If you’ve been following Gulf News tabloid!’s Beauty Beat column, you’ll know our little team is huge (read obsessed) on all things beauty. Taking our fascination for the world of skincare and make-up a little further, we’ve been dipping into the podcast scene to see what nuggets of beauty wisdom we can glean from beauty obsessives across the world. Here are our best picks:
Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins — longtime magazine editors — live and breathe all things beauty. Each month, the two talk to industry bigwigs and how they broke into the business of making people feel and look good, and how they took a small idea and turned them into multi-million-dollar ideas. Past guests include Glossier’s 32-year-old CEO Emily Weiss, Maris Hatzistefanis of Rodial and Nip+Fab, Caudalie’s Mathilde Thomas and Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza of (obviously) Omorovicza. If you’re itching to know more about your favourite brands and the people who brought them to life, this one’s for you.
One of the breakout podcasts of 2016, Fat Mascara is the holy grail of skincare and make-up shows. Hosted by Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein, the show is where beauty moguls head to spill the beans on the latest news and trends. Topics range from vegan products, sheet masks and hair supplements to virtual reality in the beauty retail world, diversity and representation, and microblading. Hollywood make-up pros, perfumers, plastic surgeons and local manicurists get featured on these hourlong episodes.
The world of beauty tends to get quite technical and confusing, especially for people like me who can’t tell the difference between her AHAs and BHAs. Perry Romanowski and Randy Schueller of the Beauty Brains bust myths and explain exactly what goes into making beauty and skincare products and how they are beneficial to different skin concerns. Is bee venom a good anti-ageing ingredient? How does colour changing make-up work? Are micellar water make-up removers the real deal? Do you really need three kinds of conditioner? Find answers to these questions and more at Beauty Brains.
The Emma Guns Show
Emma Gunavardhana aka Emma Guns is a British beauty journalist who puts her years of reporting on the industry to good use on this podcast that covers both beauty and fashion. Since having launched in April 2016, the show has featured interviews with the likes of expert facialist Chico Shigeta, actress-model Elizabeth Hurley, Michael Acton-Smith, co-founder of the app Calm and fashion editor Jo Hoare.