Aia Aamund – student
Meet Aia (22), daughter of one of Denmark’s most successful businesswomen. She herself takes things one step at a time – as she tries to live her own dreams.
What are you up to at the moment?
I’ve just returned from Los Angeles. I finished school two years ago. Then I worked as a receptionist at the Gyldendal publishing house in Copenhagen. Earning money and having a ’real’ job was great. But after a year and a half, I really wanted to try something else before going back to studying. My boyfriend was going to a film school in LA so it worked out well that I could go with him. I’d saved up money and we were able to rent out our apartment. The situation was perfect.
What was life in LA like?
I had huge expectations and my time over there lived up to all of them. We found a great apartment in West Hollywood. I’d been on a road trip to California with my parents and quite by chance we found an apartment through Airbnb on a street whose name I recognised. We’d actually lived on that street and I remembered that it was a really trendy part of town. That gave me a good gut feeling. Los Angeles is such a cool city with so many different aspects to it. It really has something for everyone. Whether you’re into yoga or silicone, high-rise or beach house. You’ll see the botoxed ladies in Beverly Hills as well as all kinds of organic cafés. We often ate at a café called Backyard Bowls. Everyone who visited us from Denmark loved that place and sometimes we ate there several times a day. Healthy, but so so delicious.
Now it’s back to Denmark and my studies. I’ve just started at Copenhagen Business School where I am reading Industrial Economics and Psychology.
What is your skincare routine?
I cleanse my face with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Wash and my new cleansing brush from Clarisonic. At the moment, I use it both in the morning and in the evening. But I’ve only had it a couple of days so I’m thinking of cutting down depending on how my skin reacts. My skin is dry so I’m really into rich and moisturising creams. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream works really well on my skin. I use Pep Start eye cream from Clinique and lots of Aquaphor lip balm. The Aquaphor is a bit like an Eight Hour cream – just in a drugstore version. I also use Beauty Sleep Mask from Amazing Space a couple of times a week. It really penetrates and moisturises my skin while I sleep.
Do you use makeup on a day-to-day basis?
Yes, I love makeup. But I change products a lot depending on the season. Now that winter is almost here, I use a Tinted Moisturizer from Laura Mercier. It provides additional moisture. If I need to cover or brighten up certain areas, I use a concealer from Nars. But the Fit Me Concealer from Maybelline is also really good. I think that it’s actually a copy of the Nars concealer. I like having two shades, one dark and one light, that I can mix on the back of my hand. That means that I always have a colour to match my skin tone. My skin is dry so I don’t use powder very much. I’ve found the most fantastic Creamy Bronzer from E.L.F Cosmetics. It is a mixture of a powder and a cream, but without being greasy. It’s not like a cream blush. It is solid and silky. It gives my cheeks a really natural glow because it mimics my own skin. It can also be used to frame the eyes.
What would you say are the three most important makeup products?
Highlighter. I probably go a bit crazy with highlighters. The BalmMary-Lou Manizer is champagne-coloured and matches my skin tone really well. I use it in the inner corner of my eyes and on my cupid’s bow. A think a pencil to fill in the gaps in my brows is also indispensable. So is a brown lip liner.
What is the best mascara?
I have long lashes, but they are quite straight. The secret to making sure the curled shape you get with an eyelash curler lasts all day is to use a waterproof mascara. You need to apply the mascara straight away to ensure that you retain the shape really well. I use Cover Girls from the United States, but Chanel’s waterproof mascara is also pretty good.
What kind of body products do you use?
I don’t use perfumed soaps or body lotions. My mother has mixed a large batch of her homemade body oil for my sister and me. It lasts forever. But Karmameju also make good bath soaps, oils and a fantastic dry brush. I use the soft one with the white hairs. I haven’t got to the one with bronze hairs yet – the one everyone is talking about.
What do you do to your hair?
My hair is always very long. When I was 12-13 years old, I got the idea into my head that I wanted a short bob. That didn’t go so well – so since then I’ve kept my hair long. I don’t wash it that often. About twice a week. Baptiste do the best Dry shampoo – the original doesn’t have that much fragrance. I nearly always let my hair air-dry with a bit of Bio Silk oil from about my jawline to the ends. But only a little bit as there is kind of ‘no way back’ if you’ve accidentally put too much oil in your hair. A couple of weeks ago I had some highlights done. Christian from Suka does my hair. He also cuts my mother’s and my sisters’ hair. Sometimes we all go in together for a cut and sit there in a row which is great fun.
What kind of exercise do you like best?
Doing something that isn’t fun is difficult. I also prefer doing exercise with others. I like exercising with my sister. This also means that we get to see each other. But for me, exercise tends to go in waves. I have to admit that I’m not doing much exercise at the moment. If I suddenly feel I need some exercise, I go for a walk or do some squats and push-ups.
What do you have for breakfast?
I nearly always have skyr with goji berries and muesli. It also happens to be a great and very filling afternoon snack.
What are you wearing on your nails?
I do my own nails and spend quite a bit of time on them. I watch a film or a TV series while I’m doing them and let each layer dry for a few minutes. I don’t often use a base coat, but always a top coat. I mostly use lighter colours. Ballet Slippers and Limo-Scene from Essie are really great. The lighter colours always last a couple of days longer than the darker ones.
What fragrance do you use?
I’ve just been through a period of not using any perfume at all. But then I discovered Lys 41 from Le Labo. I’ve become obsessed with that. I have probably always been looking for a perfume that I could call ‘my scent’. I actually think that this may be the one.
Text and photos by Liv Winther for Wash Your Face