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Pretty Honest: Sali Hughes in conversation with Marian Keyes

Banter presents a conversation between the beauty writer and the novelist

Beauty writer Sali Hughes

Tue, Nov 18, 2014, 09:45


Banter turns 100 in January and one of the reasons why the series of talks, discussions and interviews has hit that milestone so fast is because we never set a limit on the topics and themes we look at. From coversations with musicians like Nile Rodgers, David Gray and John Grant, poets like Paul Muldoon, artists like Alice Maher, writers like Dawn O’Porter, Donal Ryan and Eimear McBride to discussions on masculinity, craft beer, Madonna, cafe culture, media, privacy and creativity, Banter has covered all bases.

All of this preamble is by way of welcoming Sali Hughes to Banter. She’s one of the leading beauty writers in the business, a woman who started out as a makeup artist to George Michael, Pet Shop Boys and Belinda Carlisle before turning to writing, commentating and broadcasting about the beauty world for such publications as ELLEgirl, The Face, Red, Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Observer, The Guardian, Glamour, Stylist and Shortlist. She has been The Guardian Weekend’s beauty columnist since January 2011.

Her new book is Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion. It sets out to disprove the notion that beauty books have to be “product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats”. Instead, she draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show cover everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health. It’s a work that is both instruction manual and love letter to makeup, all written in a style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

For this Banter, we are delighted to also welcome novelist Marian Keyes to Banter who will be hosting the conversation with Sali. Marian’s latest book The Woman Who Stole My Life has just been published.

Guest Banter host Marian Keyes

The details: Banter presents Sali Hughes in conversation with Marian Keyes takes place at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1) on Thursday December 4. Doors open 6pm, the event begins at 6.30pm promptly and there will a book signing afterwards. Ticket details are here (this event is now sold out).