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Make-up DIY: Professional Tips for a Woodland Themed Wedding

Another wedding theme set to be popular for this year is the woodland themed wedding. In this stunning post, Frances Moore, sensational makeup artist answers a question sent in from a lovely bride-to-be and shows you how to achieve the perfect natural and dewy forest look for your special day.

Over to Frances…

Question: I’m going for a ‘woodland’ wedding theme look for my big day and want my make-up to be as natural as possible yet still create a wow-factor version of me. Is this possible?

Yes! The most important part before attempting to apply makeup is to make sure that your base is as perfect as possible.

Starting approximately 6 months before the big day you need to be putting in the groundwork and have a good solid skin routine.  If this is something alien to you, or if you have not changed your products for some time, then I highly recommend a skin consultation. I personally find Clinique to be the best.

Once your base is lovely and flawless you can start to apply a primer all over your face, this will ensure that your makeup stays put. Go for a clear, light primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation. Start covering up any dark circles with corrector and then concealer. The concealer can later be used to disguise any naughty spots after you have applied foundation.

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For the Foundation you want to have a good colour match. Buy a good quality brand a week before your wedding to account for any change in pigmentation.  For example, if you’ve been on holiday and caught a light tan I would use Smashbox Studio Skin 15hr Wear Hydrating Foundation. This doesn’t contain SPF so it will help with avoiding flashback* on your all important photographs.

To hold the makeup in place use a clear translucent powder.  Use a bronzer to highlight around the face, down the neck and sweep across the cheekbones.  Add a little blush across the apples of the cheeks to create that outdoorsy look.

To keep a natural, fresh look for the brows simply groom them through and if needed, lightly pencil in any gaps using an eyebrow pencil or similar toned eyeshadow to your brows.

Next move onto the eyes. Keep it simple by first applying a primer all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone (Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original is great for this). Then sweep a natural tone matt shadow all over the lid (BB eyeshadow in Bone or MAC shadow in vanilla works well), then add a hint of colour on the crease of the lid and blend it across.  Here you can really go for the ‘woodland’ theme by going for browns, greens, ombre or even gold tones! Next use the coloured shadow to line your lash line, or for a deeper effect line with black or brown eyeliner. Curl the lashes and sweep through waterproof mascara.

If you want to go one step further & really create the WOW factor, then apply PAPERSELF false eyelashes in Deer & Butterfly.

Lastly, add colour to the lips using a natural toned lipstick, or just go for good old lip salve that has a hint of a rose or peachy colour.



Images by White Cat Studio

Wow!! Thank you so much Frances! What fantastic tips! If you’re a bride or groom to be with a burning question then please write in and I will do all I can to answer it here for you on the blog.

You can find out more about Frances on her beautiful website and if you’re super impressed by the stunning imagery here (‘cos I sure am!) then head over to to see more!

Lots of DIY love

Michelle xxx

*If you’re not sure what flashback is (This is just me Michelle chipping in as I had no idea until now!) the following video by Wayne Goss should explain this for you…