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

I have a confession to make.  I am a former 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.

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 in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in 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 get glossy, strong and long wedding hair

You’ve booked the wedding venue, found the perfect gown, Pinterest the hell out of your bridal makeup and hair inspirations – now it’s time to fully take charge of your skincare routine AND… your haircare regime.  Often neglected on the run up to the wedding (and who can blame you with everything going on!)  Spend a little bit of time on your haircare needs, and believe me your ultimate bridal look will go from ‘girl next door’ to ‘red carpet glam’ in no time!  Here are a few tips for getting glossy, strong and longer hair before your wedding.

1. Eat Smarter

Diet is the most important thing to consider if you want thick and healthy hair. While genetics determines hair texture and curl, our diet plays a role in how genes can get expressed.  Be sure to get plenty of good quality protein and good fats like olive oil and Omega 3.  Foods such as salmon, avocados, nuts, vegetables, and fruit to get the nutrients and fibers needed.

2. Use The Right Shampoo & Conditioner

Different hair types require specific products that cater to different needs.  Those with fine hair should look for building shampoo and conditioners, such as the Redken High Rise Volume, to create thickness and shine.  For those with coarse hair, products that tame frizz, enhance shine, and moisturize, like Ouai’s Smooth Conditioner.

3. Start With Your Scalp

The scalp has a rich micro-biome of bacteria and fungus necessary to keep the skin healthy.  When we don’t shampoo enough or use harsh chemicals on it, it leads to scalp problems that negatively affect hair growth.  You have to take care of your scalp because it is an extension of your skin.  The skin has immunity functions and is our first line of defence against toxins and environment aggressors.  When the scalp is compromised, the scalp cannot defend itself.  Keeping a healthy balance of moisture and natural oils is important on scalp just as it is on your face.

4. Ditch Hot Tools

I know it can be hard to break up with your hair dryer or flat iron.  But if you want thicker, shinier hair, you might have to.  Keeping hot tool use at a minimum will lessen hair damage.  It will make a huge difference.  If you cannot stay away from your favorite hot tools, it’s an absolute must to use a heat protectant spray, like the Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray, and a hot tool brand that regulates heat and temperature, like the T3 Single Pass Straight Iron.  I’m also a fan of the new Dyson Airwrap Styler, a styling tool and dryer hybrid that uses air and minimal heat to dry and curl hair.

5. Brush, Brush, Brush

Yes, even brushing can affect your hair’s thickness.  Brushing your hair helps distribute the natural oils that will help protect it from damage and add shine.  Regardless of hair texture, brushing everyday will exfoliate the scalp and remove dead hair.

But it’s only helpful if you’re using the right brush.  Using a boar brush, like this Mason Pearson one.  You will polish the hair and it gets its natural glow because you are dividing the natural oils from the scalp into the hair.  As for the biggest hair brush faux pas? Using a plastic one.  Don’t use a plastic brush.  It will damage the hair and make it static.

A few days before the big day, add nourish troubled tresses by treating them to an intensive hair mask.  Whether you pick your favourite store bought remedy or mix up the best of your kitchens’ offerings, this should help keep your hair smooth and shiny on the special day.

Frances Moore MUA LOVES Kelly Spence Accessories

I am very excited to announce that Frances Moore MUA is now officially recommending Kelly Spence to all my bridal clients.  I completely LOVE all of Kelly’s accessories, and always like to work with her designs as they have the ability to really finish a style and make it come to life.  My favourites have to be her hairpins in Starlight and Starburst, along with her Stella Comb which can be used in so many different ways.

Found Kelly through this website?  Then don’t forget to mention Frances Moore MUA when ordering your Kelly Spence accessorie x

Luxury bridal hair and makeup with Frances Moore MUA

Your bridal hair & makeup should take your everyday look to the next level and complement, but never overpower, the occasion.  It has to work hard though with getting the right balance for photographs, meeting guests and lasting the distance on what is a joyful, but long day.  What’s also really lovely about having your hair & makeup professionally done, is that you have a little bit of time to sit back (glass of Prosecco in hand optional) and take a few moments to feel proud of all your hard work and months of planning.  And to remember that wonderful person who’ll be waiting for you at the end of the aisle!

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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The big questions – No. 7: I’m pretty confident doing my own bridal makeup – could I just hire you do to hair instead?

When clients see someone like myself who is both skilled in makeup and hair styling – there seems to be a little reluctance in being able to freely ask whether I wouldn’t mind doing just makeup or just hair.  In fact I don’t mind at all – I’m just excited to be a part of your big day and if by my doing a gorgeous cat-flick, or a soft tousled up-do you feel completely fierce and ready for your red carpet moment then I don’t mind at all!

If you are confident in applying your own makeup, but need a little assistance in the hairstyling department then always feel you can contact me and discuss your requirements.  What really helps, when discussing hairstyles on email, is to tell me of any hair pieces you have purchased and want to wear or if you have decided to go for a veil and the setting this has.  For example, does the veil have a comb attached or clips?  Also, send me any images of styles you like to get a sense of what you’re after.  If you have no idea of what you want then don’t panic – we can always discuss this at your trial.  Lastly, you will need to send me a description of your own hair and any images of it’s condition, length and colour.

Top Tip – My top tip when searching for wedding hairstyles you like is to try and find styles that are very similar in colour to your own hair and the same length.  That way you will not be disappointed when the same style in blonde doesn’t look quite the same as in brown hair.

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!

Hair Masks – How to apply and which one to use

Whether you have coloured, dry, damaged or fragile hair – it is important to use the right product to repair and nourish from the roots to the ends.  A hair mask doesn’t necessarily have to be something you use every once in a while: why not make it a part of your hair routine?  How often you should use a hair mask depends on your hair type.  Ideally, you should use it every time you wash your hair, but once a week is ok.  Either way, alternate with leave-in treatments to untangle your hair in no time.  If you have really dry or frizzy hair, you will need to give it lots of TLC!  I therefore advise you to apply a hair mask regularly and leave it on overnight wrapped in a towel.  When you wake up, your hair will be silk and soft.

A hair mask should be applied to washed and towel-dried hair.  Spread the cream evenly throughout your hair, piece by piece.  Massage the product in from the roots to the tips then comb through your hair with your fingers.  To optimise the mask’s effects, cover your head with a hot towel for at least 10 minutes.  That way, the mask is in direct contact with your scalp so it can be absorbed more easily.  Leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes, depending on your hair’s condition.  Lather with cool water before rinsing gently.

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REPOST// How to get your hair wedding ready

Hairstylist Michelle Crosser and myself are constantly asked by our bridal clients how can they improve the condition of their hair, and how can they make it grow… FAST!  The answer is unfortunately patience and a good diet – you know the boring stuff 😉  Here are my top 4 tips to gorgeous wedding hair x

1. Try and introduce more essential fatty acid foods into your diet such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseed and avocado.  All these help to improve the condition and shine of your hair.

2. Don’t shampoo your hair everyday.  Instead try and do this every other day to allow the natural oils in your hair to return and make the hair less dry and brittle.

3. Make sure to have regular hair trims that are staged at the correct time your hair requires it.  You will need to have your last trim/highlighting/dying completed at least 5 days before your big day.

4. Try using a hair mask like those from Philip Kingsley.