REPOST // 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

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Frances Moore MUA LOVES… Karen Peake SPMU

Last week I decided to finally bite the bullet and have my eyebrows micro-bladed.  There were a few reasons for my decision; after some personal stress I was finding my hair was falling out which also was affecting my brows, they were also not quite symmetrical and I also wanted to save time in the morning not having to pencil them in.  When thinking of who I could trust with my brows I immediately thought of Karen Peake – she is simply the best micro-blade woman in the South of England!  She is super busy as she gets booked up so quickly and for months in advance, so I was very lucky to get a last minute appointment with her.

When I arrived at Karen’s studio, she immediately put me at ease and made me feel like one of her best friends.  I explained how I was feeling about my brows and what I usually do, and what I would like to get out of them.  Karen understood exactly what I was after and expertly colour matched my brows.

After the procedure and through some careful aftercare, I am completely in love with my brows!  And whats more, I have so much extra time in the mornings now not having to fill them in.  Plus I’ve had so many compliments from clients asking where I’ve had them done!

I honestly cannot recommend Karen enough.  If you’re brows are in need of some tlc (even if you don’t have any brows at all due to stress or illness) go to Karen! x

‘The Natural Ballerina’ styled shoot on Bride & Tonic

If you haven’t already then you simply must check out our current feature on wedding blog Bride & Tonic.  This styled shoot is especially good for those of you who are thinking of having a spring wedding.  Filled with light graceful tones such as pink, green and white you cannot help but be inspired!

As I love you all, I’ve added a few previews below to get your creative juices flowing!  Click here to see the full shoot and detailed inspiration.

Photography  / Jessica Davies Photography  |  Venue  /  Penton Park  |  Model  /  Teddie Hargrave

Make Up  /  Frances Moore MUA  |  Flowers  /  Lily Lupin Floral Design |  Cake  /  Sparkle Bakes

Dress Boutique  /  Exquisite Bridal Couture – Winchester  |  Stationery  / Peony & Rose Wedding Stationary

Accessories  /  Victoria Fergusson Accessories  |  Velvet Ring Box  /  La Petite Box

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!

Bridal hair training at Mode Makeup School

Last week I had the very great privilege of attending an intensive 4 day bridal hair and blow drying course at the wonderful Mode Makeup School located in Four Marks, near Winchester.  I have come to the stage in my business where I want to add that extra skill of hair and provide my bridal clients with a more fuller package of makeup AND hair.  The courses were run by hairstylist Lisa Griffiths, who with her 22 years of experience, definitely took me through my paces during the week!  I learnt an incredible amount from this amazing woman and I so can’t wait to put my skills to the test and get practising.

Mode is a wonderfully unique training school and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn hair and makeup x

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!

Dates still available for 2018…

Prime dates still available for 2018 wedding season…

Saturday 5th May | Saturday 2nd June 2018 | Saturday 16th June 2018 | Saturday 30th June 2018 | Saturday 14th July 2018

To book any of these dates please contact me at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

Sarah and her wedding at Penton Park

Today is Sarah’s wedding at very pretty wedding venue Penton Park.  I arrived this morning to a very chilled out bride, just hanging out in her gorgeous bridal suite.  Sarah doesn’t generally wear makeup day-to-day so she was a little nervous at her makeup trial, but after reassuring her and talking through bit by bit the look and how it all fits together in the end she was blissfully calm this morning.  As Sarah feels more comfortable in bear skin I kept her bridal design quite low key yet beautifully blended.

Giving Sarah a very pretty, subtle pink and peach toned eye – I then created more depth by adding deeper black tones along the lid which also served to disguise the false eyelash band.  Keeping the brows neatly soft and filled in I then moved onto creating a flawless base for Sarah, adding a dash of blusher and some shimmer to the cheeks/nose and forehead.  Sarah wanted a really light pink lipstick so I used MAC’s lipstick in Politely Pink x

Helena and her Winchester wedding at Norton Park

Today is bride Helena’s wedding!  Gone is the epic heat wave that was making us all feel like we were in an oven, and today brings a refreshing breeze that was greatly appreciated by Helena and her bridal party!!

I started my day for 9am at Norton Park, located near Winchester to begin the makeup for Helena’s bridesmaids and mother.  When 12pm rolled by it was finally time for the bride!  Helena wanted her bridal makeup to be subtle, yet pretty with lashings of mascara x

Hair by Bridal Hair in Hampshire | Makeup by me