Ariane Poole Make-up

I am very proud of the fact that I only recommend makeup that I truly believe in – after ten years in the makeup industry I have used a lot of different brands and I have cherry picked the very best to use on my clients.

I came across the Ariane Poole makeup brand a couple of years ago while working with talented Makeup Artist Jo Leversuch who is based in Darlington.  We were both in Notting Hill at the Jemma Kidd Studio and she was raving about Ariane’s makeup.

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I am very excited to say that two years later in 2015 I am now working with and selling Ariane’s makeup to my clients.

Even more excitingly, Ariane’s products are now available directly via my website:

Go to my website and simply click on BUY MAKEUP select your products and they will be delivered direct to your home.

I will be letting you know lots more about my favourite Ariane Poole makeup in my upcoming blog posts. Including lots more about her multi-award winning Concealer Palette.


Here are some words from Ariane about her amazing journey in makeup so far:

“As an international make-up artist in the fashion and beauty industry for over 25 years, my philosophy on make-up is that you should notice the woman not the make-up; everyone should compliment YOU on how great YOU look! I’ve had the opportunity of working with celebrities, top models, photographers and even royalty. But I get the greatest satisfaction from doing makeovers on real women and showing them how they too can look their best with the right products and some useful tricks of the trade. My passion for all things makeup and beauty started at a very early age and it didn’t take me long to know that this was the path for me.

After completing a degree in Cosmetology in Canada I worked for a brief time in Vancouver before being headhunted by Biba UK in the late 70’s to be their official makeup artist.

Upon arriving in London in Spring ‘79 I soon discovered that I was one of only a handful of professional makeup artists in the country and I am honoured to have been one of the pioneers of this fabulous industry.

I have had the privilege to work with so many of the world’s best fashion & beauty icons including celebrities such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Penelope Cruz, Yasmin Le Bon, Anna Friel, Queen Noor of Jordan, Andie McDowell, Iman, Talisa Soto, Femke Jansen, Rachel Weiss, Inez Van Lamsveerde, Veronica Webb, Christy Turlington, Uma Thurman, Jacqueline Bisset, Cilla Black, Helena Bonham Carter, Shikira Cane, Jackie Collins, Julie Walters, Princess Von Furstenburg, Pia Getty, The Queen & Princess of Greece, Fern Britton, Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger, Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley, Tandy Newton, Julia Ormand, Joan Rivers, Lady de Rothschild, Jane Seymour, Twiggy, Donatella Versace, Duchess of York , Alberta Ferretti, Lulu, Tess Daley, Denise Van Outen, Lisa Snowdon, Sadie Frost, Saffron Burrows, Tara Banks, Diana Moran, Jodie Kidd, Susanna Constantine (Triny & Susanna), Lorraine Kelly, Katy Hill, Kim Wilde and the gorgeous Bryan Ferry, Phil Collins,  Duran Duran and Richard E Grant.

I have also worked with some of the most beautiful women in the world on Magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle (Spain), Elle (UK), Elle (Hong Kong), Esquire, The New Yorker, Harpers & Queens (UK), Hello, Cosmo Brides, W, Loaded, Mail on Sunday, Marie Claire, Marie Claire Health Beauty, OK Magazine, Red, Sunday Times, Tatler, Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Vogue (German), Vogue (Mexican), Vogue (UK), You Magazine, Eve, Brides, Essentials, Good Housekeeping, Real, Shine, Woman’s Journal, You Your Wedding, Express, M Mag, Top Sante, Woman’s Own, Woman & Home, She, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Times, Woman, GQ. and fashion shows for John Galliano, Browns, Caroline Charles, Debenhams, Emanuel, Betty Jackson, Jaeger, Donna Karen, Edina Ronay, Miss Selfridge, Selfridges, St. Martins, Wallis, 30 Years of Butler & Wilson, 40 Years of Butler & Wilson, Breast Cancer Care Fashion Shows from 1998 to present day and Graduate Fashion Week 2009 to 2012, London Fashion Week 1979 to 2001.

My many appearances on TV include This Morning (ITV), Style Challenge (BBC1), Sky Special K, GMTV (ITV), LK Today (ITV), Makeover Hit Squad (Weekly Slot), Fashion Livetime (Weekly Slot), Wellbeing (Daily Beauty Slot), Big Breakfast (Weekly Beauty Slot Channel 4), Let’s Get Beautiful (20 part weekly slot), After Five (ITV), Carlton A to Z of Food Beauty, City Woman, David Emmanuel Show, The Wedding Show, Wild About Weddings, Good Housekeeping Show, Liz Earle Show , Miriam Stoppard Show, Style Council, Bride & Grooming Mum Makeover.

It has always been my dream to create cosmetics that solve our make-up dilemmas, products that are easy and quick to use, fun and innovative and above all deliver results. So, after 4 very successful years as Boots No7’s International spokesperson I launched my own range of ariane poole* London cosmetics in December 2002. We love makeup and we hope you are as happy with our make-up as we are in bringing it to you!”

Ariane x


There will be lots more from me Mel England in the next few weeks about how to use Ariane Poole makeup to look and feel amazing every day! Click here to look at the product range now.

Don’t forget I offer Makeup Lessons – private or groups. Learn how to apply makeup like a professional. For more information visit my website.

Mel England








Confidence Boost: Personal Stylist

I’ve just spent the weekend in Dublin with 8 lovely book club friends, which was so much fun (love Dublin!) We all got talking about how much we dislike packing for trips away because we never know what to pack or what to wear – which lead to a mutual agreement by all that we tend to wear the same few items of clothing over and over, despite a wardrobe heaving with clothes.

According to the latest statistics women only wear about 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe, which let’s face it, can make you feel pretty jaded and bored with the way you look.

One of the many ways you can give your image an injection of style and confidence is a session with a Personal Stylist.  I am delighted to recommend to you a fantastic Personal Stylist I have had the privilege of getting to know her over the past year called Keri Bailey.  Keri is based in Harrogate and we share a common goal of helping empower women to look & feel amazing every day.  She is so friendly and fun and professional I had to let you know about her…

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Here are a few words from Keri:

“I am a fully qualified personal stylist and have a love for fashion and people. My main satisfaction in life comes from helping others, whether it’s building ones confidence or boosting their self-esteem. My shopping and styling services are designed to help you look and feel fantastic!

I am trained by the Colour Me Beautiful stylist academy and specialise in styling for personality, lifestyle, body shape, height, scale, proportions and colour. Together, we can develop your new and existing wardrobe to keep you looking and feeling great.

I offer a tailored one-to-one personal shopping & styling experience in Harrogate, Leeds and York. Find shapes and colours of clothing that are best for you, develop your style to best suit your current lifestyle, lean how to accessorize to help lift specific pieces, lean how to build combinations of outfits and gain expert styling advice, tips and knowledge to make shopping more efficient. For more information, visit”

Don’t forget, to find out more information or to book a Makeup Lesson or a Colour Analysis session with Mel England Makeup, visit All perfect for gifts!

With love,

Mel x






Personal Stylist – Keri Bailey

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Eyelid Primers

As a Professional Makeup Artist I am a big fan of eyelid primers so I thought I’d talk a little bit about which ones I like best and why.

I find my clients often skip this step with their make-up routine, but it can make all the difference in the world in how professional and long lasting your eye make-up looks.

So what is an eyelid primer?

An eyelid primer acts as a base for your eye make-up. It it will also prevent creasing, help your eye shadow blend more professionally and help your eye make-up stay put longer.

My Top 3 Eyelid Primer Recommendations:

Ariane Poole’s Eye Shine:

This fabulous product comes in 7 different colours and looks amazing either on it’s own or as a primer. it is a quick-drying liquid shadow that glides on effortlessly to wash eyes in sheer, radiant colour. My favourite and Ariane’s best selling eye shine is Crystal Taupe which is a chameleon shade that works beautifully on any eye colour.

Check out Ariane’s video on this product for more information.

Buy this product now.

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Mac’s Paint Pots:

These little pots are applied with an eye shadow brush or with fingers.  My favourite colours are ‘Groundwork’ & ‘Painterly’.  Groundwork is brilliant if applied prior to creating a smoky eye look and ‘Painterly’ is great for a very natural ‘no makeup makeup’ look.

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Urban Decay’s Primer Potion:

This primer is great for every day, its sheer creamy texture is lovely and it’s great at controlling creasing on the eyelids and sockets.

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For more information on my services check out my website:

Bridal Makeup Artist Harrogate – Makeup Lessons Harrogate – Pro Courses Harrogate – Buy Ariane Poole Makeup

Mel x

Makeup Mishaps

Makeup Lesson Brushes

I was doing my makeup this morning and realised I was doing my usual weird ‘applying mascara face’ and I realised I had to do a blog sharing some of my tips for avoiding makeup mishaps!


How to avoid mascara mishaps: squint your eyes and pull your eyebrow up to apply your mascara – this will move your lashes as far away from your eye shadow area as possible.

Also turn your mascara wand around when you get to the lashes closest to your eyes so that the brush is facing your nose – that way you won’t get a black line across the nose from the stick.


To blend stubborn eye shadows that are looking messy: fluff up the end of a cotton bud by pulling gently at the fibres, this will


If you have overdone the eye liner when doing a smoky eye: mix some moisturiser with your foundation & mix it with a small eye shadow brush. Gently apply the mixture and it will miraculously correct the problem without taking away all your foundation & concealer.


Let’s face it sometimes we all apply that strong red lipstick then realise it looks too much!  But often it can leave a stain on and around the lips even when you’ve wiped it away with a tissue.  Take a cotton bud and wet one end with a little eye makeup remover toner to remove the last residue of lipstick then apply a small amount of concealer around the edges of the lips to create a clean canvas for your next lip colour.

Good luck ladies! x

Wedding Makeup Artist Harrogate – for more information about Wedding Makeup or Makeup Lessons please get in touch by contacting Mel at