Sali Hughes is a journalist, presenter and broadcaster, specialising in beauty, women’s issues and film. A former magazine editor, she has written extensively for Vogue, Elle, Grazia, The Telegraph, The Observer, Red, Stylist, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Shortlist, Radio Times, Woman & Home, Good Housekeeping and Net-a-Porter, and was popular resident columnist on The Pool and Empire magazine (both of which have seen her twice-nominated for Columnist of The Year). She has been Beauty Editor on The Guardian since 2011, where she is known for her intelligent, straight-talking advice and honest product recommendations that are recognised across the beauty industry as having “the Delia effect” on sales.
Sali is a very experienced radio broadcaster, appearing frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (for whom she has also presented three in-programme series), Late Night Woman’s Hour, You & Yours, and The Today Programme. Since 2015, Sali has also presented her own show on Soho Radio. She has made many guest television appearances on Sky News, BBC2’s Newsnight, ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Lorraine. She has written and presented her own factual reports on homelessness for BBC One Wales, and appeared as beauty expert on a number of consumer shows, including BBC One’s The Truth About Beauty and BBC2’s What to Buy and Why. Her own popular YouTube series of “In The Bathroom With…” interviews has won three industry awards.
Sali has presented a number of TV industry events for the BBC, Channel 4 and BAFTA, chaired countless discussion panels for high profile brands, organisations and at all major UK literary festivals. In 2016, she accepted a prestigious invitation to address The Oxford Union, arguing that beauty, feminism and substance are not mutually exclusive; and in 2018, chaired a parliamentary summit on poverty in Westminster. This followed her co-founding Beauty Banks, a nationwide charity providing essential toiletries to people living in poverty, for which she and co-founder Jo Jones have won several major awards, including The Big Issue’s 2019 Changemakers.
Sali was written three bestselling books, Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion, Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at The Beauty Products That Changed The World, and Our Rainbow Queen, published by 4th Estate and Penguin. Her fourth is due for publication in 2020. She has worked on commercial projects with Selfridges, John Lewis, Bobbi Brown, Neutrogena, Laura Mercier, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme, Clinique, Aveda, Triumph lingerie, Boden, Fit Flop, Babyliss, Clarins, Estée Lauder, Body Shop, Brown Thomas, Beauty Pie, Boots No7, Liberty London, Frederic Malle and many others. Her 2019 podcast series, The Beauty Podcast With Sali, made in association with Avon, debuted at number one across all categories and quickly crossed the one million listening minutes mark.
She lives in Brighton with her two sons and husband, TV comedy writer Daniel Maier. In 2019, she won the J&J Award for Outstanding Contribution to Beauty, and the prestigious CEW Achiever awards, both as voted by industry peers.