REPOST // The big questions – No. 4: What exactly happens at a bridal makeup trial?

Today’s big question concerns the bridal makeup trial, and what exactly is involved.  Usually held approximately 6 weeks before your wedding day, the makeup trial is a chance to try out different styles that complement your wedding gown, colour scheme and theme.  They also serve as an opportunity for a makeup artist to analyse the condition of the skin, and advise on ways to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the big day.  But what exactly happens during the makeup trial?  Here is a brief outline of how I like to approach the trial.

1. Firstly, hello!  This is the first time we would have met after corresponding via email, facebook or over the phone.  I like to see how you’re getting on with the planning stage, and if there is any assistance I can provide or any supplier recommendations you need.

2. Ok, let’s get down to business.  For initial inspiration I like to see any images of your wedding gown, flowers or general colour themes.  That way I can start to piece together a look that will complement all of these elements and (most importantly) something that will suit you and your gorgeous features.

3. I will then talk through the general outline of a makeup design I think will work, and if you’re happy with everything I’ve said then we begin!  The makeup trial usually takes around an hour.  As I work I will be getting to know your skin and how it responds to certain products.  It is at this point I can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and provide advise on how to get the most out of your skincare regime.

4. After completing your initial look I will get you to have a look in my portable mirror (which you can then walk around the room with in different lights) to see if there is anything you want to add or change.  It is at this point I fully encourage my bridal clients to really voice their opinions, even if they hate it!  That way we can work together to build the perfect bespoke makeup design.  If there are only minor changes such as more blusher, or a little less foundation then it all goes down in my diary to remember for the big day.  Any major changes we correct together at the trial, so that you’re not worried about anything before the wedding.

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Image Albert Palmer Photography | Venue Burley Manor | Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Flowers The Wild Fox

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!

Young bridesmaid makeup looks…

This gorgeous bridesmaid was part of bride Sian’s wedding party last week and is a testament to how much fun it can be getting young adults involved in the morning’s preparation.  Patiently waiting her turn to be in the makeup chair she was very excited to have her makeup professionally applied and to, most importantly, feel a part of the festivities.  I love designing young bridesmaid looks as they often love pretty pinks, a bit of glitter and a pamper!

If you’re having young bridesmaids in your bridal party, then I highly recommend including them in hair and makeup – not just because you’ll all look gorgeous together, but it’s just really nice to include the young ones in a very exciting day x

B r i d e s m a i d // L o v e

Oh I do love designing a bridesmaid look for a wedding! This gorgeous gal is part of Sian’s supportive girl gang for her wedding today in Beaulieu – with everyone getting ready at the lovely The Crown Manor House Hotel in Lyndhurst x

Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Hair Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser | Flower The Wild Fox

Ruth and her beautifully classic wedding at Bartley Lodge Hotel, New Forest

Today I had the great pleasure of doing Ruth’s bridal makeup for her classically beautiful wedding at Bartley Lodge Hotel, located in the New Forest.  And what a wonderful day for it!  Sunny, but not too hot with a little cloud – perfect for those gorgeous wedding photographs.

When I met Ruth for her bridal makeup trial, she wanted something glamorous yet not too ‘over done’ – wonderfully natural looking, great for photographs and for meeting her wedding guests.  Not one for being afraid of wearing makeup, Ruth was a pleasure to work with as she seemed to ‘get’ a lot of the reasons behind using certain products and has a genuine interest in makeup, which always makes it fun.  Ruth wanted a deep smokey eye, so I kept the look more bridal by using browns instead of black.  Instead opting for a nicely lined eye and thicker false eyelashes to create that depth, which made the look less ‘clubby’.  Next I used a warm hue for the foundation, as with the sun this summer everyone is a little more tanned than usual!  Finishing with lashings of blusher in Peony by Bobbi Brown and a coat of lipstick by Rosie for Autograph in Lady Rose – Ruth’s natural glam look was finished x


Zoe and her garden wedding in Lyndhurst, New Forest…

I had the enormous pleasure of doing Zoe’s bridal makeup this morning, for her garden wedding held at her parents house located in Lyndhurst (The New Forest)  Zoe is such a lovely, down-to-earth kinda gal that I needed to reflect this in her bespoke bridal makeup design.  Pretty, sweet and natural being key words to describe this look.  Zoe also wanted something that she could later let her hair down to when she would celebrate her marriage at her parents house, where a gorgeous vintage bell tent was erected in an immaculately kept garden.  Coupled with string tea lights and a Karaoke machine – I knew Zoe wouldn’t want a high maintenance look!

So here I used soft browns and pale mauves to highlight her stunning blue eyes.  A lightly lined eye and small false eyelashes finished the fuss free design.  I then kept the base simple, yet pretty with blusher and a little bronzer – teamed with Zoe’s own lipstick (which she loves)  I then added a little highlighter to finish x


My top 10 venues to get married in The New Forest, Hampshire

I simply love the New Forest.  I grew up in Lyndhurst, moved to Southampton then moved back to Lymington (edge of the New Forest)  as both my husband and myself missed the forest too much.  It’s no surprise that so many couples want to get married in this beautiful part of the country, and to have that stunning scenery as a backdrop to their wedding.  After working in the wedding industry for some time now, and having the great opportunity of noseying around so many venues I have picked my top 10 for those that are playing with the idea of a New Forest wedding.

My top 10 venues to get married in the New Forest, Hampshire

1.  The Master Builders at Buckler’s Hard – Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB.  Wedding Co-ordinator Hannah Ferguson 0118 9767 342

2. The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu – 1 Palace Lane Beaulieu Brockenhurst SO42 7YG.

3. Bartley Lodge Hotel – Cadnam, Old Lyndhurst Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO40 2NR.

4. Rhinefield House Hotel – Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QB.

5. Lime Wood Hotel – Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ.

6. Weddings in the Woods – The New Forest Outdoor Centre, Minstead Manor Estate, Emery Down, Lyndhurst HANTS SO43 7GA.

7. Forest Lodge Hotel – Pikes Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7AS.

8. Moorhill House Hotel – Shappen Bottom, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 4AG.

9. The Mill at Gordleton – Silver Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 6DJ

10. Elmers Court Hotel & Spa – South Baddesley Road, Lymington SO41