A Paris-Based Swiss Model Shares the Contents of Her Apothecary-Like Vanity

Updated 03/30/18

It’s here—31 days, 31 cities, 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we’re profiling an inspiring woman from across the world and asking her to share her beauty routine, products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don’t forget to check our Instagram for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Following South African makeup artist Lisa Brown, we have Switzerland-born model Nadine Strittmatter, who’s currently based out of Paris. In addition to her penchant for organic oils (and an envy-inducing apothecary-inspired skincare arsenal), she also opens up about embracing her dark circles and why feeding your mind and curiosity is just as important as exercising or heating nutritious foods.

Name: Nadine Strittmatter

Age: 29

City and country of residence and how long you’ve lived there: I am from Zurich and go back and forth between there and Paris, where I have lived for four years now.
Your beauty icons:

City and country of residence and how long you’ve lived there: I am from Zurich and go back and forth between there and Paris, where I have lived for four years now.
Your beauty icons:

Charlotte Rampling and Jane Birkin—both then and now.

The skincare products you can’t live without:

I pretty much love anything by Susanne Kaufmann, but I especially love her Tonic Soothing ($43), Face Fluid ($88), Healing Earth Mask ($65), and the Nutrient Cream ($99).

I also love my friend’s skincare line, which is called Rishka Botanika. The line is made up of all of these natural oils, and the products have truly given me my best skin ever.

The hair products you can’t live without:

I use this Swiss product called Dobi Repair Shampoo since my hair is often distressed and damaged from modeling. I also use Redken’s Extreme Conditioner ($20) and anything by Leonor Greyl—especially their sprays and masques. Recently, I have also started to use John Freida’s Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray ($12). It’s really great and helps make your hair lighter without going to the salon. After using it, I look like I’ve been out in the sun. I also use Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 ($28) to help mend my dry ends and sometimes Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25).

The makeup products you can’t live without:

In general, I don’t use much makeup when I’m not working. Where I am from in Switzerland, we are quite natural about this kind of thing. However, if I do wear some makeup, I’ll use Dr. Hauschka’s Compact Powder ($35). Then I’ll use Chanel’s Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($32) and sometimes the YSL Touche Éclat Radiance Perfecting Pen ($38) because I often have some dark circles and/or bags underneath my eyes. It was just something I was born with, and over the years, I’ve sort of embraced it and have just made it part of my look.

I also love Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up ($28). I use two different colors—both a lighter and a darker one to change things around a bit.

What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty?

I have to say I love Switzerland’s beauty culture. The Swiss have a very natural approach, and the fresh air and water in Switzerland encourage such an effortless healthy and glowing look. We also love spending time outdoors and activities like hiking and skiing naturally promote this fresh kind of glow.

Additionally, there are countless herbs that grow in the Swiss mountains, and I’ll use them to make my own teas with. I was also recently in Korea with Chanel, and I was so inspired by all the different beauty products and masks they have there. I stocked up!

The most popular beauty products and brands in your country right now:

Everything from Susanne Kaufmann. Also, anything from the brand Weleda since it’s from Switzerland.

The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:

Where I am from in Switzerland, we don’t really follow trends. But where I live in Paris, all the girls are quite natural with their beauty looks.

Favorite traditional beauty secret from your country:

I love using tea bags in the morning if I wake up with swollen eyes—as well as applying a spoon that’s been in the freezer. Homemade avocado masks are great too.

Where you buy beauty products:

What does “healthy living” mean to you?

A healthy mind. I am very into meditation, and I go away on a Vipassana meditation retreat for 10 days once a year. I think if we’re balanced on the inside, it will show on our face. And we’ll automatically age beautifully!

How do you define/practice self-care?

Knowing what you need and how to satisfy those needs by yourself and not through others. Also, exercising regularly and feeding your body, mind, and spirit with the best possible foods. I think it also helps to be surrounded by great people.

What’s your favorite way to stay active, and why?

I love to go running because not only is it wonderful for you physically, it’s also a great way to discover new places when you’re traveling. I love Iyengar and Kundalini yoga, but it’s not the most active in a physical sense. In Paris, I try to walk everywhere. I also used to box—I should get back into it! Staying active for me also includes keeping the mind active and feeding yourself with all sorts of interesting input. Whether it be museum expositions, books, travel, and planning trips, I think curiosity is the first step to staying active.

It could even be something like learning how to play an instrument or trying a new form of exercise.

What’s your favorite healthy meal?

Tomatoes and avocados. My friend also showed me this great vegan recipe, which is basically a mixture of bananas and oat or millet flakes to create pancakes. And then there’s this thick coconut milk drizzled on top. I make it for breakfast sometimes. I love it anytime when my friends prepare a meal for me because I’m not a very talented cook.

What are the most popular wellness trends in your country right now?

We have a lake in Zurich, and in the wintertime, there is a sauna on a little island that people love to go to. You can jump right into the water after, but I’ve actually only ever done it once. I also know that La Prairie has an amazing spa in Switzerland I would love to visit. But we have a lot of amazing spas in general! I personally love the one at the Dolder Grand in Zurich, and there are some pretty great ones in the mountains, like the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils Maria. I think going to the mountains on the weekends and visiting the spas is a major wellness trend in Switzerland.

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