Up until recently, I never understood why so many people were into podcasts. I always imagined an NPR-style host talking at me about something I didn’t care about, and thought they’d wind up making my commute feeling like a 8am lecture.
Then, I discovered my nirvana: beauty podcasts. I could listen to all of the content I scoured the internet for on my lunch break, right from the voices of my favorite beauty editors. They keep me up-to-date on all things beauty, and give me the news I want before any other sources cover it — they’re like chats you’d have with your best friends, but with the most influential people in the business instead. Could you ask for more?
Here are my favorite beauty podcasts, and some intel on why you’ll love them as much as I do.
This podcast coins itself as “the podcast all about the bestselling beauty products and the damn good stories behind them.” The co-creators are both long-time beauty editors — Jill Dunn started her career at Elle Canada and is an award-winning writer; Carlene Higgens was once named Beauty Editor of the Year and has interviewed everyone from Marc Jacobs to Pat McGrath.
Jill and Carlene are two of the most in-the-know minds in the beauty industry. After decades of working in beauty, they know what’s good and what isn’t, and will be the first to let you know. Their podcasts alternate between interviews with some of beauty’s biggest names (Tata Harper, Anastasia Soare — yes, that’s the Anastasia), and episodes they call “The Glow Down,” where they talk about their current favorites and new releases. It’s all the beauty info you could possibly want, all in one place.
2. Fat Mascara
Fat Mascara hosts Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein give you all the gossip your heart could ever desire with in-depth interviews and personal stories. Jessica is the beauty director at Harper’s Bazaar, and has worked everywhere from Teen Vogue to Cosmopolitan to Allure; Jennifer is the beauty director at Marie Claire — you couldn’t find two people with more impressive resumes.
If there’s a new trend in beauty or a crazy new mask that just hit the market, Jessica and Jennifer know about it, have tried it, and have an opinion to share on it with you. Their interviews cover everyone from influencers like Emily Weiss to makeup artists like Mario Dedivanovic and Charlotte Tilbury.
As far as honest chats about beauty go, Esther and Caroline’s chats are as refreshing as they come. Both have experience in comedy — and let me tell you, it shows.
They talk about everything related to beauty and health, and this is the best podcast to listen to when you want to feel like you’re sitting at boozy brunch chatting with your girls — they never disappoint.
This podcast is like having a world-renowned dermatologist sitting on you shoulder. Co-founders Perry Romanowski and Randy Schueller are both cosmetic chemists, and in this podcast they de-bunk all of the crazy beauty trends that we’re constantly being bombarded with (like if Kim Kardashian’s viral blood facial was really worth it.) The more informed you are, the better decisions you can make regarding the products you buy, and Randy and Perry will give you no-B.S. info that can save you from falling victim to beauty products that won’t give you the results you want.
Professional makeup artist Harriet Hadfield joins fellow beauty addict Lindsey Kelk to talk all things beauty. Hearing about new products from a professional makeup artist gives a different spin to the podcast — Harriet has seen experienced it all, and her portfolio is full of everything from high-fashion editorial campaigns to your favorite celebs’ red carpet looks. Full Coverage is for beauty addicts, by beauty addicts, and they give some of the best beauty advice in the game.
6. Naked Beauty
This podcast goes way beyond product recommendation and beauty trends. Host Brooke Devard doesn’t give you product reviews or advice, but instead gives you real talk about the women who inspire her. It’s helped me re-examine my notions of beauty and has motivated me in so many ways — from realizing that nobody has it all figured out yet to encouraging me to try something new.
K-beauty is the buzziest word in beauty right now, but in reality it’s nothing new. The four hosts of this podcast are creating content for the truest beauty nerds, talking everything from ideal percentages of products in serums to whether or not photoshopping should be allowed in beauty ads.