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Dissecting Meghan Markle’s bridal makeup look & how to achieve it

Meghan quite wisely opted for a professional makeup artist to achieve her wedding look for her big day.  So unlike Kate’s where the eyeliner and blusher were a little too strong (in my opinion) Meghan’s was a lot softer and naturally beautiful.  Just perfect for a May wedding.  Meghan used her good friend & mua Daniel Martin – who is also an ambassador for Dior Makeup.  So it is likely he mainly used Dior for her look.  I doubt it would have taken him long though as Meghan wore little to no foundation, just focusing all the attention on her eyes and brows.

So how did he do it?  Well, after studying the numerous images of the day and looking back on the footage here is my best guess as to how Daniel achieved Meghan’s look x

1. The base.  It looks as though Meghan is wearing very little to no foundation.  Instead, opting for a moisturised face that has been allowed to sink in and dry before anything else has been applied.  Daniel may have just added a little foundation to the underside of her cheeks and down the neck – perhaps using Meghan’s favourite shade in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.  Meghan’s freckles show very clearly down her T-Zone and across her cheeks with no harsh blending disguising her skin.  I would only recommend doing this if the skin is in very good condition, with no marks/blemishes or scars.  Meghan clearly is blessed with great skin and keeps it in an amazing condition to be able to do this.

2.  Concealer.  Daniel has added a little touch of concealer under Meghan’s eyes, but again this is very light and hardly visible.  I imagine Meghan would have kept blending this with her fingers until she was happy with the barely there coverage.  A good choice would have been  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Conceal.

3.  Meghan had a little bit of blusher on – which appeared to be more of a peach matte rather than a pink.  Daniel used only a touch of colour as I imagine he would have been concerned about the heat on the day, as it would have been hot enough that Meghan would have already of had a natural flush of colour.  A good colour match is MAC Powder Blush in Peaches.  Meghan appeared to also have a touch of a matte bronzer along the hollows of her cheek bones and below her blusher.  Providing both a subtle contour and a warmth to the face.  A good choice would have been MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze.  I noticed a very subtle touch of highlighter along the line of the nose and on the highest point of the cheeks bones – above the blusher.  This would have been taped on with fingers to blend well through.  A good highlighter to do this with is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter.

5.  The eyes and brows.  Daniel has definitely kept to deep brown shadows on the eyes.  I think what he has done is swept over a medium to dark brown all over the lower lid, then added a slightly lighter shade all along the eye crease – this could have been done with any combination of browns from MAC, but most likely is from a Dior palette given that Daniel works for them.  He may have used the Dior 5 couleurs in 647 Undress.  Daniel has also neatly lined Meghan’s eyes using a dark brown eyeliner, keeping the line quite tight with a slight wing at the end of the eye to extend it.  He also used this pencil to dot along the bottom lash line about half way along to just give a hint of something there.  A good colour match would be Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown.

I noticed when she blinked there was a glint of something else on the eyes.  I eventually worked this out to be a little of the lash glue from the individual false eyelashes placed on the corners of the eyes, after a healthy dose of mascara had been added.  Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in 090 Black would be a good choice for her.  The mascara was also placed on the lower eyelashes, but again very subtly.

Her brows were very healthy filled in, but I noticed one side was slightly better than the other in terms of balance.  From looking at the images I think a pomade was used rather than a pencil – this would have meant the brows would have stayed in placed a bit more with less movement.  Something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.

6.  Her lips were the softest of pink shades, with her lovely lip freckles still peeking through.  The formula used doesn’t seem to be matte but more of a sheen, like a balm not a gloss.  It also appears to have been taped in with a finger to blend it thoroughly through the lip.  It was most likely Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm in 001 Pink / Glow.

Lastly, Meghan doesn’t seemed to have used any powder on the face at all – which is a very modern approach to makeup and something which I very much favour.  Instead, she may have got Daniel to simply set her makeup using a setting spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

Nails – Meghan kept her nails short and natural like Kate’s 6 years before.  The shade used was Essie in Mademoiselle.

As for the tiara, it’s been confirmed to be Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The diamond bandeau was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace.

Royal Wedding… The Real Royal Wedding – Lauren & Simon at Penton Park

Yesterday on Royal Wedding day I had the massive privilege of doing the bridal makeup for bride Lauren for her wedding at Penton Park in Hampshire.  Lauren wanted her makeup to be very much like Meghan’s – classic, light and pretty but with Lauren’s matching more of her pink theme whereas Meghan favoured a smokey eye.

It was so much fun doing a wedding on the Royal Wedding!  And like the royal couple I hope Lauren and Simon have a fab married life together x

REPOST//Pylewell Park – Lymington Wedding Venue

After a lovely meeting with Pylewell’s new wedding co-ordinator Melanie, I am very excited to announce that I am now the recommended makeup artist for Lymington wedding venue Pylewell Park.  Can’t wait to get started on making their brides feel completely pampered & glamorous for their big day x

P r o m s

Oh how I do love a prom makeup look! It’s so much fun designing for these beauties and seeing what gorgeous gowns they have chosen – book in for your prom this year and receive a 10% discount.

Usual price £140 including a trial and false eyelashes. Travel charges may apply x

REPOST// 5 Current trending engagement rings for 2018

When the exciting news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle broke out, the first thing everyone wanted to know was what did her ring look like?  What cut was it, what stones were used and thirdly where could you pick up a replica?  Like with Kate Middleton 6 years previously, the world again has gone Royal wedding crazy.  But who can blame us?  We all love a fairytale romance, and surely the symbolic jewellery we wear is just another part of that tale.  So if you’re in the market for an ‘on trend’ ring here are 5 of the most popular for 2018.

1. Tolkowsky 18ct White Gold 1ct Diamond Halo Ring

2. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.80ct Oval Diamond Halo Ring

3. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.83ct Sapphire And Diamond Ring

4. 9ct White Gold Morganite And Diamond Ring

5. 9ct Rose Gold 10pt Diamond & Morganite Ring

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When is it time to see a professional Dermatologist?

 The skin is the largest organ of the body.  Although it is one continuous layer covering and protecting your insides, it isn’t uniform. From the skin on your face to the skin around your nails, on your scalp, over your arms and legs, elbows, and feet, every nook and cranny has unique issues and potential problems.  Taking care of your skin and the various problems that may show up, can be challenging. Thankfully, whether it’s acne, dandruff, calluses, wrinkles, oily skin, dry skin, or red bumps (keratosis pilaris), these problems are relatively easy to take care of on your own with over-the-counter products. But, not every skin difficulty can be resolved without the help of a dermatologist.  But when the problem is not so easy to resolve – when is it the right time to see a professional?

If you’re wondering whether or not your skincare concern is something a doctor should evaluate, use the following criteria to determine if an appointment with the dermatologist is warranted:

1. Cystic acne or stubborn acne that won’t go away with over-the-counter products. An anti-acne product containing benzoyl peroxide and another containing salicylic acid (both of which are available without prescription), when combined with a gentle, healing skincare routine, can keep most mild to moderate breakouts under control. However, if after 2 to 3 months of consistent use, they aren’t working for you, then seeing a dermatologist is a must.

2. Red marks left over from acne or blemishes. Generally, red marks left over from a blemish resolve on their own, and gentle skincare products containing antioxidants and salicylic acid can absolutely speed the process. For unknown reasons, red marks sometimes do not respond to these wonderful over-the-counter products. A dermatologist can step in with laser or light-emitting treatments that can make a significant improvement, potentially eliminating the mark(s) altogether!

3. Itching and rashes that won’t go away. Eczema and other types of dermatitis are accompanied by uncomfortable or even painful inflammation, uncontrollable itching and irritation, or flaking skin that won’t go away. Be sure you aren’t allergic to or having a reaction to the products you use, and make sure you use fragrance- and dye-free products, which is really important for all skin types. If you’re doing that, but the problem still doesn’t go away, then see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can prescribe medications that may finally take care of these bothersome skin dilemmas. You can try applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream to see if that does the trick, but if not, then bite the bullet and make that appointment.

4. Skin disorders and skin that won’t heal. Psoriasis, chronic seborrhoea and dandruff, severe, diabetes-related cracked calluses that don’t heal and become infected, wounds that don’t repair themselves, and rosacea that gets worse are all issues that are best addressed by a dermatologist. Regular skincare products can help maintain the overall health of your skin, but prescription-based oral or topical drugs may be needed to ensure successful and continued resolution of these pesky, unattractive skin burdens.

REPOST // The big questions – No. 1: Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?

Yes, the big question… should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?  It’s a question every bride puts to themselves – shortly followed by the follow up question… or can I get away with it myself?  Often I think the answer is in the ‘get away with’ part.  Do you really want your wedding makeup to be something you ‘get away with’?  If you’re at that stage of questioning, then here are my top 5 reasons for booking a professional make up artist for your wedding.

1. Your wedding day is not a day for ‘everyday’ makeup.  You’re going to be photographed all day – and not just by a professional wedding photographer.  Remember your friends and family are all equipped with cameras too.  Whether it’s for photographs using natural or flash photography or meeting your guests in sunshine or by candlelight, professionally applied makeup will translate well to all mediums.

2. Do you have a million different bridal looks on Pinterest and still can’t decide what to choose?  A makeup artist can translate these looks, picking out key elements that will compliment your wedding gown, hairstyle, theme and colour scheme.

3. Makeup artists know skin (!) and we can help identify the areas that may become an issue on the big day.  For example, that patch of dry skin or the potential breakout that you don’t know how to deal with?  We can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and give you advice on the steps you could take to avoid future problems.  It’s just one less thing to worry about… and it’s all part of the service.

4. Much as I hate to admit it, weddings can be stressful!  And no one would blame you for feeling a bit nervous on the big day.  Having a makeup artist means there will always be a steady hand to apply that cat flick eyeliner or tackle those false eyelashes.  And we’ll always have a tissue nearby as well in case things get a bit teary!

5. OK, and this is the big one: hiring a makeup artist is not cheap!  But you’ve spent oodles on that gorgeous wedding venue and catering, an eye watering amount on that perfect wedding gown… why skimp on yourself?  It is your wedding after all!  This is your chance to be pampered by the professionals so sit back and enjoy it!

5 Best Selling Eyebrow Growth Serums

We’ve all over plucked our eyebrows at some time or another.  Whether for fashion or perhaps just accidentally, it can be highly frustrating and a little embarrassing trying to grow them back.  Here are my top 5 faves for saving those poor brows! x

RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

Eyebrow Lipocils Conditioning Gel

RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

NeuBrow Brow Enhancing Serum Duo

Grande Cosmetics GrandeBrow Brow Enhancing Serum

Hello!

I’m Frances, a classically trained bridal/editorial makeup artist and trainee wedding hairstylist working across the South of England.  My previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, actresses and members of the aristocracy throughout Hampshire (New Forest), Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and London.  A regular contributor to national and international wedding magazines and blogs, my work has been seen across the world and celebrated for its emphasis on luxury beauty.  I simply love being asked to be a part of someone’s wedding day.  Not only is it incredibly exciting; it’s also a position of trust, and one which I fully respect.

In my professional makeup kit are products which I have carefully selected for their high performance qualities and ability to work under pressure – which ensures your bridal makeup has everything it needs to look fab!  These include: Anastasia Beverly Hills * Benefit * Bobbi Brown * Charlotte Tilbury * Dr. Brandt * Illamasqua * Kiss Eyelashes * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox and Urban Decay to name a few.

I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so do get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or by sending me a message through my Contact page.  Also do check out my blog which is regularly updated with helpful tips and advice for your wedding day!

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School of Skin (2) Combination skin – what to do…

After dry skin the next common skin compliant is combination.  Where it is literally that – a combination of dry patches and oily sections that are usually located around the forehead, nose and chin areas (T-Zone)  This can be highly frustrating to deal with as a skin condition, as you may find yourself constantly battling between oil free products and highly concentrated moisturisers to fight either section of the face.

The main arsenal in your kit should be water when it comes to balancing out this difficult combination.  Water is an amazing beauty tool and is also the one thing we always snub our noses at, or completely overlook for no reason.  Drinking plenty of water each day can combat many of life’s stresses including stress itself!  Here are a few other products that may help x

1. Skin Republic Superfood Detox and Charcoal Mask

2. Clarins Hydra-Matte Lotion