The Beauty Oscars: Announcing the winners of this year’s CEW Beauty Awards

In the age of information overload, how do you steer a path through the beauty jungle to products that really work? Following the recommendations of 700 of the most beauty-savvy women in the UK – all members of Britain’s cosmetics industry insider ‘network’ – is a good place to start.

That’s how many beauty bosses, make-up artists, brand founders, creatives and influencers rocked up for the 2018 Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Awards Product Demonstration Evening. The Who’s Who of the beauty world have since cast their votes on hundreds of products across almost 30 categories.

Long recognised as the beauty industry’s ‘Oscars’, the annual event (sponsored this year by M&S and Amazon) showcases new launches and long-cherished brands. Then attendees have weeks to try products before voting online. (No square inch is left unslathered.) Read on and you’ll never be overwhelmed in a beauty hall again.

Mass market

Graham Pearson

Best new make-up product for eyes

Kiko Milano Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner
Created by make-up pros for real women, this is the easiest liner you’ll ever try. The soft, flexible tip ensures a precise skinny flick or full-on cat-eye. £6.90, kikocosmetics.com

Best new everyday facial skincare product

Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water
The natural British brand powers up an effective micellar suits-all-skin-types cleanser with a collagen-boosting peptide complex, brightening bergamot and soothing camomile. £16, marksandspencer.com

Best classic beauty product

Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer in Stainless Steel
The foundation of any brow look – and it’s still all about the brows! – is a great pair of tweezers. This precision pair is a must-have for every make-up bag. £21.95, johnlewis.com

Best new make-up product for face

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation
Disruptor beauty brand The Ordinary wowed voters with its lightweight, medium-coverage serum base on several counts: an impressive choice of 21 shades, an SPF15 – and who can argue with the knock-your-socks-off price? £5.70, theordinary.com

Best new bath and body product

Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle
This revolutionary time-saver speeds up post-shower moisturisation. Apply to wet skin and it works with humidity and water to allow it to absorb faster, locking in the hydration. £8, boots.com

Best new brand

The Handmade Soap Company
This County Meath-based brand began as a kitchen table start-up. Things grew but always in keeping with its mission: 99.7 per cent natural ingredients are scented with mood-shifting essential oils. ‘There are no SLSs, parabens, petrochemicals or rush hours here,’ it says. Grapefruit & Irish Moss soap, £6.95; Grapefruit & May Chang Candle, £15.95, and Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme & Mint Hand wash, £12.95; thehandmadesoapcompany.com

Best new haircare, styling or colouring product

Batiste Speed It Up Blow Dry Accelerator
Loved for its dry shampoos, Batiste will be adored for this. Simply spritz on to damp hair and dry as normal; the ‘smart technology’ de-frizzing formula turbocharges drying – which will be up to 30 per cent faster than normal. £4.49, boots.com

Best new skincare treatment product

Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist
An instant drink for skin, this hyaluronic acid penetrates deeply to soothe and plump, while pineapple extract perks up and balances the complexion. £16, marksandspencer.com

Best new make-up product for lips

Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick
New-generation polymers and lightweight oils kiss goodbye to any notion that matt lipsticks are drying and ‘tight’. This velvety formula is comfortable on the lips and available in 16 smudge-proof shades. £8.99, boots.com

Prestige

Graham Pearson

Best new haircare, styling or colouring product

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
Removes odour? Tick. Makes hair look, feel and smell clean? Tick. Avoids visible residue? Tick. But what the CEW voters also loved was the way this dry shampoo delivers a time-released, fresh scent throughout the day. £23, livingproof.co.uk

Best new bath and body product

Elemis Life Elixirs Fortitude Bath and Shower Elixir
From one of the UK’s most-loved beauty names, this is an ‘empowering’ blend of 19 essential oils (including amaranth and bacuri), designed to help us feel more grounded and confident in an uncertain world. £55, elemis.com

Best new make-up product for lips

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips
In 2017, Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips sashayed home with a trophy in this category. Now it’s the turn of her soft-focus matt contouring lipstick: the ten shades glide on like a gloss, nurture like a cream and feel weightless. £24, charlottetilbury.com

Best new women’s fragrance

Elie Saab Girl of Now
Glamorous, sophisticated, sparkling: the Lebanon-born designer’s creation dazzles with pear and mandarin, magnolia and orange flower absolute, made utterly addictive with a base of tonka, roasted pistachio and almond milk. £38, debenhams.com

Best new skincare treatment product

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
It’s another great year for the make-up dynamo – creator of equally impressive skincare. Press and massage this much Instagrammed sheet mask on to the face to infuse it with clinically proven skin saving ingredients. £18, charlottetilbury.com

Best new everyday facial skincare product

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30
The best way to prevent wrinkles? Daily sunscreen. Great news, then, that Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (winner of almost too many CEW Awards to count) now offers a micronised SPF in that iconic age-defying wonder cream. £82, elemis.com

Best new men’s fragrance

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel
As bracing as a walk on a windswept clifftop, this sea-soaked masculine masterpiece offers a gust of salt-sprayed cypress, zesty bergamot and a fig leaf accord, grounded with earthy cedarwood and nuzzle-me musk. £45, moltonbrown.co.uk

Best classic beauty product

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil
So much better for you than kicking off the day with a double espresso. Pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper make for a gloriously aromatic wake-up call after a long flight, a long night – or anytime you’re feeling sluggish. £48, aromatherapyassociates.com

Best new make-up product for eyes

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour
With six new shades, the make-up artist’s cult favourite eyeshadow now offers a luxe matt finish perfect for smudging, blending or defining – delivering that coveted smoky eye via one simple stick. £23, spacenk.com

Best new make-up product for face

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Inspired by the lighting tricks of Hollywood – and social media’s flawless filters – this rose-gold highlighter boosts and brightens with soft-focus pearls to deliver a luminous complexion. £29, charlottetilbury.com

Best new brand

Fenty Beauty
(FYI it’s Rihanna’s surname) was created when the singer/actress/songwriter spotted a void for products that worked across all skin types and skin tones. The clever formulations, genius packaging (several products ‘click’ together with magnets) and fabulous, universal shades have made Fenty another massive hit for Rihanna. Stunna Lip Paint, £19; Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, £21, and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo, £26, harveynichols.com

Mass Market & Prestige

Graham Pearson

Best new men’s grooming product

The Handmade Soap Company Men’s Basil, Lime & Sweet Orange Body Wash
From the artisan soap-maker that also scooped Best New Brand, an uplifting, zestily scented multitasker for hair and body – a wow with both the grooming-obsessed and those chaps with a more minimalist regime. £14.95, thehandmadesoapcompany.com

Best British brand

Charlotte Tilbury
Now the world’s most famous make-up artist, Charlotte first scooped Best British Brand in 2016, three years after launching a signature range based on the secrets she’d previously shared with only her red-carpet clients. ‘Easy to choose, easy to use’ is Charlotte’s mantra. Matte revovolution lipstick, £24; The Feline Flick Pen, £22, and Charlotte’s Magic Cream, £70, charlottetilbury.com

Best new self-tan or suncare product

This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF30
Perfect Legs has long been a go-to for beauty editors faced with a ‘bare legs SOS’ – a serum-style instant leg tint that takes you from pale to sun-kissed in a flash. How to improve on perfection? This Works just added an SPF30. £40, thisworks.com

Best new beauty tool or accessory

Tangle Teezer Back-Combing Hairbrush
Having made history of all the niggly knots in our hair, Tangle Teezer launched this new generation hairbrush – the best way to add long-lasting va-va-volume without matting or damaging your ’do. £10, boots.com

Best new hand, foot and nail care product

Bare Feet by Margaret Dabbs Crack Sealer
Renowned podiatrist Margaret Dabbs makes history of cracked heels with a transparent barrier to prevent them from deepening. £9.50, marksandspencer.com

Best new wellbeing product

Aromotherapy Associates De-Stress Frankincense Pure Essential Oil
Feeling panicked or overwhelmed? Frankincense oil aids focus and relaxation and induces deeper, slower breathing. Just to add to the feel-good factor, AA’s oil is now ethically sourced. £30, aromatherapyassociates.com

Eco

The eco beauty award sponsored by Givaudan

Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Duo
Neal’s Yard impressed the team of expert judges with this top-of-the-range, age-defying duo, which demonstrates the trailblazing commitment to sustainability of a company which helped to pioneer natural beauty more than 30 years ago. Juliet Fairclough, sustainability manager of fragrance experts Givaudan, noted Neal’s Yard’s attention to detail from its ‘green’ factory in Somerset, its recycled bottles and sustainable sourcing of frankincense for this duo. Frankincense Intense Lift Cream, £65, and Frankincense Intense Lift Serum, £75, nealsyardremedies.com

The eco beauty aware sponsored by Givaudan

Sana Jardin
Founded by former social worker Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed, Sana Jardin has put sustainability on the luxury fragrance agenda with a collection of creations by one of the world’s top perfumers, Carlos Benaïm. Packaging is recycled and the women who harvest the ingredients in Morocco can reuse the waste from production to build their own business, making candles and orange blossom water. From above left: savage jasmine, berber blonde and tiger by her side eau de parfum, each £180 for 100ml, harrods.com.

WIN a gorgeous goody bag worth £675

Graham Pearson

CEW has teamed up with YOU to give readers the chance to win one of 50 goody bags packed with a selection of this year’s Beauty Awards winners. Plus, as an extra treat, each bag includes an Amazon Echo Dot, worth £49.99.

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Report by Josephine Fairley