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

Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?

Not too sure whether to have a makeup artist for your wedding? Check out my short video to show you how I work and hopefully calm those concerns!

Your bridal makeup is completely decided by you and what you’re most comfortable with.

To enquire or book please either use the form on my contact page, or send me an email to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

REPOST // Tips for getting those ‘wedding prep’ photographs just right…

I am completely fascinated by ‘wedding prep’ images.  Whenever I receive pics from photographers I always go to these first as you can’t help but be drawn to these initial glimpses.  Wedding photographers all seem to have this amazing ability to get creative with the placement of shoes, flowers and especially with the wedding bands.  I’ve seen rings placed on strawberries, peaches, on shoe heels and even in a conker shell!  It’s bonkers, but my word does it work!  Here are a few tips for making sure everything is ready for your wedding preps x

1.  If getting ready at your house, parents or even the venue try and make sure the space you have allocated for hair & beauty is kept clear of suitcases and clutter.  Make sure there is no ‘litter’ like left over breakfast or lunch empties, as these do not photograph well in the background.

2.  If it’s in the budget try and source a pretty, chic kimono or elegant bath robe that photographs nicely.  You can always treat the bridesmaids to the same, or slightly different kimono so you all look beautifully paired.  This will look so much better than being photographed in your cosy PJ’s that may have seen better days!

3.  Get one of your bridesmaids or mother to have your shoes, veil or hair piece, jewellery, wedding gown, perfume and wedding rings laid out somewhere safe for the photographer to literally pick up as soon as they arrive to take and photograph.  That way you won’t be rushing around trying to find all these.

The big questions – No. 3: How much?!

Today’s question revolves around the vulgar subject of money.  While the hire of a makeup artist is properly going to be your least expensive purchase, a lot of brides are still curious to know what they’re getting for their money.  A fair question.  So without further ado:

1. Training.  Any makeup artist worth his/her salt will have received a level of training when starting to develop their necessary skills and will continue this training whether by attending more courses, events or seminars to expand these expertise.

2. Experience.  This is probably the main factor in how much a makeup artist will charge.  Over the four years I have been in the wedding industry, I have worked with many different bridal clients, their bridesmaids and mothers – meaning I have experience working with different skin types, ethnicity and varying ages.  I know what will look gorgeous on a bride in her 20’s and sophisticated on a lady in her 60’s and the differences required in products and technique.

3. The makeup kit.  I spend about 80% of any earnings on maintaining my makeup kit.  This includes regularly purchasing new products, replacing short term usage products such as mascaras, the constant buying of false eyelashes and maintaining the brushes.

4. Travel.  Not the most glamorous part of the job but obviously a necessity.  Please note I would be more than happy to travel to your wedding if you’re getting married in the Bahamas!

5. And finally, you wouldn’t believe the time I spend filling out paperwork! x

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4. The Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

5. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

6. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

7. The London Eye, London, England

8. Maya Beach, Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

9. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

10. Palace of Monaco, Monaco, France

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!

Who Am I?

Hello!  I’m Frances, a professional editorial and bridal makeup artist working across the South of England.  My previous clientele has included brides, models, actors and actresses across Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and London areas.  A regular contributor to international and national wedding magazines and blogs, my work has been seen across the world and is celebrated for its emphasise 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 I only use products which I have carefully selected for their performance qualities.  These include: Benefit * Bobbi Brown * Chanel * Charlotte Tilbury * Dr. Brandt * Giorgio Armani * Laura Mercier * MAC * NARS * NYX * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox * Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.

I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so do get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or by sending me a message through my Contact page.  Also do check out my blog which is regularly updated with helpful tips & advice for your wedding day!

Photography New Forest Studio

REPOST//Bridal makeup – the constant battle between ‘timeless’ and current ‘trends’

Bridal makeup has to do and be many different things.  It has to be pitched perfectly to meet photographic standards, take your guests breath-away when seeing you for the first time, and ultimately perform to a high standard for what is a joyful, but unusually long day.  But above all this, it needs to be right for you.

I think it’s save to say that most brides want their makeup to reflect who they are, and what they favour in terms of their everyday makeup style.  They tend to want something that could be considered ‘timeless’ and won’t date in their wedding photographs in years to come.  Yet saying this we all love a trend, and brides are not immune to this by any means.  It’s often getting the right balance between classic elegance and fashionable, that I am called in to smooth the lines.

Your bridal makeup trial is the best place to try out any trends you are drawn to, to focus more on what you do and don’t like.  It’s a save time to experiment a bit and try that 1950’s red lip, or those extraordinary long false eyelashes.  I fully encourage my bridal clients to (just slightly) step out of their comfort zone at the makeup trial, as you never know, that mauve smokey eye might be more flattering then that classic brown smokey eye ;))

Photography by Matt Lee Photographic

Charlie and her wedding by the water at The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Hotel

Today is the wedding of Charlie and Andy at The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard Hotel, located near Beaulieu in the New Forest.  I arrived this morning to a chilled out bride, who was very much excited about the day ahead!  The perfect way to enjoy your wedding day.  Charlie sat very calmly while I applied her wedding makeup look, just pausing to crack jokes now again about ‘cat fight club’… it’s a long story!!

I met Charlie not long ago for her bridal makeup trial and thoroughly enjoyed designing this pretty ‘soft focus’ makeup look for her.  She allowed me free reign to come up with something special for her, that tied in all her wedding elements such as her flowers, wedding gown and theme.  Charlie’s skin is in wonderful condition so I didn’t need to spend too much time correcting the complexion, allowing me extra time to perfect the eye design.  I really wanted to give an impression of a contour to the eyes, with an optical illusion of a softer finish.  Which I think has worked particularly well.

It was a joy to work with Charlie and her mum.  I wish her all the very best in her married life x

Bridal makeup – the constant battle between ‘timeless’ and current ‘trends’

Bridal makeup has to do and be many different things.  It has to be pitched perfectly to meet photographic standards, take your guests breath-away when seeing you for the first time, and ultimately perform to a high standard for what is a joyful, but unusually long day.  But above all this, it needs to be right for you.

I think it’s save to say that most brides want their makeup to reflect who they are, and what they favour in terms of their everyday makeup style.  They tend to want something that could be considered ‘timeless’ and won’t date in their wedding photographs in years to come.  Yet saying this we all love a trend, and brides are not immune to this by any means.  It’s often getting the right balance between classic elegance and fashionable, that I am called in to smooth the lines.

Your bridal makeup trial is the best place to try out any trends you are drawn to, to focus more on what you do and don’t like.  It’s a save time to experiment a bit and try that 1950’s red lip, or those extraordinary long false eyelashes.  I fully encourage my bridal clients to (just slightly) step out of their comfort zone at the makeup trial, as you never know, that mauve smokey eye might be more flattering then that classic brown smokey eye ;))

Photography by Matt Lee Photographic