Beauty

My Beauty Uniform: Millie Kendall of Beauty Mart

Millie_SmilingMillie 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)….

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“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.”

Skincare

My daily skincare routine changes all the time and depends on what products I am using.

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…!

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Make-up

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.

Inviswear liquid foundation, £12, EX1

Inviswear liquid foundation, £12, EX1

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.

Eyes

  • 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.

Lips

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.

Nails

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.

Sophy Robson's Nail-Its, £9.95

Sophy Robson’s Nail-Its, £9.95

Hair

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.

Body

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.

Fragrance

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

Autumn

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.

 

BeautyMART Christmas box featuring Daniel Sandler and Sophy Robson

BeautyMART Christmas box featuring Daniel Sandler and Sophy Robson

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