Tired of Spotify? Then binge on these brilliant beauty podcasts, including interviews with brand founders, priceless advice from dermatologists, product reviews, insider info and more…
From comedy to music, millions of podcasts flood the audio-sphere on a daily basis. However, it’s the beauty kind that Stylist can’t get enough of.
There’s something particularly fascinating about listening to the crème de la crème of the industry dish out informed advice you’d otherwise have to pay megabucks for, lifting the lid on brand spanking new products and getting the lowdown on how some of the most successful women in the beauty business came to be – and we know you’ll be just as enamored by them as we are.
Here’s our ultimate guide to navigating the best beauty podcasts out there right now…
The Emma Guns Show
First up is the Emma Guns show, because no list would be complete without it. In each episode, beauty journalist Emma Gunavardhana sits down with a different guest to delve into the nitty gritty of how they built their successful careers. Providing insight into the beauty and wellness industry, expect to hear from fellow journalists such as Sali Hughes, nutritionists like Eve Kalinik and expert dermatologists such as Dr Dennis Gross himself.
The pair discuss everything from dealing with trolls to supporting your colleagues and how to get your best skin ever.
Hosted by Teen Vogue’s Jessica Matlin and Marie Claire’s Jennifer Goldstein in the US, the two journalists divulge new product launches, upcoming beauty trends and the latest Instagram fads, because there are a lot of them. Beauty editors by day, the pair also share their hilarious beauty fails, adventures and miracle treatments with the help of some of the biggest names in the industry. Enjoy input from the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Christian Louboutin, Patrickstarr and Kat Von D.
Must listen: Episode 93: The Luxury of Time.
In this episode, the expert duo is joined by Jo Malone London’s executive director of product development, Céline Roux, who explains the special process that goes into creating our favourite scents. It’s incredibly interesting.
Tanning connoisseurs Jules Von Hep and Sarah Powell, the brains behind the Jules and Sarah the Podcast, have recently launched a brand new series about body confidence, positivity and happiness. It’s like having your two best friends in both ears.
Must listen: Wobble with Lauren Mahon.
Blogger Lauren Mahon was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 and created a community for women like her, called Girl vs Cancer. In this episode the trio talk about resilience, lipstick, sex and boys. It’s a seriously inspiring half hour.
The Life Stylist
Celebrity fashion stylist turned public speaker, Luke Storey, is the host the Life Stylist, a series dedicated to spirituality and personal development. Focusing on living life to its full potential, guest have included vegan athlete Rich Roll, Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey and best-selling author Neil Strauss, covering topics like sex, yoga, smart drugs and busting health myths.
Exploring the rollercoaster ride of guest Sah D’Simone’s personal transformation, the pair go into detail about how he enjoyed the glamour of NYC’s fashion scene before giving it all up to study yoga in Nepal and India. We were hooked.
Her Rules Radio
In this episode, Naomi and Alexandra talk openly about natural remedies to our flailing energy, as well as how we can use Nobel award-winning science to be the healthiest, happiest version of ourselves. Incredibly intriguing.
Created by beauty editors Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn this funny, witty and sassy podcast serves up all the inside scoop on the beauty industry. They have awesome guests, such as Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Rodial and Nip + Fab founder Maria Hatzistefanis, and discuss topics you actually want to learn about. You’ll come away feeling super-hyped and probably inspired to start up your very own business.
Haven’t yet tried Drunk Elephant? This episode will have you signing up to Space NK email updates ASAP. The brand is the fastest-growing skincare line in Sephora’s history and the story behind it is just as inspirational. Tiffany, Carlene and Jill discuss which products are worth the spend and what it’s been like to be a self-taught formulator.
The Beauty Brains
Every week cosmetic chemists Perry Romanowski and Randy Schueller talk about the biggest beauty breakthroughs and science updates, all while answering burning listener questions. You’re guaranteed to learn heaps about the industry and the hard work that goes into products. The detail is excellent, too - no bold beauty claim goes unanalysed.
Yes, someone actually asked this question, and as far-fetched as it sounds the more the duo dissect the claim, the more persuasive it becomes. Sticky, but oh-so-fascinating.
Glowing Up With Esther and Caroline
Laugh out loud funny, comedian Esther and writer Caroline will have you shouting out “Same!” and “Me too!” as they take you on their quest for glowy perfection. That’s before we’ve touched on the brilliant guests they bring on board, from esteemed beauty editors to brand founders. Brash, confident, intelligent and on the nose, you’ll definitely want Esther and Caroline to be your new best friends.
Must listen: We Love Fat
Instagram sensation and overall wellness guru, Lee Tilghman, teaches Esther and Caroline everything they need to know about living the Lee from America way. Talking about PCOS, matcha, fat balls and more, it’ll leave you feeling empowered, positive and in fits of giggles.
Described as ‘a podcast by beauty addicts, for beauty addicts’ hosts Harriet Hadfield, a professional make-up artist who has worked backstage at Fashion Weeks all over the world, and Lindsey Kelk, veteran beauty blogger and author, are just as obsessed with make-up and products as we are. They discuss cult products, brand spanking launches before they even hit the ‘Gram and dig around in the minds of the best industry know-it-alls.
Must listen: Sali Hughes is back!
We could listen to journalist and beauty expert Sali talk for hours on end, so we were especially excited for part two of this chat. Following on from discussing The Beauty Banks, created by Sali and her friend Jo Jones of PR company The Communication Store, they cover everything from the luxury beauty buys worth splashing out on, the thrill of a brilliant beauty find and what a dream product range from Sali might look like.
Fighting the good fight for women everywhere, Nicola Bonn is tackling beauty in all it’s guises. With weekly guests giving their two cents, no two episodes feel the same. With Pixiwoo’s Samantha Chapman discussing social media and Stylist’s own Lisa Smorsarski on motherhood, there’s something for everyone.
Must listen: Sarah Chapman on facials
No topic is off the table for Bonn, from body hair to adult acne. If you want to feel like you’re sat at your friend’s kitchen table with a cuppa then this is the podcast for you. It’s not only informative, it’s pretty entertaining too.
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