Stephanie celebrates her second world title win.
Stephanie celebrates her second world title win. Crystal Spencer

World champ offers beauty tips

SHE may be the crown princess of the surf world, but Kingscliff surfer Stephanie Gilmore is still just a regular 21-year-old woman.

The two-time world titleholder made it home to the Tweed and Gold Coast this week on a bit of a busman's holiday before heading back overseas.

She has combined with Priceline, the discount beauty chain, to present a one-hour beauty workshop at selected stores across the country and, of course, she had to come home.

So last week Steph held court at the Pacific Fair store, and with help of a team of make-up artists she was helping shoppers create the “Active Girl” look - and picking up a few tips of her own!

“Basically even though I have the adventure of being a professional surfer, I still love to look my best,” she said.

“I love beauty and fashion.

“So I'm doing some work travelling around and learning about quick make-up tricks.”

As a professional surfer out in the elements a lot, sun damage would almost be an occupational health hazard - so sunscreen and moisturising would be almost as important as wetsuits and surfboards?

“That is one of the things with my profession!” she agreed.

“As much as I love the sun it is pretty evil - you really have to look after your skin and hair.”

And so other than watching out for sun damage, is being a world-class surfer everything that the Kingscliff High School girl used to dream about only a handful of years ago?

“It's better than I thought!” she gushed

“It's everything I hoped for, and then I get time off to travel.”

So what does the international surfer do to relax?

“No time to relax,” she said with a laugh.

Amazingly though, she admits that she still surfs to relax.

“I guess the way I relax ... well I love being home and hanging out with my friends!” she said. “We go to Byron and Ballina and get some good waves.”



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