All the winners of the 2019 Beauty Envision Awards
Allison Goertzen's nails for the event
Amy Hwang's live competition nails
Sennen Pamich presents BCL president Lynelle Lynch with a $100,000 check for Beauty Changes Lives
The cocktail reception Friday night kicked off the weekend. Pictured here: Guadalupe Ocaranza, Amy Hwang, Allison Goertzen, Suzi Moskal, and NAILS' Beth Livesay
The 3 BEA finalists and mentor Suzi Moskal
Influencers were invited to mingle with the nominees. Pictured here: Diana Nguyen, VIETSalon's Anh Tran, Chelsea King, OPI's Rebecca Brown, and Sigourney Nunez
Amy Hwang worked on prepping her final nails the day before
VietSalon's Anh Tran, NAILS' Beth Livesay, Britney Tokyo, Chelsea King, and Diana Nguyen at the influencer dinner at Beauty & Essex
Chelsea King's nails for the event were created with OPI's neon collection
Galdina Jimenez added pineapple accents to VietSalon editor Anh Tran's manicure
Diana Nguyen's nails for the event
Galdina Jimenez's nail for the weekend featuring the Tokyo collection
Guadalupe Ocaranza of Salon Divine (@gocaranzanails) working on her model
Ocaranza's final look on a model
Ocaranza prepping her nails at Coty headquarters
Ocaranza's final nails
Judge Suzi Weiss-Fischmann eyeing the final nails
Mentor Suzi Moskal checking in with the competitors
Wardrobe choices for the nail models
Stylists worked with the nail techs to choose looks that would show off the nails
The three finalists: Guadalupe Ocaranza, Allison Goertzen, and Amy Hwang
OPI co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fishmann and NAILS editor Beth Livesay
Amy Hwang (@aymehnails) of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, won the first ever Beauty Envision Award for nail art. The win was announced Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium.
On Sunday, July 21, 27 top hairstylists and three nail artist professionals from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada came together for the inaugural COTY Professional North American Beauty Envision Awards presented by TrendVision at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. The Beauty Envision Awards presented by TrendVision is a competition for salon professionals who are ready to influence the very definition of beauty with the art they create. This competition replaces the Wella Professionals’ TrendVision Awards and the Sebastian Professional’s What’s Next Awards.
Guests cheered on finalists, who were narrowed down from over 5,000 entries, competing in eight beauty categories. Kaleidoscope was the theme during the live competition. This year’s theme challenged competitors to capture the complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes tied to the idea that life is constantly evolving, as is the beauty industry. Hwang and fellow finalists Guadalupe Ocaranza and Allison Goertzen each completed two nail art looks on a model at the live event.
Finalists in each category were mentored and judged by a group of leading professionals in their field. Mentors guided finalists towards achieving their final looks representing the “Kaleidoscope” theme, while judges looked for high levels of innovation, technique, skill and creative interpretation of the theme. For the nail art category, the judge was OPI co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann and the mentor was Suzie Moskal. Hwang walked away with $5,000 and $1,000 toward OPI education.
Fischmann said that this new way of competing (competitors entered the contest via Instagram) “keeps OPI at the forefront of the industry” and “excites consumers and professionals alike.” She noted that this competition elevates the professional’s place in the beauty industry and shows everyone how far techs can push the creative limits.