It's ELLE International Beauty Awards time. The winning products, announced just last week, took their spot through much deliberation and decision-making. Which is why the judging process required the strongest of strong-willed judges, able to sift through so many products (most of which were almost flawless) to find the one item which was a cut above.
Our judges were decided based on the different strengths and interests needed. From the ELLE team we had Kelly Fung, Editor-In-Chief and Lauren Nicoll our Beauty Editor. For all things skincare we had aesthetic expert and dermatologist, Dr Portia Gumede, Founder & Owner of Dr. P Lifestyle Aesthetics and for a specific focus on make up and hair, industry expert and make up artist at Lampost, Alex Botha. Mihlali Ndamase, beauty content creator and social media influencer was our final judge.
Amongst a table full of opened eye-creams and lipsticks, we went behind the scenes to ask our (very busy) judges which other products deserved a special mention.