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!

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

Four Seasons styled shoot… coming soon!

Watch out for this gorgeous shoot on the 18th of February on Strictly Weddings

🌿 Taking inspiration from the gardens designed by the incredible Piet Oudolf 🌿

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England Wild And Wonder Events Paula Rooney Floral Designer Anna Bridal Couture Ringwood Belles Soeurs Frances Moore MUA Cooper Photography Barbara Tipple Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser Hayley Elizabeth Cake Design Ester & Erik UAE

with model Karen of MOT Models

REPOST // The big questions – No. 6: I don’t like/wear a lot of makeup – should I hire a makeup artist for my wedding?

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

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2020!

Is your wedding booked for 2020?  Are you searching for a wedding hair and makeup artist?  Then get in touch today to book your special date!  And booking has never been easier – simply email me directly at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or fill in my contact form on my website to tell me everything about your wonderful planned day x

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REPOST//Touching or topping up your bridal makeup throughout the big day – what will you need…

My bridal clients often ask me what they will need throughout the wedding to keep their makeup looking fresh, especially if any tears are shed during the ceremony or speeches!  A good tip is if you do feel a little emotional and the tears start to well in the eyes, have a tissue on hand and just dap don’t wipe across!  This will save your eye makeup.  This goes for if the tears that have made it down your cheeks.  Below I have complied a list of useful items to have to top up your bridal makeup throughout the day.  Give them to a trusted bridesmaid to look after for you x

1. Lipstick and lipliner.  Be prepared to talk continuously throughout the day to friends and family!  This natural action can result in the lipstick being warn off.  Think carefully about your choice of lipstick – a neutrally toned shade is less obvious when it comes to fading.  Drinking and eating will also mean the colour fades.

2.  Pressed powder.  Make sure not to go for a loose powder to avoid any upset if opened incorrectly, and powder ends up all over your gown!  A little bit of powder may be needed just under the eyes in case of tears, and if you’re feeling particularly flushed and just need to take some of the oil out of the complexion.

3.  Blusher.  A little bit of pressed blusher can be useful if a lot of people have kissed your cheeks and worn of your ‘natural’ glow.  Think about quickly topping this up before photographs.  Don’t be tempted to use too much though!

4.  Mints.  Breath mints are really useful if you want to feel fresh quickly.  With the wine and different foods you will be consuming, having some breath mints can just give you a little more confidence when talking to your guests.

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Last minute wedding dates available for this year!

Email hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to book x
 
Saturday 2nd February | Saturday 16th February | Saturday 23rd February | Saturday 9th March | Saturday 16th March | Saturday 30th March

REPOST // Frances Moore MUA LOVES… Karen Peake SPMU

Last week I decided to finally bite the bullet and have my eyebrows micro-bladed.  There were a few reasons for my decision; after some personal stress I was finding my hair was falling out which also was affecting my brows, they were also not quite symmetrical and I also wanted to save time in the morning not having to pencil them in.  When thinking of who I could trust with my brows I immediately thought of Karen Peake – she is simply the best micro-blade woman in the South of England!  She is super busy as she gets booked up so quickly and for months in advance, so I was very lucky to get a last minute appointment with her.

When I arrived at Karen’s studio, she immediately put me at ease and made me feel like one of her best friends.  I explained how I was feeling about my brows and what I usually do, and what I would like to get out of them.  Karen understood exactly what I was after and expertly colour matched my brows.

After the procedure and through some careful aftercare, I am completely in love with my brows!  And whats more, I have so much extra time in the mornings now not having to fill them in.  Plus I’ve had so many compliments from clients asking where I’ve had them done!

I honestly cannot recommend Karen enough.  If you’re brows are in need of some tlc (even if you don’t have any brows at all due to stress or illness) go to Karen! x

Last prime wedding dates available for 2019 Summer season…

These are the last prime Saturday wedding dates available for 2019 summer season – email hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to book, or use the contact form on my website to send me a message to reserve any of these dates x

Saturday 27th July | Saturday 24th August | Saturday 14th September | Saturday 21st September | Saturday 28th September

 

In case you missed it… OPULENT VIOLET WEDDING IDEAS WITH A FLOWER CLOUD INSTALLATION

If you missed this feature last time here it is again!  A true feast for the eyes, with a world-away backdrop provided by the newly opened wedding venue Pylewell Park located in Lymington, New Forest.  Dazzling styling, floral displays like no other, accessories fit for a Duchess and a cake that is more like a piece of art!  Do check out the full feature here x

The Team // Photographer NEW FOREST STUDIO Venue PYLEWELL PARK Florals THE WILD FOX Styling WILD AND WONDER EVENTS Hair RIOT HAIRDRESSING MUA FRANCES MOORE MUA Jewellery & Accessories AGNES WALKER Stationery & Signage BELLES SOEURS Cake & Favours THE ROSE ON THE CAKE Dresses ANNA BRIDAL