"I probably need to go out more—but when I go out, I don't like to just go out. I like it to be functional. I have what I call Ladies Night...my friends think it's so lame, but it's when I gather all my friends so I can see them all at once and then the rest of the week I can work. I actually met Annie [Kreighbaum] at one and she asked for my Instagram.
So she DM’d me, and was just like, ‘Hey, do you want to come into Glossier? I’ll show you what we’re doing.’ And it was cool—it was Boy Brow and I ended up being in the campaign—but it was also a coincidence because I had just been looking at Glossier stuff maybe three months ago when I decided to start having a beauty routine. What sparked it was that I had a really bad pimple and thought, there must be a way to cover this! I’m 26 now, so every year I become a bit more of an adult, so I was like, I need to be able to cover a pimple—it shouldn’t be that hard. So I go to Sephora, and it becomes like a nightmare. I just got all these insecurities that I'd never had before. And then it spiraled out because I got all these products that weren't right for me. I’m still figuring it out. I haven’t quite found the perfect thing, but it’s a work-in-progress. But at least I’m at a place where I have the basics. And I feel good about it.
When I'm getting ready to go out, I'll start with Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner—it's one of those products that shows you what's coming out of your skin. You swipe it on with a cotton pad and you can actually see what's coming out. Then I mix a serum for my dark spots—Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum—with some Glossier Priming Moisturizer. And then I chill a bit—I’ll brush my teeth or do my hair, which is like a whole thing. And then I put on the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark. It’s like lingerie for the face—it makes you feel good. It was exactly what I was looking for, because I hate the feeling of having makeup on my face—it makes me feel almost claustrophobic and weird. And I’m not the type of person who's going to check if it's still covered after six hours. Because if I’m wearing it for six hours, at that point I probably don’t care.
The concealer I ended up getting was Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer in Tan. It’s the best under my eyes, because it’s a little bit too light for me. But because I'm a little darker from the sun right now, I think I might get a concealer palette so I can mix colors. But I also got the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment to get rid of pimples instead of just covering up. I use it on my boyfriend, too! I have to like run after him! It’s really mind-blowing how amazingly it works.
Aside from that pimple, the other reason I got into makeup was because when it's dark out, you need more color to make your face pop. But I really only wear it at night because it's dark, so if you mess up, no one can see it! Nars Laguna is the holy grail. I use it with the Sephora Collection Classic Bronzer Brush for contouring and to sort of set the Glossier Tint. Then I put on a minuscule amount of blush, which I don't really like on me. And then this is my new favorite—the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I use it on the cheekbone, and then on the brow bone, and then I’ll put a little bit on top of the Balm Dotcom on my eyelids. It's so easy and I love it.
My eyelash curler is from Tweezerman. It's industrial. And then I'll usually do a mascara. A friend recommended Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes so I bought it. It’s super volumizing, and it’s really great, but it’s also like a look, because it’s just so heavy. So I got this one, Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara, which just lengthens, it doesn’t give them any body. But what I found works best is if I use both. So I use 'Lights' at the base and then 'Gifted' at the top so I get the volume at the bottom and then it lengthens the top so you don’t get the clumpy long ones. So that’s the perfect duo.
Eyebrows are my favorite part! I like them to be bold and bushy and really pop. But naturally mine are pretty tame and non-aspirational and I was using a lot of different products in them. But that's exactly why I love Boy Brow—it's just one product. And you don't even have to have a technique to apply it. You just brush it in and it doesn't look like you have makeup on. It's very subtle—for me, that's huge.
I would love to wear a bold, bright lip, but lipstick just tastes disgusting. It tastes so bad that I can’t. And it feels like you have all this stuff on your lips…It gets everywhere, so I can’t. So what I do is use this Nars Tinted Lip Gloss that's super sheer, but I love it. It’s really nothing but I like using it anyway.
I don’t actually wear perfume. I’m very sensitive to scents. What I do is I make my own body lotion—I should actually show you my whole collection, it’s hilarious. I have so many oils. Whenever I go home to Tanzania, I get baobab oil—it’s amazing. Here it’s like $30 for 30 mL, and there it’s like $30 for a liter. My base is coconut oil. And you could just use coconut oil, you don’t need anything else, and then I’ll just mix in whatever oils I have. So I’ll use baobab, rosehip, jojoba, and I have a rosehip and jojoba blend that I make to take makeup off, which is great. Multi-purpose. And then I put some clove oil from Tanzania in the lotion, in the oil mix, so I have a little bit of a clove scent. It smells good. The blend I just made, I put lemongrass oil in it, and it doesn’t smell as good, let me tell you. It’s like, I’m kind of regretting it…I might have to cut it. You buy [jars] on Amazon for like $2.99. It is really strong, so I’ll re-mix it with other stuff so it’s not as strong.
I’m pretty laid back about everything but my hair is like my pride and joy— that is not chill at all, and to be honest it took me a long time to make my hair routine. So I wash it once a week. I don’t use shampoo, I use Briogeo Co-Wash. It’s made by this woman who was like a hedge fund manager or something like that, and then she quit it and started this company. It’s very natural and it’s really good. Then I get out of the shower and I put in a mixture of these two—the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask and the Anu Down Under Deep Conditioner. I put a lump in my hair and then I put on a cap and just hang out for an hour and that’s when I’ll put a mask on my face or like exfoliate and stuff like that. I’ll put on the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel whenever my skin is feeling a little tired, and it just makes you glow. So after I do a deep conditioner I get back in [the shower] and I comb my hair with a finger comb. After I get out again, I use the Anu Leave In Conditioner and put argan oil on the ends. I’m in French braids most of the time, and then if I go out I open up the French braids, and then I have this blend of castor oil and lavender stuff that I use for this part because it gets frizzier. And then I’ll spray the Glossier Soothing Face Mist right at the end before I go out. That’s my routine!"
—as told to ITG
Nahana Schelling photographed by Tom Newton in New York on September 30, 2015.
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