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Indepent Beauty Beauty Innovator Awards

ABOUT THE IBI AWARDS | The Indie Beauty Innovators Awards represent one of the highest honors in the independent beauty industry, a gold-standard award for breakthrough beauty products. Representing the best in cutting-edge products, beautiful design and brilliant marketing, winning an Indie Beauty Innovators [IBI] Award launches finalists and winners to wider acclaim.
IBI Award applications are reviewed by a panel of industry judges that include product development, branding, package design, marketing specialist, leading media and social influencer experts. IBI Award winners will be selected from among three finalists in each of 17 categories, and awarded at the IBI Awards Event on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.




Young Designers Award Competition History

"The designs we make today are the seeds that will continue to grow into the future."
Cheuk Lau-(Fashion Institute of Technology) Winner, 2011

In 1998, the Young Designers idea was taken from a competition that had been run by W. Braun and had gotten too large, with many hundreds of entries. Frank Cornacchiulo, then principal at W. Braun, suggested that ICMAD restart the competition, to both enhance ICMAD’s image and to showcase the extraordinary talents of students studying package design. Young Designers competition encourages and develops future creative talent. The Young Designer's competition awards the best design students around the country through their creativity and ingenuity. The event allows students to network with their peers and hear from key industry speakers.

The competition was established in 1999 with rules for designing a cosmetic package. Judging was based on specific “real world” criteria and judges were selected for their expertise in the package design field. The three top winners were given cash awards (which was unique at the time, since it did not involve scholarship money) and celebrated initially, at a luncheon and subsequently, a dinner attended by ICMAD members and guests and featuring a well-known industry “star” to present the awards. For some of this time, the Young Designers Dinner was held during HBA in New York, other years it was a standalone event.

When the competition coincided with HBA, the winning students were given badges to attend the show. Later,when the dates were not compatible, students met with ICMAD member companies to give them a taste of the opportunities in our industry. Many of the winners had never been to New York and several of them had never been out of their home states. In 2014, the Young Designers was moved to Southern California to give students a new experience.

2020 Finalists
The 2020 Young Designers Competition finalists are:

• Sage Meyer, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
• Anthony Nardo, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
• Benjamin Haver, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
• Jillian Broughton, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA
• Austin Draving, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO

Special Thanks to our Young Designer Judges!

Left to Right: 

Sabrina Xi, Director of Marketing Development, Sassy Lips 

Sean Pelton, President + Founder of Sassy Lips

Angel del Solar, Managing Director & Co-Founder, 18.21 Man Made, LLC

Chris James, President, East Hill Industries

David del Solar, Director of Operations & Product Development/Co-Founder, 18.21 Man Made, LLC


Not Shown:  

Anthony Le Minoux, Managing Director, Quadpack America


Awards Programs

1999 – First Young Designers event – luncheon, November 16, The Coast House, New York.

2000 – Invitation only press luncheon, Barbetta, November 14.

2001 – Young Designers celebrated at Open Board Meeting, November 8, Midtown Executive Club.  Guest speaker Sunny Maffeo, Engelhard.

2002 – Young Designers/Open Board Meeting, October 15, Nicole’s.  Don Pettit guest speaker.

2003 – Young Designers/Open Board Meeting, October 1, Copacabana.  William Hovard guest speaker.

2004 – Dinner, September 29, Spirit.  Lydia Sarfati guest speaker.

2005 – Dinner, September 28, Lotus.  Anne Mincey, Redken, guest speaker.

2006 – Dinner, September 13, Twenty Four Fifth.  Sonia Kashuk, guest speaker.

2007 – Dinner, September 19, Twenty Four Fifth.  Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, Chanel, Inc. guest speaker.

2008 – Dinner, September 10, Twenty Four Fifth.  Martha Brady, Caudalie, guest speaker.

2009 – Dinner, September16, Twenty Four Fifth.  Dr. Robb Akridge, Pacific Bioscience (Clarisonic), guest speaker.

2010 – Dinner, September 29, Twenty Four Fifth.  Katy Leakey guest speaker.

2011 – Dinner, September 21, Twenty Four Fifth.  Leslie Blodgett, Bare Escentuals, guest speaker.

2012 – Dinner, October 10, Twenty Four Fifth.  Ben Bennett, HATCHBEAUTY, guest speaker.

2014 – Dinner, March 5, La Meridien Delfina.  Kathy Ireland, KIWW, guest speaker.

2015 – Dinner, February 4, Island Hotel, Newport Beach.  Chaz Dean, WEN, guest speaker.

2016 – Dinner, February 18, Island Hotel, Newport Beach.  Chris Birchby, COOLA Suncare, guest speaker.

2017 – Dinner, February 08, The Ambassador Yacht, Balboa Bay Yacht Club, Newport Beach.  Lisa Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman Beauty, guest speaker.

2018 – Dinner, February 14, The Ambassador Yacht, Balboa Bay Yacht Club, Newport Beach.   

2019 - Dinner, Westdrift Autograph Collection Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA.  Jeanne Chavez & Dineh Mohajer, Hard Candy and Smith and Cult, guest speaker

2020 - Reception, Westdrift Autograph Collection Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA

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