It’s awards season, and with the Australian Hair Fashion Awards, Australian Hair Industry Awards (Business) and Australian Modern Barber Awards set for the final few weeks of the year, our sister industry kicked off the season to award their very best. The Australian Beauty Industry Awards and Australia Make-up Industry Awards announced their winners in a live stream event on November 14, after ongoing event changes due to COVID border restrictions, with beauty, makeup and spa communities gathering and celebrating together on a smaller scale.

The 2021 event saw entries up by 30 per cent, with many categories receiving record submissions. The event also debuted Sole Operator of the Year and Educator of the Year- Product/Equipment Company categories.

“Whilst we were saddened to not be able to cheers en masse, it was still thrilling to announce each of our winners, and I feel we could hear the cheers from around the country all the way on the Gold Coast,” said Linda Woodhead, owner and publisher at Mocha, which is behind the event. “The winners represent the very best practice not just in Australia, but on a global scale, and we hope that their local communities will support them through these difficult times. The 2021 entries truly proved just how resilient and hardworking these beauty, aesthetic and make-up experts are.”

Bliss Day Spa

The awards were sponsored by brands including Dermalogica, FACEBYR, Inskin Cosmedics, DermapenWorld, Dermaviduals, Dermaplaning Australia, Shortcuts, Beauty Biz, Salon Lane, Biodroga, Kitomba, Prologic, ReflectoCil, Naked Tan, Exceed Microneedling, Gary Wardle Education, The Zing Project, Private Label Dynamics, Sustainable Salons, Professional Beauty Solutions, Elleebana, Comfortel and The Global Beauty Group. Finalists were judged by a panel that included over 30 local and international make-up artists, stylists, business, media and industry expert judges, with featured names including Rae Morris, Becca Gilmartin, Charles Marcus, Alexandra Bilisi, Faye Murray, Julie Cross, Clare Lamberth and Narelle Lancaster. 

Congratulations to all the winners!

2021 ABIA Winners

Beauty Therapist of the Year
Sponsored by Dermalogica
Lucille Ferreira, Temple Skincare & Spa

Cosmetic Tattooist of the Year
Sponsored by Dermaplane Pro
Danielle Archer

Business Director/Owner of the Year
Sponsored by Kitomba
Sia Psicharis, Beautyologist

Best Business Performance of the Year
Sponsored by Beauty Expo Australia
Inskin Cosmedics

Best Salon Training
Sponsored by Dermaviduals
La Bella Medispa

Customer Care Award
Sponsored by The Global Beauty Group
Bliss Day Spa

Marketing Award
Sponsored by Shortcuts
Infinity Skin + Body

Sole Operator of the Year
Sponsored by Salon Lane
Luminary Melbourne

Best Eco Salon
Sponsored by Biodroga
Eco Spa

Best Newcomer Salon/Spa of the Year
Sponsored by Refectocil
The Beauty Circle

Best Salon Design
Sponsored by Comfortel
Blue Lagoon Float and Spa

Salon Team of the Year
Sponsored by Inskin Cosmedics
Skin Correctives

Educator of the Year – Individual
Sponsored by Elleebana
Nancy Abdou

Educator of the Year – Organisation
Sponsored by Elleebana
Skin Deep Learning

Educator of the Year – Product/Equipment Company
Sponsored by Beauty Biz
Dermalogica

State Salon/Spa of the Year NSW/ACT
4 Treatment Rooms or Less
Sponsored by Dermapenworld
Bella Spazio

State Salon/Spa of the Year NSW/ACT
5 Treatment Rooms or More
Sponsored by Naked Tan
La Bella Medispa

State Salon/Spa of the Year QLD
4 Treatment Rooms or Less
Sponsored by Prologic
Ultra Essence

State Salon/Spa of the Year QLD
5 Treatment Rooms or More
Sponsored by Exceed
Simply Elegant

State Salon/Spa of the Year VIC/TAS/SA
4 Treatment Rooms or Less
Sponsored by Professional Beauty Solutions
Infinity Skin + Body

State Salon/Spa of the Year VIC/TAS/SA
5 Treatment Rooms or More
Sponsored by The Zing Project
Vitality Laser & Skin Clinic

State Salon/Spa of the Year WA/NT
4 Treatment Rooms or Less
Sponsored by Gay Wardle Education
Beauty Bar Byford

State Salon/Spa of the Year WA/NT
5 Treatment Rooms or More
Sponsored by Sustainable Salons
Eco Spa

AUSTRALIAN WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored By Private Label Dynamics
Professional Beauty Solutions

AUSTRALIAN SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR
4 TREATMENT ROOMS OR LESS
Sponsored by Beauty Biz
Infinity Skin + Body

AUSTRALIAN SALON/SPA OF THE YEAR
5 TREATMENT ROOMS OR MORE
Sponsored by Beauty Biz
Eco Spa

2021 AMIA WINNERS
Sponsored by FACE BY R

AMIA High Fashion/Editorial Make Up Artist of the Year
Shiree Collier

AMIA Bridal/Formal Make Up Artist of the Year
Ava Belle

AMIA AUSTRALIAN MAKE UP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ave Belle