These days it seems like anyone with ears is on the hunt for a good podcast. They've become a litmus test for taste level and an excellent commute companion, offering the comforting drone of human voices without the actual interaction. At this point, the categories are endless and increasingly meta (there are podcasts dedicated to the topic of podcasting), but one of my forever-favorites is, of course, beauty.
Beauty podcasts feel like a refreshing side-step from the drama-filled beauty YouTube-verse and the endless scroll of double tap-worthy makeup looks on social media — an opportunity to hear witty banter about industry gossip or get up to speed on the latest beauty trends. It's also a great way to hear experts wax poetic about when their mega-brands were just a collection of ideas, which makes for inspiring content, whether you're a budding entrepreneur or not.
Keep reading for our edit of the beauty podcasts you should be listening to now.
When I asked my Instagram followers which beauty podcasts they couldn't get enough of, almost everyone recommended Naked Beauty. Loved for its soothing cadence and in-depth conversations, Naked Beauty's host Brooke DeVard interviews some of the most influential players in the beauty game about their journeys in the industry.
Every product has a story, or so the Breaking Beauty motto goes. This bi-weekly podcast takes you behind the scenes and into the minds of some of beauty's biggest hitters. Hosts Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins have turned their mic on everyone from Glossier founder Emily Weiss to M.A.C Cosmetics co-founder Frank Toskan, offering up an inside look at what it really takes to make a beauty brand pop.
If you know beauty podcasts, then you know Fat Mascara. Helmed by Harper's Bazaar beauty director Jessica Matlin and Marie Claire beauty director and features editor Jennifer Goldstein, the podcast, that's been around since 2016, is a good mix of expert interviews, fresh takes on the topics shaking up the industry, and the products you need to add to cart immediately.
Whether you need a refresher on the difference between gua sha and facial rollers or want a crash course on the best seasonal beauty buys, Gloss Angeles should be in rotation. It's beauty with a West Coast feel, hosted by industry vets Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan.
Go Off, Sis
Okay fine, this one isn't strictly beauty, but it earns a spot on the list anyway. Go Off, Sis is the podcast for Refinery 29's Unbothered, the brand's vertical dedicated specifically to Black women. The podcast, hosted by four R29 employees, touches on the various aspects of being a Black woman, beauty included. Although new, it already covered topics like mental health, hair care, and homophobia in the Black community.
For the A-Beauty-obsessed, there's Glow Journal, hosted by beauty writer Gemma Watts. She's interviewed everyone from Glow Recipe founder Christine Chang to Summer Fridays founders Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores with one goal in mind: To pull back the curtain on some of the biggest beauty brands on the market and share the stories of how they got where they are today.
The Beauty Brains
Ingredient-obsessed beauty enthusiasts need The Beauty Brains in their lives. This podcast by two cosmetic chemists promises (and delivers!) explainers about chemicals, answers to all your burning beauty questions, and offers a peek into the fascinating world of product testing.