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My new favourite tanning product

I have fairly pale skin, which on the whole I’m very happy with, but at this time of year I am sooo pale naturally that I can look a little translucent.  So I usually apply a little bit of tinted mousse which washes off in the shower (my fave has been No. 7 Self Tan...

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Wedding Makeup Artist’s – Tips

Choosing a wedding makeup artist? Having your makeup applied by a professional wedding makeup artist on your wedding day will help you achieve flawless and long lasting makeup both on and off camera. You will also be able to relax and enjoy your wedding morning,...

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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...

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Colour Analysis – what’s it all about?

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...

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Quick 5 minute makeup

I know lots of busy mums tell me they don’t have time to spend ages doing their makeup in the morning… so I thought I’d do a really quick step by step makeup guide for 5 minute makeup in 8 easy steps! Step 1: Cleanse, tone & moisturise to prep your skin for makeup.  ...

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10 Biggest Makeup Trends for 2016

So it’s nearly the end of January 2016 already and Christmas and New Year are very much behind us. Perhaps you’re already thinking about your summer holidays and getting excited about the possibilities ahead for 2016. I have been doing my research and wanted to fill...

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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...

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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...

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New Makeup Trend: Strobing

So you’ve probably heard all about contouring, which is using light and dark shades of make-up to define and enhance the structure of the face.  ‘Strobing’ is the hot new trend that is the beauty buzz word of the moment – all the beauty magazines are talking about it....

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The best 5 eyeliners in my makeup kit

I’m excited to share with you some of my favourite eyeliners – the ones I love and use again and again in my pro makeup kit.  Whether you are looking to achieve a crisp winged line or a smudgy smokey eye effect, a good eyeliner is a must for every makeup bag.  Every...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Makeup Mishaps

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! AVOIDING MASCARA SPLODGES How to avoid mascara mishaps: squint your eyes and pull...

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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...

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Summer Bronze

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...

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5 Makeup Mistakes Women Make

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. •...

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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...

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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...

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The False Lash Effect – Bridal Makeup

Wearing false lashes on your wedding day has become very popular with brides and it can be a great way to really pump up the volume on the glamour front. However the many different choices on the market can be quite confusing, so I thought I’d break down the different...

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Useful Facts about Makeup Brushes

How to take care of your makeup brushes Having good quality makeup brushes can make a huge difference to how polished your makeup looks. As a Professional Makeup Artist I literally have hundreds of makeup brushes in my kit and by taking care of them they have lasted...

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Makeup Bag Detox

Make-up Artist Harrogate, Leeds, Ripon. How to do a Makeup Bag Detox As a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist, I offer private makeup lessons to clients from all age groups at all levels. And a fun but crucial part of what I do involves helping my clients sort out...

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Anti Ageing Makeup – My Top 4 Tips

There are times in a woman’s life when it’s important to adapt and change with the times. For women over 50, lots of things start to change. Skin, eyes and hair colours may start to cool down, grey hair may well have started to appear. Wrinkles and fine lines will be...

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6 Best Wedding Venues in North Yorkshire

Makeup Artist Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds & the North Yorkshire area As a Professional Makeup Artist specialising in Bridal and Wedding Makeup I have had the pleasure of being involved in some gorgeous weddings at some stunning venues. Choosing a venue for your wedding is...

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Confused about choosing the right foundation?

My name is Mel England and I am a Freelance Professional Makeup Artist covering the Harrogate and North Yorkshire area. It can be quite tricky to find the right foundation to suit all your needs… one that has the right amount of coverage and crucially is the correct...

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5 Quick Ways To Feel Good!

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: 1. Have a Makeup Lesson Many women get really stuck in a rut with their Makeup and don’t know where to...

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Bridal Makeup Sculpting Tips

All brides want to look their most beautiful on their wedding day and one sure way to make your makeup “pop” is to use some simple sculpting techniques. Here are my top tips! CONTOURING TIPS A darker, matt colour than your skintone will recess the hollow of your...

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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...

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Why every woman should have a makeup lesson!

I firmly believe every woman should have a Makeup Lesson at least once in her lifetime... Here are 8 great reasons why: 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...

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