The Montagu Arms Hotel Styled Shoot

Last month I was invited to provide hair and makeup services for model Gemma – on a styled shoot for The Montagu Arms Hotel, and their new wedding brochure.  I was delighted to get involved as I regularly provide my services to brides getting married here, and simply love this venue.  The brief was ‘Autumnal Bride’ so I decided to use smokey browns, with delicate glitter and a pink burgundy lip.

The team // Lemontree Photography, Frances Moore MUA, Jo Hicks Flowers, The Montagu Arms Hotel, Karen’s Clever Cakes

Art Deco

If you’re planning a truly spectacular art deco wedding and want the high glamour makeup to match – then get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to book! I simply love creating and seeing your vision come to life x

Image Lemontree Photography | Suppliers Frances Moore MUA White Designs bespoke bridal adornments Jo Hicks Flowers Jill the Cakemaker Laurel Designs Brides of Winchester, Bridal Boutique | Model Chloe Lancaster

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

Photography Lemontree Photography

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

1930’s glamorous 1930’s winter bride…

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, 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

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 your 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

Photography Lemontree Photography

Heloise and her very New Forest wedding

When Heloise sent me a quick message to ask if I was free to do her bridal makeup the name looked very familiar.  In fact I just done her sister’s wedding not long before, so I was utterly delighted to be returning back to this wonderful family in the New Forest to do little sister Heloise’s wedding!

Heloise’s makeup brief was the stuff of dreams – ‘pink, girlie and bold’ which are of course my most favourite words in the English dictionary!  I was more than happy to oblige and provide Heloise with those striking eyes she was after for her wedding day.  I built the pink smokey eye up gently using Urban Decay’s naked 3 palette – focusing on blending well and making sure there were no harsh lines.  I then lined the eyes using a brown/black kohl and popped on a couple of medium set false eyelashes.  I then filled Heloise’s brows in naturally and created a flawless base with foundation.  Next I applied a peach/rose tinted blusher and highlighted x

Photography – Lemontree Photography

Throwback Thursday

T h r o w b a c k

To when Lemontree Photography, dancer Rebecca Nutt and myself decided to do a ballet styled shoot in The Lymington Centre – The Community Centre last year!

Image Lemontree Photography | Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Dancer Rebecca Nutt | Mask Curious Fair

New to 2017 – lipstick upgrade available

This year I am offering a little something extra to all my bridal clients, which has been a bit of surprising success already…

For an additional £21 brides now have the option to ‘upgrade’ their package and obtain a premium branded lipstick. This includes sourcing a near perfect shade that may be out of stock, or no longer available.

I’ve already had quite a few enquiries for this, which is simply wonderful as I only put the details out at Christmas!

Contact me at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to learn more x

Photography by Lemontree Photography

Bridal makeup love…

Of all the things I get up to as a makeup artist, there is no greater feeling I get than when I design a bespoke makeup look for a bride. It’s a position of trust, and one which I relish and respect.  From the moment I meet a bride to discuss her wedding plans, to that often emotional encounter of when the father of the bride walks in and see’s his beautiful daughter…I love my job! x

Book in to secure your 2017 wedding date at enquiries@francesmooremua.co.uk

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