Beauty Secrets of The Ultimate Surfer Girl: Stephanie Gilmore on How to Be a Beach Babe


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Stephanie Gilmore, the illustrious surfing sensation, invites us into her world, sharing the intimate details of her personal beauty odyssey. Beyond the crashing waves, Gilmore peels back the curtain on her captivating makeup choices, the effortless allure of her hairstyles, and the holistic approach to wellness that shapes her vibrant lifestyle. Prepare to immerse yourself in the candid revelations behind her innate elegance as Gilmore warmly unveils the practices that underpin her radiant aura.


I’m in and out of the ocean; I’m constantly in the elements. So, the whole basis of my skincare is getting enough moisture and protection from the sun. In the morning, I don’t really do much. I’ll wake up and head straight to the surf. I use a sunscreen called Shade—I just found it about a year ago, and I’ve tried every sunscreen on the planet. It’s a tinted SPF, and it’s all-natural. It’s perfect for the surf because it sits on your face, but you don’t look crazy putting it on because of the tint. That’s a big thing for me because often in competitions, I’m coming in from heat and then have to go on camera straightaway. And I have five of the Blistex SPF 20 DCT lip balm pots—one in each bag, so I am never without. 

I use pure vitamin E oil in a squeeze bottle if my lips are extremely chapped. Or if I ever get a sunburn, I’ll put honey on my face. It’s healing. You can leave it on for five to ten minutes, and you think it’s super sticky, but it washes right off. It’s a beautiful little trick of mine. 

When I come in, I’ll take the sunscreen off. If you have good sunscreen, getting off will be difficult. I use the Derma E Makeup Remover—you can get it at Whole Foods. It does the job without completely ripping your skin off. Then, I use a cleanser, an Australian product from MooGoo, that feels creamy. I also use the brand’s moisturizer. The brand originated from farms—the cream was used to repair cow udders. Sometimes, at night, I’ll add this Obagi vitamin C serum. My sister bought it first from a dermatologist and sold me to try it out. It improves my pigmentation. If I’m traveling, I don’t have access to everything, so I’ll use the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It’s super easy to use and soaks right in.


I’ve never dyed my hair. It’s really blonde and has a natural beachy texture—basically from what the salt water and sun do to it. But it also sucks up whatever moisture I put into it in three seconds. I can’t live without my It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. I spray it on after I surf or after a shower. Pretty much every girl on the professional surfing tour has it. 

For shampoo, I’ll use Evo—it’s another Aussie brand. I like many Australian products; they’re doing an excellent job of using natural ingredients. Conditioner, I just go for Pantene. There’s something about Pantene that coats your hair. I feel like it sort of protects your hair in the surf. And once every two weeks, I do a Kérastase hydrating mask. 

For haircuts, one of the surfers on tour, Fred Patacchia, and his wife, Missy, are beauticians by trade, and she ends up cutting my hair. It’s cool because she understands the surf and the elements and keeps it pretty simple.


My eyebrows and eyelashes get super light in the sun. So, I like to get my lashes tinted every three to four weeks. If I’m out of the water, I’ll add some Givenchy mascara. I prefer to draw my eyebrows in with this Bobbi Brown eyebrow kit; that way, I can wear them light or dark. 

I use the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. One of my good friends, a model in Australia, got me on all these MAC products. I also use the MAC Prep + Prime, but I use it for contour. Also, Rae Morris brushes have changed how I work with makeup—they make everything go on naturally. I’m always trying for that dewy, bronzed beach-babe look—it was all about Elle Macpherson when I was growing up, and now I’m obsessed with Gigi Hadid. 

I suggest doing a Chanel cream foundation compact at night, which is a little thicker. I also love little MAC Paint Pots. I’ve been using the Groundwork color that you can put on with just one finger swipe across the eye. Then, I’ll do a little cat eye—I only do half the lid and not the bottom—with a L’Oréal liner. And I love the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipshines because they aren’t too dry. For the day, I use Interlude, and at night, I’ve been going a little more “French aggressive,” which is how my Met Gala stylist referred to it, with Fiction.  

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