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Medicine Cabinet Confidential with Nini Fabi of the Brooklyn-based band HAERTS

THE SOULFUL SINGER TALKS FACE OILS, HOMEOPATHY AND LEARNING HOW TO APPLY HER MAKEUP FROM 60'S ROCK DOCS

By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI

 

In the inaugural Medicine Cabinet Confidential column, we’re spotlighting Nini Fabi, the talented lead vocalist for HAERTS, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop band. I’m obsessed with their music—they just released their new EP Powerland—as well as Nini’s poreless, near-perfect skin. Here, the singer gives us the low-down on the products she can’t live without, her multi-functional makeup  picks and the one thing she wish she’d known ten years ago.

 

  1. What is your general philosophy when it comes to beauty and taking care of your skin?

I grew up in Germany and my mother was into natural skincare and homeopathy very early on when most people still did not know about these things. At our house we had a very large medicine cabinet filled with herbal remedies, oils, tees, serums and when I used to show my friends when we were little, they thought my mother was a witch.

I remember her telling me that the most important thing to spend money on is your health: “the things you put on and inside your body.” When it comes to beauty, she had a very wholesome approach. She believed that taking care of yourself, investing in good food and a few solid skincare products was way more important than expensive make up and clothing. I definitely adopted her take on beauty and health and the focus on quality vs. quantity has really become my mantra.

I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and grains and while I love meat I only eat it a few times a week and stick to grass fed and organic. Apart from that I always drink a lot of water, fresh juices and have recently started taking some supplements. Fish oil for the skin and energy, vitamin C in high doses for immunity and a spoon of Manuka Honey for my voice and as an antioxidant.

 

 

  1. Can you walk us through your morning and evening skincare routines?

My routine is always very quick. Maybe 5 to 10 minutes tops. In the morning I wash my face with water and apply an oil. I just started using Mila Moursi Aromapure Moisturizing Oil and I love it. I used to stay away from facial oils because I thought they would leave my face greasy, but it’s actually not the case and since I have very dry skin it’s the only thing that is hydrating enough. After the oil I use an SPF and that’s it.

In the evening I wash my face with Cetaphil gentle cleanser, and apply my oil. When my skin feels extra dry especially at the change of seasons, I sometimes use a hydrating mask in the evening before bed. I like Decleor Hydra Floral Mask. It’s like an oil bath for your face.

The other thing I use everyday after getting out of the shower is a body oil. Dr. Haushka Rose Oil, Weleda Lavender are my favorites, but I also like simple coconut oil.

 

Nini Fabi's makeup bag, @haertsmusic
Nini Fabi’s makeup bag, @haertsmusic

 

  1. Are there products you always take on the road with you or like to perform in?

I always take my oils, raw Manuka Honey, supplements and stage make up on the road. One thing I always have is Lucas Papaw Ointment. It’s great for chapped lips, small cuts and I use on my cheeks or on my eyelids as highlight. I also bring a tiny homeopathic travel kit with the most important remedies. It’s been a life savor many times.

 

  1. How do you carry and organize your products on the road?

I carry all of my products, supplements, and make up in a little Rimowa beauty case. I found it years ago in a luggage store in Munich and have not traveled anywhere without it since. It’s one of my most treasured possessions and is a great way to keep me organized when I travel.

 

  1. How long does it take you to put on your makeup and how did you learn how to do it?

During the day I don’t wear much make up. Right now I spend all my time in the studio recording the new HAERTS record and I may put on a lip balm like pawpaw or some color on my cheeks, but that’s it. I like the Chanel Le Blush Creme because is great for cheeks, lips and I use it as an eye shadow as well. For a show, my make-up routine is very simple and low maintenance. I always start with an oil and then I’ll put on Armani Maestro as foundation and YSL Touche Eclat. I use the Chanel creme blush for contouring, and on my eyes and lips. I use Mac Blacktrack Eyeliner or if I want a more natural look the Espresso eye shadow. I don’t wear heavy mascara but when I do, I use the Chanel Inimitable in brown for a more natural look.

When I get ready for a show there is usually very little time for make up. Maybe 30 minutes at most, but I like this time a lot because it is almost like a little meditation and helps me get into the mindset of performing. I used to watch these documentaries of the 60s rock bands and loved seeing how these woman put on their make up backstage. Each of them having their own rituals and ways of doing it. That’s probably how I learned doing it myself.

 

  1. What’s the one piece of advice about skin or makeup you wish you had learned 10 years ago?

Get more sleep. When you are on the road there is never much time and often you have to choose between having breakfast, going for a run or walk or sleeping an extra hour. I rarely chose the sleeping, but recording the new album this past year and being in one place for longer periods of time, I have seen the effect a good amount of sleep has had on my overall wellbeing.

Click here to check out Nini in action singing Wings.

 

 

Medicine Cabinet Confidential offers a behind-the-mirrored-door peek inside the beauty routines of women who inspire us. At Tone & Style, we believe that beauty starts on the inside, with great health and happiness, but a good skincare routine doesn’t hurt, either. Interested in being featured in this column? Get in touch!

 

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