Who would have thought that something as visually stimulating as beauty rituals and makeup application would have such a huge following when just being spoken about? But then again, none of us predicted the success of shopping for something as tactile as a beauty product online. We live and learn. In the case of podcasts, we listen and learn. Our favourite podcasts about beauty cover everything from wellness and self-care routines to reviews and advice on how to set up and run a business in the beauty industry. The ones we’ve chosen to talk about here have been highlighted for being comprehensive and fairly inclusive conversations, with smart product picks and interesting stories. Scroll ahead for our edit of the best beauty podcasts you need to listen to right now
This frank and personal conversation about beauty is hosted by beauty editors (and friends) Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein, who judge and analyse the goings-on within the industry both for their day jobs and their podcasting side hustle. You can expect hilarious personal anecdotes (there’s great banter in here), travel stories, product recommendations and interviews with heavyweights like Gucci Westman and Frederic Malle.
The Beauty Podcast by Sali Hughes
If you’re interested in honest details and don’t really like to quibble with small talk, this podcast and host is perfect for you. Beauty journalist Sali Hughes gets on with her no-nonsense take on beauty, breaking down processes, products and procedures in the attempt to improve transparency in the beauty world. She’s not standing up for anything disingenuous or frothy, so it’s not just easy listening. But if you’re looking for answers to the questions at the back of your mind, you have to listen.
The Emma Guns Show
Hosted by Emma Gunavardhan, a broadcaster and writer, this is one of the most popular podcasts around. Beauty news, reviews, special guests—it’s all in here. There are a generous number of episodes dealing with various aspects of mental health, with narratives from sufferers as well as problem solvers and advisors. Gunavardhan herself was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and she shares her journey frankly, empowering her listeners enough to power six million downloads.
Jules von Hep and Sarah Powell’s podcast is important because of its powerful message of empowerment and body confidence. The two hosts remind us that we all encounter ‘wobbles’ in life and that it’s OK. They do so with guests like iconic makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes and super inclusive disruptive influencer Deepica Mutyala, who spoke about how her dark circles shot her to fame, and her responsibility towards representing women of colour.
The Beauty Brains
Are you always looking for the science behind your skincare but don’t know who to ask? Say hello to scientists Perry Romanowski and Randy Schueller (two lone male voices in the universe of beauty podcasts), who break down the molecules and claim to give you some hard facts. You’ll hear deeply philosophical questions like whether Coca-Cola can give a better sun tan, and whether you should use skin cream made out of your own blood.
On the Line with Estée Lalonde
YouTuber Lalonde has evolved into an agony aunt of sorts, with a podcast led by questions sent in by her audience and listeners. She curates each show with a guest to tackle the questions that deal with everything from meditation and cervical screening to body positivity and CBD. It’s evident that no thought is off limits, so get ready for impromptu tangents and inspiring anecdotes.
This isn’t the beauty podcast you expect, but it is the podcast you need—I mean, you do need to know about pelvic floor exercises with external weights and how best to oil up your butt. Comedian Jackie Johnson is the girl we all want to be—a funny smarty pants who talks beauty and wellness with no holds barred. More of this please.