Nilam Farooq: “My biggest beauty role model is my mom”


When it comes to beauty, one thing applies to Nilam Farooq (32): “Less is more”. The actress swears by the classic beauty tips, as she reveals at a launch event for the cosmetics brand Biotherm. The 32-year-old is the company’s new brand ambassador. “I don’t think I’m someone who spends four hours a day doing something to look good,” explains Farooq in an interview and reveals why her mother is her biggest beauty role model to this day.

When do you feel your best?

Nilam Farooq: Whether I feel beautiful or not is definitely related to whether I’m currently comfortable with the situation or the stage of life I’m in. The feeling can also change from one day to the next. In order to feel really beautiful, it is fundamentally important to me that I can get ready in the morning and thus gain motivation for the day ahead. Afterwards, it’s usually not difficult for me to feel beautiful – not in the sense that I stand in front of the mirror and think “wow, am I beautiful”, but in the sense that I feel ready to get through the day well walk.

Do you do a lot for your appearance?

Farooq: I don’t think I’m the type of person who spends four hours a day trying to look good. But the 10-15 minutes that I actively take for this in the morning and in the evening are very important to me. Of course, it’s also part of my job to deal with it – and I like doing that.

What does your daily beauty routine look like?

Farooq: There are basically two routines. These depend on whether I am invited somewhere, have to go somewhere or am traveling privately. My morning and evening routine is very important to me. I start in the morning with the care and make-up of my face, in the evening removing make-up is the be-all and end-all. Because no matter which products are used on the face overnight, they only make sense if the skin is prepared for it. After removing the make-up, I like to use the Biotherm Retinol facial serum and then the appropriate care. That’s about it – everything I need is connected here.

Do you look after your face differently today in your early 30s than you did in your 20s?

Farooq: Yes, definitely. When I was in my early twenties, I didn’t give any thought to the topic of anti-aging, even though I heard it from time to time. I also wish I had taken the word “preventative” more seriously. I now know a lot more about the ingredients and how they work, and when it comes to product selection alone, I pay much more attention to what I use. It’s just a lot more important to me today than it was then.

How do you deal with the first wrinkles?

Farooq: First wrinkles – I have a shared attitude towards that. When someone sits across from me, I always think it’s wonderful if there’s something of their own, something alive to see. With oneself it is often something else. Of course I sometimes look in the mirror and think “yep, that wasn’t there 2-3 years ago” and then I notice how I’m actively trying to find products that help and prevent it. I think I’m just a fan of going with what you’re comfortable with in the end. I don’t think wrinkles are bad at all, but at the same time they don’t always have to be.

On your former YouTube channel, you gave tips on everything to do with beauty and lifestyle, among other things. What beauty tips do you swear by?

Farooq: Well, I just think less is more. In fact, I swear by the classic tips that you hear again and again and not for nothing, they actually help a lot: drink enough water and get enough sleep – which I sometimes succeed and sometimes less, but I try to find a balance to keep. Of course, there are also supporting care and beauty products that unfold their effect overnight. This is not only effective, but also super practical. They do a lot of things all by themselves while we sleep.

What beauty trend are you loving right now?

Farooq: I have to say that I’m a loyal fan of never-change-a-winnig-team. Especially when it comes to facial care, I’m not one to try something new every week. If something works for me, then I keep it and have found the right thing. I honestly don’t follow trends that much. But of course, when I see a new cosmetic product like a new lipstick, I like to try it out. But then I see what suits me, regardless of the current trend.

And what is your absolute beauty no-go?

Farooq: I think you can’t and shouldn’t define any beauty no-gos. Everyone should just do everything the way they want and feel comfortable doing it. For me personally, there are moments when you realize that you’re using something that you don’t really feel good with. Then it automatically becomes a no-go for you, which you cannot transfer to others.

Do you have a beauty role model?

Farooq: Here one often wishes that I would say a specific name of a certain personality. But my biggest beauty role model is my mom. Beauty has always been incredibly important to her. She never went anywhere without facial care, without nail polish, without make-up and that’s how I know her and I think that’s great. I like it when you set your mind on something in life and go about what makes you feel good about yourself. When you say I’m doing it for ME and I feel good about it. This is exactly what my mom has lived and embodied for over 60 years.

Do you always leave the house with make-up on?

Farooq: I also wear makeup in my free time. However, a lot of foundation is often used in film and television productions. Privately, I like and use mascara, concealer, rouge, lip balm, lipstick, eyeshadow and all of that very much. When it comes to my skin, I always try to find something that is as light as possible, because I don’t like and don’t wear such heavy make-up in my free time.

Enjoying the grand entrance on the red carpet?

Farooq: Absolutely! This is something very special for me, especially after the last two years. I always hear that a lot of people don’t like the big entrance. But there are just very few opportunities to prepare extensively, choose a beautiful dress, do your makeup beautifully and take the time for all of this. I love the opportunity to just have a little glamor – which I don’t need in everyday life now, but which I find beautiful and appropriate for certain events.

What was the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?

Farooq: The best compliment has nothing directly to do with beauty. Sure, it’s really nice when someone tells you that something suits you or that you look great today. But I’m happiest when someone says “You inspire me”. There is so much more to it than how my hair looks, my hairstyle. People see and admire how I walk my path and that’s just nice for me.


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