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'My name is Frederikke Brasch (@Frederikke _Brasch) and I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I do a lot of freelance-based jobs—right now I'm working on PR for a few health food companies—and I'm also a Brand Ambassador for Adidas. My long-term plan is to start studying health and nutrition next summer...I'm dreaming of writing my own cookbook. I love to think and write about health, and health and beauty go hand in hand, if you ask me.
I used to be a professional show jumper—I spent most of my childhood with my sister Caroline, training with our horses. You need to train all day every day to get good results, and at a certain point, I just got tired and my other interests took over. I write a lot about my passion for training on my blog, Brasch On The Run. When I started it, I wanted to gain recognition, so I decided to color my long 'virgin' hair first dark blue, then purple, then light blue. After that I got bangs, and then I got a pixie cut. There were other, less successful experiments...I overused bronzers, and my eyebrows were way too thin. I’m not scared about changing my looks, but now I’m back to natural, and it feels good.
For makeup, Danish brand Tromborg is my all-time favorite. Their products are mineral-based, so I never get breakouts from them, and they perfectly match my skin tone. I especially love the Mineral Rice Powder, black Mascara and Creamy Lip/Cheek/Eye Powder in Misty Rose. Emily Weiss actually recommended Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer to me when I met her. Ever since trying it, it’s become my favorite. I love how matte it leaves my skin. I also use the Perfecting Skin Tint. It lasts all day without having to keep reapplying, but if you're one of those people who doesn't mind doing touch-ups during the day, the bottle makes it really easy to carry in your purse. So practical for traveling...
After workouts, I use Mario Badescu’s Special Cleansing Lotion O in the shower. During training my skin can get quite irritated and dirty, so it helps prevent acne on my body. It’s gentle, feels fresh, and doesn't dry my skin out. I also recently came across this gel- and water-based Magic Stripes mask. It has a great cooling effect, so it’s perfect to use after workouts to calm the redness on my face. I usually leave it on for 30 minutes, and let it soak in well. Instead of washing it off at the end, I massage the rest into my skin—it gives a perfect base for makeup, too. In the winter my skin dries out, so I use the Açai Body Balm from the organic Danish brand Rudolph Care. It makes my legs feel so soft! My one beauty trick is that I always put on a hair mask from Moroccan Oil while I’m in the sauna…A hairdresser once told me it makes hair softer when it's in the heat. After a long run, I also put my feet in an ice bath for 20 minutes to avoid injuries—I'm not sure that's a beauty trick, though.
My style is very sporty, and I'm always wearing sneakers. I'm a men's size 10, so it's also really hard to find shoes that fit me. But luckily I love sneakers. I'm very lucky to be the female ambassador for Adidas in my home country. I think it works when companies like Adidas sponsor non-professional athletes. I don't think people can relate to the 'Fastest Man Alive,' but more to normal people like me who live healthy and train moderately. I know it's cliché, but I learned that two liters of water and eight hours of sleep is the best way to keep your body and skin beautiful. Taking care of my body reflects how pretty or good I feel, and I recognize this in other people, too. Beauty isn't just about the products we use. It goes deeper, and no makeup can give you the kind of sparkly, radiant and fresh-flushed look that a good run will.”
—as told to ITG