ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awa

Go Inside ESSENCE's Best in Black Beauty Awards Celebration

Best in Black Beauty Hannan Saleh
Nikki Brown
Apr, 27, 2017 6:06 PM UTC

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!

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Angel and Dren provided jams at the Essence Black Beauty Awards 2017 Cocktail Party at Sugar Factory, NYC.

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A peek at the glorious displays at the Essence Black Beauty Awards 2017 Cocktail Party at Sugar Factory, NYC.

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Hosts Zonnique Pullins, ESSENCE Fashion and Beauty Director Julee Wilson and Vanessa Simmons strike a pose. 

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Host Vanessa Simmons looked gorgeous at the Essence Black Beauty Awards 2017 Cocktail Party at Sugar Factory, NYC.

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Margarita Corporan Photography
Margarita Corporan Photography
Margarita Corporan Photography
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