2021 Beauty Creators Awards Categories

Eligible products were released between January 2019 & April 2021.


1) Bath & Body

Scented or unscented products applied in the shower or bath for the treatment of the body, hands, and/or feet, including moisturizers, firming/cellulite creams, sprays/splashes/mists, multi-purpose dry oils, body cleansers, body exfoliators, treatment shave, hair removal creams, bath beads/bombs and bath oils.  Neck products should be submitted in the appropriate Skincare category.


2) Men’s Scent

Products with the singular purpose of delivering scent for men. Scented bath or body products should be submitted in Bath & Body.

3)Women’s Scent

Products with the singular purpose of delivering scent for women. Scented bath or body products should be submitted in Bath & Body. 


4) Hair Shampoo/Conditioner

Hair shampoo and conditioning products designed to cleanse and condition the scalp or hair, including dry shampoos, hair masks and leave-in conditioning treatments.


5) Hair Care/Styling

Hair care and styling products designed to protect, treat, scent, or style the hair, including protective sprays, oils, serums, mousse, gels, and hairspray.

6) Hair Coloring

Products and kits that deposit either permanent or semi-permanent color on the hair and/or root. Color enhancing shampoos, conditioners or styling products should be submitted in the Hair Shampoo/Conditioner or Hair Care/Styling categories.


7) Hair Tools

Tools, devices, and kits that aide in the preparation and styling of hair, including blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, styling wands and brushes. Hair removal and regrowth products, hair accessories (clips, combs, extensions, etc.) and shower caps are not applicable in this category.



8) Anti-Aging

Facial skincare and treatment products designed to prevent critical or premature skin aging and correct or minimize chronological skin damage, including micro-dermabrasion kits, peels, and whitening/brightening serums. Moisturizers, Cleansers & Scrubs, and Eye & Lip Treatments that offer anti-aging benefits should be submitted in their respective categories.


9) Cleanser & Scrub

Products designed to clean & exfoliate skin. Cleansers and scrubs that offer secondary benefits, such as oil control, acne treatment, or makeup removal, may also be submitted in this category. Peels and micro-dermabrasion kits should be submitted in the Skincare Anti-Aging category.


10) Eye Treatment

Eye products specifically designed for the eye area to firm, moisturize, refresh, protect, reduce lines , dark circles or puffiness. Eye color products should be submitted in the Makeup Eye Product category.

11) Face Masks

Facial treatments and sleep masks that are left on the skin for a designated period of time (10 minutes, overnight, etc.) and that use highly concentrated ingredients to target a specific skincare condition or concern (dryness, clogged pores, acne, etc.).


12) Lip Treatment
Skincare lip products/balms/scrubs designed to moisturize, protect, and exfoliate the lips. Lip color products should be submitted in the Makeup Lip Product category.


13) Moisturizer

Day and nighttime products designed to hydrate and moisturize the face and/or neck area.


14) Sun Product

Skincare, body, hair and lip products designed specifically for sun protection or after-sun care. Self-tanning products may also be submitted in this category.

15) Skincare Tools

Motorized or manual tools, devices, and kits that aide in the topical application of skincare products for the face and body and/or enhance the appearance of facial and body skin, including rollers, handheld exfoliators, laser light therapy and hair removal products.




16) Men’s Grooming

Skincare products designed exclusively for men, including facial moisturizers, cleansers, scrubs, treatment shave, hair, and body products.


17) Eye Product

Makeup products designed to accentuate or emphasize the eye area with color or pigmentation, including Eye Shadows, Eye Liners, Mascaras, Eye Brow Liners/Shapers.


18) Face Product
Face products designed to provide complexion coverage, color, or contouring, including Foundations, Concealers, BB/CC Creams, Powders, Blushes, and Highlighters.


19) Lip Product

Products designed to define the lips and to provide color and shine, including Lip Liners, Lipsticks, Tinted Lip Balms and Lip Glosses. Treatment focused lip products should be submitted in the Skincare Lip Treatment category.

20) Makeup Tools

Tools, accessories, and devices that aide in the application of color products for the face or enhance and prolong the effect of makeup, including brushes, sponges, eyelash curlers, false eyelashes, tweezers and blotting papers. Brush Cleansers, makeup bags/cases, and sharpeners are not applicable in this category.


21) Nail Product

Products designed to condition, strengthen, or provide color to the nails, including enamels, gels, top/base coats and nail care products. Also eligible for submission are manicure kits, tools and accessories such as artificial nails and tips, and embellishments such as decals, gem stones, and glitter.


22) Wellness (Aromatherapy, Beauty Wellness Supplements, Sexual Wellness)

Products designed specifically to promote an improved state of physical and mental health and overall well-being. This category also includes aromatherapy products (for body or to scent a physical space) to soothe and relax the mind and body with aromatic plant extracts; all forms of beauty wellness supplements (pills, gummies, liquids, powders, teas, juices, etc.) that have vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients to support the function and structure of the skin, hair, and nails, and sexual wellness products, used topically on intimate areas of the body.

23) CBD Product

Topical facial skincare, makeup, ingestibles, aromatherapy or bath & body products that contain CBD, Cannibidiol, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil/Extract or Hemp Seed Oil as a primary ingredient.


24) Indie Brand Presented by Financo

This category honors a beauty brand (not a specific product or product line) with majority founder ownership (51% or more) as of April, 2021. Past Indie Brand submissions can be entered.

25) Indie Skincare Presented by Financo

Skincare products designed to treat the eyes, lips or face (excluding skincare tools) and manufactured by a beauty company with majority founder ownership (51% or more) as of April, 2021. Makeup and color products should be submitted in the appropriate Makeup category.


26) Iconic Beauty Award

Products that demonstrate longevity in beauty, have been in the market for 10 years or more and are still available for purchase.

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27) Sustainability Excellence Award Presented by Firmenich (Voted on by Committee)

This category honors a beauty brand (not a specific product or product line) for whom sustainability is both a priority, and key element, of its mission.  Considerations will include the sustainability of the brand’s materials in sourcing and use, packaging components, and recyclability, impact on the environment during product production, transport, and consumer usage, and brand aesthetic and effectiveness. Past Sustainability Excellence submissions can be entered.

28) Suppliers Award: Ingredients & Formulation Presented by NYSCC  (Voted on by Committee)

Natural and/or synthetic ingredients or formulations that demonstrate new technology and innovation. Ingredient does not need to be in a finished product to be considered.

*Entrant is solely responsible for resolving any legal matters prior to entering.