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Hello Darling: An intimate conversation with Stephanie Darling

HerCanberra Team

It’s a cuthroat industry yet hundreds of young women try every year to become a professional beauty writer. 

Beauty Director for Fairfax Media Stephanie Darling isn’t just a veritable spring about all things beauty, she’s seen first hand the trends come and go, the big innovations and the affect of the internet on the beauty industry.

Many of these insights, secrets and tricks have been poured into her new book, Secrets Of A Beauty Queen, published by Penguin, and we hope that she will share some of them with us when she appears at Muse Canberra in conversation with HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley on Saturday 27 May.

How did you break into beauty journalism?

I got my first journalism job at Vogue Australia when I was 23. It was a combination of knowing someone who worked there and gave me the heads up on a job going there and herculean enthusiasm.

Can you name us a career highlight? 

I have so many it is hard to choose. I might have to name two. Interviewing Jane Fonda who was, and is, an astonishing and beautiful human being, oh and Dame Edna which will go down as my funniest interview ever.



To be honest there really are none. I know that is hard to believe. The only one really was when Madison, the magazine I was working on as Beauty Director, closed down. That was heartbreaking at the time but it created the amazing luck I have now working as Beauty Director for Fairfax Media and being a published author.

How has the beauty industry – and writing about it – changed over your time in the field?

When I first started out in publishing, over 30 years ago, the system used for typesetting was hot metal and lead times for magazines were five months. This has changed radically over the years. Now, there are daily, if not hourly, posts online and the immediacy of gaining and sifting information is so fast paced it’s blink and you miss it.

You travel A LOT. What are your top five travel (beauty) products? 

  • SK 11 Signs Eyes Masks
  • Guinot Soothing Gel for Legs
  • Kosmea Mini Hydrating Rosewater Mist
  • Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Wipes
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Your most essential handbag item?

It is hard to choose just one but if I had to, it would be Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick. It instantly brightens up your face and goes on like a breeze, no mirror required

Any tips for the ageing face?!

Always wear sunscreen SPF50+ no matter what the day looks like. Apply it to your face, décolletage and backs of the hands.

Any product predictions for the next 12 months?

Keep an eye out for the latest batch of hydrating products. Nearly everyone is dehydrated so these are beauty lifesavers.


HerCanberra are excited to offer an exclusive early bird special for readers to see Stephanie at Muse, with early bird tickets just $20 each or $45 for a ticket and a copy of the book. There will (of course) be bubbles and nibbles provided on the day for what promises to be a luxe afternoon.

The HerCanberra exclusive early bird access code is HERCANSD and you can enter it and purchase tickets via TryBooking

the essentials 

What: Stephanie Darling in conversation with HerCanberra’s Amanda Whitley
When: Saturday 27 May from 3-4pm
Where: Muse Canberra, inside the East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
Cost: Tickets are $20 each or $45 for a book + ticket
Booking: www.trybooking.com/PQSA


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