Not Your Basic Beauty Awards

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If we told you that picking the winners in this year’s Beauty Innovator Awards was a monumental task, would you believe us or whip out your tiny violins? We know, we know: There are plenty of jobs that are a whole lot tougher and less enjoyable than swiping on mascara. But in the realm of beauty, sifting through 25 categories with 100-plus hair, skin, makeup, and nail offerings is just about as arduous as it comes, save for Fraxel — because that ish HURTS.

But our nine fearless judges selflessly sacrificed their faces and free time to try each and every last product and determine which one deserves to be called the champion. There were plenty of, shall we say, passionate feelings, but in the end a winner for each category was crowned. Without further ado, we present to you the well-deserved winners of the Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Awards.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO; GIFS BY SAM CANNON; STYLED BY BETHIE GIRMAI; HAIR BY ELOISE CHEUNG USING JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS; MAKEUP BY MISUZU MIYAKE @ ARTMIX CREATIVE USING CHANEL LES BEIGES; MANICURE BY HOLLY FALCONE USING FLOSS GLOSS; MODELED BY CACIA ZOO; MODELED BY CLEMENTINE DESSEAUX AT MUSE NYC; MODELED BY ITCHEL COKER; MODELED BY MARGIE ASHCROFT; MODELED BY GABBY RICHARDSON; MODELED BY JERZA MATTHEWS.

Fragrance

Perfume We Can’t Stop Sniffing

Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On

The concept of this fragrance alone would have been enough to win. The Replica scents aren’t made to smell like a certain ingredient, but rather to be reminiscent of a moment in time. Lipstick On is a scent meant to evoke a classic glamour girl applying lipstick in her boudoir before a night out. As McIntyre put it, “It somehow smells like nothing and everything all at once. I could picture the scene in my head and feel like I was there whenever I spritzed it.”

As romantic as that sounds, it does have actual notes that create that olfactive painting. Iris, galbanum, vanilla bourbon, and tonka bean give the scent its intoxicating femininity. Said Halle, “You don’t smell something like that a lot. It’s something different and cool, and it will make you, as an individual, stand out.”

Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On, $125, available at Sephora.