We came, we danced, we sang and presented many an award to Ireland's biggest and brightest beauty industry professionals at our third annual IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards, in association with Imedeen, Colgate and Boots, at Dublin's DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. We donned our finest gowns to recognise Ireland's best beauty therapists and hairdressers as well as the country's standout hair salons, beauty salons and skincare clinics and beauty brands.
At a gala black-tie dinner for over 500 key industry professionals, IMAGE Magazine's editor-in-chief Melanie Morris and the always dapper broadcaster Darren Kennedy presented awards in the following categories:
Innovative Skin Care Brand, Seavite; Innovative Hair Care brand, Olaplex; Innovative Make-up Brand, MAC; Innovative Spa brand, Voya; Most Innovative Irish Brand, Fuschia, and Most Innovative Collaboration, Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani.
Best Colourist, John Geaney, John Geaney for Hair; Best Hairstylist, Norma Jean O?Reilly, DiMilo; Best Young Talent in Hair, Lynda Thornton, Lynda T Hairdressing, Blackrock; Best Tanning Professional, Ciara Nolan, Burgundy Beauty, Blackrock; Best Brow Artist, Lorna Farrelly, The Brow Artist; Best Make-up Artist, Ken Boylan, Makeup/Play; Best Nail Technician, Anna Muldowney, Burgundy Beauty; Beauty Innovator, Mark O?Keeffe, Sugar Culture and the award for Best Irish Beauty Blogger went to Pippa O'Connor, pippa.ie.
Best Front of House Experience, Waxperts; Best Spa, Spirit One at The Radisson Blu, Galway; Best Nail Salon, Tropical Popical; Best Beauticians, Mimi's Beauty Room, Sandymount, Dublin 4; Best Skin Clinic, The Derma Clinic, Blackrock, Co. Dublin; and Best Hair Salon, Yourells, Galway.
At the event was Marks & Spencer marketing manager Carmel Breheny, IMAGE Publications CEO Clodagh Edwards, Imedeen Brand Manager Rebecca Mines, Head of Marketing for Boots Ireland, Gillian Hennessey, bloggers Suzanne Jackson, ?Make-up Fairy? Joanne Larby and Pippa O'Connor. Also in attendance were leading Irish hairdressers Michael Doyle and?Stephen Kelly,?Rosanna Davison, model Louise O'Reilly?and Marissa Carter.
The evening, fondly dubbed as Ireland's hair and beauty Oscars, had plenty to entertain. On arrival, guests were welcomed with bespoke Tanqueray gin and Ciroc vodka cocktails, created by Diageo's award-winning mixologists and named after event hosts Darren Kennedy and Melanie Morris. Then, over a three-course dinner, with wine from Marks & Spencer, a host of spot prizes were awarded to lucky guests.
IMAGE.ie editor Ellie Balfe and iconic hair stylist Gary Kavanagh chose Asta Kalnins (5th Avenue)?and Robbie Barrett (Sugar Daddy)?as the most stylish on the night. Both win a stay at the Philip Treacy-designed g Hotel in Galway. The lovely ladies from Tropical Popical scooped the ?Best Selfie? prize of a luxury 2-night stay at Powerscourt Hotel, and the loan of a Mazda MX5 sports car for the trip.
After dinner, the LED dance floor lit up to the tunes of DJ Mo Kelly and dancing continued late into the night before many continued the party in Lillies Bordello. All left with groaning goodie bags packed with treats from Bourjois, Benefit, Fuscia, Blank Canvas, The Body Shop, Colgate, Imedeen, VitaCoco, Brodericks, and Just Eat.
See all the glamorous social snaps from the night in our gallery above.