Spring Makeup & Hair Ideas

Spring Makeup

I have just got back from a lovely trip to Amsterdam and there is definitely a hint of Spring in the air… finally!  The daffodils and crocuses are peeking through and there is a stronger warmth in the sun, when it does decide to show it’s face.  So, what does that mean? Spring makeup! 🙂

spring blossom

We are slowly moving away from the darker shades that dominated Autumn and Winter, I’m sure you will have noticed that the shops are full of spring colours and lighter fabrics too.

gold eyeshadow

Spring makeup is all about corals, pinks and golds.  And a big trend for 2016 is ‘Sunset Eyes’ which basically means pastel colours on the eyes – for this you could use a blusher palette  – for example a lovely coral blusher all over the eyelid would be perfect.  For more information on 2016 makeup trends click here.


Eye Makeup

spring makeupHow to achieve this lovely Spring eye makeup in 6 easy steps:

  1. Apply an eye primer all over the eye area
  2. Apply gold eyeshadow all over the lid using a flat eyeshadow brush
  3. Apply a dark brown eyeshadow into the crease using a small blending brush and apply a little bit to the outer corner of the lid
  4. Apply a black eyeliner close to the lashes
  5. Using a large fluffy eyeshadow brush or a small cheek brush, sweep a coral/pink blusher above the crease & a little bit under the eye towards the outer corner
  6. Apply lots of black mascara

Worried you can’t achieve this on your own? Help is at hand with my makeup lessons and wedding makeup service.

black eyeliner


Spring Hair Styles

What to do with your hair for Spring? Check out these pics from the latest fashion shows which feature fringes, braids and twists!

spring hair

I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to changing my look a bit for Spring… I’ve just ordered myself some wedges online in anticipation for some less chilly weather and I’m loving all the bohemian, fringed clothes that are in the shops at the moment.

I think the reason I love Spring so much is that my colours are Clear, Spring so I suit warm, fresh, clear/bright colours.  Do you know what your colours are?  If not, check out my blog on having your colours done (a service I provide – see more here).

Have a lovely Spring!

Best wishes,

Mel x



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Colour Analysis – what’s it all about?

Colour Analysis Knaresborough

The colours you wear can have a big impact on how you look and feel.  Discovering what colours suit you and why can give you that WOW factor and make you look healthier, more vibrant and younger.

I trained with Colour Me Beautiful nearly 20 years ago (scary!) and although I have since become a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist, I still offer my clients a Colour Analysis service as I think it is really important to know what colours suit you and make you look young, vibrant and healthy.

So what is colour analysis all about?

By looking at the way your skin tone, eyes and hair colour work together.

When the colours you are wearing are wrong:

  • There are dark or coloured shadows around your neck, chin and mouth
  • You look tired and drained and under eye shadows become enhanced
  • Your complexion looks uneven in colour and blemishes appear enhanced
  • The colour stands out more than you (people see the clothes before you!)

When the colours you are wearing are right:

  • Your skin appears smoother, fresher and younger
  • Lines and blemishes are minimised
  • Your eye colour is enhanced
  • You notice YOU more than the colour
  • The clothes you are wearing look expensive (even if they are not!)

First of all I determine whether you have a warm or cool undertone and what your ‘dominant colouring’ is.  The 5 colour types are: deep, warm, soft, cool, clear and light.

You then receive a personalised wallet containing 36 fabric swatches and colour combination tips to take with you for future shopping trips so you will always know which colours to wear.


Here is a lovely testimonial I received last week from a client called Amanda who had a Colour Analysis session with me.  She was also having a wardrobe clear out and a shopping trip with Personal Stylist Keri Bailey.

“Hi Mel thank you for the very inspiring session yesterday. I loved it! I felt totally empowered to go and try new things on… And took the risk and bought a few items which can be returned within 28 days if they don’t suit me. (Pics to follow). I’ve taken risks sailing across oceans but never taken any risk with colours and clothes. It was a first! A Big change for me and I’m very grateful for your support, insight and knowledge which catalysed this process.

Soft and warmest wishes – Amanda”

Colour Analysis Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon, Leeds and North Yorkshire.

For more information please contact me at mel@melenglandmakeup.com or visit my website.

Thanks for reading!

Mel x