On Friday I had the pleasure of designing Rebecca’s bridal makeup for her wedding at Chewton Glen, and also provided hair and makeup services for her evening soiree event at another New Forest venue, Balmer Lawn. Rebecca wanted her makeup to be delicate, soft and natural so as not to scare or worry her other half, who wanted her to remain quite bare-faced. We spoke in depth about creating something that suited both parties and yet, was good enough to last and be gorgeous in photographs.
I think the final result is simply amazing and really suits Rebecca’s naturally flawless skin and green eyes. As Rebecca isn’t really a lipstick person I used a really subtle blend of a moisturising lipstick in Chanel 54 Boy – a shade my bride’s just love x
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
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 email@example.com, or by using the Contact form on my website 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.
Very exciting news for the House of Moore as the project for a new studio, especially built for my bridal clients, is nearing its build phase. By the end of July I hope to open the studio space to allow my bridal clients and their families to come along and enjoy this brand spanking new area. There will be a large mirror for checking hair & makeup, a cosy window seat for the bride’s family and friends, tea/coffee facilities along with a prosecco bar and an Instagram wall to take the best selfies against!
Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing images of the build progression x
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!
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!)
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