NewBeauty 2016 Beauty Choice Awards Expert and Editor Judging Panel

Awards Judging Panel

As beauty editors, the job of narrowing down thousands of products and selecting the best of the best is never easy. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of our NewBeauty Editorial Advisory Board members and other leading industry experts—a mixture of surgeons, dermatologists, dentists, celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists and more—to give us their unique perspectives on what really works and what doesn’t so that our ballot truly recognizes the industry’s top innovations and most effective beauty solutions. Here, we introduce you to our experts: 

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Dr. Jeanine B. Downie


A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, sought after lecturer and author, Dr. Jeanine Downie’s reputation for excellence and personal patient care has placed her at the forefront of all things dermatology.

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Beth Minardi

Hair-Color Specialist

For over 30 years, celebrity colorist and hair icon Beth Minardi has worked both behind the chair and with industry professionals to singlehandedly elevate hair coloring to an art form.

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Dr. Tina Alster

Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Widely regarded as the “Queen of Laser”, due to her many innovations in the world of dermatology, Dr. Tina Alster is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and a clinical professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center.

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Dr. Kenneth R. Beer

Founder and Director of Cosmetic Boot Camp

Board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology, Dr. Kenneth Beer practices out of West Palm Beach, FL and has become a leader in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction as well as cosmetic dermatology.

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Dr. Julius Few

Director of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Along with being the director of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Few is recognized internationally for his surgical prowess and skincare innovations, including his Stackable Treatment technique.

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Dr. Sanjay Grover

Plastic Surgeon and Director of The Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Stanford-trained with more than 20 years of surgical experience, Dr. Sanjay Grover is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and works out the Newport Beach area in California.

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Paula Simpson

Celebrity Nutritionist

With global recognition as a nutrition, product development and branding expert, Paula Simpson has dedicated her time in educating both the medical aesthetic and beauty industries of nutrition and supplementation to support natural beauty and healthy aging. 

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Ramona Braganza

Celebrity Trainer

With a lifetime spent in fitness as a competitive gymnast, NFL cheerleader, fitness contestant, model and wellness coach, my true passion is guiding all walks of people toward a better life – mind, body, and spirit. People lose weight and build strength with my DVDs, Mobile app, lifestyle Diet and Nutrition plans. They attend my retreats or connect with me online for my one to one sessions and they follow my blog adventures to be inspired. With my 321 Philosophy, people can tackle anything life throws at them because they’ll have wellness for the mind, fitness for the body, and peace for the spirit.

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Ruth Zukerman

Co-founder of Flywheel

Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman has been a leading fitness instructor on the East Coast for the past 25 years. She received her education at Mount Holyoke College and has taken extensive courses in anatomy and exercise physiology. 

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Nerida Joy

Celebrity Aesthetician

With more than 35 years of skin care experience, Nerida has helped many, from the world’s most enviable stars to working class professionals, achieve and maintain gorgeous, healthy skin. She has built a celebrated career with her distinctly individualized approach to skin care.

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Pati Dubroff

Celebrity Makeup Artist

One of Hollywood’s most respected makeup artists, and a distinguished leader in the beauty industry, Pati Dubroff is an undeniable talent. She is passionate, dedicated, and hard working; it is these characteristics that have helped to earn her success and acclaim over the years.

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Ni’Kita Wilson

Cosmetic Chemist

Having developed more than 3,200 products, Ni’Kita Wilson is known as a world-renowned cosmetic chemist and considered an industry expert by her colleagues and consumers. 

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Marie Ferro

Celebrity Hairstylist/Colorist

Marie Ferro is proprietor of her own salon next to the famous Malibu Colony, where she has been in business for 25 years. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Cal State Northridge,which supports her understanding of hair product knowledge.

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Dr. Gervaise Gerstner


Dr. Gervaise Gerstner is board-certified dermatologist known for her skillful use of the latest technologies to achieve flawless results. She specializes in lasers, adult acne, fillers and skin cancer and treats men and women of all ages, and has been in private practice in Manhattan since 2003. 
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Dr. Gary Goldfaden


Dr. Gary Goldfaden is a practicing dermatologist, lifetime member of The American Academy of Dermatology and the creator of GOLDFADEN MD products.

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Sarah Tanno

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Sarah Tanno’s ability to translate natural beauty to ambitious art concepts has made her one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the industry. Her ever expanding roster of clients ranges from editorial titans to high-profile celebrities, including Lady Gaga.

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Genevieve Herr

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Cuban-born makeup artist Genevieve Herr is known for being a top pick amongst celebrities for their glam squad lineup on both the red carpet and photo shoots.

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Gita Bass

Celebrity Makeup Artist

A native Australian, makeup artist Gita Bass has worked extensively in Europe and New York across multiple arenas, including fashion editorials, advertising campaigns, red carpet events and runway shows. 

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Yolanda Yoh Bucher

Editor-in-Chief, NewBeauty Magazine
Chief Creative Officer, SANDOW

Yolanda Yoh Bucher is the founding Editor-in-Chief of NewBeauty, where she’s leading the charge at the most innovative beauty magazine in the industry. 

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Elise Minton

Executive Beauty Editor, NewBeauty 

As executive beauty editor, Elise Minton, who brings her own creative spin and new ideas to the brand, stays on top of all beauty and plastic surgery trends, writes features, represents the brand for broadcast television appearances and maintains contact with publicists, doctors, experts, hairstylists, makeup artists and other industry leaders. 

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Liz Ritter

Executive Managing Editor, NewBeauty

Liz Ritter is the executive managing editor of NewBeauty magazine. She covers the magazine’s spa content, as well as various articles on health and wellness and active ingredients. 

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Carolyn Hsu

Digital Managing Editor, NewBeauty

As the managing web editor, Carolyn oversees all the beauty content on site and social media. As a 10-year veteran of the beauty industry, she’s made a career out of trying all the latest and greatest in skin care and color cosmetics. 

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Anna Jimenez

Editorial Video Director, NewBeauty

Anna Jimenez  hosts and produces videos for NewBeauty Live. She has tried almost every mascara that’s ever come out and she believes whole heartedly that a rouged cheek and painted nail can lend a new lease on life. 

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Brittany Burhop

Senior Editor, NewBeauty

Brittany Burhop is NewBeauty’s senior editor who focuses on beauty, wellness and celebrity content for both print and digital platforms. She enjoys being a beauty product junkie and has yet to meet a dry shampoo she didn’t love.

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