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Bohemian Chic Bridal Beauty Inspiration

Today’s Bohemian Chic bridal beauty inspiration comes from free-thinking brides that shun convention and trust their wildest instincts, and love natural bridal looks.

 

Bridal Makeup & Hair updated to a chic, boho aesthetic.

Bridal Makeup & Hair updated to a chic, boho aesthetic.

 

With its free-spirited prettiness, no other style quite compares to Boho-Chic. For me, it is a style of fashion makeup that take elements from Bohemian and pre-Raphaelite influences. Chic, bohemian style is about easy breezy makeup and “un-done” hair. No frills, no fuss, just a laid back glow and soft tresses that you can take from day to night and of course, from ceremony to reception!

Credit: Vogue Japan June 2013

 

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

I launched this wedding beauty blog in 2011 as a place to share & explore bridal makeup and hairstyle ideas with brides-to-be and those who simply love beautiful aesthetics and design. With a background in fashion and art, my passion has extended from creating beautiful faces to writing about it.

If you’d like to get in touch with me to create your own romantic, non-traditional bridal look, please contact me at aradia@bridalmakeovers.com

 

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Posted January 12th, 2015.

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100 Years of Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks – A Vintage Bridal Study

Down The Aisle Style: 100 Years of Bridal Hair & Makeup Looks

Today’s blog attempts to beautifully and chronologically demonstrate with the bridal beauty fashion history from the past 100 years. This year is all about vintage inspired weddings and bridal hair is no exception. As a professional makeup artist dedicated to brides I feel it’s crucial that I share knowledge of wedding trends and styling, so in an attempt to grow my own understanding of what vintage weddings through the past 100 years were all about, I offer you this blog. Since a lot of my brides want a wedding look that expresses their personal style while also reflecting a rich tradition, it’s important being specific about the era a certain wedding is based upon and not simply generalizing all styles to this vague, blurred term that ‘vintage’ is. Nothing achieves that goal as gracefully as vintage hair and makeup. Here is a luscious look at wedding beauty fashions from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Let’s take a look back at the best of the last century.

 

1913-2013 - A dazzling tour of the past hundred years of bridal fashion.

1913-2013 – A dazzling tour of the past hundred years of bridal fashion.

 

Bridal vintage style is associated with classy sexiness, youthful wholesomeness, and flawless beauty. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with style icons like Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. In fact the trend of retro pinup-style clothing, hair, and makeup is emerging in contemporary art, movies, ads, and on the fashion runways. Taking inspiration from burlesque divas and celebrities, so many of our brides seek to enhance their image with the effortless glamour and mysterious charisma of classic pinup beauty. BRIDAL MAKEOVERS Innovative & creative styling to bring you stellar makeup and hair artistry. Specializing in hair and make-up from the 1920’s – 1980’s we can transform you into a jazz era flapper girl, a starlet from Hollywood’s golden age, a rock n roll pin-up or a 60’s sex kitten! We at BRIDAL MAKEOVERS have a passion for beauty from a bygone era yet, love the idea of a vintage style wedding gown and hair with more modern makeup done in fresh ways. TIP: First create an inspiration board that features rouge lip colors that are pulled from a vanity table drawer from long ago, mixed with futuristic glittery eye accents, timeless natural tones and indelible smoky shadows and liners. The idea is you want to mix of old and new makeup techniques for a contemporary yet vintage look. The overall message: pair vintage with modern to make a statement that’s unique and all your own for your bridal makeup.

 

In 1913 a high coiffure, long elegant gowns and tightly corseted hourglass figure defined the style.

In 1913 a high coiffure, long elegant gowns and tightly corseted hourglass figure defined the style.

 

Gibson Girls were the embodiment of the American beauty during the Edwardian and late-Victorian era. Continue Reading…

Posted September 10th, 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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VINTAGE BRIDAL INSPIRATIONS – 60’s Hair & Beauty That Transforms!

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 60s Bridal inspirations

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.

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.

Looking like a demure and elegant Hitchcock-heroine with a polished bouffant bob cut and Sicilian architecture as the backdrop.

 

This blog 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. Continue Reading…

Posted May 20th, 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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Dovima – 1950’s Supermodel Supreme

Being that I am so busy taking care of my beautiful brides most of the time, it’s not often that I am able to relax and contemplate my life and the many people and events that have inspired me as an artist. One such person is the legendary 1950’s supermodel Dovima. Dovima was the most glamorous and highly paid fashion model of the 1950’s.

Photographer Richard Avedon’s collaboration with Dovima on the pages of the foremost fashion magazines of the time created a union that provided some of the most spectacular and iconic fashion photographs in history. His photograph “Dovima with Elephants,” featured the first evening dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent, then a young assistant to Christian Dior. It remains one of the most anthologized of fashion photographs.

Dovima With Elephants - Cirque d'Hiver, Paris 1955, Richard Avedon

Dovima With Elephants – Paris 1955, Richard Avedon

 

Divine Dovima had a face that makes you reconsider your perceptions of beauty.

Dovima - 1950s Supermodel Supreme

Dovima – 1950s Supermodel Supreme

 

She was the super-sophisticated model in a sophisticated time, definitely not the girl next door!

Dovima - Elegant, Aristocratic

Dovima – Elegant, Aristocratic

 

I had the honor of meeting the legendary Dovima when I was a young art student learning fashion illustration. What a muse! What an inspiration! 1950s supermodel supreme, Dovima modeled the perfect poses for my fashion drawings 30 years later. She was an aspiring illustrator herself when she was “discovered” so I felt a special connection with her. Even in her 60’s she was beautiful, kind and, oh so elegant! Meeting her made such an impression on me with regards to fashion and makeup artistry. Continue Reading…

Posted June 15th, 2012.

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