Perfect bridal pink lipstick shades…

For a classic bridal makeup look there’s nothing more chic than a nude, pink lipstick shade.  But, like skin tones, nude lipsticks come in a myriad of beautiful shades.  Whether you like a ‘true’ nude in a beige colour or a subtle pink or orange hue to enhance the natural colour of your lips, one of my top 5 nude lipsticks will be perfect for your wedding day.  For those who are die-hard matte lipstick addicts, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is your NBF, but if you’re a satin-finish girl (and even like a bit of shimmer) you need a Nars Satin Lipstick in your make up bag! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk

2. Mac’s Amorous

3. Nar’s Cruising

4. Chanel’s 54 Boy

5. Mac’s Modesty

Bridesmaid checklist – things to do before the big day

You’ve been given the wonderful job of being a bridesmaid to your lovely friend, but sometimes the pressure of organising events, having outfit fittings and generally being there for your bestie can take it’s toll.  So here is my simple guide to easing some of that stress, meaning you enjoy the run up to the big day along with performing your duties on the actual wedding x

1. Buy/try on your bridesmaid gown, shoes and accessories with plenty of time…

You should try and aim to buy/try on your bridesmaid gown within plenty of time before the wedding.  Not only does this minimise stress of everyone involved – it also allows time for adjustments if needed and if the bride changes her mind on style and colour.  A brilliant place to get gowns from is Maids to Measure

Do not leave it to the big day to stitch loose straps, or mend a broken zip that you knew wouldn’t work – both of which has happened during weddings I have been involved in.  Not only does this look terrible in photographs, it will also mean you are constantly worried about how your gown looks and not feel confident at all.

Be organised on this one!

2. Confirm with the bride your travel/hotel accommodation if required PLUS timings!

If you don’t know what time you need to arrive or be available for the bride, ask.  Check timings – what time do you need to be with her for breakfast, hair, makeup or even changed into your gown.  Which car are you riding in and do you need to stay with her, or book a local hotel.  Take the initiative and confirm what is going on, as the bride will have so many things to think about she may need a little push to sort the little details with you.

3. Decide whether you want hair and or makeup, and tell the bride.

This subject is always a little touchy with brides as they usually always want to pay for bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done, but financially this is not always possible (weddings are expensive!)  So really think about whether you want your hair and or makeup done, and if so are you willing to help pay for this?  Quite often I am involved in weddings where only one or two bridesmaids are having their hair and makeup done, and it makes the rest of the bridal group really regret their decision as they either don’t have the same products or can’t achieve the same professional finish.

If you do want either or both, then tell the bride in plenty of time and not a couple of days before the wedding.  That way, numbers and timings can be confirmed and any final bills paid in plenty of time.

4.  Don’t bring your hang-ups or personal problems to the bride on her wedding day.

This can sound really harsh but in practise I have seen so many bridesmaids verbally attack brides on their special day for not doing this, or not thinking to organise that.  Meaning that poor bride who has spent an enormous amount of money making it a special day for everyone, now feels like rubbish on her wedding day.  No one wants to see that.

Leave your hang-ups and personal problems at the door and be there for your friend.  It’s one day where you can just enjoy yourself and be with friends and family, so buck up and let your hair down!

5.  Make sure both the bride and yourself have a prosecco in hand for most of the morning x

L.A Girl – why I love to use their foundations…

In their own words…

L.A. Girl offers beauty without compromise and beauty for all.  Founded in 1985, the brands original ethos still stands strong – premium quality, on-trend, innovative beauty.  With their on-trend, affordable products, L.A. Girl provides the tools for everyone (from beginner to pro MUA) to express themselves through makeup application.’

I simply love their products!  L.A Girl is one of the fastest growing makeup brands currently on the market, and in my opinion easily out-does some of the more well known established brands such as YSL, especially on foundation.  I came across L.A Girl after reading many of the favourable reviews and thought I’d give their pro long-wear foundation a try.  Well a couple of years later and many happy bridal clients on, I am still using their products.

The models I work with are always asking what foundation is in my kit, as they love the way the skin is able to breath yet is fully covered with an even skin-tone.  The weightless, hydrating formula glides onto the skin imparting gentle hydration and incredible coverage.  It allows the skin to be camera ready whilst it cares for the skin x

Non invasive chemical skin peels – how to instantly rejuvenate your skin

Clients often tell me that they feel as though their skin looks tired, dull and lifeless.  Drinking plenty of water and catching up on some much needed sleep can work to reverse this.  However, water and sleep can only go so far.  If the skin has started to show signs of pigmentation, acne, wrinkles or an uneven skin tone then you may want to consider a non invasive chemical skin peel.

Skin peels have come along way from the grizzly looking peels often associated with face lifts in the early 90’s.  Now there is a skin peel for different depths, skin complaints and required end results.  There is only one thing that is important to consider before having a skin peel – who to get it from.

I personally can recommend any Sk:n clinic.  Their staff are medically trained to provide a range of non invasive cosmetic procedures including facial peels.  Meaning you are in very good hands.

What to expect from a skin peel

1. Rejuvenated and brighter skin
2. Revival of dull skin
3. Removal of dead skin cells
4. Even skin texture and tone
5. Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
6. Smoother, softer skin
7. Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
8. Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
9. Hydrated and nourished skin
10. Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin

REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

1-2-1 Bridal Makeup Training NOW available!!

Are you getting married abroad, volunteered to do your friend’s bridal makeup, or are simply doing your own makeup for your big day but need a little hand in the basics?  My 1-2-1 bridal makeup training sessions are tailored to your skill set and individual concerns.

Working with real models or with a friend (of your choosing) we will work through a full makeup look that you want to achieve.  I will aim to work at your pace and will slow down any technique that you want to master.

Get in touch to book at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or by using the Contact form on my website x

REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like.  Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome.  Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want.  I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x

1. Do you prefer your hair up or down?  It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked.  If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural.  Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered.  So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.

2. What’s your wedding gown like?  Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair?  Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?

3. What is your hair colour like?  Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common?  The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair.  They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist.  It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.

4. What’s the weather likely to be?  If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket.  Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.

5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair?  Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do.  A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.

Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do.  I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both.  Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain

6.  And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want?  9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions.  It’s a well known trade secret.  This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic.  Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x

Perfect bridal pink lipstick shades…

For a classic bridal makeup look there’s nothing more chic than a nude, pink lipstick shade.  But, like skin tones, nude lipsticks come in a myriad of beautiful shades.  Whether you like a ‘true’ nude in a beige colour or a subtle pink or orange hue to enhance the natural colour of your lips, one of my top 5 nude lipsticks will be perfect for your wedding day.  For those who are die-hard matte lipstick addicts, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is your NBF, but if you’re a satin-finish girl (and even like a bit of shimmer) you need a Nars Satin Lipstick in your make up bag! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk

2. Mac’s Amorous

3. Nar’s Cruising

4. Chanel’s 54 Boy

5. Mac’s Modesty

REPOST // 5 coral lipsticks that are rocking 2019…

Coral shades are HUGE news this year.  Ever since a certain American married her beau with the most gorgeous natural makeup design, anything that mimics soft shades is in!  So when Meghan stepped out with a natural pink coral lip – everyone then and now wanted a touch of natural glam.  Hey, if it’s good enough for a Duchess then why the hell not! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury – Sexy Sienna

2. Dior – 004 Coral

3. Bobbi Brown – Coral Pink

4. MAC – Flamingo

5. Charlotte Tilbury – Hot Emily

Eat your way to fabulous skin with these tasty fruits

Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth.  Eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

Try and add any of these gorgeous fruits to your diet to encourage glowing skin.  Isn’t nice to be able to add to your diet, instead of taking away!

1. Strawberries

2. Citrus fruits including oranges & lemons

3. Papayas

4. Avocado

5. Watermelon

6. Cucumber

7. Mango

8. Banana

9. Apples

10. Grapes