Cosmoprof After Dark: ICMAD Honors Out-of-the-Box Beauty

July 26th, 2016


It was a night of beauty, music, innovation and colorful hair. 

The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) honored three beauty business experts, as well as more than 40 beauty industry finalists (from a pool of 120 entries), during its 12th annual Cosmetic Innovators of the Year (CITY) Awards in Las Vegas on Monday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Kicking off the evening's festivities, ICMAD honored three beauty insiders who have made indelible marks on the $56-billion cosmetics industry.  

Harlan Kirschner, The Kirschner Group, was the master of ceremonies during Monday's event. Kirschner started in the beauty business with a few small lines servicing the West Coast in 1984, which ultimately grew to become a thriving global professional sales organization, The Kirschner Group, Inc.

The company offers complete global coverage to manufacturers with more than 100 sales and educational personnel. Kirschner is on the board of the Professional Beauty Association, and is a 2014 City of Hope Honoree.

With their hair colorfully styled in a rainbow of colors, Tish and Snooky Bellomo from MANIC PANIC, who were also former backup singers for Debbie Harry of Blondie, took to the stage. They showcased their musical talents and their story of how they started from a small shop in New York City that sold hair coloring, clothing and other fun items, mostly to punk rockers and club kids, and later evolved into a global sensation featuring their rainbow assortment of MANIC PANIC hair color and cosmetics. 

What was the key to their success? The Bellomos told the audience they were adaptable and learned things along the way such as selling their product to record stores, tattoo parlors, and at nightclub and fashion boutique shows because they didn't really fit in the traditional beauty space. Initially, they didn't know what niche marketing was, but they did it, they said.

Finally, ICMAD CEO Pamela Busiek concluded the evening's festivities by telling the audience, "I encourage you to think out of the box."

Here are the finalists with the winners in bold:

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