Beauty Editor Rachael Mannell On The Best Makeup And Skincare

Because if she doesn’t know – nobody does

She’s regarded as a beauty boss and there’s a reason for that. Beauty Editor Rachael Mannell knows her stuff. She’s worked in the beauty industry as a beauty editor since she was barely a teen and she’s worked with and alongside the most talented folk too. Given all that we figured we’d hit her up for her deeply impressive beauty insider tips and tricks – especially her best beauty buys. And here they are …

First of all you got your start in beauty how and when? About 20 years ago as a paid intern working across Women’s Health and For Me magazines. I’m not sure how I got the job because the editor was looking for a a different position, Picture Editor I think, but I convinced her to hire me across beauty, fashion and health. I made sure I worked very hard to the job!

Your official title today is … Freelance beauty editor. I became a freelancer after deciding my job as Beauty Director for CLEO meant too little time with my new born son, Jack. I made the decision to leave and the magazine closed not long afterwards, so I am glad I made the leap!

Image: Instagram/@Rachaelmannell

Your average day looks like … I get Jack ready for school, sometimes squeeze in a yoga class and from about midday I write my beauty stories. Never ending emails are answered on the go, usually starting when I wake up at 6am.

You love it because … it’s creative, has allowed be to travel the world (e.g. styling on location in Africa and a 10 day trip to NYC with Maybelline) but I really get a kick out of helping people with little expert tricks or product recommendations which can in turn boost their confidence. Most of my friends have me on speed dial for cosmetic counter visits so I can guide them towards the best choice, be it skincare or cosmetics. It’s never one size fits all and you need to be across so many different brands. The freelance aspect is ideal because it’s flexible and I use the time saved not having to tong my hair and choose an outfit for writing.

The one thing those not in the industry might not realise is that Beauty Editors … are smart, hardworking, able to schlep it one minute and hobnob the next (and still make deadline). Not all beauty Eds are paid well. I’ve known many to fine dine at beauty launches during the day and then have to eat baked beans on toast for dinner.


Image: Instagram/@Rachaelmannell

The best thing about the gig is … The makeup, the travel, the creative satisfaction and the friendships.

The worst thing about the gig is … Long hours, bad pay and the misconceptions.

Your All-Time Five Fave Products Are
Ouch. Do I have to? There are so many. But okay. Here goes.

1 Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellaire Cleanser, $29.99. I use this instead of a cleanser or foaming face wash in the shower.

2 YSL All Hours Foundation, $89. This foundation is the business. I need more coverage now I’m older and this makes skin look flawless but still radiant.

3 Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser 50+, $74. I spent years on the hunt for an SPF 50+ I could wear under makeup that wasn’t greasy. I tell everyone to buy this.

4 The Base By Lara Bingle Velvet Bronzing Makeup Base, $51. I thank Mrs Worthington daily for this little wonder. You can create an all over, sun-kissed look in 5 second flat. It glides so easily and can be blended across cheekbones, around hairline to shape the face and on eyelids if no time for shadow.

NudeStix in Hey, Honey, $42, and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, $97. I know I’ve mentioned two here but everyone should have both powder and cream highlighters in their beauty arsenal.

The makeup trend I am loving for winter … This season I’ve fallen back in love with Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $36, to deliver a slightly wet lip stain.
But for those who dare to experiment, I’d definitely try contrasting eye shadow and coloured mascara. YSL have a delicious new line called Mascara Vinyl Couture with fab mini tutorials you can find on their Intstagram account @yslbeauty.



Image: Instagram/@Rachaelmannell


The hair trend I am loving for winter … Fringes. Winter is the perfect time to trial one because hair is less prone to frizz thanks to a lower level of humidity.

My favourite beauty heroine is … I’ve always loved the effortless, natural beauty of Jane Birkin but I also like it when people take risks with their beauty looks. Kate Bosworth and Emily Ratajkowski are always experimenting and nailing the beauty looks they try.


Image: Instagram/@Emrata


If there was one thing I wish more women would try it’s …
Enzyme Facials and mini peels for immediate (incredible) results. Oh and micellar water (mentioned above). It freaks me out how many woman confess to not cleansing their skin and then reapplying makeup. Micellar water can be used any time to remove makeup and cleanse skin – no running water required!

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