ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle publication for African-American women, announced the winners of the ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards, Tuesday, May 8th. ESSENCE Beauty Director Corynne Corbett and celebrity stylist June Ambrose served as co-hosts of the ultimate beauty conversation during this invitation-only event.
The ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards honored beauty innovators who are influencing what’s now and next. The honorees were: Balanda Atis, Group Leader, and Janine Cherette, Color Cosmetic Scientist, of the L’Oréal USA Research and Innovation team; Ted Gibson, celeb hairstylist to the stars and head stylist on What Not To Wear; Janis Smith-Gomez, Vice-President of Marketing for Johnson & Johnson; Lisa Logan, go-to manicurist for Beyoncé; and Pat McGrath, makeup artist who masterminds the runway’s most sought-after looks from New York to Milan. Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monáe—who is known for her own groundbreaking sense of style—also shared in the awards presentation.
In addition, the evening featured a “live gift wall” showcasing the winning products from the ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards 2012 listing—highlighted in the magazine’s May 2012 issue—in which ESSENCE’s beauty editors and a team of experts highlighted the best makeup, skin care, nail, fragrance and hair picks. Attendees even had an opportunity to sample the products on-site. For more information and to vote for your beauty favorites, which will be revealed as “Readers’ Choice Awards” winners in the October issue of ESSENCE magazine, visit www.essence.com/beautyawards/
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