UPDATED! ‘Trinny London’ makeup range by Trinny Woodall

Their story…

Trinny Woodall – ‘For the last 20 years I have worked with women all over the world.  I help them find the most flattering styles, the best skincare, and the most hard-working, perfectly matched, foolproof makeup ❤ As I travelled the globe, I improvised my own personalised makeup kit.  In a quest for the perfect tone and consistency I would mix a stick foundation with a liquid, blend a lip tint with a gloss… I mushed up colours and decanted them into little pots. And then I thought, “there has to be a better way”. The big idea was born: a portable, versatile range of makeup, with colours to suit every woman. ❤ After 3 years of experimenting, planning, developing formulas, and state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint which makeup truly suits you, welcome to the ultimate easy, modern, do-it-everywhere, premium makeup brand: TRINNY LONDON.’

Trinny London are all about portable makeup.  Whilst this is nothing new in the industry, I think the way they have marketed themselves and really pushed for all their products to be portable is refreshing.  They have considered what will give the maximum amount of colour, with the minimal amount of effort and take up only a small amount of space in a standard sized handbag.  I love the idea of this – not only is it better for the environment (as the pots are reusable) but also requires little skill in application, which is just perfect for everyday use.

My personal favourites are the lip glow colour in ‘Maddie‘ and spot concealer ‘Miracle Blur

Drew Barrymore’s ‘Flower’ makeup range

Their story…

FLOWER Beauty was the brainchild and mission of Drew Barrymore and her straight forward, no-nonsense philosophy of empowerment: that women everywhere deserve the best quality, most efficacious products at an affordable price.  Growing up in the makeup artists chair, Drew has learned a thing or two about beauty.  Now as a mother, award-winning actress, entrepreneur, producer and best-selling author she wants to share her passion.

Drew’s gift to everyone, FLOWER empowers women by developing products that help you look and feel great in your Own skin, and to embrace your individual beauty with the support of inspired, luxurious products made with you in mind.

At FLOWER our passion is creating cosmetics and tools that not only make life easier and more fun, but look and feel amazing- from our prestige quality formulas, to packaging that’s designed for performance.’

Now FLOWER is making its way to Superdrug, with some products available on its website already.  The products are quite basic so perfect for everyday light use and at a very affordable price, as promised by their story and mission statement.  There are particularly good reviews for its Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette and Long Lasting Setting Spray.  Hopefully the full range will become available soon x

Repost // Why everyone is going gaga over Dior…

Since the news broke that makeup artist Daniel Martin was the master-mind behind Meghan’s bridal look – everyone (including myself) have been speculating which products he must have used for the design.  Dior Brand Ambassador & Honest Creative Colour Consultant – Daniel is rumoured to have mainly used Dior’s newest collection of products called ‘Backstage’.  For the lip shade Daniel is said to have used a combination of Dior Addict Lip Glow in 004 Coral and Dior Addict Lip Glow 001 Pink, as he wanted to make sure the lips were super moisturised and just had the most subtlest hint of colour.  This was truly the best option to go for considering how dazzling bright and hot that May day was!

So it stands to reason that everyone is adding Dior to their makeup shopping baskets, and in particular… Dior Addict Lip Glow.  It’s a must have if you want that subtle shade that mimics natural lip tones, along with providing a balm to the lips.  It’s just that perfect, fresh and modern lipstick that every girl should have in their handbag and that is why I actively encourage all my bridal clients to seek out Dior x

My personal faves: Dior Addict Lip Glow 001 Pink, Dior Addict Lip Glow 010 Holo PinkDior Addict Lip Glow in 004 Coral and Dior Addict Lip Glow 007 Raspberry


How to be more diplomatic with teenagers and their makeup choices…

Being a teenager today has a level of stress that can feel quite alien to us ‘grown ups’, who remember the bliss of a relatively technology free adolescence.  Some teenagers can feel like they are being constantly judged by their social media peers and that can have an adverse effect on their relationship with themselves.  The obsession with appearance and with makeup products and application seems to have found a new height thanks to Youtube and Snapchat.  But how do we curb this attitude whilst promoting self love?  And how do we give them the space to experiment with their ‘look’, whilst making sure their appearance is school appropriate?

I’ve learnt a few things as a makeup artist, mother and tutor on how to be more diplomatic, patient and caring to these beautiful people.  So I’m going to share with now just a few little things that have helped me along the way x

1. Education is always the key in learning the right way to care for the skin.  Teenagers love facts and like to know what they’re doing for their skin now will make it look fab today and gorgeous when their older.  So indulge their curiosity – buy them a book on beauty, skincare or on a beauty blogger’s biography.  Often packed with useful tips for life such as ‘drink more water’ ‘don’t smoke or drink alcohol’ or ‘eat more fruit and veg’ this is the perfect time to introduce them to the concept of a healthy life means a healthy body and mind.

2. Meaningful compliments are always bashfully put down but nevertheless wanted, needed and appreciated.  Teenagers need to feel special especially at this time of life.  Being a teenager can feel like so many emotions all at once (those pesky hormones) so knowing that their family still love and care for them is important.  And so is regular compliments on how great their looking!

3. Treat them to a little makeup splurge on quality items that they will love and care for.  Teaching teenagers that quality more than quantity is always best is a life lesson they’ll appreciate when their older.  It will also get them into good habits knowing that they must invest in products that are specific to their needs and not just because their mates have it!

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

For a few months now I sort of drifted away from MAC – I don’t know whether this was due to boredom, or that I just wanted to try other niche brands on the market.  This all changed when the new Nutcracker Sweet Collection came out and suddenly this burst of colour drew me back.  Instantly attracted to the very vibrant hues in the collection, I knew I had to add these to the pro kit – not least because I have a shoot coming up next year which will work perfectly with these.  So the colours below shown are eyeshadows in Rabblerouser and Dance Flowers Dance – the lipstick is in Kingdom of Sweets.

The eyeshadows seem to be highly pigmented with a slight sheen of glitter dust.  The lipstick is a cremesheen so should give a matte appearance without being too drying.  I can’t wait to try them out! x

N E W for 2017! Lipstick upgrade now available…

N E W for 2017 – upgrade your bridal makeup package for an additional £21 (payable 14 days before the wedding) and receive a premium branded lipstick to use for ‘touch ups’ throughout the wedding day.  This includes a search and find service, whereby if a lipstick you love has sold out or is no longer available on the market – I will be able to find a suitable alternative, or hunt out that illusive shade.

Send me over a message at enquiries@francesmooremua.co.uk to add to your makeup package x

Photography by Ikonworks

6 items I always have in my personal makeup kit

I’m often asked what’s in my personal makeup kit – what are my go-to brands.  Well to be honest day-to-day I don’t wear a lot of makeup (not for lack of trying!)  If I’m on site for a shoot I often have to wake up around 4-5am and get everything packed and ready for the models, along with having brekkie and getting my daughter sorted before I even think about myself.  For a wedding I have a little more time and will pop on a bit more.  I tend to keep it simple though with a clear, flawless base and a nice light cat flick and mascara – along with a little blusher, lipstick or lip balm.

Here are my go to products I can’t live without x

MAC Complete Comfort Creme

No.7 Dramatic Lift Mascara in Brown/Black

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Fresh Melon

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Warm Sand

Dr Brandt Pores No More – Pore Refiner in Original

Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Cocoa Bean

On trend this season…freckles

A HUGE trend this season is…freckles.  Whether natural or faux, having freckles this Autumn season is big news – with leading chains like TopShop jumping ahead (again) and producing freckle pencils (yes, really!)  Gaining freckles has never been easier.  And with celebrities like Kylie Jenner endorsing this new craze, the trend seems to picking up a pace.  It’s thought that the ‘freckle face’ came about as a sort of anti-contour campaign, with the young-looking flecks offsetting a more heavy contour look.  While you can easily apply freckles using an eyeliner or brown pen, there are companies like Freck Yourself an L.A based company that’s created a 72 piece stencil kit for natural looking flecks!  I’m personally loving this new trend, as quite often I’m asked to cover freckles on clients – but they should be embraced and celebrated not hidden.  To do so is such a shame, and can make the complexion looking unnaturally hazy and heavy.  We always seem to look down upon our looks and not see the natural beauty behind it x


How to know when the skin is clear of makeup…

A question I often get asked by clients is how to clean the skin of makeup.  Simple enough, right?  But when you have used the same products and makeup design for years, it can be easy to fall into bad habits like leaving makeup on overnight or using facial wipes to clean the skin – so residual makeup can be easily left in trace amounts.  A tail tale sign of makeup not being correctly taken off is around the eyes, left over eyeliner – often crusty can literally ‘sit’ into the lash line, especially on the bottom lashes.  This is a nightmare for any makeup artist to try and get rid off, as you have to work hard to gently break off the clumps of eyeliner in what is a very sensitive area.  I’ve often spent a good 20 minutes on clients trying to clear this away to begin with a clear base.

The best way to clear away makeup is to use micellar water and cottonwool, followed with a splash of cool water.  If you’re still not sure everything is cleared away, use a good facial cleanser and cottonwool to finish the job.  I often exfoliate once a month just to give the skin a boost by encouraging blood circulation, and getting rid of dead skin cells.

One way to ensure you’re not struggling with the removal of makeup is not to use too much in one area.  Avoid the temptation in thinking more is less, when less is perfectly fine.

Makeup book reads from 2015 & 2016…

If you look on my bookshelves at home you will see a bit of a trend emerging…makeup books/bibles/tutorials and even historical makeup books.  I like to shake it up though, and currently love reading a mix between social media starlights and well established professional makeup artists – to get a very broad knowledge of what is ‘trending’ right now, and what is well known basics in the industry.  My current faves are Tanya Burr Love, Tanya / Michelle Phan Make Up / Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual and Lisa Eldridge Face Paint.

Like many people who watch makeup tutorials on Youtube, there are times when I’m totally addicted to watching one particular self taught artist.  Tanya Burr and Michelle Phan are my weaknesses at the moment – loving Tanya’s basic videos on everyday looks balanced with Michelle’s eccentricities and bizarre, but still thrilling tutorials.  Seeing herself transform from a Zombie Barbie to Cleopatra to a Geisha!  She seems to have endless talent.

I have to balance all this madness though, and often turn to Bobbi Brown when a need a bit of a pick me up or just want to reconfirm my learning skills.  I am also loving Lisa Eldridge’s new book Face Paint – a very in depth study into the history of makeup/products and marketing.  The first of it’s kind that is not boring, or unstimulating.  I remember getting a horrible, very 90’s, historical makeup book when I was training and it was completely out of date in terms of products and design, so this is a breath of fresh air x