Make-up for Hooded Eyes

I am a Harrogate Make-up Artist who specialises in bridal make-up and make-up lessons and a really common eye shape I come across in my clients is a ‘hooded eye’.  In fact I have slightly hooded eyes myself.  I didn’t used to.  But as I’ve got older my eye shape has changed and things have sort of ‘dropped a bit’.  So exactly what are hooded eyes I hear you asking? Hooded eyes are when a fold of skin hangs over which obscures the socket line and shrinks the eyelids. This happens in varying degrees and is sometimes due to the ageing process, but not always, it’s actually a very common eye shape in all ages.  Having hooded eyes can make applying eye make-up harder but help is at hand and there are lots of ways to enhance your eyes beautifully.

By the way, lots of gorgeous women have hooded eyes.  Including some young ones, such as Taylor Swift pictured below.  Also Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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How to do make-up for hooded eyes:

When applying make-up for hooded eyes it is really important to apply your eye make-up when your eyes are open.  Before you start, look straight ahead and relax your eyes and brows.

Use matt colours

Matt colours absorb light which will give the effect of a deeper socket (shimmery colours reflect light and bring things forward which can make hooded eyes look even more hooded).

Blend your eye shadow above the socket

Relax your eyes and sweep on the eye shadow so that it is visible above the socket (I usually make a little mark then blend up to that point).

Keep your eyeliner close to the lash line

By keeping your eye liner either very close to the lashes or in the top waterline, it will make your eye lids look as large as possible.  You might need to avoid winged eye liner unfortunately as often the hood will cover the winged effect – but that depends on how hooded your eyes are.

Apply highlighter close to your brows

It’s OK to apply a shimmery or matt highlighter under the brows, but be careful not to come too low as this will again make the hooded area appear larger.

For more help and ideas with your make-up please contact Mel England Makeup.

I am available for Make-up Lessons, Bridal Make-up, Photo-shoots, Hen Parties & Events.







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

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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

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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Mel offers makeup lessons for all ages including makeup for teenager girls.  For more information, contact her at

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.

For more information or to buy Ariane Poole’s Makeup – visit my website:

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.

Mel x

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:

For more information about my makeup tips & advice, makeup lessons, wedding makeup & photoshoots check out my website


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