The winners of The woman&home Beauty Awards 2020 have been revealed. Chosen by a panel of industry experts, chaired by Beauty Directors Sarah Cooper-White and Charley Williams-Howitt, these are the products you need to know about this year.
This year our beauty routines became more important to us than ever. With salons closed and no trips to hairdressers or nail bars, our favourite products and home rituals were what kept us feeling and looking great. So for this year’s woman&home Beauty Awards, as well as honouring the best iconic and innovative new products, we’re also celebrating the brands that brought us all some joy during uncertain times.
We considered hundreds of the best products on the market to whittle the list down to the very best you can buy. The full 70 winners are revealed in the October issue of woman&home – available in stores 27 August.
The award categories
There are six award categories:
Our panel of expert judges
- Charley Williams-Howitt, w&h Beauty Director
- Sarah Cooper-White, w&h Beauty Director
- Fiona McKim, w&h Beauty Editor
- Jess Beech w&h Beauty Editor
- Ateh Jewel, Beauty Journalist
- Caroline Barnes, Make Up Artist
- Ruby Hammer, Make Up Artist
- Dr Maryam Zamani, Oculoplastic Surgeon
- Dr Stefanie Williams, Dermatologist
- Alice Hart-Davis, beauty Jorunalist
- Dr Sam Bunting, Qualified Skin Expert
- Alison Young, Beauty Expert
- Chelsee Lewis, Facialist
- Pamela Marshall, Clinical Aesthetician
- Michaella Bolder, Facialist and Tanning Expert
The Woman & Home Beauty Awards 2020 winners
#1 Best icon
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect
Intense Advanced Serum,
Fiona McKim says, 'It’s the
serum that launched a
thousand stampedes to
Boots! The formula has been
upgraded over the years
but is still consistently shown
to improve lines and skin
texture at a very democratic
#2 Best Innovation
Shield Vita-C Glycolic
Brightening Serum, £72
Sarah Cooper-White says, 'This potent mix of vitamin C and glycolic acid leaves my
skin looking and feeling dewy
and bright. It’s pricey, but
worth it for the excellent
#3 Best for Mood Boosting
Caudalie Beauty Elixir,
Charley Williams-Howitt says, 'Like a vitamin shot for the skin, it adds instant radiance to lacklustre complexions.'
#4 Best blemish treatment
Jess Beech says, 'A refreshingly gentle approach to clearing breakouts, this curbs blemishes before they’ve even had a chance to show on the surface.'
#5 Best face oil
Biossance 100% Squalane
Fiona McKim says, 'A brilliant multitasker that’s as adept at nourishing skin as it is at sealing split ends and smoothing dry elbows. Extra points for successfully combining sustainability with
#6 Best night cream
Divine Crème, £79
Fiona McKim says, 'A classic, packed with antioxidants and nourishing oils. Love the smell, love the luxurious texture.'
#7 Best sunscreen
Defence SPF50, £45
Sarah Cooper-White says, 'A great SPF that‘s brilliant at keeping pigmentation at bay and sits beautifully under everyday make-up too.'
#8 Best for neck
PRAI Ageless Throat &
Decolletage Crème, £24.99
Charley Williams-Howitt says, 'This cream is luxurious to apply and tightens sagging skin, diminishes fine lines and blitzes crepiness.'
#9 Best Icon
Josh Wood Colour
Permanent Colour, £14
Fiona McKim says, 'It’s the box dye every beauty editor turned to in spring 2020 – and no wonder. It’s kind and conditioning in nuanced, natural shades with total grey coverage. Bonus points for the unusually chic packaging.'
#10 Best Sustainability
Shrub Prepare & Protect
Hair Primer, £10,
Fiona McKim says, 'The first
thing I noticed was the smell – it’s like a posh spa in the middle of a meadow. A little of the vegan-friendly, liquid plastic-free cream goes a long way to smooth and heat-protect hair.'
#11 Best Innovation
Ouai Haircare Daily Care
Shampoo and Conditioner,
Jess Beech says, 'A clever range tailored to hair density. I fell for the thick formulation, which made my unruly hair easy to style with a floral fragrance that lingered for days between washes.'
#12 Best Treatment
Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Super
Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque,
Charley Williams-Howitt says, 'Sulphate and
paraben free, this rich cream transforms frizzy,
dry strands into glossier, shinier locks – and comes with a handy tangle-tamer brush.'
#13 Best Styling
Quick Blow Dry, £15.50
Charley Williams-Howitt says, 'Thank the hair gods for this! Even if I leave my hair to dry naturally it speeds up drying time by up to 50%, and it gives my hair a nice shape without feeling heavy.'
#14 Everyday Essential
The Hair Boss by Lisa Shepherd
The Balayage Shampoo, £7.99
Fiona McKim says, 'This promises a lot and really delivers. My roots felt fresh and my poor parched ends were soft without flyaways. I’m excited to see more from this new British brand.'
#15 Best Icon
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara, £27
Chelseé Lewis says, 'This gives my eyes a boost every morning. It’s easy to build up without clogging, makes lashes incredibly long and thick, and lasts without smudging.'
#16 Best Innovation
Foundation Stick SPF25, £29
Fiona McKim says, 'A game-changing solid foundation – from the inclusive shade range to
the moisturising formula.'
#17 Best Lip
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick
in Pillow Talk Original, Medium and Intense, £25
Ruby Hammer says, 'As a make-up artist, this is my go-to colour for many looks. The new medium and intense shades suit all skin tones.'
#18 Best Innovation
St Tropez Purity Vitamins
Bronzing Water Mist, £31
Michaella Boldersays, 'Gives skin a dose of hyaluronic acid, a burst of vitamin C radiance and vitamin D stimulators. Sunshine in a bottle!'
#19 Best Mood-boosting
Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salts Soothe & Sleep with Lavender, £6.29
Sarah Cooper-White says, 'After a hard day there’s nothing like a soak in the tub with these relaxing, scented salts to prepare you for rested sleep. I have to hide these from my husband as he loves them too!'
#20 Best Exfoilator
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream, £17.99
Sarah Cooper White says, 'Instead of scratchy scrubs I use this thick lotion, as it not only hydrates but AHAs nibble away at dull, dry skin too. Perfect for those annoying red spots on the backs of arms.'
#21 Best Icon
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle EDP, £75 for 50ml
Charley Williams-Howitt says, 'This romantic, feminine classic has notes that linger throughout the day without the need to re-mist. Fruity at the top and floral at the heart, add this to your wish list.'
#22 Best for Him/Her
Jo loves Pomelo, A Fragrance, £70 for 50ml
Fiona McKim says, 'One of those ‘what are you wearing?’ scents that’s universally loved
by all who catch a whiff. Crisp and juicy citrus with a hint of earthiness from vetiver. Heaven'
#23 Best Innovation
Molton Brown Milk Musk
EDP, £110 for 100ml
Fiona McKim says, 'Milk is a highly unusual
perfume note, yet the resulting fragrance is striking in its familiarity, like a warm hug from someone you love wearing soft cashmere'
#24 Best Sustainability
Floral Street Arizona Bloom EDP, £60 for 50ml
Jess Beech says, 'A crowd-pleasing blend of coconut, black pepper and salted musk, this is escapism in a bottle. All Floral Street fragrances are vegan and cruelty-free, and come in eco-friendly
#25 Best Icon
Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer, 20.95
Sarah Cooper-White says, 'I have had a few pairs of these over the years. No other tweezers work quite as well at gripping hairs.'
#26 Best Cleansing Tool
Foreo LUNA 3, £169,
Alice Hart-Davis says, 'I love this cleansing brush with its soft silicone bristles. A ‘sonic’ cleansing routine shifts grime, oil and dead skin cells very effectively and with absolutely minimal irritation. Each recharge lasts for ages too.'
#27 Best Innovation
CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask, £349
Fiona McKim says, 'Invest in professional-grade collagen stimulation at home. Flexible material makes this the comfiest LED mask I’ve tried – meaning you’ll stick with it and get results.'
#28 Best Salon Alternative
Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, £85
Fiona McKim says, ‘Apply to clean skin and feel those tingly acids working their deep exfoliation magic for a visible glow. Who needs a facial anyway?’