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REPOST // My top 5 fave sheet masks…

While they have been around on the market for quite some time now, sheet masks seem to be having something of a renaissance at the moment.  With top celebrities sharing their ‘scary’ sheet masks on social media this unusual trend is definitely catching on!  And who can blame them.  Sheets masks work effectively by holding the product in the fabric – drip feeding the skin whilst on.  Secondly they’re pretty hard to move around in, forcing you to sit down and take a few minutes to chill.  So here are my top 5 sheet masks currently available on the market x

1. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

2. Estée Lauder ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask

3. Starskin After Party Brightening Bio-Cellulose Face Mask

4. NUXE Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask

5. Crème de la Mer The Hydrating Facial

REPOST // 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.

Bridesmaid makeup design – keeping it young and fresh

I love doing bridesmaids makeup – although I do have to say there is a tendency for bridesmaid’s to ask for a deeply smokey eye and big brows for their wedding look.  While I do love a big brow & smokey design this look will not suit every occasion, and in some circumstances, will clash dramatically with their outfits.  An alternative which I think works really well is a nice light brown eye – neatly lined with a pencil that has a slight sparkle to it.  This just subtly brings the eyes out, whilst not detracting from the bride’s own makeup design.  It seems to always work for younger bridesmaids, as it keeps their glowing youth whilst giving them a little something extra.

Something which I have as my own personal ethos as a makeup artist is I will NEVER cover freckles up.  There are 2 reasons for this.  1)  Your freckles are apart of you and should be celebrated like everything else about who you are.  To cover them should be a criminal offence as freckles are super cute!  2)  Covering up freckles using foundation can result in the skin looking over-done and the foundation looking milky over them, so I vow never to do it!

Book your bridal tribe in for your wedding day by sending me an email to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

REPOST // WHO AM I?

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, singers 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 * Clinique * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox * Stila * Urban Decay and YSL to name a few.  Likewise, my professional hairstyling kit contains well-known leading brands.

Image – New Forest Studio

REPOST // Wedding ‘scents’ for 2018 – what’s on trend for wedding perfume next season

If like me you’re totally addicted to perfume, then you might be interested to find out what are the top scents predicted to be popular for the 2018 wedding season.  Who knows it might help you narrow down that ‘One’ perfume that captures who you are! x

1. Elie Saab Girl of Now

2. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

3. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

4. Thierry Mugler Alien

5. Lancome La Vie Est Belle

6. Marc Jacobs Daisy

7. Lancome Hypnose

8. Lolita Lempicka

9. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

10. Lancome Miracle

How to wedding prep your hair like a Princess…

Kate Middleton has become most famous for her beautiful glossy, long thick hair with many a client asking for the ‘Middleton’ in hair salons up and down the country.  But how does she do it?  Well, here are a few secrets to achieving that very same healthy shine for your wedding day x

1. Start to deep condition the hair at least six months before the wedding.  Go for products that are meant for repair like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – these sorts of masks are brilliant at putting back moisture and life into your mane.  Use them at least once a week.

2.  Try to start putting together an idea of what you want for your wedding hair either by making a collage or Pinterest board.  Now, do you need to grow/colour or cut your hair to gain that style?  If you do then start making plans to be able to achieve the style you want.

3.  If your hair colour needs a little fine tuning then think about root touch-ups or subtle highlights around this time too.  That way the colour has time to develop and for it to feel like ‘you’.  Don’t book in a colour appointment too close to the wedding.  Instead, have your last colour about four weeks in advance.  And always think about going lighter not darker, as this will lift your features and compliment your gown.

4.  Start taking onboard more water, fruit and vegetables along with a daily hair supplement such as Hairburst Chewable Heart Hair Vitamins.  Not only will this help to plump the skin and reduce wrinkles, but will also encourage your hair to grow and become thicker.  Always consult your GP before taking any supplements.

5.  Book in for a hair trial.  Take the opportunity to experiment with different styles and remember to bring your wedding hair accessories including a veil if required.  once your happy with the style, take loads of pictures on your phone to remember the hairstyle and get excited!! x

REPOST // 5 microbead-free facial scrubs

Everyone’s skin is different.  But what all skin types benefit from is a good exfoliate once a month.  Not only does it give the skin a good thorough clean, it also fights fine lines and removes dead skin cells to help the skin renewal process.

Microbeads are those harmful little plastic pellets found inside so many face scrubs, that don’t dissolve during water treatment and so end up in the ocean, causing major environmental nightmares and enough of an outcry to have them banned by 2017.

Here are my favourite microbead-free facial scrubs x

1. Alpha-H Liquid Gold

2. Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion

3. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face

4. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

5. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

The big questions – No. 7: I’m pretty confident doing my own bridal makeup – could I just hire you do to hair instead?

When clients see someone like myself who is both skilled in makeup and hair styling – there seems to be a little reluctance in being able to freely ask whether I wouldn’t mind doing just makeup or just hair.  In fact I don’t mind at all – I’m just excited to be a part of your big day and if by my doing a gorgeous cat-flick, or a soft tousled up-do you feel completely fierce and ready for your red carpet moment then I don’t mind at all!

If you are confident in applying your own makeup, but need a little assistance in the hairstyling department then always feel you can contact me and discuss your requirements.  What really helps, when discussing hairstyles on email, is to tell me of any hair pieces you have purchased and want to wear or if you have decided to go for a veil and the setting this has.  For example, does the veil have a comb attached or clips?  Also, send me any images of styles you like to get a sense of what you’re after.  If you have no idea of what you want then don’t panic – we can always discuss this at your trial.  Lastly, you will need to send me a description of your own hair and any images of it’s condition, length and colour.

Top Tip – My top tip when searching for wedding hairstyles you like is to try and find styles that are very similar in colour to your own hair and the same length.  That way you will not be disappointed when the same style in blonde doesn’t look quite the same as in brown hair.

The big questions – No. 6: I don’t like/wear a lot of makeup – should I hire a makeup artist for my wedding?

Bridal makeup by its very nature is not like everyday makeup.  This is because of two things; 1) it has to be photo-ready or photogenic 2) it has to last at least 16 hours in different temperatures and under varying pressures.  Therefore, it will most certainly be more products than you’re used to applying on a daily basis.  So something to consider when deciding on hiring a makeup artist for your wedding, is whether you like to wear makeup and how much do you like applied?  Sounds like a pretty obvious question, but you’d be surprised how many of my clients are a little tentative with the amount of products needed to produce a relatively ‘natural’ makeup look!

This is most evident at the makeup trial when I create a bespoke bridal design for a client, and there initially reaction is shock – not because the makeup is awful or anything!  It is entirely down to the fact that they are seeing the makeup out of context without having their hair styled or their wedding gown on to counter balance the look.  And that is where the skill and experience of a makeup artist lies, in knowing where that line is without everything wedding related around them.  It can feel like a lot of makeup when you’re in jeans and a T-shirt at your makeup trial – but believe me on the wedding day when you’re wearing the most stunning wedding gown, your is hair styled and with a stunning bouquet held at your waist it will not feel like you’ve overdone the foundation! x

REPOST// The big questions – No. 5: Will I look overdone and not like myself?

A very common worry among brides (when considering to hire a makeup artist) is that they will not look like themselves, or that they will be too heavily made up.  There isn’t a bride alive who doesn’t want that pleasant in-take of breath when she enters the room, and see’s her guests and partner for the first time.  You want to be breathtaking for all the right reasons, and any makeup artist worth her salt will always strive to help create that moment for you.  Here are a few myth busters to help you make your choice.

1. One of the most common fears surrounding hiring a makeup artist, is that you will be made to look too heavily ‘made up’ and covered in foundation.  Believe me, no one wants that!  True, we will use slightly more products than than your usual everyday look, but that is only because the makeup design has to work well for meeting guests, different lighting effects, professional photographs and lasting the distance on what is a joyful – but long day.

2. At the makeup trial you will be asked what is usual for you in terms of your everyday look, and what products you like to use.  That way we can design something that is very typically you, yet slightly tweaked to be the very best version of yourself.  A makeup artist is not there to experiment and try out the latest trends on you (only if you want to though!)  We’re here to give a guiding hand to create something that is uniquely you, yet translates well to all mediums.

3. Ok, yes we use a lot more products than you’re used to.  There are eye primers, facial primers, an array of eyeshadows, setting sprays, vitamin sprays the list is endless.  But we only use what we need to, to achieve that flawless base or that gorgeous smokey eye – the key is thin build-able layers that just looks seamless in it’s execution.  Basically, don’t panic when I open the makeup kit!