Early in October I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for the daughter of the owner of Deans Court, Wimborne. Lottie wanted her makeup to be very natural and completely her. She also wanted a nod to a sun kissed tan, by keeping the foundation very light in layers but complementing her own amazing natural tan x
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of training with Olga Markuse owner of the Bridal Hair Stylist company in Hampshire. Olga has years of experience and is a true artist, so I was completely over the moon to train and pick her brains on how she creates her most famous styles. After a full day of intense training, I came away with three solid styles under my belt that I can wait to share with my clients x
These 3 gorgeous star combs are from Donna’s collection on her website. They feature clusters of Swarovski crystals in varying shapes with an accent silver star filigree. The combs are just perfect tucked into the hair, especially for bridesmaids.
Here I have added these into a half up/half down style x
Today’s big question concerns the bridal makeup trial, and what exactly is involved. Usually held approximately 6 weeks before your wedding day, the makeup trial is a chance to try out different styles that complement your wedding gown, colour scheme and theme. They also serve as an opportunity for a makeup artist to analyse the condition of the skin, and advise on ways to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the big day. But what exactly happens during the makeup trial? Here is a brief outline of how I like to approach the trial.
1. Firstly, hello! This is the first time we would have met after corresponding via email, facebook or over the phone. I like to see how you’re getting on with the planning stage, and if there is any assistance I can provide or any supplier recommendations you need.
2. Ok, let’s get down to business. For initial inspiration I like to see any images of your wedding gown, flowers or general colour themes. That way I can start to piece together a look that will complement all of these elements and (most importantly) something that will suit you and your gorgeous features.
3. I will then talk through the general outline of a makeup design I think will work, and if you’re happy with everything I’ve said then we begin! The makeup trial usually takes around an hour. As I work I will be getting to know your skin and how it responds to certain products. It is at this point I can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and provide advise on how to get the most out of your skincare regime.
4. After completing your initial look I will get you to have a look in my portable mirror (which you can then walk around the room with in different lights) to see if there is anything you want to add or change. It is at this point I fully encourage my bridal clients to really voice their opinions, even if they hate it! That way we can work together to build the perfect bespoke makeup design. If there are only minor changes such as more blusher, or a little less foundation then it all goes down in my diary to remember for the big day. Any major changes we correct together at the trial, so that you’re not worried about anything before the wedding.
Reliability is something I think we all feel is vitally important. We all cherish and rely on the friend who is organised, turns up when they say they will and can be trusted with valuable things. As a wedding supplier I feel this responsibility all the time. So, like a good friend, I make sure to be organised by planning ahead and turn up when my client needs me to. I also endeavour to make sure a client feel’s they can trust me with their hair and makeup on what is one of the most important day’s of their life, by going through every detail at the trial and through various communications.
Sometimes, I am a little shocked when a teary bride will call me a couple of day’s before her wedding explaining that a supplier has let them down last minute. I think ‘where has their reliability and responsibility for their client gone?’
You should feel you can trust your wedding supplier to provide you with their skill to the highest of their ability. A good supplier will happily explain and go through all the details until you feel happy and confident. And if they don’t? Well, they might not be the right supplier for you. But someone out there will be! x
Today’s question revolves around the vulgar subject of money. While the hire of a makeup artist is properly going to be your least expensive purchase, a lot of brides are still curious to know what they’re getting for their money. A fair question. So without further ado:
1. Training. Any makeup artist worth his/her salt will have received a level of training when starting to develop their necessary skills and will continue this training whether by attending more courses, events or seminars to expand these expertise.
2. Experience. This is probably the main factor in how much a makeup artist will charge. Over the four years I have been in the wedding industry, I have worked with many different bridal clients, their bridesmaids and mothers – meaning I have experience working with different skin types, ethnicity and varying ages. I know what will look gorgeous on a bride in her 20’s and sophisticated on a lady in her 60’s and the differences required in products and technique.
3. The makeup kit. I spend about 80% of any earnings on maintaining my makeup kit. This includes regularly purchasing new products, replacing short term usage products such as mascaras, the constant buying of false eyelashes and maintaining the brushes.
4. Travel. Not the most glamorous part of the job but obviously a necessity. Please note I would be more than happy to travel to your wedding if you’re getting married in the Bahamas!
5. And finally, you wouldn’t believe the time I spend filling out paperwork! x
Coming soon to Donna’s website are these star burst hair combs, which are just perfect to place in a half up/half down hairstyle – a classic favoured by many brides. Here I have done soft waves with twists to give the look a modern edge. The look can be made cuter by using plaits such as a dutch braid or fishtail plait x
All this week I will be showcasing a series of new Donna Crain accessories and how each piece could be potentially worn by brides, or even bridesmaids! Donna is one of my most favourite people – she is so lovely and talented. And her accessories are just exquisite, beautifully designed and intricately hand-made. Donna’s accessories are available in my studio to view and play with placing in your own hair.
If purchasing any accessories from Donna don’t forget to quote Frances Moore MUA!
Traditional alice band from Donna, turned upside down and placed across the back of the head x
Just received these gorgeous images by Emily & Steve Photography of Nicki and Deej’s wedding, held in my hometown of Lymington! As Nicki loves festivals and was due to have an outdoor wedding in a stunning marquee, she wanted her bridal makeup to reflect this loose boho feel. Keeping the eye makeup simple with just a bone colour with plenty of sparkle, I then focused on creating a classic flawless base to keep the design ‘bridal’ x