Cool Cat – Betty Krag
The 14-year-old Copenhagener shares her passion for all things analog, and lifts the lid on her low maintenance beauty routine.
Describe your bedroom?
My room is really colourful, decorated with a leopard rug, painted furniture, lots of contrasting textiles and a floor-to-ceiling wall collage I made myself. I love finding and arranging knick-knacks, and I scour fashion magazines for images for the collages I make.
Where you do find your style inspiration?
Mainly through videos on Vogue.com and YouTube, and Instagram. I admire Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine. I love her style, and the cool, eclectic real-life girls she uses as models. I’m also a big fan of Emily Weiss from Glossier; she has a great sense of humour and I love her products, too. The Dutch blogger Lizzy VD Ligt is also cool. I interviewed her after Ganni’s show during Copenhagen Fashion Week. I follow her on Instagram and was so nervous to talk to her, but she was really nice.
Describe your daily beauty routine?
I wash my face with water every morning and evening. Sometimes I’ll cleanse with Seaweed Cleansing Soap from Mario Badescu or Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier. I’ve been using face cream twice daily for a few years now. At the moment I’m using Honey Moisturizer from Mario Badescu, and sometimes use toner or moisturising spray from Jurlique. When it comes to brands, I like Weleda, Mario Badescu, Glossier and Caudalie.
Do you wear make-up?
No. I don’t feel I need to just yet. My day cream serves as make-up, giving my skin extra glow. Occasionally I’ll use a tinted lip balm from Glossier: It’s a subtle pink shade but makes a big impact.
Which fragrance do you wear?
I don’t wear perfume, and instead use fragrant sprays. I have a moisture spray that smells of roses. I like Jurlique’s facial mist and Moroccan Tea Body Mist from &Other Stories. I also use them as room sprays.
How do you care for your nails?
If I’m on holiday my mum and I will have shellac applied. I prefer fun colours and motifs rather than just a single shade.. Teenvogue.com’s Instagram feed has really inspiring nail art. I recently had sky blue nails with rainbow details done in Milan. And red heart-tipped nails, too––I loved them. I own a lot of nail polish and nail tattoos but don’t use them very often. Maybe I should start practising more.
Share your best haircare tip.
I’ve always had long hair with a short fringe that shows off my brows. I recently had my hair cut in a short, sharp bob but think it works best with longer bangs. My best hair tip is to visit a leading salon but let a trainee cut and style your hair.
Do you borrow your mum’s beauty products?
It’s always fun to root through her dressing table but she has mostly make-up, which I don’t use. I borrow her hand creams, and she’s taught me which lip balms are the best––like the one from Homéoplasmine, which is now available as a stick. It’s both gentle and moisturising.
You work at a fashion boutique after school. Tell us more about your job.
I work at Holly Golightly one afternoon a week. I unpack products, stock the shelves, do the dishes and run errands. I love making my own money, and I’m learning a lot as I go along. All the nice things in the store tempt me, but I realise how long I’ll have to work for to earn enough money to be able buy a new designer bag. On the other hand, opening all the boxes and looking at all the cool new products is really satisfying!
What are your dreams for the future?
I love fashion books and magazines, and would like to start my own fashion magazine when I’m older. There’s something lasting about paper and print. At school we use iPads and I also use my phone a lot, so it’s nice to have something tangible––a magazine or a book. I love looking at magazine covers on newsstands, and my mum has a beautiful collection of old fashion magazines.
Text & photography Liv Winther, Wash Your Face