Pretty in Pink Makeup

I recently created the make-up look for a shoot for The Yorkshire Post with the students from the Northern Ballet Academy, to mark their graduation as they leave Leeds to continue their dance studies across the country.

Our theme was the fresh, LA-preppy and co-ordinating styles of the ’90s, as epitomised by the film Clueless, with hair sleek and polished, and make-up for the girls defined and glamorous, with pretty in pink tones.

The pretty pink make-up looked so beautiful on the teenage ballet students I thought I’d give a quick low-down on how I achieved this look – give it a go – it’s great makeup for teenager girls and is really easy and flattering.

  1. Apply a tinted moisturiser, steer clear of heavy foundations as this look is about being fresh faced, natural and pretty.  A great option would be Ariane Poole’s Ultimate Face Tint.
  2. Cover any blemishes with a light reflective concealer to ensure an even skin tone.
  3. Apply a flesh toned eye base such as Mac’s Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’.
  4. Sweep a pink eye shadow or even a blusher (as I did for the shoot) across the eye lids and then a slightly different pink shade into the sockets and blend well.
  5. Apply a chocolate brown or black eye liner above and below the lash line.  Keep the line crisp (no blending or smudging) then curl the lashes and apply lots of mascara.
  6. Take the same pink blusher and sweep across the cheeks.
  7. To finish off apply a pop of pink lip gloss to the lips – the pinker the better!  My choice was Ariane Poole’s Vivid Lip Gloss in ‘Vivid Dream‘.

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Summer Bronze

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Everyone feels better with a little bit of colour to their cheeks, but how to use bronzer without looking too brown or orange?

Think about your skin tone. If you are very pale you will need to choose a bronzer that isn’t too warm or dark. There are some pretty bad bronzers out there which may have made you afraid to attempt a tastefully bronzed summer look. But with some help from me to guide you, I hope you’ll give it a try…

Where to bronze?

Use a soft brush and gently sweep your bronzer over the cheekbones, temples, jawline and forehead.


My favourite bronzing products:

Ariane Poole’s Blush+Bronzer Duo – Afternoon Delight. This colour is perfect for paler skin tones and is a beautiful texture which glides onto the skin. It is a clever multi-tasking product with a soft pale nude highlighter and bronzer, that allow you to sculpt, contour, highlight and blush with luxurious, sheer colour and a satin finish.

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Ariane Poole’s Baked Bronzer – Fiji. If you love a sun kissed look you’ll love this product! Create a bronze illuminating glow on the cheeks and décolleté. Luxurious satin smooth texture imparts a radiant finish. Silky formula applies effortlessly.

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Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate – Intensity One. This is a cream bronzer and highlighter duo. The texture is super sheer , silky and lightweight and adds a beautiful glow to the skin – especially good for dry skin types.

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For more advice on how to apply makeup like a professional, contact Mel England Makeup.

Makeup Artist, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon area.

5 Makeup Mistakes Women Make

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1. Bad Foundation

The number one makeup mistake women make is applying the wrong colour foundation and/or wearing too much foundation. My top 3 foundation tips are:

• Test the colour by applying a little foundation on your chin & if it disappears you’re good to go.

• Try before you buy – go out into natural light and look at yourself in a few different mirrors then go back and buy if you’re still happy.

• Apply most of your foundation to the centre of the face and blend outward using a foundation brush to get a flawless finish.

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2. Concealer Mistakes

Concealers really are a girls’ best friend as they hide a variety of problems, such as under eye dark circles, acne, sun pigmentation and broken veins.

Many women make the mistake of either skipping this step altogether, or choose the wrong colour concealer (generally too pale which will only draw attention to the area you are trying to conceal) or their concealer looks cakey and sits in fine lines.

For the delicate under eye area choose a light reflecting pen (try the Clinique Airbrush Concealer). For hiding blemishes or uneven skin tones opt for a more pigmented concealer (such as Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage).

Select a concealer that is the same colour as your foundation or a shade darker and blend well with fingers or a soft fluffy eye brush.

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3. No blusher

The complexion can look flat and dull without a pop of blusher on the cheeks. Often forgotten, however a brush of a pretty pink blusher can instantly make the skin appear younger, healthier and more vibrant.

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4. Where to draw the line

Applying eye liner correctly can take a bit of practice. Liquid eye liners and gel eye liners are by far the most difficult to apply expertly so start with a pencil eye liner and when drawing your line, aim for the lashes so that you don’t end up with a gap between the lashes and your line. For a softer smoky eye effect, brush over the eye liner with a similar colour eye shadow.

5. It’s all about the brows

Badly drawn on brows look ageing and unflattering. Having well-groomed brows will frame the face and gives the effect of a mini eye lift.

To create a natural effect, use feathery strokes with a brow pencil or brow powder following the direction the hairs grow.

Check out this informative video by Lisa Eldridge (Celebrity Makeup Artist) which gives some great tips about the different ways to fill in brows.

I hope my tips have helped shed some light on ways to avoid making the 5 main makeup mistakes!

For more information or advice contact Mel – Makeup Lessons Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds or Bridal Makeup.

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