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. However, the holiday is being reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples Day—a day of solidarity with Native Americans, 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.
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. Bride 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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The perfect nude lip shade should flatter your skin tone and light up your face, not drain it of life. Not all nudes are for every lip. Keep in mind that different skin tones require lip color palettes specifically designed for them.
Bare, naked, and au natural.
The perfect nude lipstick can make your face look fresh and youthful, but a lot of brides get it wrong and pick something too light, too opaque, or too beige. For most brides, it can be a daunting task finding the right nude lip stick. The best wear a nude shade is to match your skin’s undertone: pink undertones can use pinky undertones, neutral undertones can use peachy undertones, and yellow undertones are flattered by peach, copper and gold nudes. Here are my tips for choosing the best bridal nude lipstick for your skin tone:
TIPS for the perfect nude lip:
How to find the perfect shade, with a little help from the Art of Beauty by Aradia.
To smoothen your pucker, start by exfoliating your lips and then layering on a moisturizing balm. Apply a clear makeup primer around the perimeter of your mouth before you put on your lipstick to keep it from feathering.Taking an extra minute to prep your lips can be the difference between a nude lip that looks pretty and one that looks pasty.
I am a huge advocate of lip liner. It’s my wedding kiss-proof secret weapon!
Layering liner underneath lipstick is a tried-and-true trick for prolonging lip color. For a polished finish choose a lip-liner that is as close as possible to your lipstick. The trick is to gently use you pencil to sketch along the Cupid’s bow first and outline the rest your mouth (even more gently) by using the side rather than the tip of a pencil. The end result will look natural without any harsh lines. Try to match your lip liner to your kissing lipstick nude shade to perfect your lip shape and make your lipstick stay in place from the ceremony ‘til the reception.
Apply lip color with a lip brush because it allows you to blend your lipstick with greater precision, getting right into the inner corners of your mouth, for that perfect pout. Apply your lipcolor by starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide brush across the entire bottom lip.
Matte lipstick leaves a lasting, liquid finish.
Reality check: Regardless of picking the best nude lipstick for your skin-tone, almost all colors and shades in this category tend not to last very long. Fortunately, their subtle nature makes it difficult for someone to notice when they fade. However, to get long-lasting color with a velvety matte finish, layer a liquid lipstick over a base of lip pencil in the same shade for longer staying power. These liquefied and concentrated versions of a traditional lipstick offer pigments that are intense and saturated.
The right pinkish nude can immediately enhance your bridal beauty.
If you have a fair skin tone: Try a sheer, light taupe, a shimmery beige or a nude with a hint of pink in it. Just make sure to steer clear of orangey nudes, which can make paler complexions appear sallow. Shimmering and incandescent pigments will create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller without being too intense.
Subtle and subdued.
If you have a medium skin tone: Try a golden-beige shade with orange undertones to enhance your olive complexion.When choosing your perfect bridal lipstick just remember if it looks nude in the tube, then it’s probably too light and it will look like concealer on your lips. Look for a pinkish-brown lip liner to neutralize your natural lip color and brighten your skin tone. Filled in completely to creates the perfect base for your bridal pout.
The right nude can transform a lip look from simply pretty to jaw-droppingly stunning.
If you have a darker skin tone: Avoid shades that are lighter than your skin color, as they will make your lips look ashy. Try out dark beiges to soft chocolate shades, If your lips are naturally highly pigmented try a caramel brown to counteract your own lip color so you can make them look more nude. If your top lip is darker than the bottom one, you’ll want to even out the color by filling in your entire mouth with a soft brown lip pencil and blending a dusty rose-brown lipstick on top.
It’s not always easy to achieve the right nude look with just one lip color, sometimes you’ll have to layer colors using a lip-liner or another lipstick shade to obtain the perfect nude.
To keep lipstick off your teeth just stick your finger in your mouth, wrap your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that would have gotten on your teeth will be left on your finger.
For touch-ups you’ll want to blot and re-apply your lipstick. Use a tissue to blot away the old layer to absorb excess oils and emollients. Take a powder brush and dip into translucent loose powder and stipple the brush over the tissue against the lips. The thin tissue will allow enough powder to reach the lips. This will help set the color for longer wear.
Avoid applying too much lip gloss. Despite making lips look lush, glosses contain low pigment and tend to dilute when layered over your lipstick.
What are my favorite nudes for creating stellar bridal looks?
For fair skin I love Nude Ballet #601 from: Extraordinaire by Colour Riche – Lipstick By L’Oreal Paris
For medium skin I love Delicate Lace from : L’Absolu Rouge – Lipstick by Lancome
For dark skin I love Half ’n Half from MAC: Lipstick | MAC Cosmetics – Official Site
About The “Nude” Art of Bridal Beauty By ARADIA
When it comes to the nude look, using lighting techniques, deep pigments and high quality products is the trick.
Not only does a nude lip compliment a dramatic eye, it can also enhance your dewy-fresh all-nude make-up for the big day—the natural hue is as versatile as its colorful counterparts. Most brides I meet really want to look like themselves, so consequently the nude look is highly requested. Now, that doesn’t mean that this popular bridal look doesn’t require make up. Actually it takes expertly makeup—maybe even a little contouring and a few false lashes—to look beautifully bare-faced.
Due to all the photographs that will be taken of you, you’ll want your nude lips to be sheer so they looks more alive, so steer clear of formulas that are too matte, which can appear almost mannequin-like in photos. As pro makeup artist who has been working with brides for over 20 years, I have mastered and perfected this iconic look with all the tricks needed to achieve it. I can guide you through the overwhelming world of beiges, taupes, toffees, and caramels to help you get it just right. Because while it may seem like a simple, effortless bridal look, perfection lies in finding the right shade of nude that matches your lip and skin tone immaculately—one that makes the most of your natural beauty.
Contact me today for a trial run to see how you can pull off your favorite natural-looking makeup look for your big day.
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