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If you would like to enquire and book in for your wedding day, but are having difficulties with my current contact form (don’t worry this is being looked into) then feel free to email me directly at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or give me a call/text on 077 433 77 263.

I look forward to hearing about your wedding plans!

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!

Book for 2018!

Calling all 2018 brides! Still need to book a professional makeup artist for your wedding? Get in touch by either using my Contact Form, or by sending me an email at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

*  Frances Moore MUA – Providing luxury makeup artistry throughout Hampshire and surrounding areas *

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

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.

5. Again if you’re happy with everything, we can then have a quick chat about timings, numbers and any other general questions you may have.  So that by the time I send my final correspondence 14 days before the wedding we’re all set and ready to go… then the excitement really kicks in!

 

More images from our styled wedding shoot, held at Burley Manor Barn

So I am completely delighted to be showing these exquisite images of Sophie from our styled wedding shoot, at Burley Manor and Burley Manor Barn we shot in November.  Az has outdone himself with these images, as I’m sure you’ll agree…

Photography Lemontree Photography * Hair Bridal Hair in Hampshire * Makeup by me * Gowns and hair accessories Something Old Something New bridal boutique * Model Sophie Waldron * Flowers The Wild Fox * Chair covers and table names Fundoo Weddings * Cake Sweetcheeks Bakehouse * Venues Burley Manor and Burley Manor Barn

Watch for news of where you’ll be able to see the shoot in full…x

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Preview of that Burley Manor Barn styled shoot…

Wow!  What a wonderful day yesterday was!

For a couple of months now I have been in the depths of organising a styled shoot at Burley Manor and Burley Manor Barn, located in the New Forest.  I knew exactly which local wedding suppliers I wanted to work with, to make my vision of a warm winter wedding styled shoot come together.  And boy, did they not disappoint!  Arriving all for 9am we began straight away getting to work on transforming the barn into a warm inviting place, along with getting Sophie our model ready with beautiful hair by Michelle Crosser and makeup by myself.  Once all ready, we then got Sophie into the first of two Victoria Kay wedding gowns from her 2017 collection available from Something Old Something New bridal boutique.  And began shooting in this gorgeous wedding venue – made possible by Gina their wedding co-ordinator at Burley.

The biggest triumph was Hayley from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse, who made us the most exquisite dessert table for our styled shoot.  Spending literally hours on perfecting every little detail – it was the star piece of the shoot.  We all had fun admiring it, and maybe having a sneaky taste or two – quality control of course!

We also had Joey from The Wild Fox and Tammy of Fundoo Weddings, providing us all with the most beautiful table decorations.  It really was not made possible without these two.  And of course, Az from Lemontree Photography providing us all with stunning photographs!!  Here are just a few to tease you! x

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Summer wedding, bridal makeup and working with Big Bouquet Photography…

Recently I got the chance to design a bridal makeup look for a summer wedding, where Amy the bride, really embraced her wedding theme through every sense of the word.  I did a blog post a few weeks ago about Amy’s wedding and her bridal makeup, but after receiving these scrumptious images from her photographer Big Bouquet I thought I’d discuss her look in more detail and the inspiration behind her bespoke design.

I met Amy a few weeks before her wedding for a makeup trial, where she explained her wedding theme and showed me what she had planned for her hair and wedding dress.  From there I knew I had to do a combination of structure through the eye (as Amy’s eyes are incredible) with a warm complexion, ruddy cheeks and a stained lip.  Giving the whole look a sort of walking through the sunflowers feel.  So to do this I introduced a formal smokey eye using browns to ever so slightly soften the look, coupled with a warmer shade of foundation and cream blusher for the cheeks.  I then created a deep stain in the lips and added a moisturising lipstick to give it a loose look, rather than matte.

Amy loved the design, and I have to say if I were to get married again then is is most likely what I would choose as well.

I also got the chance to meet Amy’s wedding photographer for the day – Emma Davenport of Big Bouquet Photography.  Which was utterly amazing as I completely love her and her husband’s photography!  See Emma’s blog post for more on Amy and Neale’s wedding at Burley Manor Barn x

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Amy and her New Forest summer wedding at Burley Manor Barn…

This morning I had the pleasure of doing Amy’s bridal makeup for her wedding in the New Forest, at the newly refurbished Burley Manor Barn.  Amy’s wedding theme today is summer and all the delicate pastel shades that go with it.  She had the most exquisite flowers made for her featuring a mini version of a sunflower, gypsophila and a small peach rose bud to complete the chic look.  Amy wanted her makeup to therefore be kept simple, yet have that wow factor through the eyes – which I think works wonderfully well for her as she has the most amazing large eyes.

For Amy’s bridesmaids I used a pastel mauve through the eyes, and used the same lipstick colour for the whole bridal party to unite them.  Because of the very loose, free nature of the wedding Amy didn’t want her bridesmaids to feel ‘over done’ and just wanted everything relaxed and peaceful – which it definitely was this morning! x

Photography by Big Bouquet Photography

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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