THE INDEPENDENT JUDGING COUNCIL

At The IBI Awards, the judges are as diverse as the entrants.

The Independent Judging Council are the very definition of Beauty Artisans and leaders in their fields. They are continually inspiring and encouraging the beauty community by freely sharing their incredible knowledge, talents and passion with the Beauty Community.

Each Independent Judging Council Member has a unique set of talents, specialties, passion, experience, ethos, and beliefs that ensures each and every one of our Judges are perfectly suited to help us expertly select the Winners and Finalists in a fair and unbiased manner.

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Legendary Makeup Artist, Author & Product Designer

RAE MORRIS

Known widely as one of the most influential Makeup Artists in the world, Rae Morris is not only a best-selling Author of multiple titles, but also four-times Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, and has been inducted into multiple industry ‘Halls of Fame.’

Known widely as one of the most influential Makeup Artists in the world, Rae Morris is not only a best-selling Author of multiple titles but also four-times Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, and has been inducted into multiple industry ‘Halls of Fame’. Collaborating with some of the world’s leading photographers, Rae’s makeup has graced magazine covers as well as fashion and beauty editorials including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Oyster, Tush, Citizen K and InStyle.
As L’Oréal Paris’ longest serving Makeup Director (2003-2013), she has directed over 150 fashion shows.

In 2008 her first book Makeup: The Ultimate Guide had an overwhelming worldwide success – since then she has published 4 additional books, including Express Makeup in 2011 and Timeless Makeup in 2013. The instructional books are currently used as training manuals in top makeup schools, medical clinics and beauty retailers globally. Rae is a huge inspiration among young aspiring Makeup Artists world-wide. Rae's 6th book, Rae Morris Makeup Masterclass was released in 2016 and has been hailed as her definitive work introducing for the first time her ‘Eye Phi’ technique and scientific approach to beauty.

Rae is also the designer behind the Rae Morris Magnetic Brush Range – the first magnetic makeup brush range in the world. Handmade in Japan by one of the world’s last living Masters of Craft, the range has been acclaimed as not only the most innovative, but one of the best makeup brush ranges in the world.

Rae is a regular keynote speaker at global beauty events, but is also sought after for international dermatology and cosmetic surgery conferences, where she collaborates with the world’s top doctors in outlining her scientific approach to the beauty aesthetic.

Rae, when not developing products for her range, still gets a kick out of seeing her work published and thrives on the chaos of directing shows.

Renowned expert in Hair, Makeup and Skincare

NICK STENSON

SVP Store & Service Operations for Ulta Beauty and 20 years in the beauty industry, Nick Stenson's career encompasses salon owner, celebrity stylist, educator, ambassador, trend setter, editor, executive, board member and entrepreneur.

For over 20 years, Nick Stenson has embraced the beauty industry with a career that encompasses salon owner, celebrity stylist, educator, ambassador, trend setter, editor, executive, board member and entrepreneur. His work spans over multiple channels, both nationally and internationally, offering professional hairstylists and consumers a glimpse into the ever-changing world of beauty. As a renowned expert in both hair, makeup and skin care, Nick’s editorial work has appeared on the covers of Modern Salon, American Salon, Beauty Launchpad, SalonEVO and Matrix Magazine plus, issues of Woman’s Day, Vogue, Bride, Redbook, InStyle, Teen Vogue, US Weekly, OK, and People magazines. He has been featured in stories on NBC and CBS News, and can be found regularly on media outlets including Good Morning America, The Today Show and The Wendy Williams Show.

As a celebrity stylist, Nick has created looks for Kevin Jonas, Nicky Hilton, Fergie, Vanessa Hudgens, Giuliana Rancic, Simone Biles, Eden Sassoon, Andi Dorfman, Jaime King, Rumer Willis, Ariel Winter, Ashley Tisdale, Grady Powell, Italia Ricci, Odette Annable, Keltie Knight, Erin Richards, Kate Mara, Kat Graham, Tiffany Hendra, Alexa Chung and Diana Madison.

As a stylist, humanitarian and one seeking to embrace beauty, Nick hopes to leave his mark as a respected professional voice and face of the industry, known for challenging the world to recognize beauty in all. He believes in inner beauty first and foremost, which led to the launch of his #iseeyourbeauty campaign emphasizing inner beauty through beauty direction, positivity and community. As a philanthropist, Nick has been a champion for L’Oreal’s Hairdressers Against AIDS, an organization that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for HIV and AIDS. When challenging himself as a stylist, Nick accomplished multiple nominations/wins at the North American Hair Styling awards (NAHA), which were widely acclaimed and published. He currently serves on the board of the International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN) and Cosmetologists Chicago, host of America's Beauty Show, to share his experience and insight to better serve the professional salon industry.

As Senior Vice President of Store and Services Operations for Ulta Beauty, Nick sets the course for all corporate store operations, services and education at over 1,200 locations. Together with his first-of-its-kind Ulta Beauty Pro Team of elite-brand celebrity hairstylists/educators, he translates trends into the cuts, colors and styles that form the backbone of Ulta Beauty’s seasonal salon offerings. He also leads the corporate services team to develop and drive the strategic vision and execution of the services business including services innovation, education, marketing and events, as well as continuing to find synergy between Ulta Beauty’s services and retail business.

As Brand Ambassador and celebrity stylist for L’ORÉAL’s Matrix, Nick graces the stage as an educator, platform artist and spokesperson for industry venues and trade shows. He is instrumental in creating some of the industry’s most popular trends using prestigious hair color portfolios for Matrix Professional Haircare and Color. His trends and techniques are shared with stylists from all over the world to help them fortify their own talents and strengths.

Nick recently launched his own company CURIOUS Brushes by Nick Stenson. It is a line of styling brushes that are quickly becoming an industry game-changer in blow-outs. These unique styling brushes were crafted by utilizing his talent to create the perfect style for all hair diversities.

Avant-Garde Makeup Artist

CINDY CHEN

Former IBI Awards winner and with over 1.7 Million followers, Cindy challenges the beauty industry to see beyond the glam, to use makeup as a beautiful medium of artistry and to see every face as a dynamic canvas.

Cindy Chen is an avant-garde makeup influencer and content creator, who uses makeup to create works of fine art on her face. With over 1.7 million followers on social media, she has worked with major brands like Netflix, Amazon, Urban Decay Cosmetics, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Canon, and Disney. She's been published internationally, featured on Buzzfeed, TikTok, and SnapChat, nominated for 2020 AIA Awards' Creative Makeup Artist of the Year, and won the 2019 IBI Awards for Best Avant-Garde Makeup Artistry. Having been a professional visual and graphic designer before she found content creation, she hopes that people can be inspired to be creative and choose their passions as a career. She wants to challenge the beauty industry to see beyond the glam, to use makeup as a beautiful medium of artistry and to see every face as a dynamic canvas.
Beauty Photographer and Campaign Creator

DARYNA BARYKINA

Daryna creates clean, beautifully polished photography often in the medium of self-portraiture and has captured countless winning entries for such competitions as NAHA, Color Zoom, Style & Color Trophy and Show us Your Artistry.

A beauty photographer and self-portraiture artist specializing in stylized conceptual vivid imagery, Daryna Barykina currently, resides in Jacksonville, FL, but constantly travels for assignments, photography classes, and speaking opportunities.

Daryna uses her talents to create clean, beautiful, polished photography, as well as over-the-top, bold, and moody imagery.

Becoming a photographer has always been Daryna’s dream. As a little girl, she used to tear out ads from fashion magazines in the waiting room of the beauty salon her mother frequented. Over the years, Daryna made quite the collection of images in which she found inspiration, but did not dare to believe that one day her dreams would become reality.

In 2011, Daryna’s family relocated from Ukraine to Florida, where she began pursuing a career in the beauty industry. It was not easy for Daryna, but her background in photography, her education and knowledge in business helped her achieve her goals. Before moving to America, Daryna had graduated from the Kyiv School of Photography in 2010, and concurrently completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Ukrainian – American Concordia University.

Creating advertising campaigns for beauty brands is Daryna’s passion, but she finds the editorial world just as captivating. Daryna’s work has been published in professional magazines throughout the world, such as Estetica (Italia), American Salon (USA), Salon Today (USA), Modern Salon (USA), Behind the Chair.com on paper (USA), Salon Opinion (Australia), Creative Head (UK), Hair’s How (Russia), Salon News Asia (Taiwan); also, Daryna’s work has been recognized across the web and is featured on websites, such as Glamour.com, Seventeen.com, Elle.pl, Elle.ru, etc.

Even though Daryna loves her job, she always tries to make time for personal work, as it fuels her inspiration and is always rewarding. In fact, one of Daryna’s projects with the social message, “Bruised Behind the Mask,” got a lot of attention from the beauty industry brands participating in the program, “CUT IT OUT ®: Salons Against Domestic Abuse,” ran by the Professional Beauty Association.

Love for the industry inspired Daryna to explore other media, which culminated in her becoming NAHA Makeup Artist of the Year Finalist in 2018 as well as 2020. In June 2019, Daryna had the honor of being makeup director for the Licensed to Create Awards Show, Cosmoprof Artistic Team presentation.

Daryna’s competitive nature led to her being one of the go-to hair competition photographers. In that capacity, Daryna has captured countless winning entries for such competitions as NAHA, Color Zoom, Style & Color Trophy, Show Us Your Artistry, etc. In addition, in 2020, Daryna captured the Grand Prize, Lady Gaga X Adobe Chromatica Tour competition; in 2018, she received the North Florida Rising Star Award in Photography, and in 2015, the Advertising Photographer of the Year title by Neutral Density Magazine.

Makeup Artist in Fashion, Beauty, Music & Film

DAN DELGADO

With a highly discerning eye developed from a wide range of experience, dedicated and passionate London-based makeup artist Dan Delgado has judged the IBI Awards since its inception.

A talented, motivated and ambitious professional makeup artist, Dan Delgado has embarked on a career working in the fashion and beauty industry for ten years. Having always held a love for fashion and makeup, in 2011 after he decided to consolidate his natural talent, he started working towards his true passion in makeup artistry.

Through his assisting, freelance, teaching and personal work, Dan honed his classic techniques and familiarity with products that helped him develop his own unique and dependable style, allowing him to achieve picture perfect looks time and time again.

Dan has been working successfully as a freelance makeup artist within the fashion, beauty, music, and film industries. Working alongside several respected and demanding photographers, directors and celebrities. His work has been published in the UK and internationally in a number of high-end publications.

Stylist, Creative Color Artist & Educator

JOSH RAINVILLE

Josh Rainville is a creative color artist, educator and platform artist based out of Southwest Florida. A BTC OneShot winner, he has been in the industry for 13 years and loves sharing his knowledge with other like minded artists.

Josh Rainville is a creative color artist, educator and platform artist based out of Southwest Florida. He has been in the industry for 13 years and loves sharing his knowledge with other like minded artists. In 2018 Josh created his “HaloPrism” technique that quickly gained popularity. He went on to travel all across the US teaching his technique to other stylists, and in 2019, he won a BTC OneShot hair award for “Unconventional Color”. He has a huge passion for creative color and everything unconventional.
Celebrity Hairstylist, Author & Educator

MONAE EVERETT

Monaé Everett is a celebrity hair stylist, author, and public speaker with over 18 years of experience. Her work can be seen in media ranging from Harper's BAZAAR to Yahoo! and ESSENCE to Hair's How.

Monaé Everett is a celebrity hair stylist, author, and public speaker with over 18 years of experience. Her work can be seen in media, ranging from Harper's BAZAAR to Yahoo! and ESSENCE to Hair's How. She has worked with celebrities, including Tia Mowry, Yara Shahidi, Emily Tosta and Nickelodeon starlets Lizzy Greene and Sofia Wylie.

Monaé loves to educate and has launched "The Monae Life Academy" online academy specifically for hairstylists, teaching how to style for editorials, celebrities, and styling for all hair textures.

International Hair & Make-up Artist

BILLY ORR

Billy Orr is an international hair and make-up artist with over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Born in Scotland but based in Dublin, his career has taken him from Morocco to Dubai working with the biggest brands in the business.

Billy Orr is an international hair and make-up artist with over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Born in Scotland but based in Dublin, his career has taken him from Morocco to Dubai working with the biggest brands in the business.

Billy began his career as a hairdresser before going on to study hair and makeup for film and TV. This unique combination along with his masterful hand made him the go-to artist for celebrities in the music and entertainment industries, with stars, such as Lady Gaga, Olivia Palermo and Lyra requesting him for Gala events, TV appearances and photoshoots.

Billy has collaborated with global brands, including L’Oréal Paris, Dior, Estee Lauder and Dyson on seasonal activity, creative campaigns, advertorials, and video production. His travels have taken him to Russia, Portugal, Morocco, and Dubai where he worked on shoots doing editorial hair and make-up looks for luxury brands, such as Dior, Bvulgari and D-Squared. His work has been regularly featured on international publications, including Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and L’Officiel.

Billy’s recent TV credits include Ireland’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Home of the Year, Irish Film & Television Awards and The Irish Rugby Player Awards to name a few.

Makeup Artist & Product Designer

ANGELIQUE VELEZ

“Love raised me, lipstick saved me,” Angelique is a career Fashion and TV Makeup Artist, former IBI Awards winner and creator of Breakups to Makeup, now one of the most sought after accessory and apparel brands for makeup enthusiasts.

Angelique Velez can quite literally say, “love raised me, lipstick saved me.” Makeup artist and founder of Breakups to Makeup used her own personal journey with heartbreak to fuel the creation of Breakups to Makeup (B2M), which is now the one of the most sought after high-quality accessory and apparel brands for makeup enthusiasts, sold online and in retail stores including Sephora, QVC, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Ricky’s and NYLON Shop.

Born and raised in New York, and of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, Velez launched B2M in June 2013 to spread the message that makeup is more than just a simple product; it is also an art form. As a makeup artist for more than a decade, Angelique recognized the importance of this creative outlet and wanted a way to educate and inspire others while turning heartbreak into moments of self-celebration.

Under her leadership, unmatched creativity and massive passion for adding a touch of wit and glam to Breakups to Makeup, her infamous clutches “Love Raised Me Lipstick Saved Me” to “I Would Cry But My Mascara is Designer,” have been seen in the hands of legends, such as Cher to being featured in national media outlets, such as Refinery29, Marie Claire, Allure and Latina, to name a few.

Prior to embracing entrepreneurship and dedicating herself full-time to her passion project, Velez was, and still is, a professional makeup artist. Velez has had the opportunity to work with leading artists, such as Dick Page, Tom Pecheux, Kabuki, Christian McCulloch, Hung Vanngo, Makky, James Vincent and Yuko Takahashi and has been a part of shows for Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Project Runway, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger. She has also worked notable televised events multiple times, including the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the MTV Video Music Awards. She is also a proud member of the IATSE Local 798 Union.

Velez currently resides in New York, but enjoys traveling, while also being a full-time mom.

Celebrated Expert in Corrective & Creative Hair Color

CLAYDE BAUMANN

With over 20 years of experience, reigning British Color Technician of The Year, Clayde is a specialist in corrective and creative hair color, heading the color department of one of the most successful, highly-decorated, independent salons in the UK and a Wella Master Colour Expert.

With over 20 years of experience, reigning British Colour Technician of The Year, Clayde is a specialist in corrective and creative hair colour, heading the colour department of one of the most successful, highly decorated, independent salons in the UK.

Maintaining a keen focus on skill building, creativity, innovation, trend forecasting and platform artistry, Clayde travels extensively representing D&J Ambrose in an educational and inspirational capacity and champions the Wella brand as a Top Creative Artist and digital influencer.

Defending his title, Clayde is currently a nominee for 2021 British Colour Technician Of The Year! Should he succeed in keeping the title, Clayde will go on to join an illustrious group of hairdressers in the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame.

Journalist & Beauty Editor

ERIN LUKAS

Erin Lukas is a Brooklyn-based beauty journalist and editor working with InStyle.com. Her writing has also appeared in a number of top digital and print publications, such as NYLON, Teen Vogue, Into the Gloss, FASHION Magazine, Canadian Living, and more.

Erin Lukas is a Brooklyn-based beauty journalist and editor working with InStyle.com. Her writing has also appeared in a number of top digital and print publications such as NYLON, Teen Vogue, Into the Gloss, FASHION Magazine, Canadian Living, and more.

Throughout her career, she has interviewed a number of high-profile and award-winning celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Zoë Kravitz, Brie Larson, Iman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sophie Turner, Mandy Moore, Gabrielle Union, Hailey Bieber, Kaia Gerber, John Legend, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Ciara. She has also profiled a number of key figures in the beauty industry, from brand founders to leading makeup artists and hairstylists. She is experienced in directing beauty shoots, hosting videos, and branded content. She also really loves writing about bangs.

Her work with InStyle.com has been nominated for a Webby Award and Folio Eddie Award.

Award-Winning Stylist & Updo Specialist

HALEY GARBER

Haley Garber is an award winning on-site styling specialist based out of North Carolina. Licensed for seven years, she carries her multi-nominated expertise into every work she creates.

Haley Garber is an award winning on-site styling specialist based out of North Carolina. Licensed for seven years, she carries her multi-nominated expertise into every work she creates.

She is passionate about creating an exceptional client experience, and has merged together education and passion to deliver results beyond conventional styling — artistically ensuring the confidence of her clients, both in the chair and behind it.

When Haley isn’t styling or educating, she is working to create awareness of human trafficking and how the beauty industry can play an important role in combating it. Her deep love for people connects her to the beauty industry in a way that empowers her to encourage others through styling and advocacy alike, making sure everyone can create the best work and life with confidence and passion.

Celebrity, Editorial & Fashion Makeup Artist

AMANDA CHRISTAN BURRAN

Amanda Christan has worked as a makeup artist in the beauty and fashion industry for over 25 years in New York. She is a well-known beauty expert, and her work has appeared in leading fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. Her makeup has also been seen on the runways of New York fashion week. Her celebrity clients have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone and Isabella Rossellini, to name a few.

Amanda Christan has worked as a makeup artist in the beauty and fashion industry, mainly in New York, for over 25 years. She is a well-known beauty expert, and her work has appeared in leading fashion magazines, like Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. Her makeup has also been seen on the runways of New York fashion week. Her celebrity clients have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone and Isabella Rossellini, to name a few.

Amanda started doing makeup with her Grandmother, Zula when she was a little girl growing up in Georgia. At that time, Amanda would only dream of going to New York City and becoming a makeup artist. Yet at 24, she did leave the south and headed to the big city. It took Amanda about 10 years of hard work to make it, but she believes that it was worth it. As a result of moving to New York City, and beginning her career as a makeup artist, Amanda’s work has been featured in leading fashion magazines, like Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, and even on the cover of Rolling Stone with Fiona Apple. Seeing her makeup on the runways of New York Fashion Week was also a blast. Some of Amanda’s celebrity clients include, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone, and Isabella Rossellini, to name a few. Amanda considers working at the Grammy Awards, with musicians Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, and Joan Baez the highlight of her career. Amanda was also the spokesperson for Max Factor and Bourjois, making national television appearances and press events with top beauty editors. Through her art and love of makeup, Amanda has always worked to create a space where all women can feel beautiful in their own skin, as she believes that beauty makes women feel alive and helps them discover their innate power and grace.

Makeup Artist & Educator / Lecturer

JSTERLING HURLEY

JSterling is a New York based makeup artist and educator / lecturer on the subject of beauty and inspiration. His work has appeared in countless regional, national and international magazines. He has worked with a diverse range of celebrities including Liam Neeson, Mandy Moore, Natasha Henstridge, Robin Tuney, Vivian Green and Kherington Payne, to name a few.

JSterling is a New York based makeup artist and educator / lecturer on the subject of beauty and inspiration. His work has appeared in countless regional, national and international magazines. He has worked with a diverse range of celebrities including Liam Neeson, Mandy Moore, Natasha Henstridge, Robin Tuney, Vivian Green and Kherington Payne, to name a few.

JSterling has worked in all aspects of the beauty industry. As a licensed professional, he has worked as a hair stylist, esthetician, makeup artist and is a New York State certified instructor.

As an educator, he has been adamant about giving back to an industry that has been so very kind to him. Over the course of his career many talented experts have generously given of their time and insights. Increasingly the beauty industry and its connected fields have been pushed into the spotlight earning much deserved respect.

He believes when the spotlight turns to us, we must be professional and meet the challenge. He strongly believes in the transformative power of makeup. However, the transformation does not stop at the physical transformation. Beyond the promise that cosmetics offer exists their true impact. That is, empowering the individual, enhancing self-esteem and promoting a sense of well-being, to truly go beyond the bounds of beauty.

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