Inside the beauty routine of Pandora Sykes, journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast

Journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast Pandora Sykes shares her beauty must-haves with Holly O'Neill.


My weird make-up hack is... I use lipstick or lipgloss on my cheeks and also the tip of my nose, in winter, for that “freshly cold” look.

The last beauty item I bought... was Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, €45 – having never worn foundation before, I realised, aged 30, I needed it!

Santal 33 by Le Labo, €222

My signature scent... I have several. I love Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules, €82, Santal 33 by Le Labo, €222, and anything unisex or for men by Loewe.

My hair favourites are... L’Oréal Tecni.ART Fix Anti-Frizz hairspray, €13.90, L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo, €6.50, and Conditioner, €6.5, and Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, €31.

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, €40

Three products I always have in my make-up bag are... Dior Addict Lip, €36.50, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, €30, and Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza, €40.

The beauty appointment I never miss is...Getting my highlights and roots done.

The worst beauty mistake I ever made was... Bleaching my hair. I looked like a baby hamster.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, €9

The first thing I put on my skin in the morning is... Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, €15.

The last thing I do before going to bed while pregnant is... was smother my bump, breasts and bum in Bio-Oil, €18.32.

Everyone should try... an Elemis massage. Heaven.

 MAC Spice Lip Liner, €17.50

The best beauty advice I ever received was... To use lip-liner. I love Spice by MAC, €17.50.

My lifelong lipstick love is... I am a lipstick whore! Pink, peach or red - love them all.

I never travel without... Earplugs and paracetamol.

Garnier Micellar Water, €2.79

I remove my make-up with...Garnier Micellar Water, €2.79.

The first beauty product I ever bought was... An Impulse body spray.

I’ve always wanted to... Be able to do my own hair like [London hairdressers] Hershesons do it!

Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream, €21.99

My all-time favourite moisturiser is... Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream, €21.99.

I feel most beautiful when... I'm on holiday, with a tan.

I would really like to try... Micro-blading, but I’m too scared.

Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings, €9.99

My favourite nail varnish is... Essie. I like bright red or navy.

To me, being healthy means... Being well-rested and well-fed.

Malin+Goetz Tobacco Candle, €44

My three current obsessions are... are Elemis Aching Muscle Super Bath Soak, €47.50, the tobacco-scented candle by Malin+Goetz, €44, and Riverdale on Netflix.

Photography by Pandora Sykes.


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