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Millie Bobby Brown is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, but she’s way more than Eleven in Stranger Things or the lead in Enola Holmes. Although she’s just 17 years old, there’s so much more than meets the eye. Like the fact that she runs her own beauty brand, florence by mills—which, by the way, recently expanded into hair care. There aren’t many under-18-year-olds who are doing what Brown does, and she does it well.
Not every great idea hatches from a golden egg. Actually, Brown got the idea to start florence by mills while simply doing her makeup on a flight. “At the time, I wasn’t happy with my makeup, or my skincare really, because a lot of the benefits that I was seeing were for anti-aging, which someone at my age doesn’t really need to be concerned with,” she tells STYLECASTER. And it’s true—skin feels and functions differently depending on your age. Someone with mature skin is going to need completely different beauty products from someone who’s still in their teens.
Brown knew that she wasn’t alone in her ongoing search for thoughtfully-formulated products aimed at a younger audience. “I wanted to make products for my generation, that make us look good and feel good, and let us just be ourselves,” the actress adds.
But after conquering the skincare and makeup space, Brown wanted to enter the realm of hair care. It makes complete sense, because after you walk through your skincare and makeup routine, your hair still needs some TLC. This was especially important for the Stranger Things actress, since she frequently gets her hair done for the camera. And, let’s not forget when Brown shaved her head to play Eleven! She explained how she felt “so empowered” after taking that huge leap and learned to embrace herself without her long locks.
“Now that I don’t have a buzz cut anymore, I really just love to experiment with it where I can, but overall I just want my hair to be healthy, which is why we launched the two new haircare products,” she says. Brown strives to create hair products that anyone and everyone can use within their own home, which is why her brand created a hair mask and detangling spray.
As if skincare, makeup, and hair care wasn’t enough for a working 17-year-old actress, Brown has more in store for 2022. Though she couldn’t spill all of the tea, she did let us in on some of her plans for the future. “Well, my eighteenth birthday is next year. I can’t reveal too much yet, but you can expect something fun around that time,” she reveals. “Next year, we’ll also be expanding in our existing categories, skincare and makeup, so there are lots of exciting things just around the corner.”
And with that, for what we’ve all been waiting to hear about, the actress’ nine tried and true, ride-or-die florence by mills products.
Mane Character Vibes Hydrating Hair Mask
“The Mane Character Vibes Hydrating Hair Mask is so good for preventing dryness, frizz and brittle hair,” says Brown. It blends watermelon seed, linseed, and rice bran oils to condition, smooth, and hydrate the hair.
No Drama Hair Detangling Spray
“I love the No Drama Hair Detangling Spray to protect against damaging heat styling and breakage,” she says. If you get your hair done as often as Brown, you’ll understand the struggle with maintaining healthy hair. This spray will be your knight in shining armor thanks to its inclusion of jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, and hydrolyzed wheat and pea proteins.
Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads
As for what Brown uses on set, she tells STYLECASTER, “When I’m prepping my skin, I like to use Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads to get rid of any puffiness and wake my skin up. It’s my absolute favorite, especially when I have early call times!” With hyaluronic acid in the formula, the pads are like a tall glass of water for your under-eyes, which we definitely could all use in the morning.
Zero Chill Makeup Setting Spray
After all of her makeup is done on set, the actress reaches for the Zero Chill Makeup Setting Spray. “It really helps to keep my makeup in place and it also protects against blue light,” she says. People of all ages could seriously benefit from shielding their faces from harmful blue light. This setting spray uses plankton extract to get the job done.
Oh Whale! Lip Balm
When it comes to florence by mills formulas that she absolutely must have in her bag 24/7, you’ll find lip products. She carries the Oh Whale! Lip Balm everywhere she goes because of its hydrating properties. Our hats go off to the argan oil, avocado oil, and shea butter in the formula. They work together to really lock in moisture and nourish the lips.
Get Glossed Lip Gloss
Another handbag must-have, Get Glossed Lip Gloss adds a touch of shine to her lips. It not only gives your lips a beautiful tint, it also leaves them silky smooth thanks to the castor seed oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Pick your player from the five stunning shades.
See You Never Concealer
When the actress is rushing out the door, she whips out the See You Never Concealer. She says it helps to even out her skin tone, but the metal applicator also gives you such a good cooling sensation. Mixed with the caffeine in the formula, your skin and under-eyes will look and feel super refreshed for the day ahead.
What’s My Line? Longwear Eyeliner
The What’s My Line? Longwear Eyeliner is another must-have for Brown when she doesn’t have much time to do a full face of makeup. She loves how it adds a quick pop of color to her eyes. And with one of the five vivid colors that stay put for up to 12 hours, we don’t doubt it.
Cheek Me Later Cream Blush
Blush is essential even when you’re short on time. Brown dabs a bit of the Cheek Me Later Cream Blush because the formula is easy to blend in with her fingers. And the color won’t budge thanks to oil-absorbing kaolin clay.