Nadine Levy Redzepi, Cookbook Author


"Oh, I was always very, very fond of food. Always. Growing up, I wasn’t that we were starving or anything when we were little, but with my parents being street musicians, food was a luxury. Like if they made extra money on the street that day, that meant that we would eat that much better. I did find out pretty early on that I didn’t want to be a chef because what I really liked about food was sitting down and eating it afterwards [Laughs]. But I did want to be a very good cook, for both myself and people around me.

When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I started thinking, 'What kind of mother do I want to be—what’s important?' I started writing down my favorite recipes to give to the kids, because I thought it’d be nice to start this family cookbook. I remember when I started doing it, René was like, 'Oh, who knows? One day this might be a real book!' I was like, 'Yeah, whatever.' But then when I was on maternity leave with our three-year-old, I started an Instagram account for fun posting meals. And then six months after I’d been doing that, a small Danish cooking show ed me and asked if I wanted to do a book.

Every morning when I wake up, I work out. We have a trainer that comes to our house with like six to eight people from [my husband's] restaurant that work out together in our big yard. Then we sit down, and I make breakfast for everyone. We’re quite obsessed with rice and some form of cured eggs or fried eggs, and then whatever greens we have. Then I shower, and then I do the whole face routine. First, I use this from Clarins. I feel like I have more of a tendency for dry skin, so I like that this feels like it’s giving me a lot of nourishment while I’m washing my face, and it just takes everything off so easily. After that, I basically bathe my face in so that it’s completely clean all the way down the neck. Then comes the and the . When I was in Japan, I came across SK-II, and I am obsessed with it. I always buy a lot of it when I’m there. I love their , and during the day if I feel like I look a little tired, I’ll use one of these .

I’ve always had really long hair, and I had loved this very white hair look for a long time, but my hairdresser in Denmark would be like, 'Don’t even think about it. Not with this long hair.' But when I was on maternity leave with my third pregnancy, I lost a lot of my hair and it looked awful, so I got it cut really short. I went back to my hairdresser and I was like, 'Okay. I got short hair now. I want this white hair. Now. Right now.' So I’ve had it since then, and I plan on having it until it just comes naturally. [Laughs] I feel like I don’t have to do anything when I have this hair. I can just put on some red lipstick and I’m good to go. I get it done every eight weeks, and it’s just the top that gets colored every time. I go to Cim Mahoney in Copenhagen. Bleach damages the hair quite a lot, so I do treatments once a week. I'll put the in my hair and it just feels hydrated and soft. In Denmark, the water’s very hard and drying. So, once I’ve washed my hair with my , I put this in it. I finish with the from Evo, it's a smoothing sealant. I’ll dry my hair and put this on the ends. For volume I love this .

On a daily basis with makeup, I would probably not really do so much, but depending on what I’m doing, I put the under my eyes. The is good if just a little more coverage is needed. I like to do this pencil from Lancôme on my eyebrows. I like my brows to be a little bit darker than my hair. I like the contrast. I color my brows and my lashes everytime I get my hair colored, but it only lasts for like three weeks or something. Those three weeks are perfect. For color, I use , and I do have my eyeliner tattooed. I like to have stuff permanently there so I don’t have to do anything. [Laughs] I will also use mascara because it’s not too thick—it doesn’t lump. I have it in Blue, too. Then, lipstick-wise, I am obsessed with , not even because they're the best, but I like the packaging. I could play with them all day! I think I’ve got like twelve. I like 138 Fougueuse for a little freshness. I think these quite pink ones work very well for dabbing on. I also like number 40 Rouge Allure Velvet La Sensuelle, which is a berry stain. And then I like all shades of very red. But my new favorite is the Nars lipstick pencils in Mexican Rose, Mysterious Red, and Damned. Today I have on 102 Rouge Allure Palpitante. With my newfound blonde hair, sometimes I’ll do a cat eye. For that I use the . It’s just very, very easy to put on, and once it’s there, it stays. But I do actually use this cheaper eyeliner first, so that I can get it exactly the shape I like it, and then I put the L’Oréal one on top of it, because that one stays."

—as told to ITG

Photographed by Tom Newton.