Célia’s Travel Kit Staples

Travel Essentials Blog PostTraveling with a kit can be stressful, it is essential to pair down to just the absoulute necessities. We asked Sigma PRO Ambassador Célia what she packs in her kit for longer trips:

‘This year I will travel with my kit quite a lot so I need to pack as light as I can. Here is what I plan on packing in my kit when I travel:

Before talking about brushes and makeup, I need to mention the absolute essential for me: making sure I have clean brushes for every client. The Spa Express Mat is very small and easy to travel with so this is my number one essential for perfectly clean brushes.

As far as brushes go, I like to have choices so I will take my Sigma Beauty Complete Kit and my P86 for flawless concealer application and because it is my all-time favorite brush.

For makeup, I will of course take foundations I like to have 4-5 different shades and mix them if I need a slightly different color, a concealer palette and translucent loose powder and of course my Shimmer Cream in Brilliant and bronzer in Limelight

For eyeshadows, you can’t go wrong with neutral shades. My favorite is the Warm Neutrals palette; it will obviously travel with me as well one with brighter options like Nightlife.

I have a lot of lipstick options so it is always hard to choose but a red and a nude will make it for sure. I can always mix them to get a pink!

These are the main things I need to do makeup but of course I’ll also take mascara, black pencil eye liner, brow powder and don’t forget the disposable wands for clients!’

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Catching up with NZINGHA

5-20-16_Nzingha_blogTaking a break from her busy schedule, Sigma PRO makeup artist NZINGHA gave us a brief look into her makeup journey last week and a peek at what’s to come.

‘Music is all around me! It’s been the backdrop for everything I’ve ever done in the beauty business. My 25+ year journey as a pro makeup artist started in the music industry. Being on music videos and tours working with recording artists like Prince, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Sean “P Diddy” Comes, Missy Elliot, D’Angelo, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and more. I’ve also worked with film actors Will Smith, Terrance Howard, Mo’Nique, Gabby Sidibe, Queen Latifah, and countless others.

Currently, my work can be seen on several TV shows including Billions, POWER, and a new Netflix Original Series named ‘The Get Down’. My newest project, ‘The Get Down’, is a music inspired TV show where we’ve gotten to play with period makeup set in the 70’s-80’s.

On today’s shoot we are doing 70’s-80’s drag queen makeup! We pulled out all the glitter, shimmer and high drama makeup! It was just glorious to see all of the Artistry in one room. Rhinestone eyebrows glittery fuchsia blush and lots of disco music!

Today was day one of shooting the history of drag ballroom competition where “Vogueing ” is in order. So having to recreate some of the makeup of Drag’s legends was a bit of challenging because there were certain colors they used which aren’t available anymore. Our call time today was 5am which means I leave my home about 3:30 am, I arrived to set at 4:30, set up my station, making sure I have everything exactly where I need it to be. I take a 15minute breakfast and then after… let the show begin!

The makeup room we’re set up in today is home to 20 Makeup Artists and 20 Hairstylists and we had 200 extras! It was a mix of drag makeup and regular 70’s period makeup so the principal actors of course were first priority…all I can say is glitter was flying everywhere, lots of big show hair and neon ruffled gowns too. This shoot felt like was doing music videos all over again. All we needed was a black light for the neon makeup some of the actors were wearing. I’m normally the DJ in the makeup room I played everything from Donna Summer to Madonna. Even though it was a 10-hour shoot, the time flew by.

Being a freelance artist has allowed me to explore almost every medium, from working as a beauty editor for VIBE Magazine to doing makeup for film, TV, music, fashion and stage productions. I have focused on my pro MUA blog for the last 4 ½ years, The Glad Squad Files, where I share my advice for aspiring artists. Artist is a title that comes with a certain amount of freedom of expression from day to day, second to second.’

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Behind the Look: Phoenix Golden

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Sigma PRO Phoenix Golden recently did a spread for Women’s Health Mexico and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what SigmaBeauty products she used to create this look.

‘To achieve the look for Women’s Health Mexico, I used all things Sigma. The inspiration for the behind the denim-focused shoot was a youthful story. Soft, dewy, fresh and 17 was my goal. After a gentle skin prep and facial massage, I mixed equal portions of water – based foundation with Afterglow Liquid Highlighter. I wanted to take full advantage of the product’s light reflective properties. I then mixed Cheeky, Born To, and Peaceful blushes, applying with fingers, using firm strokes. For lids I used a liberal amount of Flip Flop Lip Switch and set with Passion Fruit Eye Shadow using an F35 Tapered Highlighter. To complete look, I applied a Power Crayon in the shade Rubicund to the entire lip. I then blotted the product off lip, allowing the stained residue to speak softly.’

Photo by Sarah Kjelleren
Styling by Melissa Infante
Casting by Seona Taylor-Bell
Hair & makeup by Phoenix Golden
Using Sigma Beauty and Amika hair products
Shot at The Nine Studios, assistant Bryant Norman
Produced by Team Black Productions

Meet Our Sigma PRO Ambassador Griselle Rosario

4-24_PROAmbassador_blogWith over 15 years of experience, Griselle Rosario is one of the most versatile makeup artists based in New York City. Her signature look is best described as edgy, fresh, and flawless. Through her social media presence, her role as a PRO Ambassador for Sigma Beauty and part of the L’Oréal Pro team, Griselle has become one of the most recognized, fun, and energetic faces in the beauty industry. Tune into her Periscope broadcasts to see her sunny personality in action.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, now established in the fashion Mecca of New York City, Griselle has become one of the strongest makeup artists, mastering the art in all ethnicities and complexions.
Throughout her career, she has maintained a high editorial profile working with many of the world’s top publications including Vogue, Essence, Glamour, WWD, Elle, Marie Claire, Noise, Brides, Vanidades, and L’Officiel among many others.
In addition, Griselle has collaborated with Brands like Amazon, MC Call Patterns, Nike, Desigual, Yahoo Español, Tom Ford, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Verizon, Agent Provocateur, and many more.
A few of the personalities and athletes she has worked her magic on include Caroline Wozniacki, Mark Parker, Nicki Hilton, Cappie Pondexter, Loni Love, Karrueche, Elle Varner, Nike CEO Mark Parker, Desigual model Winnie Harlow, Rochelle Aytes, Hannah Simone, just to name a few.
As she’s known on social media, “grisellemua” sets herself apart from her peers with her innate ability to translate trends and know how to effectively bring any photographer’s idea to life through collaboration facilitated by her formal education and background in film production, lighting art, and photography.

Keep up with Griselle on her Instagram and Twitter pages.

Stock your kit with Griselle’s favorite Sigma Beauty products >>

Photo by Lindsay Adler
Model is Puck Loomans from New York Model Management
Nails by Mimi Williams
Hair and Makeup by Griselle Rosario

Guest Look: Sonia Allen

Sonia Allen Guest Post April 2016Sonia Allen is an international makeup artist based in Sydney who, after studying and working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, left the medical life to pursue her passion for makeup. Makeup has been a life-long passion for Sonia – she grew up in Paris admiring her mother and other women for their ability to be both accomplished and effortlessly stylish. Sonia is inspired by the creative individuals she works with and by living and working around the world. She works across fashion editorials, runway, bridal, and television.

Sometimes you don’t need a million brushes to achieve a beautiful editorial look, just a few great ones that can multitask. We asked Sonia about the 5 brushes she used to create this look. Keep reading to see how she gets the most out of them:

F86 Tapered Kabuki™ Brush:
After cleansing the model’s skin and massaging in the skincare, I used this brush to work in the foundation taking my time to build the coverage where needed. The pressure offered by this brush was ideal for me as I could control exactly how much product I wanted to work with at a time to ensure seamless blending.
Then I used this brush to highlight the cheekbones using a liquid luminizer and small movements to “press” the highlight into the skin.

E30 Pencil Brush:
I used this brush to apply cream concealer after the foundation. The tapered tip allowed for great precision near the eye area and also for the bridge of the nose.
This brush also came in handy for mixing some concealer with the same liquid luminizer, used to highlight the cheekbones, so that I could also bring light to the other high points of the face and Cupid’s bow.

P84 Precision Angled™ Brush:
This was the perfect brush for applying my cream eyeshadow base. I used the pointed head for getting in close to the lash line and inner corner of the eye and then slanted the brush to cover the rest of the eyelid. The pressure of application was perfect for avoiding creasing.
After wiping the excess, I used this same brush to apply the tiniest hint of cream contour to the hollows of her cheeks.

E38 Diffused Crease™ Brush:
This was my brush of choice for applying the powder eye shadow color to set the cream base. I used a quick swirling motion to really work the powder into the cream with maximum control.
After cleaning eye shadow from the brush, I also used the E38 to set the under eye concealer with the smallest amount of finely milled powder.

E06 Winged Liner™ Brush:
The eyeliner used in this look is very minimal and is mainly there to blend the false lashes into the model’s natural lashes. This was my brush of choice for gliding a thin amount of gel liner through the lash line and winging out slightly.
I also used this brush on Emily’s brows after wiping off the gel liner. First to work through a brow pencil for shape, followed by a brow powder for texture.

 Photographer – Natasha Foster, Makeup – Sonia Allen, Model – Emily from The Agency, Hair – Josh Anderson from Toni & Guy Parammatta, Stylist & Set Designer – Jillian Boustred

Meet our 2016 PRO Ambassador: Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is a makeup artist based in Orlando, Florida. A true artist, Lynn’s passion is what makes her one of the most sought-after artists in the country. An expert in bridal and television techniques, her resume includes the hit VH1 reality series Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, and weddings all over the world. A natural born educator, Lynn shares her wealth of knowledge on her YouTube channel, Lovely Lynn MUA, and Instagram Page.

“Sigma is a must-have in my kit! The quality of the brushes and the cosmetics take my artistry to another level.” — Lynn

Lynn is represented by The Teknique Group.

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Sidory’s Tips for Black and White Photography

Blog Post #1“Doing makeup that translates beautifully in black and white photography can be tricky. Remember to apply some of these quick tips before application to achieve the best results.

Highlight: it’s important to show dimension when doing a black and white makeup application. Try applying highlighters over the high planes of the face to create highlights.

Detail: it’s very important that your work is clean and blended. Blending in your contouring, eyeshadows and make sure your eyeliner is smooth and precise. Coat those lashes with an even amount of mascara. Texture shows quite easily in black and white.

Contour: contouring is meant for sculpting face shapes and features. Contouring creates depth and recedes areas you want to minimize. It helps show contrast too which is especially important in black and white photos.”

–Sidory

Here are some of the products Sidory loves using for black and white photography:

Beacon of Light Shimmer Cream
Afterglow Liquid Highlighter
E71 Highlight Diffuser™
Basic Face Kit
Brow Expert Kit
Sinuosity Mascara
Smoke Screen Eye Shadow Palette
E06 Winged Liner Brush
Gel Liner Wicked
In the Saddle Aura Powder
Limelight Bronzer

Hair and Makeup: Sidory
Photo: Tony Veloz
Model: Kaylea from Modelogic

Sigma PRO + IMATS NY 2016

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It’s that time of year again, Sigma Beauty is coming to IMATS NY this weekend! Join us at booth 634 for exclusive sets, free gifts, and of course, use your PRO discount to stock up on Sigma essentials for your kit. On Pro night, the first 100 people to spend $100 will receive a free Spa Express Glove with purchase. We’ve also got new gift with purchase options for the whole weekend. With any purchase $30+, you’ll get an F45 Buffer brush. For purchases $50+, you’ll receive a makeup bag with a mini E55 and Sheila Lip Vex. Purchases over $75+ will get a coral or blue brush cup holder added in.

As always, artists must present their Sigma Beauty PRO card to receive the 30% PRO discount. If you haven’t gotten yours in the mail yet, please be prepared to show the welcome email received upon acceptance into the PRO Program.

See the IMATS NY exclusive sets on the Sigma Beauty website >>

Simply Vibrant Summer 2016 Campaign

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Summer is almost upon us, ushering in golden bronze shades accented by vibrant pops of purple and blue. This laid-back collection highlights warm summer vibes with pressed powders and loose pigments that wear comfortably. Each of the products are extremely versatile, easy to wear, and compliment every skin tone. Heat up your client’s look with metallic washes or cool off with cool tones. This collection features two of Sigma Beauty’s top-sellers, Cor-de-Rosa Aura Powder and our E25 Blending Brush.

Make this season Simply Vibrant >>

Artist Faves: Ellen Arden

3-29_ArtistFaves_blogThis last weekend, one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2016 premiered to excited audiences everywhere. Batman v Superman smashed box office records and will only continue to entertain audiences around the world. One of our extremely talented PROs had the honor of heading up a division of artists on the film. Ellen Arden is an IATSE 798 Journeyman Makeup Artist, specializing in film, television, and celebrity makeup. Ellen’s most recent work includes Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Universal Pictures) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Brothers). Ellen was kind enough to let us take a peek into her kit and share what her Sigma essentials are to use on set.

The Warm Neutrals Palette is a great all around eyeshadow palette. The shades compliment all skin tones and blend seamlessly.
The E25 Blending is one of my favorite brushes! I use them to blend out liners and lightly powder the under-eye area, I’ve even used them to cover tattoos with alcohol palettes. They’re the best!
The P80 Precision Flat is an amazing concealer brush! It allows me to blend out creams to hide and diffuse problem areas in a snap.
Sigma’s E30 Pencil Brushes are awesome! I often use eyeshadows as liner to create a soft and natural dimension that is pleasing to the camera.
The F25 Tapered Face Brush is my favorite brush for applying powders. The tapered bristles help you create a soft and gradient application of blot powder, bronzer, blush, and highlights while giving you the added benefit of control of placement, unlike large and fluffy brushes.
The E58 Cream Color Brush is definitely one of my favorites! Not only do I find that these brushes work wonders for getting a clean precise application of cream eyeshadow, but they also double as an awesome concealer and lip brush. The flat synthetic bristles with the perfectly tapered edges allow you to apply an array of cream products with ease… and who doesn’t love a multi-tasker!?
Sigma Brow Wax pencils are definitely one of my kit staples! Sure, its great for getting your brows under control and prepping them for brow powders, but I also like to use them around the lip line to prevent lip color and/or gloss from feathering. I have also used them to “outline” the edge of the brows when tinting to prevent any rogue stains, to waterproof an eyeliner in a pinch, and to create a trail for tears to follow in crying scenes. Ha!

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