Examiner readers love the Melanie Mills Hollywood makeup line and may love it even more when they get to know the woman behind it! Her ultra-girly, sparkly, and downright beautiful products epitomize the love she has for makeup artistry and transformation. Today, Melanie Mills takes Examiner into her brain and beauty bag.
Examiner (Cristine Calvanico): What is the best piece of beauty advice you ever received?
Melanie Mills: Take care of your skin! Wash your face and neck, and stay out of the sun. I wish I had that advice when I was a younger; I was a sun goddess basking with oil, and now I’m fighting wrinkles and sun spots. However, my pores and my skin are in great condition because I use great products when I wash and moisturize. I also see a facialist regularly! As far as beauty advice goes, sleep is so important! No joke why they call her sleeping beauty…
Examiner: What’s different about your products?
MM: Gleam Body Radiance is not only a body makeup but a glowing moisturizer made with high quality ingredients. It is safe to use on your face, as a primer, or mixed with foundation. Most body makeups you can not put on your face. All of my products and shades are very versatile with all skin tones, thus creating different results with each user. Currently, there is really nothing on the market for dark skin tones in terms of body makeup and moisturizer. The Body Radiance in Bronze and Deep Gold will give lighter skin tones an instant and natural looking tan, while on darker skin tones it enhances the skin, making it look so flawless and delicious! It is also a skin tightener, a wrinkle filler, and cellulite diffuser, while two ingredients used in all of my products – Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E – aid in moisture.
The Gleam Body Radiance and Gleam Radiant Dust are infused with vanilla orchid essence and made with crushed pearl and high-end minerals. The dust contains 90% crushed pearl, making it one of the most luxurious loose shimmer powders on the market. Served in a very generous 1oz size, it is super silky and built for face and body. The Lip Radiance, made with vanilla flavoring is a lipgloss and lipstick fusion; it is super moisturizing, long lasting and not sticky..And of course, all my products are vegan and paraben free.
Examiner: Conversely, what is one trend or aspect of Melanie Mills Hollywood that you keep consistent?
MM: The quality — it’s a luxe brand that I test and use while on set on models and actresses — I’m constantly working on it, so it is good for, and on your skin. I’m a professional makeup artist with 20 years under my belt and that knowledge gets poured into what I create. I want to create a professional product that the consumer feels good about using. Star quality beauty everyday, for every woman.
Examiner: What has been the most creatively fulfilling parts of both your artistry and the makeup line?
MM: I love painting people and making them feel beautiful. There is no other feeling like it. Playing in the lab and receiving a product I had dreamed up and seeing it in its final packaging, it’s like having a baby – it’s amazing!
Examiner: Is there anyone that you would love to collaborate with?
MM: It would be amazing to collaborate with Valentino, Armani or Donatella Versace. I lived in and have traveled to Italy many times. There will always be a piece of my heart that is dedicated to the passions of that country. I love the designers, I love fashion, and it would be a dream come true to collaborate on a collection with them.
Examiner: What are some of your personal fashion go-tos?
MM: I always say to treat your makeup as an accessory. I also have a soft spot for jewelry, handbags, and heels. I’m never caught with out a ton of bling on, it’s a passion passed down through the women in my life, especially bracelets and rings. I also have so many purses that I keep in great condition — there is nothing like breaking out a gorgeous Gucci that’s in perfect condition from 10 years ago and making your outfit pop!
Examiner: What’s in your makeup bag?
MM: My personal makeup bag has:
- A Beauty Blender
- RCMA Vincent Kehoe Palette
- Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara
- L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
- Dior Foundations
- Veil Cosmetics Concealer Pens
- Senna Brow Palette
- Senna Cream Blush Palette
- Tom Ford Glosses
- Chanel Powders
- Jordan Liberty lashes in Sin City
- Ardell lashes in Wispy
- Elevation lashes in Ascension 02
- Clear Duo lash glue
- Blacktrack gel liner by MAC
- NARS blushes
- Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes
- Dior cream eyeshadows
- Armani liners
- and of course Gleam Gleam Gleam!!!
Examiner: Do you ever get into a creative rut, and if so, where do you go for inspiration?
MM: Of course I do! Lately I’ve been going to a lot of museums. I’m in love with the color and texture of Van Gogh, Monet’s dreamy and watery pastels, and I love the pop of a Warhol, just to name a few. While living in Italy I would take inspiration from the art in the museums, and the art on the streets, such as the bridges, architecture, and statues. It is so dreamy. I also love the textures and colors within nature, and of course the visual world of Instagram helps too!
Examiner: What’s next?
MM: Quite honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into 5 years ago when I started my line as Gleam by Melanie Mills. It was natural for the place I was in at the time. The brand name was decided mainly by the ladies on Dancing With the Stars who all were very excited about my product and wanted to Gleam! So naturally, Gleam by Melanie Mills was perfect, especially for the Gleam Body Radiance. Over the last 5 years, I have made wonderful mistakes and have learned so much, and it has now brought me to rebrand and relaunch as Melanie Mills Hollywood. I am fourth generation of a Hollywood family, all within the arts. I lived on Beachwood in my 20’s and have been applying makeup on actors for 20 years, in Hollywood. I Love Hollywood Glamour, from the beautiful older Art Deco Hollywood era to the Modern, sexy and glamorous new era. It was a huge step making the name and packaging change (not to mention costly). We are a family business, all built with our own family money. Now that the transition has happened, I am finally ready to launch Melanie Mills Hollywood, with new products! I have been working for over a year on the Gleam Body Sealing Spray, an aerosol that delivers an even spray, with a refreshing, and dry finish, set to launch in May. I am also working on new Gleam Body Radiance shades, keeping it weightless, transfer resistant and as I mentioned, infused with some of my favorite ingredients, jojoba oil vitamin E and aloe, leaving your skin feeling soft and looking flawless!
Thank you, Melanie, for the opportunity to get to know you! You’re truly inspiring and the love for what you do is apparent. You gave some great beauty advice and we can’t wait to put it to use!
To experience the glam for yourself, shop Melanie Mills Hollywood here. As always, send questions, feedback, or recreation photos using your favorite Gleam products to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also see Examiner’s detailed review of the brand.