‘You Shouldn’t have Botox too Young’
Her own clothing line, a happy relationship and now a collab with a major hair brand – is there anything Millie Mackintosh can’t do?
Fresh from her summer holidays – island-hopping in Greece before swinging over to the south of France with boyfriend Hugo Taylor, natch – Millie Mackintosh sweeps into a central London hotel to meet us on what turns out to be the hottest day of the year. Totally unperturbed by the sweating masses around her, Millie arrives in a black dress – a piece from her new AW collection – and has the relaxed air of someone who’s spent the past few weeks sipping rosé and frolicking on jet-skis (more on that later). We’re here to discuss her collaboration with John Frieda; she’s the face of their new Honey Blonde range. Millie worked on both the product and the packaging and says that seeing her own face on a brand she’s used since her early teens is both ‘surreal and exciting’…
Hi Millie! We love your hair – who are your hair icons? Gigi Hadid has great hair. Olivia Palermo does a great up-do so I like to look at her hairstyles for inspiration. Back in the day, good old Brigitte Bardot – she’s the ultimate hair inspo! I tried a fringe myself, though and it was a no-go [laughs]. It was a very questionable look for me, but you have to try these things sometimes. Have you prepared your hair looks for LFW? It depends on what I’m wearing. Sometimes I’ll work with a stylist and then we’ll look at hair inspiration together and we’ll kind of bounce ideas off each other. I would never want someone to just say to me: ‘This is your look.’ I want to be involved as well. Do you like to mix your styles up? I like contrast, so you can dress up your outfit with your hair or you can dress it down. It’s really fun playing around with hair and make-up like that, rather than doing it the same every time or wearing loads of hair and loads of make-up and a really loud outfit. That’s not my style – it would be overkill on me. I’m more pared back. How did you end up working with John Frieda? I’ve been using the Sheer Blonde range for as long as I remember, since my early teens. They came to me and wanted to work together. It’s surreal seeing my face in the Superdrug window, but it’s cool. The products are great. My hair is that kind of honey blonde and they keep it really glossy and shiny. Tell us about your day-to-day beauty regime – has it changed over the years? Yes, my skin has changed quite a lot as I’ve grown up. Going back I would have been trying four different moisturisers at the same time [laughs], not realising I was overloading my skin. Now I exfoliate once a week and use a mask if I feel like my skin’s congested. Sounds like you know what you’re doing… I feel like I can read what my skin needs a bit more now rather than just slapping anything on. And I have facials every month with Dr Frances Prenna Jones. They do an extraction and then they use lots of healing lights – it’s more clinical. It’s mainly just a really deep cleanse. It’s like
I’M QUITE HAPPY TO SHOW MY FACE WITHOUT MAKE-UP – IT’S GOOD TO BE REAL
a chemical peel – the extractions are quite painful but it’s always quick and it’s better than having a breakout at home. Have you ever tried any ‘out there’ beauty trends? I’ve had facial acupuncture and I liked that – it felt like it really released some tension from between my brows and when they took the needle out it felt like my whole face was a lot more relaxed. That’s good for anti-ageing. I’m also really into lymph drainage for the face – before an event or a shoot I might have that just to flush any extra fluids and toxins out. What does it feel like? It’s quite painful. She [facialist Nichola Joss] literally puts her fingers inside your mouth and pulls out your cheeks, stimulating the lymph glands. It does make your face slimmer and more defined, though, and your skin is really plumped up.
Where do you stand on things like Botox? I think it’s up to each person, but I think people have been doing it a lot really young recently and that’s scary. I think you shouldn’t start too young because it can really ruin the setting of your face. You see a lot of girls and they all look very similar and I think that’s sad because I love natural beauty. I very much think less is more. You post a lot of no-make-up selfies. Did you always feel confident enough to post them? No. I used to have really bad skin and from quite a young age I taught myself how to cover it up so now, years on, it’s got better and I’m all about promoting natural beauty and your skin. I’m quite happy to show my face without makeup, without filters – it’s good to be real and be like: ‘I do have imperfections.’ How do you look after your hair in the heat? I use John Frieda Forever Smooth Anti-frizz Primer, £9.99, which is really good if you put it on your hair before you dry it. A bit of hairspray is good to lock in your blow-dry. I quite like beachy hair, too – the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, £6.99, is good for that. You posted your date night outfit on holiday, but what’s your date night make-up? I think if you want to wear lipstick you need to wear a colour that will stay on and you can eat and drink and snog [laughs] and it’s not going to come off. There’s a [Shiseido] lipstick called Tulip – if you put it on and then blot off the top layer then it will literally just stay red – or I really like Tom Ford First Time. I think go quite natural if you feel comfortable like that because I think guys quite like natural makeup. I think they can get intimidated
by a heavy eye and a heavy lip. Does Hugo prefer you with a natural look? He does, but he also likes it when I wear lipstick – it’s a bit different. You guys were in the south of France, which is where the new series of MIC was filmed. Was that weird for you? Not really. It’s not weird for me being in London, or Chelsea – it was so long ago and I don’t really bump into the cast or have – apart from Rosie [Fortescue] – any kind of mutual friends among the people in it any more. That’s a bit weird. You wouldn’t make a cameo if they asked you back? No, no, no, no. I don’t really have time and it’s not part of my life and it won’t be again – but it was good fun. How do you think you’ve changed over the years? I think the biggest change is knowing more of what I want to do with my career and my life. Having more confidence. I’ve grown up a bit and into myself. It’s been a really great few years and I’m excited to see where it all goes next. You’re huge on Instagram. What do you think about Insta potentially banning negative comments? To be honest I don’t even have time to look at my comments. But people have a right to say what they want. The trolls will always be out there but my stance is just to ignore – I never respond. I don’t get involved. I just think it’s pathetic. You’re really into fitness. Do you ever give yourself some time off? I’ve had a bit of time off [this summer]. I’ve had some muscular back problems recently so I’ve had to take a few weeks off. It’s nice to have a break and let your body have a rest. That said, we’ve been walking, hiking, swimming and trying to do water-skiing! I’m always busy – I don’t want to just sit on my arse for two weeks, but I won’t be scoping out a gym when I could be chilling. What else do you have coming up over the next few months? My clothing line is my main project that I’m working on. I’m doing SS17 development samples at the moment. I’m developing it into a new area, which I haven’t really done before, so I’m excited for that to come out. It’s things that I want to wear and I felt like there was a gap in the market. We can’t wait to check it out, Millie!
Millie and Hugo #Holidaygoals
GO BACK TO MIC? NO, NO, NO, NO. IT’S NOT PART OF MY LIFE AND IT WON’T BE AGAIN – BUT IT WAS GOOD FUN
Millie has collaborated with John Frieda to create the new Sheer Blonde Honey Blonde collection, exclusive to Superdrug