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blogger: nil erturk discusses beauty rituals in istanbul, turkey

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    Nil Ertürk inherited her love of fashion from her mom and grandma, who both used to sew their own clothes—timeless pieces nil wears even today. So, with hopes of meeting people in her dream industry, she started her blog in 2009, chronicling her easy yet elegant wardrobe and beauty advice. She caught the eye of street-style arbiter Garance Doré and glossies like Italian Vogue, and turned her hobby into a reality: Following a stint as a fashion buyer, she now spends her days as a stylist and consultant.

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    Were you always a beauty buff?
    “Definitely. I started ballet at age four and we had to do makeup for recitals. And like every girl, I used to steal my mother’s lipsticks and put them on.”

    Who was your first beauty mentor?
    “I used to watch my mother a lot. I would stand very close when she was doing her makeup, because I wanted to learn everything—how she moved her hands and all.”

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    How do women approach beauty in Turkey?
    “Turkish women are really into makeup. They love sun-kissed skin and use a lot of bronzer. With teenagers, I see a lot of natural-looking girls now and I think it’s much better. Eyeliner is really a thing—everyone uses it. I love red and orange lipsticks, but I don’t see them very often.”

    What is your own beauty philosophy?
    “I like to keep it very natural. [For example], I like to highlight my eyes. I don’t wear eyeshadow. It makes me look older!”

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    Turkish beauty secret: “My friends and I have used almond oil since high school to make our eyelashes fuller. [You apply it] before you go to bed.”

    Any crazy beauty moments?
    “I dyed my hair pink once. I also used to wear very bright eyeshadows together —like yellow, pink, purple—in college. It looked ridiculous, but back then I loved it.”

    Current beauty inspirations: “I love Dita Von Teese’s style of makeup. Mine is similar—just eyeliner and the red lip. [And supermodel] Arizona Muse, with her thick brows and a bit of blush. It’s very natural.”

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    Long-time Love: Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara. “I’ve tried different brands but always go back to theirs.”

    Purse Essentials: Hand cream, a lip moisturizer, three or four lipsticks (“just in case”).

    Party Prep: “Eyeliner with a bright lipstick.”

    Weekend Casual: A brow pencil and a pinky blush, such as Chanel Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion.

    Signature Extra: “I have maybe 15 different shades of red lipstick.”

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    1. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry, $4.50

    2. Nars Brow Perfector in Suriname (available at murale.ca), $25

    3. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate Moss 01, $9

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