MILLIE BOBBY-BROWN UNVEILS “FLORENCE BY MILLS”, A NEW SKINCARE AND MAKEUP LINE

Star of Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown is about to launch skincare and make-up line Florence by Mills. At just 15 years old, she’s the youngest celebrity to break into the burgeoning beauty business.

Florence by Mills pays homage to her great-grandmother and references her own nickname. The concept is of clean, cruelty-free formulas with sharable names, photogenic packaging and the ethos of enhancing self-expression. All very 2019.

 

In the line-up comes skincare including a ‘Clean Magic Face Wash,’ ‘Zero Chill Face Mist,’, ‘Dreamy Dew Moisturizer,’ and ‘Swimming Under the Eye Gel Pads’, all presumably intended to target the specific skin needs of teens (hormonal breakouts, dehydrated complexions, late night-induced under-eye baggage)–and the impulse to selfie. Why else would the gel pads be purple and the face mask shimmering pink?

The make-up looks similarly playful  with colour cosmetics like ‘Glow Yeah Lip Oil’, plus the more practical products such as ‘Like a Light Skin Tint’.

 

Brown’s Instagram video announcing the news has received nearly four million views in a day, while the brand account which has been live for the same time already has upwards of 300k followers. It proves what Beach House, the brand’s parent company who have worked with Brown on the collection, already know. Founder Shaun Neff told WWD of the news that the actress “probably has more influence over Gen Z than anyone else in the world.” She’s capitalising on her own influence with the knowledge of the needs of her generation, which feels so much fresher than lending her presence to a big company to do so on her behalf.

In a market so saturated, Brown is in a way filling a gap. Whether a teen needs a ‘Look Alive Eye Balm’ isn’t the point, not only is beauty the ultimate celebrity merchandise (and hey, this is infinitely better curated than the Spice Girls Impulse body spray of the ‘90s), it lets them feel represented, and lends them the tools to decide what beauty means to them. Which, no doubt, is what the future looks like.

 

Abiodun Odusola
abiodunodusola@ymail.com
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