Newly launched Beacon Awards to honor indie beauty innovation and excellence

By Deanna Utroske

- Last updated on GMT

© Getty Images \ (ChrisBoswell)
© Getty Images \ (ChrisBoswell)

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In mid-July, Beauty Independent announced a new awards program to recognize the achievements of cosmetics, personal care, and wellness entrepreneurs.

Beauty Independent is the news and editorial division of the Indie Beauty Media Group, the company that organizes the Indie Beauty Expo (IBE), BeautyX educational summits, and Uplink Live events.

And this month, the online publication announced the new Beacon Awards program because, as Beauty Independent Editor Rachel Brown writes, “We love celebrating the community bringing change to the beauty industry….we’re launching a new initiative to recognize guiding lights in the indie beauty segment. We’re calling it the Beacon Awards.”

The Beacon Awards celebrate brands, products, people

There are 15 categories in the new awards initiative. Each is meant to highlight what’s distinctive and successful in the indie beauty marketplace or business community:

  • Brand Launch Of The Year (Best new brand)
  • Product Launch Of The Year (Best new product)
  • Brand Of The Year
  • Product Innovation Of The Year
  • Entrepreneur Of The Year
  • Industry Icon
  • Investor Of The Year
  • Indie Deal Of The Year
  • Large Indie Retailer Of The Year
  • Small Indie Retailer Of The Year
  • Online Retailer Of The Year
  • Inclusivity Champion
  • Sustainability Champion
  • Best Social Media
  • Best Packaging

The 2020 Beacon Award nominees will be announced soon

Beauty Independent will announce this year’s Beacon Award nominees at the end of July. And expert judges—informed by input from the Beauty Independent subscriber community—will evaluate each nominee and select award winners.

According to materials shared with Cosmetics Design, confirmed Beacon Award judges include Carol Hamilton, L’Oréal Group President of Acquisitions; David Yi, Editor in Chief of Very Good Light; Kelly St John, Founder of the KSJ Collective; Joel Palix of Joel Palix Unlimited; and wellness influencer Chelsea Williams.

As with all IBMG initiative, an indie beauty company is defined as a beauty company that is 51% individual owner-operator controlled.

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