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

REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a reformed 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, so that when you go back you can show off your very own homegrown nails!

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…

5. Regularly paint your nails in funky colours and either use an 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!)

How to extend the life of your bridal perfume…

Over time I’ve become a bit of a perfume obsessive.  I love having the choice whether I want a light floaty, floral scent or a deep, vanilla base fragrance to match my mood.  I know a lot of brides worry about how to extend the life of their perfume, to have that beautiful scent follow them continually throughout the day – so I thought I would comply a top tip list including some of my favourite bridal scents to help.

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

Top 5 bridal perfumes

1. Chanel no.5 – The classic choice.  This perfume has quite a heady scent, so just a little touch will go along way – it is quite floral with ylang-ylang and jasmine.  With base notes of sandalwood and vetiver.

2. Chanel Chance  – Young, floral scent. Top notes of hyacinth, white musk, and exotic pink pepper – this is a very modern scent, and every time I wear it I always get compliments & asked what perfume it is.

3. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche – Lighter than Chanel Chance.  The sparkling floral is light but long-lasting; perfect if you’re having a laid-back marquee-based wedding and want just a hint of a romantic scent.  This is just an Eau De Perfume rather than a Perfume, so lightly top up during the day.

4.  Dior, Miss Dior – Playful, young scent.  Fresh, fruity, citrus prelude into blossoming a floral scent with base musk notes.  A very sweet smell also like candyfloss.

5.  Dior J’Adore – Ultra modern & sophisticated – Rose, bergamot and jasmine.  Really beautiful perfume, but is very heady so go carefully.