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Go Inside ESSENCE's Best in Black Beauty Awards Celebration

Cocktails, confections and plenty of beauty products were on deck. 

Each year, we swatch, swipe and smell the latest and greatest beauty innovations, aiming to discover the best options for women of color. What results is our annual Best In Black Beauty Awards, a list of carefully curated and editor-approved makeup, skin and hair products.

Now that our 2017 contenders have been announced, we figured what better way to commemorate them than with a swanky celebration?!

On April 26, we turned The Sugar Factory into a beauty wonderland, complete with confections, tasty cocktails and plenty of award-winning products to play with. And of course, the night wouldn't have been complete without some of our favorite beauty influencers, including the drop dead gorgeous Vanessa Simmons.

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Keep scrolling for an insider's look at the Colgate-sponsored soiree and click here to see all of this year's Best In Black Beauty winners!