Sus Wilkins, Model & Actress
The 28-year-old model-slash-actress shares her tips on daily energy boosts for the skin and soul, and how to get glossy hair.
What are you working on at the moment?
There’s so much going on right now. I’m currently auditioning for a couple of TV shows in Denmark as well as one abroad. I’m also slowly preparing myself for my move to Cape Town, where I’ll be working as a model for a few months. A lot of the acting work I did last year is coming out now – in particular my first major film role, the Danish film Mesteren [The Master]. It’s a weird feeling as we shot it in Prague last winter, so it feels like an eternity ago.
You’re not classically trained as an actor. How did you land such a major role?
It was such a big deal, and I was in a right state! I love going to auditions and am never usually nervous. I’m always well prepared and love the feeling of performing. But when we started the actual filming I was so nervous, surrounded by such great Scandinavian actors such as Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro and Ane Dahl Torp.
How does your job influence your style and approach to beauty?
I’ve danced and worked as a model for many years, so I’m used to getting my make-up done by others. Sometimes the make-up I have to wear suits me, other times it doesn’t. It’s important to be open to new things, and it’s often a case of getting the right look for the job and delivering the best performance possible. If I’m going to a film premiere or award ceremony, I’ll call in the pros: The makeup artist Morten Kongsbak is so talented – especially at creating natural looks.
Describe your morning beauty routine?
I start the day with a big glass of lemon water, and then take a shower. I swear by Super Rich Olive Body Lotion from Mario Badescu. It’s so good and has a refreshing lemon scent. I wash my face with La Roche-Posay’s Derma Soothing Hydrating Cleansing Cream, and then apply Bioderma’s cleansing water with a cotton pad to tone my skin and remove any last remnants of mascara. Avene’s Cleanance Hydra is the best day cream; it’s light, affordable and gives my skin a real moisture boost. If I have to get up really early for work I’ll use a detox mask from Magicstripes. They make a visible difference to tired skin.
And your evening skincare routine?
I apply Rudolph Care’s Anti-Aging Serum before I use a moisturising cream. About six months ago I started using eye cream and hyaluronic acid.
Which perfumes are your favourites?
I’m not really a perfume aficionado. The last time I was away travelling I bought one from Tommy Hilfiger, thinking Gigi Hadid made it. When I came home and proudly showed it to my girlfriend she burst out laughing. It turned out I’d bought the old Tommy Girl, which all the girls wore back in high school, and not the new The Girl.
How do you care for your hair?
My hair’s naturally curly so I straighten it with a ghd flat iron and put oil in the ends to prevent drying. I don’t like my hair when it’s just been straightened. I put it up in a bun while it’s still warm from the iron. Sometimes I spray dry shampoo on the bun to give it a bit of texture. I used to straighten my hair every day, which was really damaging, but now only do it a couple of times a week. Joekim from Oops cuts my hair. He’s so good – and renowned for helping his clients get long, healthy hair. Seriously. My hair was short and damaged and within just a year it was long and lustrous.
And your nails?
I’m a Shellac girl and have my nails done at Classique Nails & Beauty in Copenhagen. The salon itself is not particularly impressive but the technicians are really good and it has an L.A. vibe. I’ve got a lot of modelling jobs at the moment so have my toenails done – my fingernails need to be natural for work. If I’m going to a party I’ll wear a nude polish. Red and orange shades are favourites for summer.
What make-up products are you currently using?
Face & Body Foundation from Mac and Mineral Foundation from Tromborg, though not every day. I swear by Ambient Lighting Bronzer from Hour Glass. It’s the best I’ve ever tried. You only need a little for a J-Lo glow. Once in a while I’ll use Hola Blush from Benefit. I use an eyebrow pencil from MAC and a mascara and lip balm, no particular favourites.
How do you prepare your skin before a modelling job?
I work out a couple of times a week – pretty basic exercises. Just before a job or during a break on set, I use the 7 Minute Workout app. I prep my skin by dry brushing. If I have time, I’ll take a dip in the sea. The combination of cold water and warm sauna is such a boost. I’m on a juice diet from Restart Juice right now, to get the past couple of parties out of my system.