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Welcome all! Nostalgia seems to be the predominant fashion mode for so many of my brides. Are you considering a vintage dress but you’re worried where to start the search for the hair and makeup?
Modern Day Vintage 60′s Bridal Inspirations
Well, lucky, lucky you! Today we are talking about the early 1960′s influence on fashion! It is hard to find a more diverse era for bridal fashion makeup and hair than the Mod 1960′s. The words radical, mod and carefree come to mind when we tune in on this era but so do the words bouffant and elegance.
“Coiffure” and “Bouffant” were common fashion terms bringing big hair to the fashion forefront.
I just love when contemporary editorials channel the early 60′s. So I wanted to do a modern take on early ’60s glam bridal inspiration for my brides. Brides that are inspired by vintage looks need to take a look at these exceptionally stylish and progressive alternatives to traditional looks. Lots of times, brides come to me asking for a vintage makeup look, but they are not really sure which era they would like to borrow from.
Looking like a demure and elegant Hitchcock-heroine with a polished bouffant bob cut and Sicilian architecture as the backdrop.
This post was created for brides who would love to do a retro 60′s look, but want something completely original and don’t have the time, the energy, or the faintest idea where to start. My tip to you is to first decide whether you are going early to mid 1960′s or late decade sixties. Most of you desire a retro make-up look that is all about creating the illusion of bigger eyes. In the early 60′s make-up was heavily focused on the eyes. Black eyeliner, white eyeshadow and lush fake lashes to create that innocent wide eyes 60′s makeup look.
Vintage Bridal Retro-Style 60′s – Vogue Italia, March, 2012
A heavy liner on the top lash-line flicked out, then a liner under the eye meeting the flick – leaving a gap at the outer corner of the eye to elongate them as shown in very retro style for Vogue Italia; explores beauty trends from the past and transfers them into wearable, updated ideas for hair and makeup. Channeling the 1960s today is easier than ever, thanks to the fact that ’60s styles are back in fashion.
Inspired by the featured photo, this hairstyle and makeup look calls to mind some of the ‘Bombshell Kitten’ looks of the mid-sixties. Kristen Stewart was featured in June 2011 issue of W Magazine.
By its very nature, fashion is in a constant state of change, but the industry has a way of rehashing the past every few seasons with bridal collections that draw inspiration from key moments in fashion’s history. Bridal fashion designers are revisiting everything from the decade that ushered in with all the elegance of the La Dolce Vita and Breakfast at Tiffany’s look sporting super coiffed hair and high dress formals, to the exit in 1969 that was a 180 degree turn, when in the swinging sixties, the ultra hip opted for bridal mini dresses.
From VOGUE editorial – May 2009 starring Natalia Vodianova as legendary model Veruschka in Chanel Haute Couture. Photo by Steven Meisel
Contemporary designers are paying homage to the swinging 60’s.
About BRIDAL MAKEOVERS
The team at BRIDAL MAKEOVERS all come from a fashion background and a private appointment service gives our bridal clients the benefit of a professional eye which would normally be reserved for a celebrity clientele. The team is lead by me – Aradia – creative director, painter, fashion illustrator, pro makeup artist as well as a beauty addict. I’ve been obsessed with makeup ever since I was old enough to make a fist around my mom’s lipstick tubes! I would love to create my signature look of fresh and flawless for your wedding. This blog started off as a personal library to store all the make up and beauty looks that inspire me. Enjoy!
Welcome to my blog! Are you ready for some drama and pure unadulterated elegance today?
Backstage Beauty at the Grand Palais in Paris for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection shows
Weddings are supposed to be about celebrating your love and having a good time but all too often they become bogged down in ceremony and social etiquette. Are your plans for your wedding look not quite traditional? Having an unconventional wedding? If you don’t conform to the traditional brides aesthetic and don’t find inspiration in ‘pretty’, you may just feel more comfortable disregarding convention when comes to style and beauty. It’s your wedding, who says you can’t rock that ultra heavy black liner on those smoky eyes piled on extra with feathered eyelashes? Why not? You are the bride and you rule baby. Read on
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala
“PUNK: Chaos to Couture”
Even the annual fête, which formally kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly Costume Institute exhibit injected pure drama and wonderment on May 9th, 2013 as it celebrated with a punk theme. So, how does this unconventional theme justice and inspire bridal looks? Well… I am a big advocate for brides doing what makes them happy and showcasing their vibrancy and personalities through the makeup and hair. For the past three decades my approach to makeup styles has been heavily inspired by a combination of haute couture and street fashion creations. However, most of my brides are inspired celebrities red carpet looks. So take a look at how this year’s gala punk theme inspired celebrities to leave their usual glowing red carpet beauty looks behind and instead opt for something a tad more experimental. I predict that this is going to take bridal styling to a whole new level…
The Met Gala truly brought out a bevy of style stars, from models to designers to Hollywood’s A-list with their punk-inspired beauty looks.
Fashion Makeup & Hair Inspiration From New York Fashion Week Fall 2013
Looking for some enchanting new season hair and makeup looks for your bridal inspiration? To help you enhance, define and slightly alter your features according to the latest trends, we’ve put together a selection of the makeup trends for fall 2013 from New York Fashion Week. Amidst a sea of wonderful, exciting new designs at New York Fashion Week, hair and makeup have been an essential ingredient for creating show stopping looks on the runways. We’ve spotted trends that have emerged and will be sure to lead the bridal looks this season.
Bardot-esque cat-eye look was all the fall rage at Anna Sui 2013 runway.
At Bridal Makeovers we’ve been busy checking out the hottest makeup designs and hairstyles for fall 2013 at New York Fashion Week and we have yet to be disappointed. We’re smitten with some of these ethereal and romantic looks and blown away by the opulent details …Here’s a glimpse at the candid images of the runways and our predictions of what’s to come for weddings! We just love how these trends bring a fresh dimension to bridal beauty to inspire your own personal runway look. Don’t you?
Fuller, defined brows are popular this fall and are a classic look for bridal.
Thick eyebrows are making a big bold come-back this season and were seen across a wide variety of runways. Eyebrows really frame and define the face and pull the whole look together. Following the natural shape of your brow is generally the rule of thumb. Designer Faces – NARS: Marc Jacobs Spring 2013
Statement-making eye brows by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westmanseen at the Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.
Posted February 25th, 2013. Add a comment
Another Awards show has come and gone, and The Grammy’s did not disappoint! Though music’s biggest night usually brings out celebrities’ most wild styles, the 2013 Grammys produced more traditional fashion moments. I found myself loving so many hair and makeup red carpet looks. Here are the favorites of the night that are perfect for bridal. . . Whether or not they walked home with a statue, they’re winners in our book for highlighting their best features and inspiring our brides with these gorgeous makeup looks and hairstyles.
Beyoncé – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair
Beyoncé rocked one of this spring’s most chic and simple hair trends: showing off a picture-perfect ponytail on stage at the Grammys. Minimal make-up of bright red lipstick, flirty liner let her natural beauty shine through… All very sleek, sophisticated and influential to brides seeking a more polished feel for their wedding day look.
Katy Perry – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair
Katy Perry offered one of the best beauty looks of the night! She was truly a showstopper with her voluminous, bouffant blown-out hair, strong eyebrows, look-at-me lashes and nude lips. Very inspiring for brides searching for a vintage, bridal bombshell look!
Taylor Swift – Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Makeup & Hair
Taylor Swift showed just how thrilled she was to take home another Gramophone trophy on Sunday as she graced the stage in her ethereal braided bun. Love the soft wisps framing her face, so feminine and romantic. Add the high-shine bronzed cheeks and a perfect pink pout, and brides too can look ethereal and goddess-like with this braided style. Continue Reading…
Posted February 18th, 2013. Add a comment
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
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
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
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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!
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
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
Posted December 5th, 2012. Add a comment
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
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
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
Posted December 4th, 2012. Add a comment
We are coming off of one of the biggest weekends for the wedding industry: Bridal Fashion Week. Taking place in New York bi-annually, it attracts buyers, editors, bloggers, event designers and planners and showcases the most glamorous designs the bridal world has to offer. From the catwalk to the altar. It seems as couture fashion this season is all about “white lace and promises!” I love to see the hot trends on the runway and how they inspire real brides!
2013 New York International Fashion Bridal Week – Hair & Makeup Trends
The bridal industry is all about innovation, and Bridal Fashion Week highlights the trendsetting positioning and cutting-edge details that Bridal Makeovers exemplifies. Aradia of Bridal Makeovers takes trends that she sees on the runway, combines them with her imagination and then has her team replicate them for bridal clients. This season, designers unanimously returned to tradition with elegant lace, long sleeves, and classic silhouettes. There were fresh silhouettes, billowy ball gowns, and couture details. Here is the preview of next season’s hottest bridal hair and makeup trends—straight from the runway. And it doesn’t take much imagination to see these ethereal white creations walking down the aisle…
Bridal Market was this past weekend, and here are a few trends we’re seeing:
Sparkle down the aisle with an all-over sequined gown.
A memorable Bridal Fashion Week is winding down. The models have sashayed down the catwalks in the most exquisite gowns and the wedding industry collectively ‘ooed’ at the clouds of tulle, glamorous silks, satins, ruffles and intricate lace that graced the shows. Bridal beauty trends this year from the top designers – Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang included. When these couturiers recently hit New York to reveal their collections I not only became obsessed with what I saw on the runways (soft colors, dramatic ruffles, and sheer everything), I couldn’t wait to share with my brides the elements that will inspire their bridal looks. So take a peek at my favorite new looks from the hottest names in bridal, and check out the wedding beauty trends I am spotting now.
Monique Lhuillier “dream-like” collection
The Look: The fashion world was all aflutter last week as designer Monique Lhuillier presented her frothy confections of white lace, tulle, and satin floating down the runway. The models makeup looks were very dreamlike, ultra-feminine and sensual with different textures, ranging from shimmer to matte with sparse shimmer to pearly in shades of pretty peach with iridescence and taupes with coppery shimmers. I am enamored by these luscious looks. Continue Reading…
Posted October 22nd, 2012. Add a comment
THE BIG TRESSES TREND
Natural bridal makeup looks outranked the bolder beauty looks that I have created so far this season. As far as hair, it seems that we’re experiencing an 80′s hair revival. Monumental manes in general are back but, this latest tidal wave is coming in a rich, deep brunette hue. The blonde-centric editorials and ads have been infiltrated with dark-coiffed models like Cheryl Cole, who is probably most recognized for her luscious, dark chocolate brown hair locks. She looks radiantly gorgeous in this pic (I can only imagine how many cans of L’Oreal hairspray this hairstyle took!) and now you too can have luscious brunette tresses. Because our brides are definitely worth it, we would like to show you too how you can show off your sultry side.
Today’s hottest bridal hair is very brunette and very big bombshell beauty.
Are ready to unleash your inner bombshell, but are still mystified by the smoky eye and how to plump up those lips?
We know you want that ‘Va Va Voom’ Hair! Bridal Makeovers reveals how in a personalized consultation focusing on ‘hair + makeup’ for the engagement shoot, the bridal portrait shoot, the bridal shower, the Girls Night Out Makeup lesson for you + your girlfriends, the bachelorette party and/or the rehearsal dinner.
It’s not just celebrities who get our “good-girl-gone-vamp” treatment. Aradia heads a “Glam Squad” which makes house calls to anyone in the South Florida area who desires a full-blown vixen makeover. So, if you want to unleash your inner sensual goddess (and who wouldn’t?), it’s all about amplifying your assets. Pump up the volume with showstopping hair, major lashes, and an attitude to match. Call us for details today to show you how to design and create your own personalized show-stopping style.
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Art of Beauty / Bridal Makeovers by Aradia
Specializing in Formal Hairstyling & Bridal Artistry
Posted October 10th, 2012. Add a comment
Bridal Makeovers wants you to look your best for all your wedding related events. However, we understand that not all brides have the time or money to spend in the salon each week due to this economy and to tight wedding budgets. Splurging on a pro blow dry every week is hardly practical and, sigh, doing it yourself never seems to yield the same results… Until now!
DIY Fab Hair Blow Out
Luckily, as long as you know a few choice techniques, gorgeous hair requires neither. You don’t have to pay top dollar to get an ultra-sleek salon blow-out. A fab blow-out creates a luxurious foundation for any photo-ready style and adds polish to hair. I know it seems impossible to replicate this at home. But impossible it is not! Today we have for you a quick “how-to” that even the most tress-challenged beauty novice can follow. In this BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Master Class, celebrity hairstylist Kei Pucci teaches you how to tame frizz and add volume with some clever pro tricks tips for “The Perfect Blowout”. Here are her step-by-step instructions so you can produce bouncy, stunning, picture-perfect hair for yourself. The hair of your dreams is only a little effort away! Use our tips to get the hair you’ve always wanted and show off those lovely locks with pride.
1) Start off squeaky-clean. When washing your hair before a blowout, be sure to rinse away your conditioner thoroughly especially at the back of your head. Many blowouts don’t last because some of the conditioner is still present. On wet hair (don’t rub dry with a towel; it causes frizz), comb a nickel-size amount of your favorite heat-protection gel or styling cream through strands. Remember to apply your anti-frizz lotion from roots to tips. Too much product is the number-one enemy of a good blowout. The key to achieving your best blowout at home is tailoring it to two factors: the style you want (super sleek, tousled, or loose waves) and your hair’s natural texture (straight or curly). Attach the nozzle to your dryer, then follow these blow-by-blow steps to look (and feel) like you just stepped out of the salon.
DIY Fab Hair Blow Out
2) You need to have a professional blow-dryer if you are committed to bringing out shiny, healthy hair – not dried out or frizzy like inexpensive dryers can give you. A good ceramic hair dryer is an investment in the health of your hair – if you use a flat iron, you need one to shorten heat exposure & avoid lasting damage. Not only is a professional blow-dryer a great investment but, it will also dry your hair up to 60% faster. You basically want a blow-dryer with an ionic feature to seal in the cuticle and lock in moisture for high sheen. Make sure your blow-dryer has sufficient voltage and a nozzle attachment for a controlled, polished finish. The higher the number, the more powerful the heat and airflow will be. You need to get at least 1800 watts to prevent frizz. Get one that has at least 2 heat settings: high heat for initial drying, low heat for finishing. It’s important to be able to control the amount and temperature of the airflow. .And, having a “cool shot” button comes in handy to help “lock” hair into place.
Make sure your blow-dryer has sufficient voltage and a nozzle attachment for a controlled, polished finish. The higher the number, the more powerful the heat and airflow will be.
DIY Fab Blow Out – You need a Professional Blow-Dryer
Posted September 28th, 2012. Add a comment