Our resident Makeup Artist, Frances Moore MUA, is back with a beautiful tutorial on how to create a soft, natural contoured base for your bridal or everyday makeup look. 
For those new to contouring, this is the tutorial for you. Frances guides us seamlessly through creating the perfect smooth foundation base followed by some simple tips to introduce you to contouring. Giving you a long-lasting, natural, sun-kissed glow without the fear of awkward stripes occurring across your face. 
To make things easier in your quest for the perfect wedding day glow, you can easily get your hands on the exact products used in the tutorial below. These products are loved, highly recommend and used regularly as part of Frances’ expert makeup kit.

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If you are in love with the eye look Frances had previously created before this tutorial, you are able to recreate using the products used below. You can also follow Frances’ Full Natural Eyebrow Tutorial to help create the full look.

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Step by step guide


1. Essential: Use a pore refiner for your T-Zone and a foundation primer to prep the skin.


2. Build the foundation gradually using short smooth strokes across the face.  Make sure to cover any redness around the base of the nose.

Tip: Make sure you have a clean brush before you begin so that the foundation applies more smoothly.

3. Using a large buff brush go over the foundation lightly to take away any harsh edges and to sweep down the neck to blend.


4. Choose a concealer 2 shades lighter than your foundation and apply either directly to the under eye area or via a brush.  Use fingers or a brush to blend.

5. Use the same light concealer to highlight through the forehead and bridge of the nose.


6. Using a darker foundation, or contour palette sweep a single line through the lower part of the cheekbone.

7. Start blending the contour line using your foundation brush.  Start by using sweep strokes then soft circular motions to blend. 

8. Use your large buff brush from before and go over this again to fully blend for a natural, sun-kissed look.

Tip: Go back and make sure the foundation is fully blended after drying, especially around the eyebrows and under eyes.


9. Use a blush brush to sweep a touch of blusher through the apples of the cheeks, reaching up through the hairline and temples.


10. Using a large headed brush, sweep powder all over the face, paying attention to the forehead, nose, lower cheeks and neck area.

11. Make sure you lightly powder under the eyes to set the concealer

12. Comb through the brows to finish.


About Frances Moore MUA

Hello!  I’m Frances, a classically trained editorial and bridal makeup artist working across the South of England.  My previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, actresses, and aristocracy throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, and London.  A regular contributor to international and national 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.


Film Credits

Makeup Artist | Frances Moore MUA

Venue | Hill Place

Model | Sophie Waldron

Production | My Wedding Fair