Welcome to the first edition of the “NEXT GEN” series, where we’ll be taking you in to the homes of some of our favourite young ‘n’ creative women. The internet has given rise to an endless number of smart, cool and empowering young ladies who are absolutely smashing it at life/in their creative fields. Naturally, we want to know everything about all of them, and what better place to start than with Sydney-based photographer Chloë Nour.
When the coolest photographer isn’t shooting babes for publications like i-D and Man Repeller or brands like MADE, she’s making the whole of instagram jealous with her Daisy and vintage Manolo Blahnik-studded wardrobe and insane ability to never not be paling around with her model mates or being super adorbs with her husband Jimmy.
We hung out with the legend in her very cute apartment to chat about why she shaved her head, what her beauty routine is and how she’s come to love her scars and freckles. Get to know her better below.
What’s your skincare routine (tell us about the products you swear by)?
I like to use the least amount of product as possible! My daily skincare routine consists of a thorough cleanse with Edible Beauty No. 1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk followed by a light application of Edible Beauty No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion.
Do you wear make-up? What’s your go-to everyday product?
I very rarely wear makeup. I usually just cleanse and moisturise and I’m good to go! If I’m getting dressed up for a special occasion, I’ll apply a little Givenchy Eclat Matissime Fluid Foundation which is really light and airy and some ‘Sugarbomb’ shimmer/blush by Benefit.
What’s your hair care approach?
I shaved my head for the first time over a year ago and haven’t used any hair products since then.
What was the impetus for shaving your head? Will you keep it shaved?
I’d been thinking about shaving my hair off for years but never had the guts to do it. About a year ago I woke up one morning and thought, “fuck it, it’s now or never”. I texted my bestie Mateja and told her I was coming over and she was shaving my head. I shave it every couple of weeks now — I’m not into the idea of growing it out anytime soon, I can’t be bothered for hair. My hair was always way too untameable and I’m too lazy! The less prep time in the morning the better.
What’s the biggest beauty mistake you’ve made?
I used to be quite self-conscious about my uneven complexion and would overcompensate with products. I‘ve learnt not to experiment too much with products once I find what works for me.
When you say uneven complexion, what are you referring to?
I’m talking about the chicken pox scars I’ve had on my forehead since I was a kid, freckles on my nose and my overall combination skin. I find that less is more when it comes to product, too much of anything exacerbates combination skin so I’ve found the perfect balance with my daily skin routine. I’ve learnt to love my scars and freckles!
How do you unwind?
A good book or podcast, a cuddle on the couch with my pooch, a lazy weekend with my hubby at my parents farm or a dip in the ocean always refreshes me!
What’s your favourite breakfast food?
Blueberries! I devour at least two tubs a day.
What’s that one word that you can’t stop saying at the moment?
I swear too much, probably the word ‘Fuck’.
Favourite online shopping spot?
The RealReal Manolo Blahnik collection.
Netflix or Spotify? And what are you loving right now?
I use both everyday. I’m currently loving Chelsea Handler, Cosmos and The OA.
What’s your favourite travel destination and why?
Magical Mexico! I’m in love with its deliciously vibrant culture, rich history, awe-inspiring beaches, waterfalls, jungles, cenotes, deserts and mountains and its incredible cities cities. Can’t wait to be back there this August!
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Taylor Hanson from The Hanson Brothers. Lol.
What’s your most treasured item of clothing/jewellery?
My collection of second hand charity shop shoe finds! I have a pair of tan leather boots with floral hand stitched embroidery and obnoxiously pointy toes that I’m obsessed with. I found them at Vinnies for $20.
Words, Madeleine Woon. Photography, Nicole Cooper.