Kirsten grew up on a farm in Denmark, and spent her childhood dreaming of big cities and world travel. After completing her studies, she set about exploring the United States, eventually returning to Copenhagen.
On a whim, she enrolled in cosmetology school, where the studio owner took an interest in her, and encouraged her to move to Paris to finish her training at the prestigious Christian Chauveau School of Artistic Makeup.
Looking back, Kirsten said, “I loved living in Paris. I found the art, the style, and the culture of the city so inspirational. And the amazing teachers at the Chauveau School helped me realize how much I loved the creative aspect of makeup.”
After completing her training, she returned to Copenhagen and signed with the city’s first artist’s agency. It was the early 90s, a time when the role of the makeup artist was becoming more prominent. Kirsten recalls, “Even when I began working as a makeup artist, models were sometimes still doing their own makeup.”