Beauty & Styling expert – Bea Fagerholt
These are beauty routines you can trust – with 15 years in the fashion and beauty industries under her belt, Bea Fagerholt knows her stuff and has tested shelfloads of products. We caught up with her in New York where she is spending her maternity leave. In April, she will be flying back to Copenhagen and her job as beauty and styling editor at Eurowoman magazine.
What are you doing at the moment?
I’m enjoying my maternity leave with my son Frank, who is eight months old, and my boyfriend, Taus. We are currently living in New York where Taus is setting up his production company, Drive. We rent a house through Onefinestay in Red Hook in Brooklyn. It’s a very peaceful area which has Nobletree, the world’s best coffee shop, and a handful of great restaurants, Saipua, the florist, and a huge supermarket with a view of the Statue of Liberty. When we need to get to Manhattan, we take the ferry. It’s a beautiful route with a fantastic view of the New York skyline.
What are your favourite spots in New York?
I am very keen on Brooklyn which really suits life with a baby. Going for a walk on Brooklyn Heights Promenade which has the most fantastic views, shopping at Forages, which is a really incredible supermarket, and eating at Vinegar Hill House. The ultimate luxury on the beauty front is a facial at Ling which has several clinics on Manhattan.
What is your must-do in Copenhagen?
I love cake! Conditori La Glace is one of my favourites. I always order their Othello layer cake. I used to work there when I was very young so I know their whole range and have tasted everything.
You have been working in fashion and beauty for 15 years. What is the most important lesson you have learnt?
That taking good care of your skin really pays off. There are a lot of quick fixes out there, like masks and makeup, but beautiful skin comes only from nurturing it – both inside and out. A plant will never blossom if you don’t look after it and take good care of it.
What is your daily skin routine?
Just like my clothes which vary a lot depending on the weather, my mood, how the night has been – if I’ve slept really badly, I may need a face scrub to get my blood circulation going as well as a good moisturising mask. I stand in front of my skincare products in the same way that I stand in front of my wardrobe and think about what I feel like. Right now, Global Face Serum by Lina Hansson and May Lindstrøm’s The Youth Dew are my go-to products. I allow myself the luxury of having a bath every morning. It’s something I’ve always done and it’s a great thing to keep hold of. It may take anything from six to 40 minutes – as long as I’m able to immerse myself in the hot water and reset everything. It’s very close to being the best thing there is.
What is your most effective beauty product?
The latest incredible product is the Vanderohe serum. I’ve always really loved sleeping so having a baby has been something of a shock to the system. Breastfeeding and lack of sleep really drains the body and leaves its mark on your skin. The oil revitalised my skin! But I have tried many different effective products in my job such as Tromborg’s luxurious Molecular Cream, Crème de La Mer and Revival Mask by Environ.
What is in your makeup bag?
My Touche Éclat which I use under my eyes, mineral foundation by Tromborg, Nars Orgasm Blush and a bronzer. I correct my brows with Benefit’s Eyebrow Enhancer and I highlight my cheekbones with MAC’s Strobe Cream, which is one of my all-time favourites. I must have been using it for about ten years now. A bit of Eight Hour Cream and a moisture boost with Mario Badescu’s Rose Water Spray.
What is the secret to glowing skin?
Sleep and hydration in equal measure. After that, a good skincare routine involving daily cleansing, regular exfoliation and lots of fruit. I like to use several serums on top of each other followed by both cream and oil. I dab it into my skin or massage it in with circular movements depending on the consistency and let it penetrate down into the next layer. I often see friends using a small drop of cream the size of a pea – they think that that’s enough for the whole face, maybe because they are afraid of making their skin greasy. I don’t think you should be afraid of using too much. You should make sure that there is enough for your neck and hands. I also love seeing my skin glistening a bit.
Your best body product?
My body brush by Karmameju really brings the skin to life. You just get addicted to it.
Your best health tip?
Sleep! It can rescue anything. Especially combined with my sleep mask by Holistic Silk. I am desperate if I can’t find it anywhere. I’m not a big health fanatic. I eat ice cream, sweets and cake every day, but I have a varied diet because I love all kinds of food and always include a big salad for dinner. I take fish oil daily and drink a shot of squeezed lemon in boiled water. I also take the baby and stroller on very long walks.
How do you care for your hair?
My hair is totally unruly if I don’t both blow-dry and straighten it. I wash my hair twice a week and keep it going with dry shampoo and Gypsy Water Hair Perfume by Byredo. If I just let it air-dry, I get big curls – but not in a good way. The other day I hadn’t had time to blow-dry it and my boyfriend looked at me – terrified! He asked me what on earth was going on with my hair. Less Is More and Kevin Murphy do the best hair products. I go for a cut and colour at Studio Cim Mahony or Gun Britt.
How do you prefer to wear your nails?
Always shellac! I didn’t have time to have my nails done before the baby was born so one of the first visitors we had was this sweet manicurist who does home visits.
What fragrance do you like?
I like mixing my perfumes and have long been a fan of Jardin sur le Nil and Elixir des Mervielles by Hermès.
Words & Photos Liv Winther