‘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?

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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


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


Mil­lie has col­lab­o­rated with John Frieda to cre­ate the new Sheer Blonde Honey Blonde col­lec­tion, ex­clu­sive to Su­per­drug

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