"I grew up north of Copenhagen, on the beach, but I moved here for school—I studied at a place called Kea, which gave me a design-technology education. The design here in Copenhagen is wonderful—even from an early stage, with our parents, good design was normal for us. It's a part of life. The same is true of fashion... I love how women in Copenhagen dress. It's so classic, and very casual. Most of my girlfriends don't wear makeup, and if they do, you can barely tell. The hair looks really natural too—a lot of my friends have this mix between brunette and blond. Brond! [Laughs] A lot of girls with brond hair here. Not that much product, just a bit messy from bicycling.
I always envy these girls who don't have to wash their hair everyday, but my hair looks really weird if I don't. For my shampoo and conditioner, I’m a big fan of Redken's Extreme Series. I wanted to grow my hair out for a long time, and my hairdresser told me that it wouldn't grow—then, suddenly, it did! I don't know if it was because of the Extreme Series, but it worked. I use Moroccanoil too—if I don't use that, I can barely comb my hair, it gets too frizzy. Actually, something I’m a really big fan of is coconut oil in my hair before bed. I just use it on the ends and wash it out the day after. It makes my hair much shinier.
This is my natural hair color but I get a lot of stripes from the sun. I have a really good hairdresser at Frisør Plan B, this girl named Sandra that all the girls trust—she’s great at color and making it look very natural. I tried to get highlights many years back, not with her, but I’m just freaked out I’m never going to do it again. I don’t want to fuck it up. I always tell her just to cut it straight. I had very ABBA bangs and then she convinced me to grow them long again so I could put them behind my ears. I think I’m gonna grow it out longer and try to do something different.
My skin was very problematic a few years ago—I was really stressed and always breaking out. So I was Googling what to do, was there anybody that could help me? I found this really old-school website for this dermatologist, Lila, and saw all these girls commenting about how she helped them with their problem skin. She is so positive—I've never met a woman who has such great energy, and she knows exactly what to do. She mixes her own product, nothing fancy, but I've been using her Crocodile Oil. It’s anti-inflammatory and it’s moisturizing and it’s antiseptic. And it’s insane how much it's helped my skin.
I don't do much skincare in the morning. I'm not a morning person, so I try to sleep in as late as I can, and I wash my face with cold water. At night, I use Bioderma Sensibio H20 to get all of the makeup off, and I'm a big fan of Chanel Sublimage la Crème for dry skin. I like the consistency, it’s very velvety and it absorbs so nicely. For my lips I love Homeoplasmine, but the Nuxe Réve de Miel Lip Balm is perfect, too.
MAC Face and Body Foundation in C2 is the best. When I mix it with my moisturizer, you can't tell I'm wearing anything. If I'm breaking out, I'll also use this Bobbi Brown Skin Stick Foundation in Beige. That one really covers up. This Tromborg Baked Mineral Silk Bronzer is so messed up, but it's a beautiful gold that makes my skin glow. I'll put Bareminerals Stroke of Light under my eyes for dark circles, and I love Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate, too. I use the highlight on the cheekbone, browbone, and Cupid's bow. It's very natural, but absorbs the light in a gorgeous way. & Other Stories makes a peachy blush that looks very fresh—I'll wear that sometimes, too.
I'm a brow nerd. L'Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper is my absolute favorite—it makes your brows look so bushy because it's plumping and shaping. It's really cheap. Sometimes I'll use the L'Oréal Brow Artist Shaper Pencil to give them more shape.
If I'm going out, I'll do a cat eye with Maybelline Eyestudio Master Graphic Eyeliner. It's really easy because it's like a marker, and it just draws on very straight. I try all these different mascaras, but Lancôme's Hypnose Drama Mascara is really good. It's really conditioning! On my lids, I love the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity. It has a lot of warm browns and I have very blue eyes, so it brings out the blue. And then, if the night is really special, I'll wear Sephora Rouge Matte Lipstick in Jealous.
BODY & FRAGRANCE
Oh! I love Benefit's Bathina Silky Glimmering Body Balm [ed note: discontinued]. It's my favorite. It makes such a huge difference when I put on my legs and shoulders and décolletage. I've used it a little on my face, too. In the winter I get really pale, so I use Lancôme Flash Bronzer. It's so natural, not too much—it just gives you back your glow. I've tried so many self-tanners... my ex-boyfriend was always like, 'What's that smell? It's gross.' But this one is like, 'What's this smell, I love it!' It's really not bad! Maybe that's why I've kept it. I'm very conservative with my fragrances—my perfume for forever has been Escentric Molecule 01. It's a unisex kind of scent, and it smells different on everybody. I have two friends who wear it and we never smell the same. I love it. So fresh."
—as told to ITG
Stephanie Gundelach photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Copenhagen on August 13, 2016.