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And the WWD Beauty Biz Award Goes To…; MAC And Gaga Go For Round 2; And More…

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WWD presented its annual Beauty Biz awards this morning, with top honors going to Leonard Lauder (pictured at left as a wee baby with mother, Estée), who received the publication’s first-ever Visionary Award. Other winners included Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Lipstick, Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, Thierry Mugler’s Womanity fragrance, and Topshop, which took home a prize for Specialty Retailer of the Year for its much-lauded makeup launch. Also called to the podium was Lancôme-sponsored YouTube phenom Michelle Phan. She was crowned Newcomer of the Year for her online makeup tutorials—one of which dissects a Lady Gaga look and has singlehandedly garnered a whopping 15 million views. [WWD]

Speaking of the biggest pop star of them all, Gaga’s Viva Glam lipstick for MAC, which launched alongside a similar shade designed by Cyndi Lauper this year, did so well the makeup giant has enlisted her for a second solo turn for 2011. [WWD]

Yesterday we shared the news that Taylor Swift will be fronting ads for CoverGirl’s new NatureLuxe Foundation. Today, the matching visual was released into the blogosphere. [People]

Smoky eyes inspired by the runways are apparently the holiday beauty look on everyone’s brain. “Instead of outlining the entire eye with dark shadow, smokiness is only applied to the crease and below the eye,” advises makeup artist Mally Roncal. For more expert tips on getting a sultry (and sparkly) festive look, please direct your attention here. [NYT]

Photo: Lauder family / WWD

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