Beauty from the Heart


The life and times of Val Garland

Season 2, Ep. 14

Today, I’m talking to one of the world’s greatest make-up artists, Val Garland. Val has been in the industry for 30 years, known for everything from iconic celebrity photo shoots, heading up teams at every major fashion week show you can think of, and a whole host of memorable magazine covers. 

As a judge on the BBC3 show Glow Up, Val searches for Britain’s next big make-up talent. So, ahead of the series 2 finale this week, Val shares her own make-up journey from the beginning, and how her learnings have shaped what she looks for in a great make-up assistant. 

If you love fashion or have aspirations of a career in make-up, this one is totally for you! 

Val Garland at Streeters:

Val on Instagram:

Her book, Validated:

BBC Glow Up, Britain’s Next Make-up Star on iPlayer:

BBC Glow Up on Instagram:

Dominic Skinner’s episode of this podcast, her fellow Glow Up judge: 

Judi Dench British Vogue cover:

Val and Lady Gaga:

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What Black Lives Matter means for beauty with Dr. Ateh Jewel

Season 2, Ep. 13
Today, I’m joined by an award winning beauty journalist, producer, brand founder and diversity advocate, Dr. Ateh Jewel. For as long as I can remember, Ateh has been at the forefront of conversations within the beauty industry about how we all need to work towards creating more of a diverse landscape.When the world became aware of the story of George Floyd in May 2020, a widespread conversation ignited about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. Within the beauty industry, Ateh was encouraging this discussion to create a wider awareness and ignite positive change. So, today, she joins me to share her experiences of being a black woman and mother in society today, and how the beauty industry can work together to create a better future.Ateh’s blog:www.jeweltonesbeauty.comAteh on’s foundation range, coming for Ateh’s foundation: in conversation with Susanna Taylor from Get the Gloss: in conversation with Caroline Hirons: Space by Space NK with Ateh: Gary, the Plastic Fetto, Palette: Braithwaite, I Am Not Your Baby Mother: