Sali started out as an assistant make-up artist, touching up The Pet Shop Boys, Belinda Carlisle, George Michael and many others. A move into journalism led to editorship of ELLEgirl and a stint as Features Director on style bible The Face. Sali has written features and opinion columns for Red, Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Observer, The Guardian, Glamour, Stylist and Shortlist. In January 2011, she became The Guardian Weekend’s beauty columnist, quickly cultivating a large and loyal following. Sali makes regular radio and TV appearances on BBC Radio 5Live, R4‘s Woman’s Hour and Radio2. She has appeared on Daybreak and This Morning and is a regular guest on Sky Press Preview. She also offers personal beauty and fashion consultations and works as a consultant to several beauty brands. Sali fears karaoke more than death.
Columnist and Co-editor
Former solicitor Lucy came almost as late to journalism as she did to make-up and sex. She writes columns in Stylist and The Guardian Weekend, in which she mainly complains about Tories whilst being very happily married to one. She is the author of three books: Hopscotch & Handbags; My Family and Other Disasters and The Reluctant Bride. She occasionally pops up on Radio 4.
Business Manager and Co-founder
Debra’s love of beauty products was sparked by living within smelling distance of Paris’s finest parfumeries in the ’90s. Becoming Business Manager of salihughesbeauty.com has at last brought together her joint loves of beauty and spreadsheets. A former business consultant mum of one son, she is particularly knowledgable on the best cosmetics to wear when shivering on a football touchline in the driving rain.
Nat hasn’t the first clue about beauty and the few male grooming products he owns fit on one tiny shelf in his wife’s bathroom cabinet. He spent a lot of the 90s in Camden pubs gigging with his band Nub, then embarked on a comedy writing career which began with Big Train and Smack the Pony, and currently sees him writing on the likes of Trollied and Cardinal Burns. He also co-created “internet sensation” Misery Bear, which means he’s usually filming either Sali or a teddy bear. He often mixes up the two.
Token Bloke Columnist
Michael Hogan started his career on teen bibles More! and Just Seventeen, before going onto edit Sky magazine and launch Zoo. He now writes about TV for the Telegraph and other stuff for The Guardian, Observer, ShortList, Stylist, Q, Marie Claire, Glamour and Heat. He’s also a regular member of Grazia’s fashion jury and earned a cult following for his spoof tweets during Fashion Week. He works in a shed in North London and is more partial to grooming than he probably looks.
Young Adult Columnist
Louise began writing her blog aged 16, and within a year had become Channel 4’s Young Blogger of the Year. She has since worked for Channel 4 News, Heat, HarperCollins, and now writes for GoThinkBig. Louise has been interviewed on Radio 1 and Channel 4, was an Olympic torchbearer and is writing her first novel whilst studying English at Bournemouth University. Typical lazy bloody student.
Beauty Culture & Comment Columnist
Bim is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for The Guardian, and New Statesman and has contributed to publications including Mslexia, ARISE, Grazia and Blackhair. She specialises in topics such as popular culture, feminism and race, particularly when they mix. She is a big fan of eyeshadow and nail varnish, less so when they mix.
At 17, Fiona began her journalism career by writing the horoscopes for Jackie, a job which required deep knowledge of sidereal influences, astral patterns, making stuff up and using the word ‘cusp’ a lot. After a long stint as a Beauty Editor, she went on to edit various publications including Just Seventeen, More and Bliss, and has worked for Marie Claire, Red, the Guardian, the Observer, Boots Health & Beauty and Sainsbury’s magazine. Fiona has written seven novels and also writes childrens’ books under the name Fiona Foden.
Food & Lifestyle Columnist
Shelly grew up in nightclubs, but was occasionally allowed out in daylight. She worked as an agent, booker and promoter for Pacha, Space Ibiza, Homelands Festival and Home London. Not quite rave to the grave, Shelly’s professional life took a turn towards beauty, wellbeing and food, first as a product developer for Calmia and Neom Organics, then as an internationally award-winning head chocolatier, patissier and confectioner of her own company, Boutique Aromatique, inspired by her passion for perfume and chocolate.
Virginian Katie became well known in the 90s as a presenter of The Word and The Sunday Show. She now runs her own video blog called Katie Puckrik Smells, which for the avoidance of doubt is a fragrance series, not a personal hygiene confessional. Katie has written for magazines and newspapers including Elle, Marie Claire and The Guardian. She is also an accomplished dancer and has performed with The Michael Clark Company, Sparks and The Pet Shop Boys on their Performance tour.
Cardiff girl Lauren is Beauty Assistant on salihughesbeauty.com. She trained in make-up artistry in 2010 with Fashion Face and has worked for Topshop Beauty and Bobbi Brown. Lauren’s taste in beauty is inspired both by a love of the 60s and her degree in Film. She believes in the holy trinity of big hair, black eyeliner and red lips. She loves dogs more than life and talks quite a lot.