After a challenging and unprecedented year, Sunday, 18th October saw the Australian beauty industry embrace their own with a celebration which most felt has never been more needed.
Across Australia, beauty businesses and make-up artists have been impacted greatly by COVID-19 and the industry had to deal with government guidelines, and of course staff and client safety, whilst also trying to maintain their bottom line.
But, as the year draws towards a close, it was time for the beauty industry to pull together, put on their party outfits and cheer one another on.
Launched in 2011 by industry visionaries Mocha Publishing, the Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA’s), combined with the Australian Make-up Artist Awards (AMIA’s), are the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual categories in beauty and make-up.
This year’s ABIA gala event – like many – was a virtual celebration in keeping with the socially distanced times. Yet again, the most aesthetically clinical, creative and entrepreneurial minds in the country, took to their screens across spas, salons and homes across the country to discover who were the winners for 2020 at the first ever live version of the awards.
Hosted by the much loved, Love Your Sister ambassador and long time partner of Mocha Publishing, Samuel Johnson, as the special Virtual Voice over MC, the evening saw some of the most talented creatives and businesses tuning in to celebrate under these special circumstances.
Making the difficult decision to cancel the annual gala event was one of the more unexpected moments in Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead’s tenure; “We know how much the beauty industry looks forward to this event and, this was a tough call. But it was also the right one. Our beauty and make-up landscape is diverse and resilient and I am so incredibly proud of this year’s worthy finalists and winners.”
The ABIA special live announcement partnered with some of the biggest names and brands in the industry to bring this evening together including Dermaplane Pro, DermapenWorld, Shortcuts, Inskin Cosmetics, Sothys, Dermalogica, Gay Wardle Education, Naked Tan, Kitomba, Biodroga, Dermaviduals, Elleebana, Sustainable Salons, Dateline Imports, Bellezza Australia, The Zing Project, Total Salon Solutions, Your Coach, The Global Beauty Group, Hilift, Academies Australiasia, Spectrum Science Beauty and Beauty Biz.
The comprehensive list of over 30 make-up artists, stylists, business, media and industry expert judges across the two award platforms included Rae Morris, Becca Gilmartin, Dale Dorning, Faye Murray, Julie Piantadosi, Clare Lamberth and Narelle Lancaster.
Globally acclaimed make-up artist Rae Morris was thrilled to be involved;
“The Australian Beauty Industry Awards and Australian Make Up Industry Awards are integral to our industry and I was extremely honoured to be inducted into the Hall of Fame a few years ago. As a judge it is great to see how they recognise all genres within the industry, have well thought out criteria and winners are chosen based on their creative talents, industry knowledge, business and career excellence. The awards serve as recognition for both well established and up and coming Business Owners, Make Up Artists and the industry at large!”
THE ABIA 2020 WINNERS:
BEAUTY THERAPIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Dermalogica Julie Botskor –
Bliss Day Spa
SALON MANAGER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Total Salon Solutions Taylor Fenton – Macquarie Medispa
BUSINESS DIRECTOR/OWNER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Kitomba Rebecca Miller – La Bella Medispa
COSMETIC TATTOOIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Dermaplane Pro Australia Georgina Westley – Distinctive Features Cosmetic Tattoo
SALON DESIGN Sponsored by The Zing Project – The Skin Hub
BEST MARKETING Sponsored by Shortcuts – Beauty Effects
BEST SALON TRAINING Sponsored by Dermaviduals – The Skin Coaches
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR INDIVIDUAL Sponsored by Elleebana – Vanessa Main
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR ORGANISATION Sponsored by Elleebana – Australian Dermal Science Institute
CUSTOMER CARE Sponsored by Sothys – The Skin Coaches
SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by inskincosmedics – La Bella Medispa
TANNING SALON/SERVICE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Naked Tan – Beach St. Beauty Bar
BEST NON-SALON BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Beauty Biz – Inskin Cosmedics
BEST ECO SALON Sponsored By Biodroga – Eco Spa
NSW/ACT BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS Sponsored by Dermapenworld – Laser Sydney
VIC/TAS/SA BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS Sponsored by HiLift by M&U Imports – James Vivian
QLD BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS Sponsored by Academies Australasia – Oi Cosmetic Studio
WA/NT BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS Sponsored by Sustainable Salons – Eden Aesthetics
NSW/ACT BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE Sponsored by The Global Beauty Group – Nectar Day Spa
VIC/TAS/SA BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE Sponsored by Gay Wardle Education – The Skin Hub
QLD BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE Sponsored by Spectrum Science Beauty – Simply Elegant
WA/NT BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE Sponsored by Your Coach – Eco Spa
2020 QLD WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR PROFILE SALON SUPPLIES Sponsored by DATELINE IMPORTS 2020
NSW/ACT WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY SOLUTIONS Sponsored by DATELINE IMPORTS 2020
SA WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR SOUTH AUSTRALIA BEAUTY SUPPLIES Sponsored by DATELINE IMPORTS 2020
WA/NT WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR ELITE SALON SUPPLIES Sponsored by DATELINE IMPORTS 2020
VIC/TAS WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR THE GLOBAL BEAUTY GROUP Sponsored by DATELINE IMPORTS
Australian Wholesaler of the Year Sponsored by Dateline Imports – The Global Beauty Group
AUSTRALIAN BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS Sponsored by Beauty Biz – James Vivian
AUSTRALIAN BEAUTY SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR 5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE Sponsored by Beauty Biz – Nectar Day Spa
THE AMIA WINNERS: BRIDAL/FORMAL MUA OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Bellezza Australia – Jane Truong
HIGH FASHION/EDITORIAL MUA OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Bellezza Australia – Shella Ruby Martin
FANTASY MUA OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Bellezza Australia – Colin Wilson
Australian Make Up Artist of the Year Sponsored by Bellezza Australia – Shella Ruby Martin