Removing Makeup – My Top Tips

Removing your makeup is a really important step to having gorgeous looking skin. Skin that is congested can lead to spots breakouts, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Cleansing the skin well boosts circulation which helps skin look younger and fresher.

My top 5 tips for removing your makeup:

  • Avoid using wipes if possible (check out this article on why they’re so bad for your skin)
  • Double cleanse – cleanse then cleanse again.  Clean skin equals younger looking skin
  • Remove your lipstick first (so you don’t rub lipstick all over your face when you cleanse)
  • Be extra gentle when removing your eye makeup as the eye area is very delicate
  • Soak cotton wool pads in eye makeup remover and hold onto the eyes to dissolve the makeup – no rubbing allowed!

My favourite cleansers:

Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish

This award winning cleanser deserves its fantastic reputation.  When my skin needs a ‘pick me up’ I use this product myself & it feels like I’ve had a mini facial.

You apply the cleanser to the face, massaging into the skin.  Then rinse the muslin cloth that accompanies the cleanser in warm water and gently wipe off the cream. It quickly removes daily grime and make up to leave skin clean, soft and radiant.

This cleanser has a two-phase action. Phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara.

Phase two is the polishing. Polishing off the cream using the pure muslin cloth will gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.

Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, cleaner skin.

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Bioderma – Sensibio H2O

I use this cleanser day in day out on all my clients.  It is extremely gentle and so can be used over and over without aggravating the skin so it’s a favourite with professional makeup artists like myself when several makeup looks are required on one model.

Created to suit the needs of those who experience skin irritation and redness, the alcohol-free formula soothes and cools as it cleanses.


No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil

Oil cleansers are great to use on days when you’ve been wearing a lot of makeup and are also really effective at removing waterproof mascara – you can use it for your first cleanse and then follow with a lotion for your second cleanse.

This No7 product is very inexpensive and the bottle will last for a couple of months so it’s great value.  It’s ideal for those heavy makeup days (perfect for your wedding day).

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I hope my article helps you make some positive changes to your makeup removal routine!

Mel x

Makeup Artist based in Harrogate:

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Best Concealers: My top tips for flawless skin

Concealers are vastly underrated in my opinion.  As a Professional Makeup Artist, I get lots of questions about choosing the best foundation.  But as I explain to my clients, having a good foundation is only part of the answer to having flawless looking skin.

Even if you have uneven skintone or acne, the best way to achieve gorgeous skin is to not overdo it on the foundation front and to use the right concealer to add extra coverage where needed.

In my experience (I have been in the makeup industry for 10 years) there are some pretty bad concealers on the market.  Some sit in fine lines, some are greasy and some are very dry and flaky.

The other problem is that often women choose the wrong shade of concealer and end up with the infamous ‘panda eyes’ so rather than concealing the area they draw attention to it.

There are two different types of concealers:

  • Concealers for the under eye area to cover dark circles
  • Concealers for extra coverage to cover uneven skin tones, broken veins, acne, sun damage

The best concealers on the market:

Over the years I have bought hundreds of different brands concealers and only a few have really impressed me.  I would like to share with you the best of the best that deliver excellent results every time.  Avoiding any expensive mistakes that disappoint on results.

The best under eye concealers:

Clinique Airbrush Concealer – this product delivers amazing results every time!  It has a good balance of coverage and light reflection so it softens lines and shadows and also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area.

Ariane Poole Mineral Illuminating Pen – Photo-reflective pigments in the multi-mineral, illuminating complex will help brighten the skin while gently reducing the appearance of fine lines. Also apply wherever you see dark shadowy areas, imperfections or fine lines. It also looks great applied around the lip area to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Use across frown lines, marionette lines and smile lines to give the illusion of botox and filler without the pain.

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The best concealers for extra coverage:

Ariane Poole Concealer Palette – Voted “Best Concealer” by She Magazine and featured in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine and Essentials plus Hello Magazine. This is my new favourite go-to concealer product!

Multi-functional, yellow-based palette contains 3 shades of concealer that can be custom blended to suit your individual colouring all year round. Its unique creamy formulation glides on smoothly then transforms to a demi matte finish.


Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation – don’t let the name confuse you, this is far too thick and heavy to use all over the face as a foundation.  However it is brilliant at covering dry spots and flaky areas.

Mel offers Makeup Lessons and is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

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Mel x

The False Lash Effect – Bridal Makeup

Wearing false lashes on your wedding day has become very popular with brides and it can be a great way to really pump up the volume on the glamour front. However the many different choices on the market can be quite confusing, so I thought I’d break down the different options here and offer a few of my hints and tips to help you make an informed choice.

What are the different types of false lashes?

  • Full strip false lashes
  • Individual false lashes or groups/clusters
  • Semi permanent extensions
  • LVL Lift (a natural alternative)
  • Russian Volume (the hottest new lash technique)

Full strip false lashes

These are strips of lashes which are applied directly along the entire length of the eyelid with special eyelash glue that dries hard on the eyelid and lashes.  They come in a variety of lengths and designs and can create a lovely fullness to the lashes which are perfect for a bride or a special night out. I wouldn’t recommend wearing full strip false lashes on your wedding day unless you are used to them as they can make your eyes feel a little heavy, which on an important day such as your wedding may end up being something you regret.

My personal favourites are: the Ardell Demi Wispies which are really natural & lightweight.

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Individual Lashes

Individual lashes or groups (clusters) of false lashes are applied directly to the eyelid with special eyelash glue to areas which are sparse, or at the outer part of the eyelid to achieve a particular effect. These can be a good option for a bride who hasn’t worn full strips before and would like to look a natural but have a little bit more length or fullness.  They are so lightweight you will hardly notice them.

Semi-Permanent Extensions

Not to be confused with the traditional false eyelashes 1:1 lash extensions are applied with a strong lash glue to the lash only. Neither the extension lash or glue touches the eyelid. The bond is designed to last until the natural lash has finished its cycle and both the natural lash and extensions will fall out together. Although if one uses oil based products on the lashes or rubs their eyes regularly the extensions may fall out faster. These need to be filled within 3 weeks and professionally removed. Great for six weeks of extra glamour and perfect for your wedding day & honeymoon.

Here’s a video of how they are applied:

LVL Lash Lift (a natural alternative)

These work with your own lashes to lift them and make them appear longer.  The process involves “lifting” your own natural lashes from the base. The LVL Lash Lift gives you a beautiful wide awake look, with the illusion of an increase in lash length and thickness.  The treatment takes 45 mins and will last up to 6 weeks with very little maintenance. Your lashes can also be tinted at the same time to give lashes an even more darker sultry look.

Check out Lisa Eldridge’s video of the LVL Lash Lift process:

Russian Volume Lashes

Russian volume is a method that puts 2-6 very thin and light lash extensions on each one of your natural lashes. This technique (also known as Russian Layering, Russian Lashes and 3D-6D lashes) originated in Russia and has recently made a breakthrough in the US and Europe. This multi-lash technique involves adhering synthetic, ultra-fine lashes onto a single natural lash. The main benefit of Russian Layering is that it gives clients a full, high impact glamorous look with maximum natural looking volume.

Lash Growth Serum

Finally if you really do want to keep things natural, and simply want to accelerate the growth of your own natural lashes, you should check out CReaTeLashes eyelash (& eyebrow) serum.  Eyelashes become fuller and longer whilst making them a shade darker.  The active ingredient in CReaTeLashes eyelash & eyebrow serum is myristoyl pentapeptide 17.  This innovating natural multi-protein complex stimulates the hair roots, lengthens the growth phase and slows down hair loss. The result is fuller, longer and stronger eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Makeup Artist Harrogate – contact Mel England Makeup for more advice about how to use false lashes or about any other makeup query.  Mel specialises in Bridal Makeup & Makeup Lessons.

Mel x

Useful Facts about Makeup Brushes

How to take care of your makeup brushes

Having good quality makeup brushes can make a huge difference to how polished your makeup looks. As a Professional Makeup Artist I literally have hundreds of makeup brushes in my kit and by taking care of them they have lasted me years.

What are they made of?

Makeup brushes are either made of natural fibres or synthetic fibres. Natural fibre brushes are perfect for powder products as they are covered in tiny scales which are great at picking up the powder. Synthetic fibre brushes are ideal for cream products such as foundation, lipstick & concealer.

How often should you clean your brushes?

I recommend you wash your brushes every 1-2 weeks as a minimum. Synthetic brushes need washing more regularly to wash off those thick creamy products.

What’s the best way to wash my brushes?

Wash them under a warm tap in a little bit of anti-bacterial hand wash or a gentle shampoo until the water runs clear. Importantly, you must dry them flat on a towel – don’t dry them upright as the water may rot the glue which holds the bristles in place.

Why use makeup brushes?

Using makeup brushes will help you be more precise with your makeup application to create a flawless, polished makeup look.

My favourite brushes:

Mac’s 217 Eyeshadow Brush – amazing at blending eyeshadow into the socket area

Mac 217 Brush

Ariane Poole’s Foundation Brush – a lovely shaped brush that is perfect for applying foundation

AP Foundation Brush

Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Brush – a square edged brush that makes it easy to create a great lip shape

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Brush

To book a Makeup Lesson or Wedding Makeup please contact me at

Mel x