My Healthy: Kirsten Kjaer Weis
How the Scandinavian makeup artist’s holistic approach inspires her life.
For years Kirsten Kjaer Weis worked with high-fashion models only to hear of how they suffered breakouts and irritation from common makeup products. This knowledge, coupled with her own “green” focus in life (think: heavy on the veggies and Bikram), set Kjaer Weis on a journey. “I wanted to create a skincare-focused organic line of cosmetics that favored natural oils, butters, and waxes over synthetics, she says. “And I wanted it to be sustainable, but not sustainable looking.”
The result, Kjaer Weis, may just be the chicest organic collection of eye, lip, and cheek colors yet. The earthy shades call to mind the rosy flush after a great workout or lips stained by eating berries. Each piece is housed in a chic, red box that reveals a re-fillable, silver compact with a lid that glides up like the scissor doors of a Mercedes SLK roadster. “It’s meant as a one-time, jewel-like purchase,” she says. “And hear the little click when it shuts? We worked hard on that.” Kjaer Weis takes the same exacting approach to healthy living, balancing endless work travel with mindful eating, breathing, and moving. Here’s how she does it.
Green Giant by Juice Press
"I call it green lemonade. I blend kale, cucumber, apple, and lemon in the morning or I get one from Juice Press as a pick-me-up in the afternoon."
"I love rebounding. I want to design a travel version I can take with me. I try to get on it four to five times a week to get the lymphs flowing. I combine this with Bikram and dry brushing. It’s like a constant detox."
Bose Noise-Cancelling headphones
"I travel so many weeks of the year to visit my manufacturer and warehouse—these let me block out the noise on plane rides and go into my own little world. Plus, Bose is a Scandinavian brand."
CEP Pro + Night Run compression socks
"I got this tip from my model clients. They all wear compression socks when traveling to fight fatigue and the swelling you can get from sitting for hours at higher altitudes. These give me energy and really help in terms of comfort."
Brad's Raw Kale Chips
"They’re the best snack. I stash them in my bag. I like anything cheesy, so I go for the nacho cheese flavor."
Kjaer Weis Desired Glow Blush
"I liken perfecting the percentages of the makeup’s ingredients to having a good chef in the kitchen; we took time to get the recipe right. This cream blush, available in May on violetgrey.com, has been a favorite—it makes me look perfectly flushed. It’s that healthy color you get from a brisk walk or a trip to the Caribbean."
Stateside road trips
"Whenever I can, I like to road trip. It’s a phenomenal way of discovering the States. I’m mesmerized by nature in this country. You get the beauty and energy of the land. Sedona is magical and Big Sur is on my list—I can’t wait to go."