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Julie Lillelund

 

Julie reached the final of Denmark’s Next Top Model competition in 2012 – something she has happily forgotten all about. Because love of croissants and a set daily route were far more important. She now works as a project manager, is about to move house and is getting married next summer. Find out about her tips for edible products and the biggest beauty eye opener in her life: new Bambi lashes every month.

 

 

What are you up to at the moment?

I’ve just got back from Thailand. Fantastic trip! Just don’t look at my tan because you can’t really see that I’ve been hard at work on it on a picture-perfect beach. I’m forever pale and pasty. I’m involved in a lot of events in my work for KidsAid which are super life-affirming and touching every time. Next week we’ll be visiting four hospitals with Rasmus Seebach and playing small concerts for sick and isolated children. It’s difficult not to love your work when it’s so meaningful.

 

 

What are your plans for the summer?

I feel that we’ve cracked it and now mostly travel during the winter months and stay at home in Denmark in the summer. Next month, we’re going to Japan, then Hawaii and LA. I have never been to Los Angeles, but feel that everyone I know goes there all the time. So now I’m going there to see what all the hype is about. Both Mads and I are very privileged as we are both able to work from anywhere really. So we work hard throughout the summer and take our holidays in the winter. We’re also about to move house and planning our wedding. So there’s plenty going on.

 

You took part in Top Model. Do you still work as a model?

I really did. I can’t believe that that was almost six years ago now. No, I don’t work as a model. I had to admit that I’m far too fond of croissants and that I’m far too addicted to feeling secure to be able to travel alone as much as models have to.

 

Has being on television affected your beauty routines?

I really learnt a great deal from that. Actually during Top Model we had a session with a beauty expert from COVER who told me that I was using far too much makeup. Of course, I went off and cried a bit about that as I’m a very sensitive soul. The woman was called Liv Winther, I think…

 

Ha, ha! I remember that. But what are your day-to-day skincare routines now?

I didn’t have any real routines before I discovered products by Ecooking. I get a rash from just about everything as my skin is so sensitive so I’ve avoided products as much as I can. But I read that their creams were so clean that you could actually eat them. Not that you should do that, of course, but you could if you were really hungry. I use their Rensegel in the bath every morning, their body soap, their Stram Op capsules and their day and night creams. Their products are just great!

 

What is the most effective beauty product you have tried?

Having eyelash extensions is the best thing by far. They’ve changed my life. I spend no more than two minutes putting on makeup in the morning – if I wear any at all. I have my lashes done at Maryxlashes in Copenhagen and pay DKK 350 for just feeling great every morning when I wake up.

 

What is in your makeup bag?

It’s full of Juice Shaker Lip Gloss by Lancôme. I have them in all their available colours. I also use a large Chanel cream powder (Soleil) all over my face! If I really feel like pushing the boat out, I use a blush by Miild. I always seem to have six or seven scrunched-up cotton buds and a broken eyeliner at the bottom of my makeup bag. You can always use them in an emergency if you’re suddenly going out to a party.

 

The best body product?

The big Multiolie by Ecooking wins by a long way.

 

Your best health tip?

Juice diet from Restartjuice – obviously. The best you can do for your body is to detox it once in a while. It’s hard, but you get great results.

 

Do you exercise?

No. Mads does. Does that count?

 

How do you care for your hair?

I’m lucky enough to have the world’s best hairdresser – Claus Thy at Badestuegade 11A in Aarhus. Apart from the fact that he’s the best and that he’s the only one who has coloured and cut my hair for the past six years, he’s also my best friend so it’s a big win-win. He’s worth the trip across the bridge to Jutland! But I don’t underestimate the value of a good hairbrush. I have a large square one by GDH which I’ve had for about five years now.

 

How do you like to wear your nails?

I’m a sucker for nail varnish. I have ugly boy’s nails so that’s probably why. But I pretty much wear nail varnish all the time. I prefer red or black.

 

What fragrance do you like?

I’ve used the same Bvlgari Rose Essentielle since school. Unfortunately, it’s now been discontinued, but I’m still able to find it in some airports if I’m lucky. Very complicated.

 

What do you have in your bathroom?

We have an enormous amount of ornaments in our bathroom. Plants, rubber ducks, small figurines and all sorts of stuff. It’s a nice place to spend time as it’s the only place in our flat that has underfloor heating.

 

What do you always carry in your bag?

Chewing gum, lip balm, a charger and a snack bar.

 

How do you get ready if you only have five minutes?

I look in the fridge and check Instagram quickly, put on lipstick, brush my hair and quickly look in the fridge again and then run out of the door.

 

 

Words & photo Liv Winther for WASH YOUR FACE

 

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