Exclusive: Millie Mackintosh on Her Beauty Line That Was a Year in the Making

Amy Lawrenson
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Courtesy of Millie Mackintosh

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Courtesy of Millie Mackintosh

BYRDIE UK: What made you decide to launch a beauty range?

MILLIE MACKINTOSH: Beauty has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. I trained to be a makeup artist when I was 18 and have continued my love affair with everything beauty since. It's a dream come true to partner up with Boots, as it is such an iconic British institution.

BYRDIE UK: What was your inspiration for the collection?

MM: I wanted to create a capsule edit of my daily go-to's that were easy-to-follow products. The packaging and presentation were really important, as I wanted them to feel luxurious and also have a gifting element to them.

BYRDIE UK: How long have you been working on the products?

MM: The products were in development for about a year. I worked with a wonderful dedicated team of ladies who merged the technical elements with my creative ideas and aesthetic references.

BYRDIE UK: Do the products suit all skin types and tones?

MM: We endeavoured to incorporate all skin types for the body-based products and tones for the makeup elements. For example the Shape Up Brow Set (£12) and the Deeply in Lustre Bronze and Glow (£16), you can build up to your preferred colour. I was also mindful that the range is all-inclusive. There's a little bit of something in there for everyone.

BYRDIE UK: What is your favourite product—if you had to choose—and why?

MM: The Couture Beauty (£30) would be my favourite set, as it encapsulates all my favourite products for a full look. It's also a wonderful gift.

BYRDIE UK: The body products have a signature scent—why jasmine and bergamot?

MM: I love the mix of citrus and floral combined. It's fresh, but it also has an undertone depth that becomes more present over time.

BYRDIE UK: If someone was going to buy one product from the range, what should it be?

MM: It would really depend on the type of customer. For the traveller, I would recommend the Luxe Glow Body Beautifiers (£18). If you like to pamper yourself, then the Prep & Pamper Body Collection (£20) is the set for you. Having a gorgeous bath experience is something I indulge in on a regular basis.

BYRDIE UK: Do you have any secret uses for any of the products?

MM: The lip colour balm is also great for your cheeks. Dual products are always a winner for me.

BYRDIE UK: What's the most life-changing beauty trick you have learnt since working with makeup artists?

MM: There are so many. However brushing up the eyebrow (not brushing out) will always make them look fuller and give a more open shape to your eye.

BYRDIE UK: Any hints as to what we can expect in the future from your beauty line?

MM: More to come…

BYRDIE UK: Besides going to the gym, if you are leaving the house, what makeup product is non-negotiable?

MM: If my eyebrows are done, then I tend to feel ready to face the day. Shape Up Brow Kit is always in my bag.

The Byrdie Verdict

Such a great gifting idea. The standouts? The body soufflé and luxe body lotion (part of the Prep & Pamper Body Collection, £20) leave skin super soft, as well as subtly and beautifully scented. The lip lacquer (in the Bare Blush Luxe Lip Kit, £13), a well-pigmented suits-all pink and the face illuminator (in the Glam & Glow Face & Lip Radiance Duo, £9) have both already made it into my makeup bag. The illuminator is a warm gold hue that can be applied alone to bare skin to add an all-over glow, mixed with foundation when skin needs a lift or tapped onto high points of the face.

Millie Mackintosh Beauty is available from today exclusively at Boots and Boots.com.

Next up, Millie on how to balance life, work and fitness.

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