Skin care. I’m obsessed with having clean, good skin and the technology on the market right now, from retinol to various serums.
What city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration?
My country, obviously, and Indian traditions. I mean, I grew up with turmeric mill, saffron, and my grandmother’s beauty routine, and yogurt on the skin. My mom would insist on making sure I had coconut oil in my hair at night so I could wake up with long, flowing hair.
If you could only use three products for the rest of your life, what are they and why?
Coconut oil for my skin and hair, because it’s tradition and I’ve used it since I was a kid. It doesn’t make me break out, and it’s perfect for all weather. Then L’Oréal’s Voluminous Mascara, because so much research goes into how they make their products, so it really does the job. I’m a model, so I don’t think I can leave the house without mascara when I go out for a casting. It just makes me feel like I’m put together. And then Elvive’s Total Repair 5 Collection. My hair needs a lot of care because it’s wavy and curly.
Would you rather get a facial or a massage?
Massage. I’m Indian, so I like a good bargain. [Laughs.] I’d rather target my entire body as opposed to just my face.
What’s your go-to perfume and why?
I use pure essential oils, so I will use frangipani essential oil from South India as perfume. It’s really beautiful. Or just pure lavender as perfume, which is really nice. I get a lot of aromatherapy benefits out of it.
You have $20 and free roam of a drugstore. What do you buy?
Who are the women inspiring you most right now?
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan from Never Have I Ever. And Simone Ashley, who will star in the next season of Bridgerton. I actually read for that part, but they needed somebody more accomplished, which is totally fair. It’s just so inspiring to see all of these Indian women going out there and pursuing their careers. And it feels nice to be out here while they’re doing it.
You can follow Nidhi Sunil on Instagram at @nidhisunil. This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.