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Five Minutes with Milly’s Michelle Smith


Milly designer Michelle Smith has once again teamed with Clinique and designed a gift with purchase cosmetic bag for the brand. Valued at $100, it comes gratis with any $35 or more purchase at Saks Clinique counters now. Smith was on hand at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship for a fan meet-and-greet and I had the chance to chat with the bubbly designer, who was decked out in a lace dress from her holiday collection, about her favorite beauty buys, what she'll be wearing this Thanksgiving, and more.

The Fashion Spot: So what's in the Clinique bag you designed?

Michelle Smith: I helped pick the products so it has all the quick essentials that I love! Long Last Lipstick in All-Heart, 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20, Deep Comfort Body Butter, Clinique Colour Compact with Eye Shadow Duo in light shades, Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid, High Impact Mascara in Black, and my favorite item, a silvertone mirror and pouch.

tFS: Do those products reflect your day-to-day beauty routine?

MS: Yes! By day I like to keep it simple with a little bit of black mascara, some brown eye liner, and moisturizer, but by night my look is usually a little bit more dramatic. I'll often opt for a smokey eye and a dramatic lip.

tFS: Does that look change from season to season?

MS: Definitly my look will change from season to season. Over the summer I was really into a bright orange lip and a pale eye. I was also going with a lot of corals, but now that the temperatures have dropped, I'm gravitating more towards burgundy shades and a true red lip.

tFS: Are there any beauty products you splurge on?

MS: Kiehl's body moisturizer. It's so thick…like butter! It feels amazing. And for my face I'm always using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I travel a lot so I always have a little bottle of Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion like the one that's in the bag.

tFS: Your dress is great. Do you always wear your own designs?

MS: I design with myself in mind so I usually am wearing Milly.

tFS: You must see random people wearing your designs all the time on the street. Do you still get excited?

MS: Oh my gosh yes! I love seeing people in my clothes!

tFS: What's Thanksgiving like in the Smith household? What will you be wearing?

MS: Since I'll be cooking all day, I'll probably keep it casual and wear jeans and a cozy sweater, but I'll put on something dressier for the actual dinner…I'm thinking tweed!