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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

Rebecca and her New Forest wedding at Chewton Glen

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

REPOST // The big questions – No. 3: How much?!

Today’s question revolves around the vulgar subject of money.  While the hire of a makeup artist is properly going to be your least expensive purchase, a lot of brides are still curious to know what they’re getting for their money.  A fair question.  So without further ado:

1. Training.  Any makeup artist worth his/her salt will have received a level of training when starting to develop their necessary skills and will continue this training whether by attending more courses, events or seminars to expand these expertise.

2. Experience.  This is probably the main factor in how much a makeup artist will charge.  Over the four years I have been in the wedding industry, I have worked with many different bridal clients, their bridesmaids and mothers – meaning I have experience working with different skin types, ethnicity and varying ages.  I know what will look gorgeous on a bride in her 20’s and sophisticated on a lady in her 60’s and the differences required in products and technique.

3. The makeup kit.  I spend about 80% of any earnings on maintaining my makeup kit.  This includes regularly purchasing new products, replacing short term usage products such as mascaras, the constant buying of false eyelashes and maintaining the brushes.

4. Travel.  Not the most glamorous part of the job but obviously a necessity.  Please note I would be more than happy to travel to your wedding if you’re getting married in the Bahamas!

5. And finally, you wouldn’t believe the time I spend filling out paperwork! x

‘Just Peachy’ styled shoot on Bride and Tonic wedding blog…

After being featured on Bride and Tonic in November, I am super excited to be on this truly unique wedding blog again!  This time with a styled shoot focusing on a growing trend for 2019 – peaches.  I was honoured when creator and director of the shoot Tasha, of The Hampshire Wedding Club, contacted me to be involved and provide my makeup skills to the mix.  The images are incredibly sweet and I think really capture the feel of the shoot ideas.

Click here to read the inspiration behind the shoot and see the full shoot images x

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Venue  Greyhound on the Test  |  Catering  Wilds Catering

Styling, props + cut outs  Wild and Wonder Events  |  Shoes   Freya Rose

Co-ordination + styling director   The Hampshire Wedding Club

Bridal Boutique  Hannah Elizabeth Bridal  |  Dress   Ana by Rosa Clara

Florals  Beyond the Barn  |  Photography  Natasha Jay Photography

Styling, props, stationery, table plan + signage   Beyond Vintage  |  Cake   Hayley Elizabeth

Makeup  Frances Moore  |  Hair  Bridal Hair in Hampshire  |  Model Chloe Lancaster 

Jewellery Margaret Turner Jewellery + Agnes Walker Jewellery by Abby Gadd |

Ribbons  Cfleursdesign

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!

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

Latest Dates Available for Spring 2018

Calling all Spring 2018 brides!  Looking for a modern professional makeup artist for your wedding?  Get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to book – latest dates available are listed below x

Sunday 15th April | Sunday 29th April | Saturday 5th May | Sunday 20th May | Sunday 3rd June

Image Albert Palmer Wedding Photography | Venue Burley Manor | Makeup Frances Moore MUA

New Forest Wedding Planning

Planning a New Forest wedding and still need to book a professional makeup artist? Get in touch for truly bespoke, stunning bridal makeup at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

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A 1930’s winter bride inspired makeup design…

Looking back over the year at some of my portfolio work, and came across this beautiful 1930’s art deco inspired winter bride.  I personally organised this styled shoot back in March 2015, at the National Trust Portland House located in Weymouth.  I wanted the makeup design to be very much my interpretation of the 1930’s party scene, with a modern twist.  As often I feel that couples want to go with a theme, but get bogged down in making it authentic – whilst they should really do their own take on the era, and make it personal to them.  Which is what I wanted to reflect in the makeup design.

I started of with the eyes and made a very basic outline of a smokey eye, then filled in the centre of lid with MAC’s glitter in gold.  I then neatly lined the eyes and used some vintage looking false eyelashes by Eylure.  Filling in the brows to a natural arch and depth, I then created a flawless base for model Chloe – using a formula I have personally created for her.  Something which I do for all of my models and clients I regularly work with.  I then swept a strong line of peach blush along the cheekbone, and used MAC’s lipstick in Rebel with MAC’s dazzleglass in Funtabulous (discontinued) over the top to finish x

Photography by Lemontree Photography