Frances Moore MUA… 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 // 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

School of Skin (1) Dry Skin – what to do…

One of the most common skin conditions I come across as a makeup artist is dry skin.  It’s common because it is so easy to develop.  The weather, air conditioning, pollution, hormones – even certain products can cause dry skin.  So what can you do about it?

Well, you first have to take a long hard look at your lifestyle to ascertain why your skin might be getting so dry.  Do you work outside?  Do you use the right amount of moisturiser?  Do you drink enough water?  It’s usually the most simple of things that gets overlooked that causes the skin to dry out.  But the most important thing you can do for your skin is to not ignore the problem, especially if you have an impending wedding!

My clients can often feel low about the condition of their dry skin, but this needn’t be the case.  Dry skin is often the easiest skin condition to correct with time and the right products.  It just starts with you making a promise to yourself to be kinder to your skin.

Here are my top products for dry skin x

1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

2. MAC Complete Comfort Creme

3. Clinique Moisture Surge

4. Skin Republic Caviar

REPOST // Mini Series 1: A practical guide to healthy skin for your wedding…

Ok, here is the hard truth when it comes to makeup.  Not everything can be covered successfully using foundation and concealer.  Makeup application is only as good as the skin it’s adhering too – it’s a bit like wearing a beautiful gown that is close fitting, but wearing awkwardly fitting underwear underneath!  I often get asked as a makeup artist to cover this patch of dry skin or that freshly picked pimple, and the fact is it’s not going to work.  You have to have a good foundation, to well, apply a good foundation!  So as boring as it is, taking care of your skin should be as much a part of your daily routine as having breakfast or washing your hair.

Now granted having a wedding isn’t going to happen every year of your life but the effort you put into your skin now will pay you back not just for that one day, but will guide you for the rest of your life.  So here are is my practical guide to healthy skin for your wedding day…

1. Kick start your skin into gear with taking a high quality skin supplement.  The earlier you can take regular supplements before the big day the better to get the full benefit.  My personal favourites are Imedeen Derma One and Perfectil Plus Skin – always check with your GP before taking any supplements.  Now and again I like to give myself an extra boost with Imedeen Advanced Beauty Shot.

2. Now is the time to tackle dry skin.  Often dry skin is caused by either not drinking enough water, using a low quality moisturiser not formulated for dry skin, or by poor weather conditions i.e going from cold to hot areas in quick succession.  The fast way to combat dry skin is to apply a balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream before bed, and keep this up regularly for at least a week.  Avoid using an exfoliator during this time.

3. Treat yourself to a daily moisturiser that is specifically formulated to your skin type.  Often a skin complaint is caused by using the wrong type of moisturiser, either by using something that is too strong or too weak.  Clinique have the best moisturisers formulated for skin type, whilst MAC do a moisturiser which is good for all.  Avoid supermarket, or drugstore moisturisers which are not as good quality and will do nothing for your skin.

4. Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and if you can, try and reduce or even better give up the smokes!  Alcohol is so drying to the skin and literally depletes the skin of vitamins and nutrients – so all your hard work can amount to nothing if the skin doesn’t have what it needs to look bright and beautiful.  The same goes for smoking – it’s sad but I can always see the subtle differences in clients that smoke and those that don’t.  Kick the naughty habit now and give your skin time to recover – it will love you for it!

5. The best thing you can do for your skin is to leave it alone.  Don’t pick, scratch or squeeze!  If you’re unsure if you have a pimple, or blackhead leave it alone to make up its mind!  If you do constantly pick at the skin you’ll just be spreading that bacteria everywhere else, plus you run the risk of scarring and ‘pot marking’ – which are not easily rectified without resorting to laser therapy.

6. Try and up your intake of water or squash – tea and coffee are also fine but in smaller amounts.  Ultimately you should aim for 8 glasses of water a day, but not all at once!  Also try and add fruit or veg that is also beneficial to the skin.  I personally love strawberries with a little bit of mascarpone – eating healthily doesn’t mean you can’t make it exciting and add a little bit of naughtiness!  Other fruit good for the skin are Bananas, Grapefruit, Oranges, Watermelon and Passionfruit.

7. And finally… after all that effort a little relaxation is needed!  A clay mask is the best way to both relax and lift the impurities (dirt, sweat, pollution) out of the skin.  I am totally in love with Bobbi Brown’s new range of face masks and the best I’ve come across is BB Instant Detox.  Apply this every two weeks before the wedding to have wonderfully clear skin.  Also avoid having a professional facial too close to the big day, as a facial is designed to bring impurities to the surface x

Mini Series 1: A practical guide to healthy skin for your wedding…

Ok, here is the hard truth when it comes to makeup.  Not everything can be covered successfully using foundation and concealer.  Makeup application is only as good as the skin it’s adhering too – it’s a bit like wearing a beautiful gown that is close fitting, but wearing awkwardly fitting underwear underneath!  I often get asked as a makeup artist to cover this patch of dry skin or that freshly picked pimple, and the fact is it’s not going to work.  You have to have a good foundation, to well, apply a good foundation!  So as boring as it is, taking care of your skin should be as much a part of your daily routine as having breakfast or washing your hair.

Now granted having a wedding isn’t going to happen every year of your life, but the effort you put into your skin now will pay you back not just for that one day but will guide you for the rest of your life.  So here are is my practical guide to healthy skin for your wedding day…

1. Kick start your skin into gear with taking a high quality skin supplement.  The earlier you can take regular supplements before the big day the better to get the full benefit.  My personal favourites are Imedeen Derma One and Perfectil Plus Skin – always check with your GP before taking any supplements.  Now and again I like to give myself an extra boost with Imedeen Advanced Beauty Shot.

2. Now is the time to tackle dry skin.  Often dry skin is caused by either not drinking enough water, using a low quality moisturiser not formulated for dry skin, or by poor weather conditions i.e going from cold to hot areas in quick succession.  The fast way to combat dry skin is to apply a balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream before bed, and keep this up regularly for at least a week.  Avoid using an exfoliator during this time.

3. Treat yourself to a daily moisturiser that is specifically formulated to your skin type.  Often a skin complaint is caused by using the wrong type of moisturiser, either by using something that is too strong or too weak.  Clinique have the best moisturisers formulated for skin type, whilst MAC do a moisturiser which is good for all.  Avoid supermarket, or drugstore moisturisers which are not as good quality and will do nothing for your skin.

4. Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and if you can, try and reduce or even better give up the smokes!  Alcohol is so drying to the skin and literally depletes the skin of vitamins and nutrients – so all your hard work can amount to nothing if the skin doesn’t have what it needs to look bright and beautiful.  The same goes for smoking – it’s sad but I can always see the subtle differences in clients that smoke and those that don’t.  Kick the naughty habit now and give your skin time to recover – it will love you for it!

5. The best thing you can do for your skin is to leave it alone.  Don’t pick, scratch or squeeze!  If you’re unsure if you have a pimple, or blackhead leave it alone to make up its mind!  If you do constantly pick at the skin you’ll just be spreading that bacteria everywhere else, plus you run the risk of scarring and ‘pot marking’ – which are not easily rectified without resorting to laser therapy.

6. Try and up your intake of water or squash – tea and coffee are also fine but in smaller amounts.  Ultimately you should aim for 8 glasses of water a day, but not all at once!  Also try and add fruit or veg that is also beneficial to the skin.  I personally love strawberries with a little bit of mascarpone – eating healthily doesn’t mean you can’t make it exciting and add a little bit of naughtiness!  Other fruit good for the skin are Bananas, Grapefruit, Oranges, Watermelon and Passionfruit.

7. And finally… after all that effort a little relaxation is needed!  A clay mask is the best way to both relax and lift the impurities (dirt, sweat, pollution) out of the skin.  I am totally in love with Bobbi Brown’s new range of face masks and the best I’ve come across is BB Instant Detox.  Apply this every two weeks before the wedding to have wonderfully clear skin.  Also avoid having a professional facial too close to the big day, as a facial is designed to bring impurities to the surface x

New mum beauty…Michelle’s wedding at The Italian Villa, Poole

It’s new mum Michelle’s wedding today at The Italian Villa in Poole!  Michelle was suffering from a little baby brain earlier in the week, where she forgot to pick up her wedding dress from the seamstress – but she luckily remembered in time and thus the wedding prep went swimmingly this morning.  Michelle wanted a really soft, pretty ‘new mum’ look – so just something to brighten up those tired eyes and inject a little warmth and highlight to the skin.  I kept the eyes nice and pretty using an Urban Decay palette Naked 3 and keeping to the pinks, with using the darker side just on the outer corners to strength the look and contour ever so slightly.  I then worked hard on Michelle’s skin, priming with a couple of different primers – undercoating with a highlighting cream, then adding a couple of layers of vitamin rich foundation.  Then I added a Clinique airbrushing concealer pen under the eyes, on the middle of the forehead, down the nose and on the chin.  Finishing with the usual blusher, highlighter and a little bronzer.  For Michelle’s lips I used MAC’s Creme Cup lipsticks to keep that pink, soft element x

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What your oily skin is trying to tell you…

Of all the skin problems my clients tell me afflicts them, dryness and oily skin always rank high and are conversely at polar opposites.  While the drier skin can feel very tight and, of course, dry…oily skin can feel loose and at times like you have a warm, wet towel permanently being rung from above your head!  I know a lot of clients find having oily skin particularly embarrassing complaining that they are too shiny in photographs, or that makeup falls off of the face very quickly.  I completely believe that to treat the condition, you need to first understand why the skin is behaving the way it does.  As it is often the skin’s way of trying to tell you something important about your diet and general heath.

Oily skin is caused by many factors – genetics being the main suspect.  Other causes are environment, as always, and other more controllably elements such as diet/stress and even cosmetic usage.  Along with age, something no one can control!

To relief your oily skin there is no overnight cure unfortunately.  It’s a long battle with keeping stress levels under control, having a healthy lifestyle with the correct diet and exercise for you and using the right makeup for your skin type choosing ‘oil-free’ products over those that are not.  It’s also really important to moisturize and cleanse the face probably.  Most oily skin suffers believe that by not moisturizing the skin they are helping their condition, when really the skin is screaming out for this sort of treatment.

A really fab range of oily skin products are available at Clinique here

 

 

Dealing with occasional blemishes…

We all tend to suffer from blemishes, red marks or spots from time to time.  Whether it’s because of climate change, stress levels or a hormonal imbalance, none of us are completely blemish free – but whats important to note is that it’s perfectly normal and just a fact of life.  I personally take a very relaxed approach to my skin these days, as in the past I have become over anxious at the condition it was in.  What you’ve got to remember is what you see very close up in a bathroom mirror is not necessarily what other people see, and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to stress over the little things.  I’ve popped down my own skin routine, which I follow quite loosely, as I find the less I ‘mess’ with my skin the better it feels and looks.

My personal skin routine

– I tend to give my skin a really good cleanse every 2/3 days where I like to use Clinique cleanser in no.3
– I then like to use a nose strip by Biore every 2 weeks and exfoliate every 2 weeks too
– If I see any spots appearing I dap a bit of Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream, which instantly heals and calms down the redness
– Every morning & night I use a small amount of Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement
– I usually moisturise everyday with MAC Comfort Cream

 

Re-Post : 5 products to add to your ‘everyday’ routine

A lot of brides ask me what to use for their skin routine, if I have a preferred product or even what I tend to do for my ‘everyday’ routine.  What’s important to note in a skin routine is that it has to be tailored to your skin type and work around you – not you working around the skin routine which can make it a chore and be easily given up on.  Also, while it’s a routine don’t feel bad if you don’t do it for a couple of days, which is actually good for the skin as well.  I’ve put together a list of products that I either use in my own ‘everyday’ routine, or use with my brides x

1.  Clinique Clarifying Cleanser – Lotion 3 in combination to oily

I use this every other day, or after I have taken my makeup off to really make sure all my pores are cleared before I hit the hay.  The Clinique 3-Step routine comes in 4 different skin types ranging from very dry – very oily, so there is always a product out there for you.  I also love the freshness of the cleanser, which doesn’t make my skin have that awful tightness that sometimes comes with a cleanser.

2.  No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover

I love to use this to quickly take my eye and lip makeup off in one.  It’s so gentle that even if you got some in your eye it doesn’t hurt, and easily wipes off with cold water.  It also leaves these sensitive areas moisturised.

3.  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel in 3,4

This is such a lightweight moisturiser that whenever I swap it to try something different I can really feel the difference in how heavy my skin then feels, that I have to then swap back!  Again, it’s so gentle and really helps to moisturize my skin without it feeling greasy and easily absorbs into the skin.  It also gives my skin a bit of a dewy glow that I really love in winter.

4.  Dr Brandt Pores No More

I’m never without this product, either for myself or my brides.  I use it as a bit of a primer and mini-foundation, as it has a slight tint that it can be worn alone.  It also really works to close some of my pores, especially on my cheeks – which is also a huge bonus for my brides who want to have that complete flawless finish.

5.  Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips

I like to use a nose strip every other week, to really get rid of all those blocked pores that can build up through the application of makeup.  It leaves the skin around and on my nose really smooth and clear.  I often recommend this product to brides to use the night before their wedding day, so that it gives the skin a chance to calm down and also allows makeup to be applied easily.

5 products to add to your ‘everyday’ skin routine…

A lot of brides ask me what to use for their skin routine, if I have a preferred product or even what I tend to do for my ‘everyday’ routine.  What’s important to note in a skin routine is that it has to be tailored to your skin type and work around you – not you working around the skin routine which can make it a chore and be easily given up on.  Also, while it’s a routine don’t feel bad if you don’t do it for a couple of days, which is actually good for the skin as well.  I’ve put together a list of products that I either use in my own ‘everyday’ routine, or use with my brides x

1.  Clinique Clarifying Cleanser – Lotion 3 in combination to oily

I use this every other day, or after I have taken my makeup off to really make sure all my pores are cleared before I hit the hay.  The Clinique 3-Step routine comes in 4 different skin types ranging from very dry – very oily, so there is always a product out there for you.  I also love the freshness of the cleanser, which doesn’t make my skin have that awful tightness that sometimes comes with a cleanser.

2.  No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover

I love to use this to quickly take my eye and lip makeup off in one.  It’s so gentle that even if you got some in your eye it doesn’t hurt, and easily wipes off with cold water.  It also leaves these sensitive areas moisturised.

3.  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel in 3,4

This is such a lightweight moisturiser that whenever I swap it to try something different I can really feel the difference in how heavy my skin then feels, that I have to then swap back!  Again, it’s so gentle and really helps to moisturize my skin without it feeling greasy and easily absorbs into the skin.  It also gives my skin a bit of a dewy glow that I really love in winter.

4.  Dr Brandt Pores No More

I’m never without this product, either for myself or my brides.  I use it as a bit of a primer and mini-foundation, as it has a slight tint that it can be worn alone.  It also really works to close some of my pores, especially on my cheeks – which is also a huge bonus for my brides who want to have that complete flawless finish.

5.  Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips

I like to use a nose strip every other week, to really get rid of all those blocked pores that can build up through the application of makeup.  It leaves the skin around and on my nose really smooth and clear.  I often recommend this product to brides to use the night before their wedding day, so that it gives the skin a chance to calm down and also allows makeup to be applied easily.

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