THE ACTRESS, MODEL, AND WRITER CHATS ABOUT INDIVIDUALITY, THE NEW GUCCI FRAGRANCE, AND WHAT ADVICE SHE WOULD GIVE HER YOUNGER SELF
Hari Nef’s philosophy
What’s your beauty philosophy? I think once you place a definition on beauty, you set yourself up to fail. The cliché about beauty coming from within works because the people I find most beautiful don’t look alike. They look the way they want to look—uniquely themselves. They’re people who can describe their style in five words that no one else can use to describe theirs. That doesn’t come from following the beauty rule book; it comes from learning how to write your own book. At what point in life did you learn to embrace your uniqueness? I’m still figuring it out. I’m 25, and I’m hitting the place where I’m like, “You’ve been wanting to look a certain way for a decade, and you don’t look that way yet, so is there something wrong with the pressure you’re putting on yourself? If I’m twisting and turning to fit this ideal, do I really want to be around the people who make me feel like I need to fit a standard?” If you want to live your life in agony, then, by all means, chase beauty ideals to your heart’s content. I just want to wake up and feel healthy. That’s kind of where I’m at. Any features you had to grow to love? Definitely my nose. I also have a chicken pox scar next to my nose that I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I think it adds character to my face. What’s your typical beauty routine like? I’m still sort of exploring what my routine is because no sooner than I lock it down, I’m in a makeup chair on a shoot and somebody’s whispering in my ear about a new product. In general, I moisturize with serums and always keep my lips hydrated with balm. I’m an unnatural blonde, and my colorist tells me to wash my hair as little as possible using cream-based shampoos, no astringents. I also avoid makeup for as long as I can to let my skin breathe. Let’s talk about Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori. You’re a face of the campaign. What do you like about the new scent? It’s less purely floral, less purely feminine than the original Gucci Bloom. It has greener tones that make it veer into a slightly more masculine direction, which I like because some days I want to smell like a flower and some days I want to smell like the grass. It’s all about options at the end of the day, and that is so Gucci.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Despite the fact that people say life is short, life is so long, and there is time. There’s time to do everything you’re racing to the finish line to get done. Stay on your grind, girl. Be young, get some sleep, and be messy.
—KAHLANA BARFIELD BROWN “If you want to live your life in agony, then, by all means, chase beauty ideals to your heart’s content.”