‘Twelve was quite transitional for me because I’d gone from a school which was a prep school in Dorset and it was very much riding every day and very horsey and very country, and when I went to my secondary school, everyone was suddenly really grown up and I felt like I wasn’t. I remember arriving in a Gap fleece hoodie and everyone was in crop tops with belly piercings. I remember enlisting some help from the older girls in my boarding house the first time there was a school disco with the boys school and they gave me a make over and it was kind of like the Clueless make over. They put make-up on me, straightened my hair, and put me in a mini kilt with black spaghetti strap camisole, black heels, eyeliner and straight hair and I remember feeling like another person – and I had my first snog.’
Millie Mackintosh’s first foray into beauty was with a sparkly lilac toy nail polish – and the experience was a disappointment of epic proportions. Enter a granny with a stash of Chanel polishes, who gave Millie a pillar box red varnish, and in so doing spark an appreciation of beautifully-executed beauty products.
A slightly bumpy time at school thanks to acne honed Millie’s love of make-up and its transformative powers, and after leaving, she went to work at MAC in Bath and then at Space NK, where Millie was working when she became one of the original members of the Made in Chelsea cast. During her time on the show, an interest in fitness started to kindle, and she put her mind to finding a way to stay fit and lead a salubrious life.
Today, she’s there. Her routine includes meditation, exercise classes, and a nutritious diet – and Millie’s much happier for it. In this episode, Millie talks about what she’s implemented and why, as well as her beauty journey and the products that she has loved and currently uses.
Millie’s product mentions include:
– Chanel Pillar Box Red Nail Polish
– GHD Hair Straighteners
– Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
– St Ives Apricot Scrub
– Kerastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste range
– Kerastase FusioDose shine treatment
– Sam McKnight Dry Shampoo
– Chantecaille Just Skin
– Lancome Skin Feels Good (used at her wedding to Hugo Taylor)
– Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer Pot (she covered her tattoo with it).
– Millie Mackintosh Luxe Glow Face Illuminator
– Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Millie’s Address Book:
– High Definition Beauty for Brows
– James at Daniel Galvin for hair cuts