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.
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.
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Debra’s love of beauty products was sparked by living within smelling distance of Paris’s finest parfumeries in the ’90s. 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.
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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.
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.