Anissa Kermiche's coveted pieces, including her cult Love Handles vase, are beloved by the Scandinavian cool crowd. Here the Paris-born designer and jeweller talks to us about cocktailing skincare, homemade scrubs inspired by her Algerian heritage and the power of mind over the body
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What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is a healthy mind, self-love, and self-care, which ultimately leads to confidence. And having your nails done!
Talk us though your morning beauty routine...
I used to wake up and jump on a chocolate croissant. But now I start by drinking water to wake up my organs.
Beauty comes from within and our brain is the root of everything we feel so I religiously take different supplements that support brain function and strength. I really rate the Heights Smart Supplement. I feel beautiful when I don't experience stress, fatigue or distraction, and when I'm positive and enthusiastic.
After a recent burnout I experienced thinning hair so I take folic acid alongside Forcapil, a supplement rich in amino acids and keratin, and Hairburst Hearts Chewable Hair Vitamins. I also swear by probiotics to feed my gut, which is the second brain of the body.
The second step of my beauty routine is to make a nutritious breakfast, made up of omega 3-rich foods, such as blueberries, avocado, salmon and yoghurt, which is also fuel for my brain.
Then it's time for my skincare. After cleansing my face, I quickly mix different creams and serums in the palm of my hand and apply it all at the same time. I'll start with the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Day Cream SPF30, add the Augustinus Bader Face Oil for glow, Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation to even out my skin tone and a tiny bit of Isamaya Skinlac liquid highlighter. I truly don't believe in applying creams in a specific order – they will all end up cohabiting on my skin anyway and if I have a spare 10 minutes in the morning, I'd rather meditate or read an article. This magical mix makes me look dewy and glowy in two minutes flat.
I'll finish by adding a touch of Rose Inc Satin Lip Colour Refillable Lipstick in Enigmatic, mixed with lip balm (Charlotte Tilbury's Hyaluronic HappiKiss Lipstick Balm smells like heaven) to my lips and the tops of my cheeks.
Courtesy of Anissa Kermiche.
What is your biggest skin concern?
Unlike my really rebellious hair, nature gave me quite easy skin until a few years ago when I started suffering from a stress-related skin condition called angioedema. On Christmas Day in 2020, I woke up covered in little blisters and my eyelids and lips were so inflamed I couldn't speak or open my eyes. It took a really long time to get to the root of the problem and I had a crisis every three to four days for six months, when I would constantly hide myself away or end up in hospital.
No cream whatsoever would work on my skin but I was forced to de-stress, which is quite complicated when so many external elements are simply not working in your life (burnout, breakup and the loss of a dear one). This is when I started doing breathing exercises and paying attention to self-care, which helped a lot. That leads me to say that my skincare is simply a set of healthy habits.
Which three products are always in your makeup bag and why have they earned a place there?
I have quite big lips so I like to use Hermes Hermesistible Infused Care Oils. They take the form of a gloss, taste fruity and hydrate my lips without making them shine.
My second must-have item is a mini Nars concealer as my dark circles are inherently a purply blue and I can easily look like an owl if the formula isn't covering enough or if I haven't slept.
Lastly it would have to be the La Palette Visage from Rouje, which has all the colours needed for a face, and can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes or used as highlighter! It is magical for modern women who live a fast life and need multi-functional products.
How do you look after your hair?
It is such hard work! Nature wasn't very kind to me when it comes to my hair. Rather than create beautiful regular curls, it is out-of-control frizzy; it grows slowly, is extremely dry and breaks easily! But I recently discovered a fabulous new product line that has changed my hair life.
Centred haircare was created by a woman who experienced thinning hair after a burnout. I use the Daily Calma Shampoo and Conditioner but the En Route Scalp Treatment is pure heaven. I massage it into the scalp first, using the Squishy Scalp Massager, and then apply it to the lengths.
En Route has a cocktail of oils, including rosemary to stimulate growth and jojoba to nourish your hair like nothing else. The issue with normal oils is that they take forever to wash out, whereas this blend dissolves with water. Together, these products have changed my hair, which is now shiny and strong.
Courtesy of Anissa Kermiche.
What is your favourite fragrance?
Hermes Eau des Merveilles has always been my scent. It is marvellously fresh, zesty and floral at the same time. I spray it into a little flask I got on Amazon so that I can carry it in my handbag and always have it with me on a night out.
What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Having spoken to a lot of doctors when I suffered from burnout, I would say remember that beauty comes from within.
I have a whole new philosophy when it comes to beauty now. It isn't about makeup and covering up my skin, but about creating a beautiful, solid, healthy base. For example, massaging your cuticles with oil helps to build stronger nails. Massaging your scalp with the right oils stimulates better and stronger growth, while eating superfoods will make you rise and shine. It all starts on the inside. I also believe kind people look more beautiful.
What are the beauty practices you’ve learned from the women in your family?
Oil, oil and a little more oil! I am North African, where the culture is rich in the art of steaming and hammam. In Algeria, olive oil is not only used in every dish, it is also a treatment for everything on the body. So a lot of beauty treatments like body scrubs are homemade using olive oil and sea salt.
What was your greatest beauty discovery?
Nails are so important to me. If my nails aren't perfectly manicured, I feel down. I don't see my face all day, but I have a direct view of my hands while typing and that view needs to look phenomenal!
I trapped my nails under acrylic and nail polish for 10 years but that's a habit I have now broken. The constant filing, chemicals, glues and gels are painful and extremely damaging. It took me almost a year to rebuild my nails from scratch with oils and polishes that respect your natural nail. Applied every day, the Hermes Les Mains Nourishing Oil is a delight. It also lasts forever - I haven't bought a new bottle in a year.
What beauty advice would you give your younger self?
To not smoke all those cigarettes at parties – and then to leave parties slightly earlier to get some sleep!! I've recently read so many studies about how damaging sleep deprivation is.
Do you have a beauty or wellness secret?
It isn't really secret but I'm a true believer that beauty comes from within. My skin rashes were so brutal, painful and handicapping that I had to to pay attention to my wellness and mental health – topics that can easily be left behind in our fast-paced lives.
Short breathing exercises helped tremendously. I discovered a breathwork app called Verden, which is free and easy to use. I've recommended it to so many friends who have sleeping problems and it's actually magical.
Food is another beauty and wellness trick. After going to a juice retreat, I realised how important nutrition is for your brain so I am now more attentive to the food I eat. Your brain consumes 20% of your energy even if it only weighs 1.5 kg so I make sure my intake of omega-3 and iron is high enough.
Running a brand is non-stop and I need to be on top of my game constantly. Ultimately I feel beautiful when I feel rested and proud of my achievements at work, so it all starts with what is on my plate.
Coveted Skin Pieces
Coveted Makeup Pieces
Moisturising Renewal Cream
Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation
Satin Lip Color
Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm
Triple Hyaluronic Glow Serum
Hermesistible infused care oil
Mini Radiant Creamy Concealer
La Palette Visage