It’s that time again–the 2017 edition of our annual Best in Black Beauty Awards has officially arrived! We’ve spent weeks swiping, swatching and smelling the newest products so you don’t have to. From the splurge-worthy to the drugstore faves and Black-owned must-haves, these are the picks that every Black woman must know. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil this year’s winners!
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From wearing Patrice Rushen–inspired braids to the duckbill-clipped locks everyone tried to re-create, Knowles delivered music and mane moments we’ll never forget.
Best Viral Hair Moment: Solange
This fearless songstress made a major statement by going makeup-free and we love it. Keys encourages women to “do you” when it comes to rocking cosmetics, and she isn’t afraid to reveal her true beauty to the world. Whether you choose to pile it on or to push your makeup bag aside, her #NoMakeup movement inspires us all.
Celeb of the Year: Alicia Keys
Not only do we give this starlet major props for staying woke, but we also salute how amazing she looks while doing so. From wash-and-gos to braids and buns, she isn’t afraid to rock a new style and own it. We adore her dare-to-be-different attitude and can’t wait to see what she’s got up her sleeve next.
Natural Hair Crush: Yara Shahidi
Though years have passed since we first met this enchantress, her beauty has stood the test of time. We applaud you, Ms. Bassett, for being a solid example of “Black don’t crack.”
Ageless Wonder: Angela Bassett
It’s no secret that celebrity partnerships are a hot topic and even hotter sellers. When DJ Khaled joined forces with this ash-buster favorite, we knew it was going to be a hit.
Best Brand/Celeb: DJ Khaled X Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion
She has more than 1 million followers on Instagram, so it’s obvious you love her just as much as we do. Vibrant blue lipstick? Check. Perfected winged liner? Check. She does it all, and we’re so here for it.
Blogger We Can't Stop Watching: Ellarie
Lacy Redway is responsible for perfecting the tresses of Alicia Keys, Uzo Aduba, Solange and more. Her enviable Instagram feed is a who's who of the Hollywood elite, proving that her skills are always in high demand. And despite the trajectory of her career, the Jamaican-born stylist remains one of the most down-to-earth and humble professionals in her industry.
Artist of the Year: Lacy Redway
As the makeup artisan for a slew of Tinseltown's most beautiful ladies--including the iconic Beyoncé--Sir John is undoubtedly at the top of his game. From breathtaking editorials to showstopping stage performances and red carpet events, this guru is always ready to craft the perfect makeup slay.
Artist of the Year: Sir John