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This season, bold bright colors are popping up everywhere from; eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes, clothing, handbags, and shoes. Not all brides are a fans of color and for these brides less is always more.  Some brides prefer the “barely there” nude makeup. The nude makeup look is a classic one that will never go out of style, but it has been revised. Creating the nude look this season is all about giving the bride an illuminated face. Her skin should look hydrated, natural and fresh. No heavy blush and definitely no heavy contouring. This is a great look for a destination bride because the dewy look always works best at a beach wedding instead of a matte face and lip. So now you are a nude glowing bride on your wedding day.

L'Oreal Shocked eyeshadow

The following listed are the makeup items I used to create this glamxurious look on my bride Erica.

  • Rodial Glamtox Eye Pen
  • L’OREAL Paris True Match Foundation #N5 True Beige
  • L’OREAL Paris True Match Powder #N5 True Beige
  • M.A.C pigment in Vanilla
  • L’OREAL Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Duo Eye shadow in Energized
  • L’OREAL Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Creamliner in Brown
  • L’OREAL Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator in Black Quartz
  • L’OREAL Paris True Match Powder Blush in Soft Sun
  • NARS Lipstick in Aura
  • SMASHBOX Lip enhancing Lipgloss in Aura

Smashbox lipgloss in "Aura"

Written by New York Celebrity Bridal Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Makeup by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Pictures courtesy of: Rodial, L’OREAL, MAC, NARS, SMASHBOX, and Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
is a Celebrity Bridal Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also an L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist. This New York makeup artist has worked with celebrities like; Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian, Erin Andrews, Jordin Sparks, Daphne Zuniga, Edie Falco, and Kathryn Erbe, to name a few. You recently saw her at Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, NBA All Stars Weekend, and more. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside the Life of a Makeup Artist“, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stilettoor follow her glamxurious tweets on Twitter.


It’s my great pleasure to introduce my buddy Jan aka Astrogrrl, our Anti-Bride Alterna- Astrologer, marriage muse, our bride in the sky who can help you find the best time of year to tie the knot (or not). She’s got the 411 how astral haps affect our lives. Check in with Jan before you plan. As above, so below, rock and roll!

Aside from the obvious reasons not to marry, such as you don’t really love your betrothed or are in love with another, etc., there are certain periods, astrologically speaking, that are less favorable for having the wedding ceremony that begins your life’s journey together. Let’s start with Venus. In astrology, Venus represents our relationships (of all types — intimate, platonic, familial, casual, committed, and that with the self), our material wealth, our value systems, our self-worth, our capacity to see beauty in the world, and our desires. She travels very close to the Sun (second only to Mercury) and is never more than two signs away from the Sun. Venus retrogrades every eighteen months. It is generally ill-advised to wed while Venus is retrograde. After all, she is the planet of love.

Another consideration is Mercury retrograde. In astrology, Mercury governs all manners of information gathering, processing and dissemination; mental processes; communication; commerce and trade; and transportation. He is the smallest planet our the solar system (now that Pluto has been demoted), the fastest moving planet in the zodiac, the closest planet to the Sun, and is never more than one sign away from the Sun. Mercury takes a break, slows down, and retrogrades three times a year for about three weeks. Now, Mercury retrograde is more of an inconvenience really. Miscommunication, delays, misunderstandings are common during a Mercury retrograde which could magnify an already stressful time for the bride, groom, family and friends. Having said that, a professional and thorough wedding planner would be an invaluable help in lifting much of the worry from the bride, bridal party and family.

In astrology, when a planet retrogrades, it is a time to turn the focus inward and not ideal for initiating action. For Venus, it might be a period of reflection, reconnecting, reviewing relationships, redefining worth (material worth or self-worth) and re-examining value systems. For Mercury, it could be a time of rethinking, re-planning, reorganization and reassessment.

If you find yourself with your wedding date already set during a Venus retrograde, it is best to the inner work a retrograde planet insists upon. In Venus’ case, both parties should each reflect upon and fully understand why they are getting married to this person. Take care of anything that might be a red flag. Honest and candid communication with the self and with each other should help uncover any hidden issues within the relationship.

I’m sure that there are couples who get married during a Venus retrograde that have successful marriages. Although I believe that working with the retrograde energy and each person doing the inner reflection required would greatly help the odds of happy coupling.

Venus retrograde dates are as follows (reflects North America PST):

– October 8 to November 18, 2010 ~ especially unfavorable for Scorpios and Libras born October 18 or later

– May 15 to June 27, 2012 ~ especially unfavorable for Geminis

– December 12, 2013 to January 31, 2014 ~ especially unfavorable for Capricorns

Mercury retrograde dates and factor in three days before the start & after the end dates can also be extra challenging days (reflects North America PST):

– remainder for 2010 ~ December 10 to 30

– 2011 ~ March 30 to April 23; August 2 to 26; November 24 to December 13

– 2012 ~ March 12 to April 4; July 15 to August 7; November 6 to 26


Jan aka Astrogrrl, is our marriage muse, our bride in the sky who can help you find the best time of year to tie the knot (or not). She’s got the 411 how astral haps affect our lives. Check in with Jan before you plan.


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