Why book a makeup lesson? Makeup Lesson Harrogate

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Why book a makeup lesson? Makeup Lesson Harrogate

I firmly believe every woman should have at least one makeup lesson in her lifetime.

Many of the women I meet would like to become more confident or adventurous with their makeup but are not quite sure how to go about it. It is my mission to offer a positive, friendly and un-intimidating experience so they can learn how to apply make-up like a pro in easy to follow steps. I absolutely love seeing the confidence women gain when they realise that by applying a little bit of makeup, with the right techniques, they can look the best they’ve ever looked.

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Why A Makeup Lesson Can Change Your Life…

1. It will give you a massive confidence boost!!!

2. If you have a special occasion coming up it will give you the tools to ensure you look your very best.

3. It will make you realise that you CAN look really good every day, no exceptions (even when you’re exhausted!)

4. It will keep you bang up to date with the latest makeup trends.

5. You will stop wasting money on all the wrong makeup products and you will only invest in a few key products.

6. You will save precious time every day as you will know exactly what techniques to use to look fabulous.

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7. You could buy someone you LOVE the amazing gift of a makeup lesson, boosting their confidence too!

8. You could do a makeup lesson with a friend or group of friends – all learning a new skill together in a friendly environment, having fun!

Makeup Lesson Harrogate, Yorkshire – available for women of all ages and skill levels welcome. For more information or to book a lesson, visit my site: www.melenglandmakeup.com

Happy 2016!
Mel x

Click on the image of me above, to read my article in the Yorkshire Post “5 makeup mistakes women make & how to avoid them.”

Christmas Party Makeup!

Yay Christmas is actually here and the party season is well and truly upon us!

This is the time of year when you can and should really let your hair down (make-up wise) and enjoy having fun with make-up, daring to express yourself just a little bit more than you might normally do.

There are so many different make-up looks to go for for a big night out, but let’s split them into 2 make-up camps to make things as easy as possible.

  1. Strong eyes – smokey eye/glitterOlivia-Palermo_glamour_21oct15_rex-b_720x1080

  2. Strong lips – bright or dark lip colour













Either way, you’ll want to get your base looking gorgeous – check out my recent post on “strobing” to make sure you are on trend this season with beautiful dewy, shimmery skin.

Once you’ve decided whether to go for eyes or lips, here are some of my top tips to help you on your way…

Smokey/Glitter Eyes

My Quick 5 Step Guide:

  • Do your eyes before your base so you don’t have to worry about your eyeshadows dropping down and ruining your makeup
  • Apply an eye primer/base before you start applying any colour, this will help your makeup stay on all night
  • Go for a 3 eyeshadow colour palette in brown/gold/bronze shades 1) highlight under the brows and a little around the tear ducts 2) apply a mid tone all over the eyelid 3) use a darker colour to emphasise the eye socket area then apply a little bit of glitter eyeshadow with your finger to the centre of the eyelid to create a pop of drama
  • Use a black or dark brown eyeliner inside your waterline and above and below your lashes – smudge and blend with a bit of your darkest eye shadow
  • Apply tons of mascara and either curl your lashes (before you apply mascara) or apply fabulous false lashes for full on glamour











Bright/Dark Lips

My Quick 5 Step Guide:

  • Keep your eyes less dramatic so the emphasis will be on your amazing lips
  • If you are opting for a bright lip, think about whether you suit warm or cool colours – do you tan and have a yellow undertone? then go for a warm red or pink – don’t tan and have a pink undertone? go for cool pinks or reds
  • For a sultry dark lip colour check out my recent post on some stunning Autumn/Winter 2015 lipsticks for inspiration.
  • To ensure your lip colour stays on all night, apply a lip pencil all over the lips to create an “undercoat”
  • Apply with a brush for a more precise finish

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I have really enjoyed passing on some of my make-up know-how to you during 2015! For a more in-depth make-up lesson with me or for beautiful wedding make-up please visit my website www.melenglandmakeup.com for more information.

Have a fantastic Christmas 2015!

Mel England
Professional Make-up Artist


Autumn/Winter Makeup Tips

It’s finally December and I’ve noticed over the past week or two how different I’m feeling in the mornings about my clothes and makeup choices.  I’ve decided to embrace my paleness rather than trying to cheat the change in seasons with self tan and I am feeling more drawn to all those sumptuous autumn/winter colours; berries, purples, burgundies and khaki greens.

So how does the change in seasons affect your makeup?  From now on we will all no doubt be cranking up the central heating then going outside into the cold weather so our skin will be drier and lips will be constantly chapped.


My Top 10 Autumn/Winter Makeup Tips

  1. Invest in a really good moisturiser that suits your skin type (get some inspiration from this article by Harpers Bazaar)
  2. Work with your paler skin and resist the temptation to bronze too much
  3. Check your foundation still matches your skin tone (test on your chin) – mix two colours together if you’re an ‘in-between’ colour
  4. Make sure your concealer also matches your paler skin (if not you will look ‘patchy’)
  5. Use plenty of lip balm (my favourite is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream)
  6. Be bold and go for a darker lip colour (more on my favourite autumn/winter lipsticks below)
  7. Avoid frosty colours and anything in the pastel colour range
  8. Soft brown or grey smokey eyes will look great at this time of year
  9. This is definitely the season to perfect your flicked eyeliner look (for more information check out my recent blog on the best eyeliners)
  10. For full on glamour – apply some fabulous false lashes! (look out for my up and coming blog on Christmas Party Makeup…)


Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

It’s all about strong lips for the AW15 season… some of my favourites are:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Night Crimson
  2. Ariane Poole’s Luxury Matte Lipstick Red Carpet Red
  3. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick 753 Continental
  4. Rimmel London The Only 1 Lipstick Under My Spell

Best wishes,

Mel x



Are you looking for the best makeup artist in Harrogate?  I have 10 years experience and specialise in beautiful Wedding Makeup.  I also take pride in offering private or group Makeup Lessons to my clients.

For more information about my services as a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist please visit my website: www.melenglandmakeup.com or email me at: mel@melenglandmakeup.com

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 www.keribailey.co.uk.”

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

With love,

Mel x






Personal Stylist – Keri Bailey www.keribailey.co.uk

Makeup Lesson Harrogate – www.melenglandmakeup.com

Colour Analysis Harrogate – www.melenglandmakeup.com

5 Quick Ways To Feel Good!

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Every woman has the odd slump where she feels at a low ebb, or needs a quick confidence boost.

I know I do! And lots of my clients do too…

5 Quick Ways To Feel Good:

Makeup Lessons

1. Have a Makeup Lesson

Many women get really stuck in a rut with their Makeup and don’t know where to turn. Which is why I offer Makeup Lessons either one-on-one or in groups. I love the way my clients feel so much more empowered after one of my lessons where they learn lots of easy techniques and tricks of the trade. Makeup Lessons are also great as a gift for a woman in your life who is need of a much needed confidence boost.  Check out my website for more information on: www.melenglandmakeup.com

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2. Treat yourself to a session with Personal Stylist / Personal Shopper

I can highly recommend Thimble & Thread based in Harrogate www.thimbleandthread.co.uk.  Keri Bailey is a lovely, warm lady who genuinely loves helping women of all ages learn what clothes suit their body shape, how to put outfits together and how to accessorise.  She can also help you organise your wardrobe. And she offers a Personal Shopping service which is good fun and in the end saves you money from all those expensive shopping mistakes.

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3. Have a Really Good Haircut

A good haircut can make you feel soooo much more human! When you’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps there’s nothing better than having a really good hair cut (and even better if you have a colour refresh at the same time!) I work with a fantastic Harrogate hairdresser, Kim Louise Ellis who as well as cuts and colour also specialises in Special Occasions and Wedding Hair. You can contact Kim via https://www.facebook.com/KimLouiseHairAndBeauty.

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4. Book An Eyelash Lift

I recently had an LVL Lash Lift on my eyelashes by Shana Harrison which I am now completely addicted to! This treatment lifts your lashes from the roots straight up which makes them look incredibly long & full without the need to use eyelash curlers or even mascara.  Check out this video of Lisa Eldridge having the treatment done: Lisa Eldridge Video LVL Lash Lift for more information on how it works.  This treatment is available in Harrogate via Shana Harrison, check her out on: https://www.facebook.com/StudioShana.

Kristen McKenzie5. Treat Yourself To A Pampering Massage

One of the best ways to put life and all of it’s ups and downs into perspective is to treat yourself to a lovely, relaxing massage. About a year ago I was getting constant headaches, so I booked a weekly session with wonderful Harrogate Massage Therapist, Kristen B McKenzie.  Those massages made such a difference to my feeling of wellbeing and I highly recommend anyone who is feeling the pressure of daily life, go and treat yourself to a session with Kristen via: www.harrogatemassagetherapy.co.uk.

And all of these lovely women love helping other women!  How cool is that?

Mel x

Embrace your uniqueness

Nobody is perfect… Not even the models who’s airbrushed images we are bombarded with in magazines are perfect. We all have flaws and insecurities.  It has taken me until I hit my 40’s to really embrace my uniqueness and to love the face I was born with.  Yes there are things I could get hung up about but there are also things I really appreciate and being healthy and happy are much more important than perfect appearance.

The very thing that makes women beautiful is often not the shape of their nose or the size of their eyes.  It’s about being authentic and fun and kind and compassionate to others.  We’ve all seen them.  Those women who walk with pride as they walk down the street that we can’t take our eyes off.  It’s often not their outward beauty that we feel attracted to, it’s their inner strength and self confidence.

Working as a Professional Makeup Artist, some people may feel that I’m all about perfection.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m all about empowering women to feel their very best so that they can go into their daily lives feeling amazing.  I run makeup lessons and makeup courses for women to learn the tricks of the trade so that they can use makeup to their advantage, while embracing their uniqueness and individuality.

Mel x


Stop comparing yourself ladies


OMG I LOVE this quote!!!

Isn’t it true?  That horrible feeling in your gut when you compare yourself to another woman and feel deflated and disappointed… yuk!

Whether it’s their house, car, money or the way they look that we envy, it’s a total waste of time wishing we were in their shoes.  Freckles, curly hair, pale skin, even wrinkles – let’s accept them and learn to love what we’ve got and who we are!

Mel x