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Inside the beauty routine of Pandora Sykes, journalist and podcaster


By Holly O'Neill
20th Mar 2021
Inside the beauty routine of Pandora Sykes, journalist and podcaster

Journalist and podcaster 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.