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

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, 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

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

Let’s work together…

Next year I am hoping to collaborate with many different styled photographers, including wedding photographers, on projects. Anything from full day photoshoots to brochure work – even a music video! And the makeup can range from avant-garde to beautiful belle. Just get in touch if you’d like to work together x

Photography Lemontree Photography Model Sophie Waldron -Model Makeup Frances Moore MUA


Bookings for 2017…

I am now constantly taking on bookings, and then subsequently deposits, for the 2017 wedding season.  I never thought almost four year ago that I would be in this enviable position of knowing exactly what I would be doing for the following year.  What exciting venues I would visit, what amazing photographers I would work with and of course, what brilliant brides I would have the joy of doing the makeup for!  If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to get in touch and reserve your wedding date soon – especially if it falls on a weekend, which are almost fully booked for next year.

Simply email me at to have quick chat and book x

Photography by New Forest Studio


Nicola and her rainy, yet brilliant wedding at Balmer Lawn Hotel

It is Nicola’s wedding today at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst.  A fab venue that I have the privilege of being the recommended wedding supplier for.  I arrived at 8:30am to torrential rain at the venue, and left at 12pm with bright, sunny skies!  After doing Nicola’s bridesmaids and mother of the bride makeup, I then moved onto Nicola’s wedding design.  Nicola wanted something to emphasise her gorgeous brown, green eyes – topped with a flawless base and a touch of pink through the lips.  I also introduced the subtlest of pink through the eye to connect Nicola to her bridesmaids, who were all wearing blush pink gowns x



Behind the scenes on your wedding day…

Ever wondered what it would be like to have your bridal makeup professionally applied? Well, check out my video from last year on just that! A feel good video that will hopefully get you excited to book and try a wedding makeup artist near you x

Creating makeup that you’ll love…

I kinda feel like the fairy godmother when it comes to bridal makeup.  I often get clients excitingly telling me their wedding plans, showing me their various mood boards, followed by their thoughts on what makeup design they want.  It’s then my job to take all of those suggestions and design something that is what the client wants, yet is suitable for their features.  Sometimes I am asked to replicate exactly a look from Pinterest, which is absolutely cool, but I always explain that the looks on sites like Instagram and Pinterest are quite often editorial or have been edited to look so.  I love the fact that I have the role of taking the bones of the design of the dress, the hair and even the flowers to create that final bridal makeup that all the guests will see and that will be documented in the wedding photographs.  It’s also so vitally important to me that the bride LOVES the makeup design, so I work tirelessly on editing and creating that perfect look even after the makeup trial.  I’m always thinking to myself how could that have been better?  I think it’s that need to find answers that drives me x


Date for your diary…Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington – wedding fayre 2nd October

If you missed me at Penton Park last week, I will be exhibiting at Stanwell House Hotel in my home town of Lymington on Sunday 2nd October from 12-5pm.  The hotel is open for its annual wedding fayre showcasing local elite wedding suppliers, along with the chance to view this stunning sea town hotel which could be host to your wedding.  Come and have a chat about your special day, I’m always excited to meet new couples and to talk bridal makeup so pop along…there’s drinks and nibbles too! x