Essence Hosts First "Best In Black Beauty" Award

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ESSENCE Beauty Director Corynne Corbett and celebrity stylist June Ambrose will serve as co-hosts of the ultimate beauty conversation during this invitation-only event.

The ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards will honor beauty innovators who are influencing what’s now and next. The honorees are: 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—will also share in the awards presentation.

In addition, the evening will feature 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 will also have 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

Motions celebrity hairstylist Ursula will also be on-hand for a “meet and greet” with a winner and her friend. Just follow ESSENCE on Twitter to join the Motions “Tweetstakes” and be the 25th person to tweet #ESSENCEBeauty for a chance to attend the Best in Black Beauty Awards and meet Ursula (note: New York City residents only).

“ESSENCE’s Best in Black Beauty Awards will pay homage to the beauty mavens who always know how to make African-American women look good!” says Corbett. “I look forward to hosting this event with June Ambrose as we share our beauty insights and tips. We also want to congratulate all of our Best in Black Beauty Awards winners highlighted in our May issue. African-American women are very passionate when it comes to their beauty regimen. That is why we decided to road test hundreds of products so that we can provide our readers with the best of the best.”
ESSENCE will be announcing a number of beauty-related initiatives in the near future, including results from the next installment of its Smart Beauty series which uncovers the unique mindset of the most passionate beauty consumers—African-American women. ESSENCE will also announce the winners of its annual “Reader’s Choice Awards” in its October 2012 issue.

The ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards is sponsored by Motions. Follow us on Twitter to join the conversation @essencemag #EssenceBeauty or become a fan on Facebook. For more information, visit

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