This week, Essence magazine celebrated its second annual "Best in Black Beauty Awards" in New York City. The event, which was hosted by Essence's beauty director, Corynne Corbett, and celeb stylist June Ambrose, highlighted the best beauty products as well as the top professionals in the field.
"We are in the business of celebrating Black beauty and the brands that get it right," Corbett told the Huffington Post. "What better way to not only recognize those brands but also the people who are creating the products behind the scenes, in the studios, in the labs and beyond."
Ambrose added that beauty products serve as a second layer that truly completes an outfit and adds confidence. Luckily for the guests, a "live gifting wall" showcased many of the 60-plus beauty products featured in Essence's May 2012 issue so they could try some out after the event.
"The clothing is mute without beauty. It's the finishings — the hands, the hair, the makeup — it's what truly gives us confidence, it's our second layer, our armor," Ambrose said. "I feel like without amazing beauty inside and out, we're incomplete."
The beauty professionals honored by the magazine included Janis Smith-Gomez, vice president of marketing for Johnson & Johnson; Balanda Atis and Janine Cherette, group leader and color cosmetic scientist at L'Oréal USA Research and Innovation; Lisa Logan, celeb manicurist; and Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and head stylist on the TLC show What Not to Wear. Gibson's friend and artist Janelle Monae presented Gibson with his award.
"It's amazing to be honored by the leading Black publication in the world — I feel like my career has come full circle," Gibson said.
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