Lottie and her wedding at Deans Court

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

Images by Deborah Grace Photography

My favourite venues in and around Wimborne, Dorset

I get to travel to a lot of beautiful places in and out of the UK. However, there is one place that keeps calling me again and again, Wimborne in Dorset. And I love it! With its rolling hills and sweeping landscapes, hidden stately homes and vast family histories – you can completely understand why so many couples choose Wimborne for their english countryside wedding. Here are just a few of my faves that I have had the pleasure of working in x

Deans Court

An elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in William’s family for nearly 500 years. Today the estate hosts a venue for weddings and events, a vintage lifestyle shop, health-food café and holiday cottages & houses. Pop-up social suppers, open-air theatres, courses and workshops, tours, beekeeping, fly-fishing, rearing sheep and growing organic vegetables in a walled kitchen garden – are just some of the other activities taking place here – all of them under the ethos of living sustainably within a heritage environment in the 21st century.

St Giles House

This beautiful family house has a long and rich history. In the past 400 years it has been at the heart of politics, philosophy and social thought. It’s inspired generations of people who have had influence on the world around them. In recent times an award winning restoration has seen it brought back to life and become a family home once again.

10 Castle Street

10 Castle Street is a Grade II listed Palladian mansion, remodelled into a luxury hotel and private member’s club.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Cranborne, East Dorset, 10 Castle Street is within easy reach of historic Salisbury and Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest.  This beautiful area of the Cranborne Chase was a favourite of medieval kings as a hunting ground, and also has links to Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

10 Castle Street features 9 luxury bedrooms, a formal restaurant as well as relaxed drawing rooms, several private event spaces, divine bar, large terrace and stunning gardens.

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

Georgina and her Sopley Mill Wedding

I had a lovely surprise this morning opening my inbox to find these gorgeous images by Maddie Waters Photography sitting there!  Georgina was my bride from October 2018 and I had such a great time being with her, for her wedding at Sopley Mill.  Georgina was amazing at allowing me free reign to design her something utterly feminine, yet with a sultry twist.  Something which I knew she would pull off beautifully x

“Frances, Thank you so much, not only for the best make-up I’ve ever had!!  But also for being such a clam & kind presence during the madness that is getting ready for your wedding day.  You are an absolute star & amazing at what you do!  Georgina xx”
Georgina, Sopley Mill Wedding, October 2018

REPOST // The big questions – No. 1: Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?

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!

Georgina and her wedding at Sopley Mill, Dorset

Yesterday I had the HUGE pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for Georgina, for her wedding at Sopley Mill in Dorset.  I’ve been luckily enough to have done quite a few weddings at this venue in the last year, and I always get a thrill whenever I return as the place is just stunning.  Georgina was such an amazing person to design for as her skin was so flawless, and her blue eyes just popped with any colour.  For her bridal makeup Georgina wanted a soft smokey eye, neatly lined with a flawless sheen of foundation – a bit of blusher, contouring and highlighter.  We finished off the look with Georgina’s favourite lipstick shade MAC in Peach Blossom x

My makeup style…

I have been a makeup artist for 6 years now – and I have practically seen everything there is to see and be asked everything there is to be asked when it comes to bridal makeup.  It seems obvious but all of my clients will hire me based on example imagery of my work, either via this website or through my social media pages.  They know my style.  They know how I work and why.  Clients know that I will interpret their ideas & thoughts, and translate that into the best design that I think will suit their features and styling.

The flip side of that is when I get a client who knows my style, but wants me to completely veer off into a realm that I don’t think will suit that individual, and is not in-keeping with my personal approach.  I often wonder why they contact me in the first place, as nothing I have in my portfolio reflects their ideal bridal makeup design!

So before contacting me to book in for your wedding day, take a moment to really see my work and read these statements… x

Do book me if…

– You’re ready to take my lead when it comes to makeup design.  Not everyone will suit a smokey eye, even if you love it on Pinterest models.

– You’re happy to embrace your natural features (cute freckles and all!)

– You’re ok wearing more products than usual, and upping your day-to-day look.

– You’re ready to be a bride and wear ‘bridal makeup’…

Don’t book me if…

– You want deeply drawn in eyebrows that do not mimic the natural brow line.

– You want a ‘Kim Kardashian’ facial contour.  Even Kim doesn’t do a full contour anymore!

– You want to look completely different, and try something new on your wedding day.

– You want all your lovely freckles covered… this is my pet hate!

Image Charlotte Wise Photography

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

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 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 * Dr. Brandt * Dior * Illamasqua * Kiss Eyelashes * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox * Stila * Urban Decay and YSL to name a few.

Image – New Forest Studio

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 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 * Dr. Brandt * Illamasqua * Kiss Eyelashes * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox and Urban Decay to name a few.

I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so do get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or by sending me a message through my Contact page.  Also do check out my blog which is regularly updated with helpful tips and advice for your wedding day!

Image – Albert Palmer Photography