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

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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

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