Before the lockdown I had the great privilege of working with milliner to the Royals Vivien Sheriff. We covered a wide range of styles during the one day shoot, and these gorgeous Panamas were the last we did on the day. But boy, were they worth the wait! Utterly gorgeous and in such vivid colours – they were definitely some of my most favourites to come out of that glorious day.
I love doing editorial makeup for blogs and magazines. It’s a total buzz on the day of shooting. Often starting in the very early hours of the morning (it’s not uncommon to have a 4am start!) I get such a high knowing I am working with the very best in the industry. And I have had the most amazing opportunities to work on some gorgeous high profile ad campaigns, TV productions and Films. And of course, getting to create some utterly stunning makeup designs for some of the most beautiful women around the world. One of which is Sophie Waldron – one of the most sought–after model’s in the industry at the moment. Below is an image by photographer Matt Lee, with myself on wardrobe/lighting assistance and makeup! Sophie is such a professional and has such an inner strength she’s just incredible.
I often get asked what is the difference between bridal & editorial makeup? The difference really stems from what sort of conditions we will be shooting in, what look the photographer/ director/producer would like and what elements the model will be going through. So for example, on our ‘beach babe’ shoot I knew Sophie would be in full sun, possibly in the water and with a good deal of sand! So I knew she would physically need something with a high coverage and plenty of touch ups. Bridal makeup is completely different in this aspect – yes I know some clients need a little more coverage due to potential breakouts/excess oil etc but generally speaking bridal makeup is a lot softer and lighter.
What do I like to do most – bridal or editorial makeup? Bridal has, and will always be, my most favourite thing to do. There is nothing quite like the morning of a wedding to make you feel good about the human race! But I like to mix things up occasionally if nothing else but to strengthen my skills as a makeup artist.
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I have a major passion for editorial makeup and love to fully get onboard with a concept and style. It means another opportunity to travel and see beautiful undiscovered parts of the world, and sometimes surprisingly something on your own doorstep!
If you require an experienced makeup artist for your project, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! I’m Frances, a classically trained bridal/editorial makeup artist and trainee wedding hairstylist working across the South of England. My previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, actresses and members of the aristocracy throughout Hampshire (New Forest), Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and London. A regular contributor to national and international wedding magazines and blogs, my work has been seen across the world and celebrated for its emphasis on luxury beauty. I simply love being asked to be a part of someone’s wedding day. Not only is it incredibly exciting; it’s also a position of trust, and one which I fully respect.
In my professional makeup kit are products which I have carefully selected for their high performance qualities and ability to work under pressure – which ensures your bridal makeup has everything it needs to look fab! These include: Anastasia Beverly Hills * Benefit * Bobbi Brown * Charlotte Tilbury * Dr. Brandt * Illamasqua * Kiss Eyelashes * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox and Urban Decay to name a few.
I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so do get in touch at email@example.com, or by sending me a message through my Contact page. Also do check out my blog which is regularly updated with helpful tips and advice for your wedding day!
If you’re looking for that missing piece to your project, then a professionally trained and experienced makeup artist maybe what you need to turn your creative thoughts into reality. Ensuring the end result is something that you can be really proud of to see in print or online.
Whether the assignment calls for a ‘classic’ beauty look or perhaps a more avant-garde design, my role will be to interrupt your thoughts and come up with a practical approach that takes your project to the next level. By committing to your vision I work hard through my designs to compliment, never overpower, the rest of the creative team thus ensuring a smooth transition that appears seamless on and off camera.
Current clients include: Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Magazine, Bride Magazine and Wedding Ideas Magazine.
“I just wanted to get in touch and thank you for the beautiful work for our front cover of 163!”
Lisa Birch, Account manager fashion – Wedding Ideas Magazine
“Hi Frances, I just wanted to drop you a quick message to tell you how amazing your makeup looks on our shoot at Somerley!! Stunning!! I am super proud to have you on our supplier list!”
Alex Dollin-Webster, Wedding Co-ordinator at Somerley Estate House
Photography by Ikonworks
Wow! What a fab year I have had…from bridal clients to international models, local village weddings to large stately homes – I have had what is quite possibly the most productive, amazing year yet! And the business just keeps growing. I am now in the enviable position where I don’t need to advertise to gain clients, and I’m more able to go and do styled shoots for high profile photographers. I have also been extremely lucky in the fact that I have met and worked with some real senior names in the wedding industry including; Tasha Newland of Ikonworks, Az Rehman of Lemontree Photography, Unique Cakes by Yevnig, Halfpenny London and Jennifer Poynter Flowers to name just a few. I have also made some lifetime friends through my bridal clients, and even now still get contacted by brides I did the makeup for a year or two years ago still saying they can’t believe how gorgeous their makeup was, and asking what products I used to recreate it – which is extremely flattering.
I have also had the most wedding magazine, and wedding blog coverage I have ever received from previous years. Which all accumulated in achieving a front cover for Wedding Ideas magazine in August, along with a three page feature in Your Hampshire and Dorset wedding magazine (also in August) for an art deco styled shoot I had organised and designed the makeup for. This has also been the year where I have organised around 5 styled shoots for various publications – learning not just how to managed people, but to also think outside the box in terms of makeup design to keep my skills fresh and exciting for future bridal clients.
With 2017 almost already fully booked I simply cannot wait to begin on another equally (if not better) year of glamorous shoots, beautiful bridal clients and magazine coverage x
Photography by Big Bouquet
Photography by Ikonworks
When I was recently researching new products to add to my professional kit (a very definite perk to my job) I came across this gorgeous eyeshadow palette from Bobbi Brown, now unfortunately discontinued due to it be limited edition – I was immediately drawn to the dusky pink and wonderful array of browns, mauves and taupe colours which were just perfect for a cover shoot I had coming up and the design I had planned. Normally always using MAC eyeshadow for their longevity and performance qualities, I thought I’d give Bobbi a second go and see if it would withstand the pressure of a shoot. It did very well under the heat and long photoshoot hours and still looked so pretty.
The reason I love this palette is there are just endless combinations you can try, and the palette itself is nice and compact with quite a durable outer package – which believe is quite rare in the industry! Overall I highly rate this product – I just wish it is was available all the time x