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The 411: Kirsten Kjaer-Weis


Makeup artist turned beauty entrepreneur Kirsten Kjaer-Weis may call New York home nowadays, but she spent her formative years in much more remote environs: a tiny farming town in rural Denmark. Her upbringing there helped cement a love for natural ingredients that would eventually lead Kjaer-Weis to develop her eponymous range of organic makeup. Thanks to its sustainable credo and ridiculously elegant packaging—designer Marc Atlan, he of the Comme des Garçons signature fragrance bottle, created the chic, refillable metal compacts that swing open with the cool click of a Mercedes car door—the line has earned both accolades and fans a plenty. Since Kjaer-Weis is clearly a woman of impeccable taste, we couldn’t wait to hear about her own beauty and lifestyle favorites. Spoiler alert: She practices the “live green” routine she preaches.

The Morning Musts: Liquid Breakfast
“My regular routine consists of a big glass of water and lemon in the morning; it feels like the best start to the day. That combined with a daily fresh-squeezed green vegetable juice gives skin a great foundation and beautiful glow. I am a firm believer that great skin starts on the inside. Besides that, products used on the skin must always be all natural with no artificial ingredients.”

The Salve Savior: Tata Harper
“I am a big fan of Tata Harper’s products. They are made with beautiful, all-natural ingredients and they perform amazingly. I use her cleanser morning and evening, followed by the serum and her roll-on oil moisturizer. The roll-on is also great to carry on flights too because it’s small enough to stash in your bag. And for the body I really like a Danish natural and organic line called Rudolph Care. Their body balm with acai smells and feels amazing on the skin.”
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The Face Paint: Personal Best
“I’m very minimal. I use the Kjaer Weis cream blush in Desired Glow and our Lip Tint in Dream State. An eyelash curler is greatly important to open the eye, and a bit of mascara. For evening I will add some definition around the eye with KW Wisdom and Earthy Calm eye shadow.”
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The Complexion Guru: Gilah Gurowitsch
“Gilah is incredibly gifted at what she does. For me there are great facials and then there are Gilah’s; her treatments are a magical mixture of healing and facial care. They always leave me totally refreshed and with great-looking, glowy skin. Besides that, her homemade scented candles are addictive.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (917) 805-0436.

The Curly Girl’s Companion: Rahua and John Masters Organics
“I love Rahua’s haircare products. I have naturally curly hair that can easily feel coarse. With their products it changes texture and becomes soft and easily manageable, and the ingredients are only nature’s best.”
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The Regular Rubdown: Ji Li Tui-Na
“Getting a massage is typically a very spur-of-the-moment kind of decision for me after a long day of work. I love being able to walk in from the street and get a massage on the spot. For years I have been going to this small place on the corner of Mott and Spring streets; they do a great job and are wonderful for reflexology as well.”
JI LI TUI-NA Center, 202 Mott St., NYC, (212) 966-2519.

The Raw Regimen: Pure Food & Wine and Takahachi
“I’m a big fan of raw food, but some of the recipes are quite time-consuming, so One Lucky Duck and Pure Food & Wine are my all-time favorites. Both are very refined and tasty and I have a sweet tooth for their desserts. Another favorite is sushi; nothing beats Takahachi on Duane Street in Tribeca. Their Cold Mountain roll is amazing.”
Pure Food & Wine, 54 Irving Place, NYC, (212) 477-1010; Takahachi, 145 Duane St., NYC, (212) 571-1830.

The Destination Coffee Shop: Granola
“When I’m back in Copenhagen I always have to swing by Granola, a cool fifties-inspired café that serves great breakfast and lunch and the city’s best coffee.”
Granola Vaernedamsvej 5, 1819 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, 45-0- 3325-0080.

Photo: Courtesy of Kjaer Weis

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