Millie Takes On The Beauty World
With her wedding plans in full swing, a newly engaged Millie Mackintosh sat down with Look’s Lydia Thompson to fill her in on her hen party worries, show off her huge rock and talk exclusively about her most exciting launch yet: an incredible new beauty r
At just 28 years old, we’re a bit envious of Millie Mackintosh. Not only is she currently sitting in front of us with a glowing tan and radiant skin, she’s also sporting a flower-shaped ring housing a diamond the size of a baby elephant on her left hand. It was on a trip to Mykonos that former ex, now fiancé, Hugo Taylor, 31, popped the question, following their whirlwind romance after Millie’s 2015 divorce from Professor Green. Millie’s very coy about this, but when I share the news of my own engagement, she opens up, and is clearly very excited.
We’re a world away from SW3 and the Made In Chelsea days where she started her career. While Jamie Laing and the cast have been living it up in Ibiza for the show, Millie’s spent the five years since she left the show building an empire. First a fashion one (we’ve got AW on pre-order) and, after dabbling with a few collaborations, she’s finally introducing what we’ve been after all along – a beauty collection, available exclusively at Boots.
As we get our hands on the range for the first time, we pore over the silky highlighter and that ‘so totally Millie’ putty pink lip shade. As usual, it’s quintessentially her, from the rose gold packaging to the smokey, sparkling eyeshadows. Basically, we predict a sellout.
Hi Millie, congrats on your recent engagement… Thanks, I’m so excited! My friends keep teasing me about where they’re taking me for my hen do. And well done on the make-up range… Thank you! I used the colour palette from my fashion collection, so the beauty line is really interlinked. I chose everything from the packaging to the shades that went inside. I love gold and rose gold. I think the packaging is really important. Beauty is all about creating an experience and that was paramount to me – I wanted it to be something that was truly gift-worthy, that you’d be really happy with if someone gave to you. What are your hero buys? I really love the Bare Blush Luxe Lip Kit, £12.50. It’s got a lipstick, liner and gloss, and I love the illuminator and the glossy lip pencil – I even use it on my cheeks. I can’t wait to see people using it and that will be the real test,to see if my friends actually continue to use it. None of them have tried it yet, but they know it’s coming and they’re so excited. Your life looks very glam, are you enjoying how busy you are? It’s amazing to get to do what I enjoy every day. I love seeing people wear my fashion collection, and it makes me so excited to see where they’ve worn it and how they might have styled it. Who would you like to see wearing your AW17 range? Lily-rose Depp. I’ve got a real thing for her right now, though I actually prefer seeing real people in my designs – it really means something to me and that’s why I always repost people’s pics wearing my designs. Any items that you regret creating? No, not really, I think you just learn from what you’ve designed and you move on from there. How has your style evolved? In my early 20s I was more daring and wore revealing clothes, now I cover up more and wear demure styles. I used to show a lot of skin. Whose style do you worship? Natalie Portman in Jackie – she is gorgeous – and I love Michelle Williams and Emma Stone. I love Emma’s personality, she’s really funny and makes you feel like you could just be her best friend. Do you follow any fashion bloggers? I like to follow bloggers I know, as I like looking at their funny captions just as much – @lucywilliams02 and @camillecharriere are my faves. You’ve been away a lot this year. What would you say to people who think you go on too many holidays? I do go away a lot, but most of the time it’s for work, and who wouldn’t take the opportunity to sit in the sun in their downtime? A lot of the time photographers catch me on my day off and I can’t resist sitting in the sun. You’ve always been a big fitness fan, what are you into right now? Recently I’ve been loving the mix of yoga and spinning, purely through convenience because classes are nearby. I stretch at home in front of the TV, but I like classes as I feel like I push myself more. I also do a yoga barre cardio class and another that does spinning and yoga in an hour, so it’s great as you get in your cardio and your stretching in one class.
I was more daring in my early twenties
But your hair is always in such good condition, how do you look after it? I work out a lot, but washing hair constantly can really damage it, so after a workout I’ll use the cool setting on my hairdryer to cool myself down and then blast my hair line with a load of dry shampoo. If in doubt I’ll just whack on a hat. I like a bit of intentional hat hair. What products do you use? I’ve been using Show’s shampoo and conditioner recently, I really like it, and I also get Show blow-dries. Have you stopped colouring it? Yes, this is my natural colour now. This is the mousey brown shade that I always used to hate and would dye a really terrible blonde! I’ve now realised that I actually like my hair colour and it’s that little bit different to others. Do you shop on the high street? I know everyone loves it, but Zara is good for everything. I like to buy things there and then hoard them until no one else is wearing it. I bought one of those lovely kimonos that they did and I wear it with jeans. You have incredible skin at the moment, what are you using? My skin routine is really quite simple. I use a foaming face wash, then after cleansing I apply a heavy moisturiser and I use my own facial spritz, Signature Facial Spritz, £18, which is sold as part of a set. At night-time, I’ll add a little extra hydration with a serum. Do you still have regular facials? Nichola Joss is great for facial massage, especially before an event, as she literally sculpts your face. I try to emulate it at home, but you can’t get the same pressure. And for a skin MOT, I go to Dr Frances Prenna Jones – I like having a peel with her a couple of times a year. In the future would you ever think about doing a skincare line? I would have to spend a really long time developing it as skincare is so important to me, but I’d love to have a go at creating one. I have a few things in my collection already that I like for the body. What’s the worst beauty mistake that people always make? Doing your make-up in bad lighting. I used to make this mistake all the time, and it’s so important to do it in natural light so that you can be sure to blend properly.
The Millie Mackintosh beauty collection is available exclusively at Boots from 18 September
Loved-up: Millie and her fiancé Hugo
We’re obsessed with Millie’s holiday snaps
Millie Mackintosh Deeply in Lustre Bronze and Glow Palette, £16