Wagga’s beauty queen takes on the world

In the eye of the beautician: Wagga beauty therapist Lily Campbell will compete on an international stage against more than 1000 professionals in the Abu Dhabi-hosted Olympics for Skills this month.
In the eye of the beautician: Wagga beauty therapist Lily Campbell will compete on an international stage against more than 1000 professionals in the Abu Dhabi-hosted Olympics for Skills this month.

Entering a competition on a whim, former TAFE student Lily Campbell never thought her skills would take her across the world. 

The Wagga beauty therapist has this week arrived in Abu Dhabi to compete on an international stage, against more than 1300 tradies and skilled professionals from 59 countries.

The young woman has literally taken a dream of beauty to the next level. 

Incorporating more than eye-shadow and foundation, Ms Campbell uses awe-inspiring elements, like gold leafing, to make her creations shine. 

Ms Campbell was selected as part of an elite 18-member Skillaroos team, representing their hometowns and Australia across four days at this year’s Olympics for skills.

Ms Campbell said it proved you didn’t have to go to university to be able to succeed in your career.

“To be able to compete against some of the best people in the beauty industry is both exciting and nerveracking,” Ms Campbell said. 

“But I’m ready to give it my absolute best and hopefully make Australia proud.”