Millie Kendall is something of a legend in the beauty world. A make-up artist who together with Ruby Hammer launched the much-loved brand Ruby & Millie, she is one of the few make-up artists whose name is known not just by models, stylists and designers, but also by the public. Now, as co-founder of Beauty Mart (where you can find an expertly edited selection of products that really work) she has tried and tested countless products from well-known classics to high street brands and niche labels. We were therefore intrigued to find out what it is that she actually loves and uses (and a lot of it is very affordable)….
“When I was younger I was very anti anything girly. My Dad was a hairdresser, so I grew up in the industry and rebelled against it. These days, I look pretty much the same as I did in my late teens, although older. There were times when I went a bit radical and cut off all my hair or died it black, but for the most part I’ve dressed like a skater wearing Vans and a sweatshirt, had a wavy blonde bob and not worn much makeup for the past 30 years.
I’m not particularly trend-led when it comes to my own hair, beauty and skincare, but of course I do consider the season and event. So my skin changes come autumn and I may wear more nail polish on my hands. I still follow the same ritual but add some alterations.”
My daily skincare routine changes all the time and depends on what products I am using.
- I tend to cleanse in the shower in the morning (I am using Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and Bliss Triple Oxygen weekly at the moment).
- I vary moisturisers and sometimes add a serum beforehand depending on whether I need added moisture or a pore minimiser. I’m currently using Sjal day cream.
- At night I will remove makeup with a micellar water and use an oil like Dr Jackson’s or a night cream (I’m currently trying Aurelia’s) before I go to sleep.
- And, I just love Darphin Stimulskin and use Eau Precieuse when I really need to feel cleansed and toned.
I wish I had time do do regular facials. My favourite facialist in London has always been Vaishaly. I like a bit of dermabrasion, a good deep cleanse and sometimes a little oxygen. I have a great facialist in LA called Lily at the Raya Day Spa, I actually think sometimes I miss her, like really miss her…!
A good skin base is probably most important for me. When I was a teenager I wouldn’t let my parents kiss me goodnight after I had cleansed my face. I was and still am pretty obsessed. I use EX1 foundation in 200, which is great for everyday use. I also use the BB cream from Absolution (a new French brand which will soon come to beautyMART) and I have just fallen in Love with Zelens Youth Glow, which may just be the best base I have ever worn. I would avoid putting too much cover over blemishes, I use salicylics such as Origins Spot Remover or Dermalogica has a spot treatment too. Just add a loose or compact powder over the blemish.
I have always disliked bronzer, everything about it turns my stomach, images of overly made up women with orange faces comes to mind. I am a huge fan of blush though and use lots of it – creams, powders everything from Shu Uemura to TopShop or Bourjois. However, Daniel Sandler has an amazing Instant Tan Face Powder, which is the perfect coloured matte bronze and I use it a bit like a contour, but on the bone as opposed to under. I have also recently fallen in love with Lord & Berry’s Luminizer Highlighter and Concealer Stick.
- I use a decent amount of base around my eye area, I have quite deep set eyes so need the lift. For dark circles use a peachy toned concealer, and make sure it is quite light and light reflective. Touche Eclat is really the original here. But again Zelens have a great concealer for under eye. The real secret for dark circles under the eyes is however, sleep.
- I then use a hard formula eyebrow pencil and follow that with an eyebrow gel to keep the brows in place.
- I use either a very old Stila palette as powder shadow (we are talking first time round stila) or I use the RMS cream shadows. This is just to put the shape back into the crease of my eye.
- Then I curl my lashes with a no sided eye lash curler and finish with Chanel mascara.
- If I am going out or feel that I need a bit of protection, I will use a Bourjois liner or Kohl Kajal. I blend this a lot and it turns very smoky eye.
I don’t wear colour, I am nude all the way and it can be anything from a gloss to a glaze, and by nude I mean, brown beige or pink. I’m not fussy when it comes to brands and will try anything from Rimmel to Chanel, Shiseido to Daniel Sandler.
I don’t get regular manicures, but I do get regular pedis. I am lucky enough to have a lot of friends in the business and the wonderful nail artist Sophy Robson is a regular at the office. My 7-year old daughter loves to do my nails so I often let her have a go. If it were up to her I’d be wearing Rimmel glitter all the time, but I only like to wear quality polish. I use Nailmatic or Sophy’s Nail-Its (nail tips you glue onto your nails) if I’m running out and running late.
My haircare regime is lazy. I see Nicola Clarke at John Frieda once or twice a year. I rarely cut my hair – once every two years maybe, and I wash it using Purely Perfect, a non-foaming hair cleanser so NO shampoo.
I use an exfoliating towel from Japan everytime I shower, which is daily. I also use Sans Ceuticals Body Regenerative Cream, and if I have run out I will use an oil, perhaps Darphin or Weleda Birch. I am hugely ritualist about moisturising my body.
I change my fragrance daily, depending on my mood. My favourites are Lemon and Cherry by my dear friend Mary Greenwell. I also use the Patchouli of Rwanda by The 7 virtues, If by Apothia and GIGI by Jardin D’Ecrivains
It being autumn, I have added a bit more moisture to my routine as my skin tends to dry out with the use of central heating. I wash my hair less in the winter and I always wear more base. I’m also getting excited by our Christmas Gifts, which are very special and perfect for party season.