The Look of a Champion Surfer


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Stephanie Gilmore has a full regimen of skin and body care to go along with her attention to detail regarding fitness training and diet.

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Tyler Bissmeyer for The New York Times

Stephanie Gilmore, 27, is a six-time world champion surfer. She won her first title at 17 and is defending her crown this year. Ms. Gilmore was born in Murwillumbah, Australia, and lives in Rainbow Bay in the Australian state of Queensland. She will be in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 27 for the Vans United States Open of Surfing. Here, she describes her beauty regimen.

Skin Care

I wake up and head straight to the surf, so the whole basis of my skin care is getting enough moisture and protection from the sun. I use a sunscreen called Shade. 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 kind of sits on your face, but you don’t look crazy putting it on because of the tint. And I have five of the Blistex SPF 30 Cooling lip balm pots, one in each bag so I am never without.

If my lips are extremely chapped, I use pure vitamin E oil in a squeeze bottle. If I ever get a sunburn, I’ll put honey on my face. It’s healing. You can leave it on for five to 10 minutes, and you think it’s super sticky, but it washes right off. It’s a beautiful little trick of mine.

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Shade sunscreen, left, and Derma e makeup remover.

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I use Derma e makeup remover, and then a cleanser, an Australian product from MooGoo that feels creamy going on. I also use the MooGoo moisturizer. I think the brand came from farms, to repair cow udders. Sometimes at night, I’ll add this Obagi vitamin C serum. It improves my pigmentation.

Makeup

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 a Bobbi Brown eyebrow kit. That way, I have the option of wearing them light or dark.

I use the MAC Face and Body Foundation. I also use the MAC Prep & Prime, but I use it for contour. Also, Rae Morris brushes have changed the way I work with makeup. They make everything go on natural. 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 really obsessed with Gigi Hadid.

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A Rae Morris brush, left, and It’s a 10 leave-in conditioner.

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Tyler Bissmeyer for The New York Times

At night, I might do a Chanel cream foundation, which is a little thicker. I’m also loving these 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 with a L’Oréal liner. I only do half the lid and not the bottom. And I love the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipshines because they aren’t too dry. For 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.

Hair

I’ve never dyed my hair. It’s really blond, and it’s got a natural beach-y texture, basically from what the saltwater and sun does to it. I can’t live without my It’s a 10 leave-in conditioner. I spray it on after I surf or after a shower. Pretty much every girl on the professional surfing tour has it.

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Evo shampoo, left, and MAC paint pots.

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

One of the surfers on tour, Fred Patacchia, his wife, Missy, is a beautician, and she ends up cutting my hair. It’s cool because she understands the surf and the elements, and she keeps it pretty simple.

Fragrance

I’ve got three go-to fragrances. For an evening out, I like the Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’eau. For everyday stuff, I’ve been using this little roll-on by Aesop called Marrakech Intense. The third scent — if I’m traveling, I don’t want a crazy scent because nothing is worse than sitting next to someone on the plane doused in scent — is pure orange blossom oil that I got in a little fragrance shop in Byron Bay.

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MAC Prep & Prime, left, and Aesop Marrakech Intense.

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Tyler Bissmeyer for The New York Times

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I know gels aren’t that good for you, but it’s the only thing that will stay on my nails. I love the fun and bright colors. At the moment, I have them in Barbie pink, which I guess goes with the whole Barbie girl beauty theme here!

Diet and Fitness

Surfing is pretty intense. It’s very hard on your shoulders and knees and ankles. I’m always training to prevent injuries. I work with a guy, Nam Baldwin.

Lately, we’ve been doing martial arts stuff. It relates to surfing because it’s about balance and core strength. You’re trying to be in the most powerful stance you can be. And we’ll do stuff in the swimming pool called breath-hold: You get your heart rate up, then dive under water and hold your breath as long as you can. It’s a mental game and about learning how to relax.

I have no real strict diet that I stick to, but I do keep it fresh. There’s nothing better than a beautiful piece of fish with a yummy salad. But I’ve definitely got a sweet tooth. I have a Thermomix — it’s a crazy machine that blends and cooks — and my specialty is orange and almond cake. You basically boil two whole oranges until they get really soft and then put them in the Thermomix with their skin on and add almond meal. It’s really easy, and I’ll make it when people are over. That’s one of my favorite things: to have a dinner party with my friends.



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