Applying creams and serums to the complexion is one way to get your beauty fix. But, listening to beauty podcasts can be equally as beneficial — especially if you apply some of the recommended products and rituals to your regimen. On top of that, many of the best beauty podcasts are hosted by editors, founders and experts in the industry that serve as mentors to all things skincare, makeup, self-care and beyond.
Looking for a beauty podcast to listen to this week? The Sunday Edit shares its top six favorites, ahead.
1. Fat Mascara
Listen if: You want a taste of that beauty editor life.
Fat Mascara is an inside look at some of the day-to-day things beauty editors go through (or, at least think about). Hosted by Harper’s Bazaar’s Jessica Matlin and Marie Claire’s Jennifer Goldstein, the award-winning beauty podcast covers everything from must-know brands to the newest (and craziest) beauty trends to all the products worth splurging on. Matlin and Goldstein always have a top beauty expert on to interview — think: Jen Atkin, Charlotte Tilbury and more. That coupled with their “Raise a Wand” segment where the editors choose a product that they are truly impressed by makes it one of the best beauty podcasts to queue up.
2. Beauty Biz Bffs
Listen if: You’re interested in the business of beauty.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start your own beauty company? Or, what it takes to handle the business side of the industry? Beauty Biz Bffs has the down low on all that and some. Hosted by Kasey Boone, owner and head esthetician at Glow Skincare, and Lorena Ashmore, Glow Skincare lash expert and esthetician, the beauty podcast provides listeners with many first-hand examples of what it means to be in the business of beauty. Not to mention that you’ll learn some valuable tips along the way, like if you own a service-based business your income will double by selling products (spas should always sell skincare up front).
3. The Emma Guns Show
Listen if: You take your beauty with a side of complex wellness topics like mental health.
Beauty starts from within and The Emma Guns Show knows it. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Emma Gunavardhana, the podcast looks at beauty from a passionate angle with a touch of health and wellness. On each episode, Emma speaks with health and beauty entrepreneurs — including our very own Sunday Riley — about their careers and the challenges that led them to become successful in business and life.
4. The Snailcast
Listen if: You love K-beauty and want to get more well-versed in skincare ingredients.
Can’t get enough of K-beauty? Neither can we — and The Snailcast knows it! Hosted by four women well-versed in the world of K-beauty thanks to their blogs (Chel of Holy Snails, Snow of Snow White and the Asian Pear, Fiddy of Fifty Shades of Snail, and Tracy of fanserviced-b), The Snailcast delivers insightful information on all things K-beauty, as well as conversations around the ideal percentage of certain ingredients in your favorite potions, lotions and elixirs. Love sheet masks? According to the Snailcast, we’re using them wrong. The Snailcast says it’s better to buy nice skincare and follow it up with an inexpensive sheet mask; the essences in most masks are a low concentration and not worth the cost. But, the key here is to put on the sheet mask after you apply your products as a tool for skin absorption.
5. That’s So Retrograde
Listen if: You believe wellness equals beauty.
If wellness-meets-beauty is more your speed, Elizabeth Schild Kott, who helped launch The Zoe Report, and stand-up comedian Stephanie Simbari of That’s So Retrograde have your beauty podcast needs covered. Every episode, Kott and Simbari deliver fascinating — and hilarious — insight into some of the most popular wellness trends. In one episode, they speak with Poppy Jamie of Happy Not Perfect, a mindfulness app with a virtual fire to burn your thoughts, where they discuss the importance of journaling and handwriting for your mental health. And, they always keep it real with their Roses and Thorns segment, where they note the highs and lows of their week. On top of that, you can always count on someone ultra-cool like Sara Panton, founder of Vitruvi essential oils or Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine doctor to deliver all that beauty and health have to offer.
6. Breaking Beauty
Listen if: You want to know all things beauty.
For those interested in a little bit of everything, beauty expert and award-winning writer Jill Dunn and former Fashion and Beauty Director at FLARE Magazine Carlene Higgins of Breaking Beauty totally get it. Which is why their podcast is a favorite amongst beauty professionals and fans alike. The beauty editors and experts give listeners an inside scoop on what it’s like to launch a beauty business like CND as well as insight into the biggest beauty trends with guests like Emily Weiss and Bobbi Brown.