WNBA Star Skylar Diggins-Smith Talks Beauty and Basketball

Attention: Covergirl, Maybelline, and all beauty giants, Skylar Diggins Smith needs a contract. She needed one yesterday, but she’ll take one now. When the three-time WNBA all-star and beauty obsessive was asked about the famous faces we’ve been seeing fill the beauty space—hooray diversity and hooray women of all backgrounds—Smith was quick to add that is her thing and she would love to get further involved. “I would love to,” said Smith. “Are you kidding me? Of course, I’d love to be part of a beauty campaign! I love and appreciate the beauty realm and space.”

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Smith took time off her offseason to jump on the phone with us and talk all things beauty, nutrition, fitness, and basketball. Let this pro give you a few pro tips.

You’ve mentioned before you have this balance of a beauty and the beast. What does that means to you?

The beauty and the beast started a few years ago and it really applies to every aspect of my life. In my sport, I kind of have an on the court Skylar and an off the court Skylar, but my attitude and approach to the game is fierce and competitive. I’m a mean competitor, that’s the best aspect. In my workouts, I’m not worried if I look cute, I’m all about working out and winning. But I also love the contrast. Getting my hair done and my nails done and embracing my femininity.

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Tell me about your beauty routine on and off the court. Do you wear makeup in games?

I do sometimes. I won’t be full beat, but I’ll wear a little product, a little mascara. Maybe something on my cheeks, but not too much because it’s all going to come off. I wear the bare necessity. A little lotion and a bit of moisturizer. I wouldn’t say full-face foundation, but something light and natural. Only for half the game, though. If it’s a TV game or something like that, I’ll wear makeup. I’m pretty much a minimalist when it comes to makeup and my everyday life.

How about fitness; what’s your daily workout routine?

Right now I’m in offseason, so I’m revving up for the season already, which doesn’t start until April, but it’s a lifestyle so I feel like I never stop anyway. I spend about two hours working out just off the court—no basketball, just body, core, and strength. It really depends on the day, I also do some pool workouts. I spend two hours doing weight and body and then I spend an hour to two on the floor. For four days, I just do body workouts and three days a week I do body workouts plus basketball court work. When I get closer to the nitty gritty I’ll ramp it up. It’s about four-hour workout days on the days I do both and on the others it’s two hours.

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Is there one basketball move you think everyone should be doing?

Let me think of a good one. I do box jumps. You don’t have to have the tallest box you’ve ever had in your life. A 12-inch box will work to do your box jumps. Box jumps help with explosions, verticals, and your legs get a good workout. I also do a lot of stuff for my core too, so planks and side planks.

You recently partnered with Body Armor. How have incorporated that into your routine?

I drink Body Armor during and before a workout. When I first got the brand they had five flavors, but now they have ten and water now. I do these Sky Camps I started in 2013 and it will start this year in January for this season, It’s a basketball camp but it’s also about making sure people are eating healthy and know what they are putting in their body. Not just kids, but people as well.

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Are you on a specific meal plan or diet?

I started cooking more recently. My husband and I cook the majority of our meals. We gave up red meat, pork, and a few other things. I would say I have a pescatarian diet. I do eat a little chicken, but mostly fish. I try to meal prep for us and cook. I prepare veggies, meat, and potatoes beforehand because I’m so busy during the week. The meal prep helped me a lot and it also saves a lot of money. Plus, you know what you’re putting in your body. It’s important for me to know what I’m putting in my body and how it affects my performance.

What products do you reach for after an extensive workout or big game?

I try to take a shower after. The biggest thing is you’re sweating all the time. I try to keep my skin fresh and clean. To moisturize I use a coconut oil—my grandma is really old school so I use a lot of natural oils to keep my skin soft and moisturized. You got to keep some lip balm, body spray, and deodorant. It’s important.

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