Mel Barrese

Mel's Story

Born in Manchester, but London based, Melanie has over 10 year’s experience working in the makeup industry. After joining MAC Cosmetics as an Artist, her love of makeup lay in beauty and bridal, as she enjoyed making people look and feel like the very best versions of themselves. As she grew in her role, her passion for teaching and customer service became apparent and soon became a Trainer and later a Regional Trainer looking after MAC’s most prestigious free standing doors and department stores in London.

In 2018, Melanie joined the Illamasqua team to head up Education and Training and has since worked backstage at Fashion Week under Pablo, as well as building the strategic and educational content to ensure the Illamasqua heritage of artistry and service excellence is upheld to the highest standards. 

"Where will you find me next? Doing some live QVC shows, creating training content or coaching our instore teams."

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Mel's Pro Top Tips


'For a perfect skin, my go to products are always Hydra Veil and Skin Base Foundation. Together these two skin must-haves not only give a super smooth, airbrushed looking skin, but the Veil primer helps to increase the longevity of your makeup. Skin Base has a buildable formula so you can tailor your coverage, but I always use Skin Base Concealer Pen under the eye area to correct shadows and give coverage where needed.'

Mel's Pro Top Tips


‘For an extra intense highlighted look, double layer your highlighting products. Apply our cream highlighter on to the high points of the face and then pat Beyond Powder on top using fingers or a sponge. The shimmer will be super intense!! I also like to crumble Beyond Powder into my moisturiser and then apply foundation or concealer over the top – you will get a more subtle, healthy, glow from within skin’

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Meet Illamasqua's Head Makeup Artist Melanie Barrese