miami Beach is for you.  It’s all about paradise overflowing with fun-filled activities and lounging on the beach.

 

Take your hair and makeup cues from Bridal Makeovers looks of undone elegance.

Take your hair and makeup cues from Bridal Makeovers’ looks of undone elegance.

 

This, my brides, is exactly what a destination wedding should be, an intimate celebration with you and your groom. It’s the perfect way to say “I do”… Made even more perfect with gorgeous hair and makeup by a team that specializes in destination wedding beauty. Continue Reading…

Posted November 27th, 2013.

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WHO IS THE BRIDE? Coordinating Hair And Makeup With Your Bridesmaids

Knowing how to coordinate hair and makeup with your bridesmaids can be tricky if you have strong personalities in the group. However, you should have the final say in the matter since it is your big day, so don’t let big personalities spoil this decision for you.

 

At the end of the day how your bridesmaids look will also reflect on how successful your wedding is.

At the end of the day how your bridesmaids look will also reflect on how successful your wedding is.

 

It’s your wedding, don’t stress with hair and makeup decisions. Your bridesmaids were there for you all throughout your ups and downs in life. A wedding shouldn’t ruin a friendship built strong because of who is going to look better. Remember, you are the bride. You are the biggest star of the day and no matter how beautiful a bridesmaid is, you will be the most gorgeous woman in the event. So now the big question is how can you make your bridesmaid look stunning and yet will not outshine you in your wedding? Keeping a bridal party happy can be as demanding as the wedding planning itself. Every bride needs to know how to manage her complaining bridesmaids. Here are our top bridesmaid troubles and tips for avoiding bridal party drama.

Do any of the following sound like your bridesmaids?

  • I never wear makeup; why should I start now?
  • I know how to do my own makeup. I‘ve been doing it for my whole life!
  • I don’t trust makeup artists – they over-do it or they don’t give me enough; they don’t know my style; they never listen.
  • I just want to look natural, not “made-up”. Or I want a dramatic, smokey eye and bright lips.
  • It’s too much trouble, effort and cost. I am on a budget.

If any of these sound like your girls, don’t worry, you’re not alone. These are very common attitudes! But your wedding may be different. Maybe “special” enough to have them reconsider. Because makeup is a very personal thing and your bridal party also needs to feel comfortable and confident with who you hire, bring your maid of honor with you to your trial run. She will not only give you her honest opinion but, inform the the rest of the party that the trained makeup artist, the one specializing in your own bridal makeup, is perfect for them as well. The trend is becoming more popular for all the bridesmaids to have the same stylist and makeup artist do their makeup and up-dos done together so they will be coordinated. If you want to keep things looking uniform but also want to let your bridesmaids’ personalities shine, you can achieve this by having all your girls in the same makeup color but different hair styles. Choosing a color scheme for the bridesmaids’ makeup allows for the consistency of your wedding colors but shows off your girls’ personalities in your wedding photos. The right professional bridal makeup artists and photographers are successful BECAUSE they don’t have brides and their bridal parties looking “made up” in their photos. They look polished, elegant and fresh and they have that beautiful radiant glow! With makeup, remember it’s not about how much makeup, but rather what products, which colors and how it’s applied. In other words, it’s worth hiring a professional even to look “natural”!

No bride wants her bridesmaids to outshine her on her wedding day. But you still want and need your bridesmaids to look good for photos and match your aesthetic. Remember, how your bridesmaids look is an extension of your wedding design, just like flowers, centerpieces and paper. So the big question now is how can you make your bridesmaid look stunning and yet will not outshine you in your wedding? A wedding is like a fashion show. There will be a procession of stars in the aisle that would certainly take everyone’s breath away. But the greatest star of the event should be the bride. After all this is her wedding. But in every fashion show one girl would certainly look more stunning than the other. Have you ever been to a wedding where the BRIDESMAIDS outshone the bride? First, no one can ever outshine the bride at her own wedding! Yes, some bridesmaids may try to draw attention to themselves on the big day, but it always, always backfires. No one oohs and aahs at obviously attention-hungry bridesmaids, and their efforts only frustrate them when they do not get the spotlight they want so badly, so they end up looking foolish, immature and desperate. After all is said and done, it’s YOUR wedding day, so make it YOUR own!

As far as pricing, the best part is that your bridesmaids may be surprised. It’s probably not quite as costly as they have imagined. One way to find out is to ASK about our affordable packages for your bridal party.

For more info on an “All About The Bride In The Spotlight” trial run, contact Aradia – lead artist and creative director for The Art of Bridal Makeovers. Understanding the importance of Beautiful Makeup, Aradia will always provide a premium, professional service, taking pride in being distinctively creative, detail oriented and dedicated to my craft. With an attention to detail, 25 years of experience in the Industry and the knowledge and passion for bridal beauty, I will enhance and draw out the best version of your natural complexion and features. Brides are guaranteed the latest techniques and the highest quality products used for sustainability, longevity and the most flawless results achievable.

 

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Posted October 7th, 2013.

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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…

Posted June 25th, 2013.

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La Vie en Rose… Love Pink?

Welcome to my blog. Love pink? Don’t be afraid to show off your girly, sweet side.

 

If you are inspired by soft blush roses and cotton candy, then this season’s bridal trend is perfect for you!

 

If you are inspired by soft blush roses and cotton candy, then this season’s bridal trend is perfect for you!

 

One of prettiest color palettes out there—pastel pinks! There’s just something totally alluring and sweet about these soft hues when done throughout your wedding motif.

One of prettiest color palettes out there—pastel pinks! There’s just something totally alluring and sweet about these soft hues when done throughout your wedding motif.

Would you consider having a pastel dress instead of a traditional white one?

Would you consider having a pastel dress instead of a traditional white one?

 

Is pink the new white? Pastels are gaining today as one of the leading wedding trends for this year. Continue Reading…

Posted June 10th, 2013.

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Bridal Beauty Essentials – Part 1: How To Get That Photo-Ready Bridal Look

Hi All…What an amazing year it has been so far; full of fashion shoots, gorgeous dresses, stunning models, exotic locations and bridal trials, not to mention, weddings. Lots and lots of happy brides have had their makeup and hair done by our incredibly talented team and myself this season.  So, if you are wondering why I haven’t posted a blog lately, it’s simply because of this whirlwind adventure of makeup artistry, color and style I have been on, wooh! But, I am happy to say that I am back and fully focused on writing about some of my favorite subjects – Bridal Fashion, Style and Beauty.

 

How To Get That Photo-Ready Bridal Look - Makeup Lessons On Skype

Makeup Lessons On Skype

 

Alongside my bridal, editorial, fashion and beauty work, I also offer personalized makeup lessons on a one-to-one basis. This week I am preparing for makeup lessons via SKYPE. You can now have an Art of Beauty signature makeup lesson by Aradia  no matter where you live. I can teach you all tricks of the trade and create your complete beauty routine that’s right for you. The lessons will be catered to meet the client’s individual requirements. The lessons can be focused on one area you feel you would like to learn more about or on several areas you feel you would like to improve on. Join me on Skype for a private makeup lesson in the privacy of your home or office. I am limiting this special offer to 3 makeup lessons per week so contact me soon to book your lesson. One and two hour slots are available. Call me 305-851-2515 or send me a message for more details.

Brides,  if you are avoiding that frosted/metallic/iridescent look and want to add depth, dimension and a flattering cast to your eyes, you’ll need a collection of shadows that are truly matte. I love a neutral palette with shades ranging from light to dark. For a photo-ready look, every bride needs an essential palette of a selection of subtle and smoky shades browns.

Start by blending an ivory shade on the brow bone. Follow with a light taupe or caramel; remember to blend it well on the lid. A muted golden brown is a typical crease color for neutral looks. A deeper brown in the crease to make it look more defined and dramatic. A chocolate brown color is a must, the trick to this shadow is layering the amount you put on your lid. A light layer can give you a subtle daytime look. If you pack on the color, you will get a sultry smoky eye . You can come up with lots of great natural or dramatic combos with these colors! A dark brown-blackish matte eyeshadow is great for smudging along the lash-line to make your lashes look thicker. It turns any daytime look into a night look, and if you blend it in with a matte jet black it adds dimension to eyes. A sultry chocolate palette of dramatic shades, perfect for creating any smoky eye look. Look for shades with velvety/suede finish with amazing color pay-off.

 

A very pigmented matte dark brown eyeshadow and a creamy bisque shade should be a staple in everyone's collection.

A very pigmented matte dark brown eyeshadow and a creamy bisque shade should be a staple in everyone’s collection (in my opinion).

 

Random Musings & Bridal Beauty Tips from Professional Makeup Artist – Aradia

“I absolutely love what I do and translate this into my work each and every day.  I feel honored to be selected by so many amazing brides to be a part of the most special day in  their lives. I created this blog as a journal of my experiences as a bridal makeup artist.  I feel this is a great way for my brides to get a better feel as to what I can do, as well as the type of artist I am.”

 

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Posted May 1st, 2013.

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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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Posted January 7th, 2013.

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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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Posted December 5th, 2012.

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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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Posted December 4th, 2012.

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Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is the epitome of glamour. The screen siren, who taught all of my brides-to-be that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, is getting my creative ideas flowing.

 

Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Bridal Inspiration: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

 

Today, a half-century later,  this 1950s bombshell is a source of inspiration for a new generation of brides.

 

Bridal Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe in Tulle Tutu Dress

Bridal Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe in Tulle Tutu Dress

 

2012 is the 50th anniversary of the late great blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe’s passing. I’ve been doing professional makeup for over 20 years and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to do the  “Marilyn Monroe look”  since she  represents glamour, style, and elegance – qualities that most brides look to embody on their wedding day.

This blog is dedicated to the beautiful, wonderful, and talented Marilyn Monroe. This is the first in my Hollywood Icon series and it was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. After 50 years her legacy seems to be bigger than ever, and her memory will never die. She has left a huge impact on this world. From smoldering to demure, Marilyn Monroe channeled every facet of femininity, often using makeup to express herself.

 

Tender Photo Of Marilyn Monroe Looking Like A Glowing Bride

Tender Photo Of Marilyn Monroe Looking Like A Glowing Bride

 

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Posted November 12th, 2012.

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Don’t Let Tears Of Joy Ruin Your Bridal Makeup

Your wedding day is going to be an emotional day so your eyes need to be especially tear-proof, as should the rest of your face.

 

Don't Let Tears Of Joy Ruin Your Bridal Makeup

Don’t Let Tears Of Joy Ruin Your Bridal Makeup

 

I always try to choose cosmetics that will go the distance. A base that remains flawless, no matter how many salty tears may flow, is essential. It is important to choose the correct foundation and concealer when you anticipate that you will be crying to prevent problems such as streaking. Unfortunately, the truth is that there really aren’t any cosmetics out there that are 100% guaranteed to withstand streaking. Consequently, I would recommend focusing on making sure you have the proper repair tools for afterwards.

Simply fold a tissue several times and gently blot your face below your lash line, particularly in that leaky inner corner. My advice is to not wipe away tears, but to “brush up” to prevent streaking. Bend your index finger, brushing up along with tissue where the tear is. You’ll need a powder puff to touch up and fix any streaks as long as you pat it dry and don’t wipe it so that the makeup won’t rub off.

The first rule of crying in your makeup is DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES.

No worries… I always use a waterproof sealer for added staying power. The sealers I use are designed for underwater use on special effects makeup and photo shoots. Deiso and Benefit’s “She Laq” with their tear-proof formulas, help keep eye makeup, liners, mascara, even lipstick, from smearing and streaking from tears. These clear, liquid makeup sealers will completely seal your look so your face stays put no matter how many tissues you go through.

I also always use a strong, professional grade makeup sealer on top of my brides’ finished faces for added durability.  My personal preference is Skindinavia for the most advanced technology that is designed to make your makeup stay put, with a unique streak and fade-proof formula, which means that should you wish, you can uncontrollably sob and wail your way through your most important event with no danger of  ‘tear-tracks’ spoiling your look.

 

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Posted November 5th, 2012.

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