kjaer weis MAKEUP / by Jackie Shawn

KJAER WEIS refillable foundation compact.

KJAER WEIS refillable foundation compact.

I went to THE DETOX MARKET for a Masterclass to find out more about Kirsten Weis, makeup artist and creator of her own luxury organic makeup line KJAER WEIS. I was delighted and surprised to find out we would all be doing our own makeup. When I have taught Masterclasses for MAC Cosmetics it was all eyes on me so this was fun and refreshing.

Originally from Denmark Weis moved to New York and noticed models were having issues with their skin from using synthetic makeup that caused irritation and dryness. I see this often in my work where a lot of time is spent just prepping the skin because of it being so dry. When the skin is dry foundation sits on top of the skin and can accentuate dry patches and even emphasis wrinkles.

Weis and I both agree that skin comes first before makeup and she speaks about her makeup as skincare. Her primer is a beautiful serum that preps the skin before the foundation. She says in the morning she puts the serum on and lets it prime the skin while making a cup of coffee. Then she is ready for the foundation which has her three pillars: oils, butters, and waxes. I am all for simplicity! What I truly believe and love is that Weis does not have concealer in her line because her foundation is buildable. You create your look by simply layering the foundation where you need it.

Here I am post masterclass wearing makeup from KJAER WEIS with founder Kirsten Weis. We both joked that we looked like sisters.

Here I am post masterclass wearing makeup from KJAER WEIS with founder Kirsten Weis. We both joked that we looked like sisters.

Lastly, let’s talk packaging. One thing I admire is how ahead of the curve Weis was in creating a line that is luxurious but also sustainable. All the packaging is refillable. With an increasing awareness of plastics I strongly believe refillables is the future. Luxury & sustainability is possible.

At the end of the class all the women around the room looked glowing with beautiful skin and radiant smiles Gorgeous!