The 2023 Beauty Game-Changers Awards

Marie Claire experts selected standout beauty products across skincare, makeup, haircare, nails, and fragrance categories. Here’s what came out on top.

The 2023 Beauty Game-Changers Awards
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The beauty industry continues to set new standards of product innovation that provide solutions to our everyday lives, ultimately, making our lives easier and much simpler. 

This year, we connected with top experts in the industry to help us unearth cutting-edge products that have launched within the last 12 months. Our winners span five categories that will see you through every step of your daily routine—they are the best in fragrance, hair, skincare, makeup and nails.

Scroll ahead for the best of the best 2023 Marie Claire Skin Awards winners, you won’t be disappointed. 

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The Judges

Alexandra Monet

Alexandra Monet

Alexandra Monet is a perfumer at Firmenich. Sparkling and spontaneous, Alexandra Monet is the personification of joie de vivre. At the age of 13, her curiosity led her to discover the programs at ISIPCA. She remembers the great perfumers of that time who supported her in her professional development and to whom she remains very close. Her passion grew, and Alexandra focused her studies on making perfumery her profession. The love of her profession brought Alexandra to Munich, Germany for 6 years. She wanted to start her career living in the German culture, with its reputation for order and structure. Alexandra loves to travel. This escape from her day to day life nourishes her creativity. She enjoys discovering new tastes and smells, and also meeting new people.

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Cheryl Bergamy

Cheryl Bergamy

Cheryl Bergamy is a hairstylist based in NYC. She studied under L’Oréal and trained in holistic nutrition. Cheryl specializes in treating textured hair of all types. Her work has appeared on the runways at New York Fashion Week and published in several magazines. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Cheryl has worked with celebrities Sierra Capris, Ruth Carter, Ashleigh Murray, John Legend, Curtis(50 cent)Jackson to name a few.

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Elaine Offers

Elaine Offers

Elaine Offers has been perfecting the beauty of top actresses for many years. Her ability to create creamy, luminous complexions has made her one of the top makeup artists working in the entertainment industry today. 

After graduating from Joe Blasco, Offers began her career working on music videos. She quickly transitioned to feature films, working on projects including “Spiderman 3,” “The Missing,” “The Hours,” and “Magnolia.” Some of her top clients include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Blake Lively, Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst and Sarah Jessica Parker. 

Unlike most makeup artists who only work in film, Offers’ makeup is so current and fresh that she can easily transition to other mediums and has worked on top editorial shoots for publications such as W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also worked with renowned photographers such as Cliff Watts, David Bailey, Mark Liddell, and Robert Maxwell. 

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Nick Barose

Nick Barose

Nick Barose was born and raised in Thailand where his fascination with makeup was instilled in him from very early on. Growing up with two sisters and all female cousins, having an interest in beauty was only natural. Barose recalls as a young boy, he and his sisters going through their mother’s closet, playing dress up with 60’s dresses, hair pieces and Mary Quant makeup crayons. 

In the early 90’s, Barose moved to New York City to study environmental design at Parsons School of Design. Although it was fun for the first couple of years, once design became more about the technical, his passion for makeup soon resurfaced. 

Barose began his formal makeup training assisting Kevyn Aucoin. Since then, he has risen to the top of his field. He counts numerous Hollywood stars as his clients including Lupita Nyong’o, Rachel Weisz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amandla Stenberg, Angela Bassett, Willow Smith, and Holly Hunter.

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Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose

Blair Murphy-Rose

Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, FAAD is a board-certified cosmetic and medical dermatologist specializing in facial rejuvenation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York and Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. She is a Castle + Connolly Top Doctor and Super Doctor of NY. Owner of Skincare Junkie.

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Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin

Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin

Known for her honesty and love for bespoke medical and cosmetic skin solutions, Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin has established a loyal following of patients from all walks of life - entire families, skincare enthusiasts, actors, designers, beauty editors, physicians, lawyers, teachers, and many more.

As a native Californian, Dr. Levin graduated summa cum laude from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned her medical degree from the University of California of San Francisco (UCSF), as a member of the highest honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her internship at the California Pacific Medical Center and dermatology residency at New York University Langone Health.

As a clinical assistant professor at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, she is committed to contributing to the field of dermatology by teaching dermatology resident physicians and medical students, as well as serving as a reviewer for various scientific journals. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Society, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. She is a leading expert and speaker in facial rejuvenation, laser surgery, acne and rosacea. Dr. Levin has won awards and research grants for her research in laser surgery, acne, and global dermatology.

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Sara Chue

Sara Chue

Sara Chue got her professional start as a Manicurist when she was only 17. She soon became licensed, and after nine years of brushing and honing her craft in a nail spa, it was time for a new adventure! She left her native Detroit and moved to Los Angeles in 2014. She started out at a salon in Beverly Hills, but her humility, diligence, graciousness, and work ethic helped her to make important connections quickly. In just two years, her work has graced editorials such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and ELlE Magazine, and she's manicured some of Hollywood’s brightest stars for the red carpet at the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes. If you follow her on social media, you’ll see that she’s touched the hands of more than a few notables: Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Anthony Hopkins, and Kris Jenner, to name just a few.

Chue is a true artist with a bright, passionate spirit. Along with being certified in Manicuring, Chue also holds a license in cosmetology and barbering. If she isn't nailing, there’s a good chance she’s somewhere barbering! The wide array of skills and training she has acquired truly reflects her love for the beauty industry.

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