blogger: nil erturk discusses beauty rituals in istanbul, turkey
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.
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!”
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.”