Artist Faves: Charlotte Hayward

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Charlotte Hayward is a hair and makeup artist who works primarily in the film industry but also within fashion, editorial, red carpet and celebrity. Specializing in beauty makeup and leading ladies, Charlotte has spent years travelling for work and trying new products and techniques.

Recently, Charlotte was the hair and Makeup supervisor for the Stunt 2nd Unit on  the summer hit Jason Bourne. Supporting Frances Hannon who headed up the entire project, Charlotte was in charge of keeping an eye on all the action scenes and traveled between London, Tenerife, and Las Vegas.

These are Charlotte’s go-to Sigma faves for natural beauty and easy application:

High Caliber Lash Mascara: Gives a more natural lash effect which is always my go to look on a movie. It keeps lashes thin and defined but lengthens them and so opens the eye by fanning the lashes out
E34 Domed Utility: One of faves for contouring and blending in the socket of the eye! I now can’t do my eye makeups without them!
E06 Winged Liner Brush: Best liner brush! keeps its shape so you can get a neat line when using a liner pot. The shape also helps you create the perfect wing or subtle flick
F06 Powder Sweep: This is a great small powder brush for the eye area
Spa Mat: So great to have with you to put in the sink at home or in a hotel room on location. The texture of the Mat really helps to clean the brushes quickly. Paired with a brush soap which is my favorite way of cleaning them it makes for a quick and efficient clean up!

Follow Charlotte on Instagram and check out her website to see the rest of her work!

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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Guest Look: Brand Ambassador Violeta Meyners

Violeta Guest Blog Post #1Sometimes, less really is more. This look from Sigma PRO Brand Ambassador Violeta Meyners is a shining example to us all that a light hand can still create impactful looks. By applying a sheer wash of color to the cheeks and keeping the lips and eyes soft, Violeta has produced a look that draws the viewer into the eyes. Playfully contrasting Cassi’s bright blue eyes with peachy tones emphasize the eyes further.

Products used on model Cassi Colvin:

Passion Fruit Eye Shadow in the crease
Afterglow Liquid Highlighter on the cheekbones
Power Liner in Heartbeat on the lips

Brushes:

E38 – Diffused Crease™
E25 – Blending
E45 – Small Tapered Blending
F84 – Angled Kabuki ™
P86 – Precision Tapered™
F35 – Tapered Highlighter
F40 – Angled Contour
F15 – Duo Fibre Blush

Makeup, hair, and photo by Violeta Meyners

Artist Faves: Kristan Serafino

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Kristan Serafino has built a reputation for balancing artistry with supreme precision. Kristan approaches every client with a singular focus to create a look that is appropriate for the individual. She lives by her mantra of “True Beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize the simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.”

Soon after earning her degree in Communications from Boston College, she began her formal training at the flagship salon of stalwart Toni & Guy. As an apprentice Kristan was named a finalist in the Toni & Guy Photographic Awards and soon rose to Position of Salon Manager.

Kristan travels extensively and tends to a growing list of A-List Celebrities. A frequent collaborator of fashion photographers, her work has graced the covers of leading magazines and has been spotted on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

‘What I like best about my Sigma brushes is the even distribution of makeup. My male clients prefer to wear makeup only when necessary, such as leveling the skin tone under harsh studio lighting. Therefore, when my guys do wear makeup they want a light, balanced application. The gentle bristles of the Sigma brushes allow me to apply just the right amount of makeup, which prevents caking and blotching on the skin. Simply, the BEST!’ – Kristan Serafino

Kristan resides in New York City and Los Angeles, you can follow her around the world on Instagram. She is currently wrapping up the world-wide press tour for Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds.

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Meet our 2016 Brand Ambassador: Violeta Meyners

2-18_Meyners_blogVioleta Meyners is a celebrity Makeup Artist and Photographer known for bringing out the most effortless, natural beauty in every person who sits in her chair. Whether she’s beautifying models or celebrities, on the red carpet, photographing in-studio or on location, Violeta applies her trademark blend of youthful, fun, glowing approachability, classic elegance and understated glamour to every job, offering a fresh approach to makeup and beauty that clients have grown to love.

Using her YouTube channel “VioletArtistry” as a platform to inspire, educate and empower women around the world, Vio produces regular content that has amassed thousands of loyal followers from ages 13 to 65. Sharing her professional expertise through makeup tutorials and product reviews, featuring behind the scenes tips and clips of her personal life as a busy career woman and mom, and speaking freely about her passion for healthy, mindful living, Violeta empowers her fans to leverage their beauty knowledge as a tool to develop their self-confidence and express their individuality.

Originally from Romania, Violeta now lives with her son in Los Angeles, and travels around the US as a photographer, makeup artist, and beauty expert. Follow Violeta’s journey on Instagram for more of her amazing work.

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Artist Faves: Denika Bedrossian

Denika Bedrossian Artist FavesLos Angeles Celebrity Makeup Artist Denika Bedrossian, well known for her intricate liquid eye liner and defined cat eye, has always had a passion for beauty, glam, music and fashion. Growing up with a paint brush in hand Denika learned the use of blending and colors through all different textures of canvases and paints. As she grew creatively, her love of makeup grew and her use of canvas’s moved on to faces. With well over a decade of experience under her belt, Denika’s extensive knowledge of makeup has allowed her to master the art of enhancing one’s natural beauty. Not only is Denika well-known for her unique style and vivacious character, she also has a reputation for perfecting the face through contour, highlighting and blending. Her modern techniques fused with her 50’s inspired style leaves her clients looking classic and unforgettable.

Her celebrity clientele includes some of Hollywood’s hottest stars such as Kelly Osbourne, Miley Cyrus, Kylie and Kendal Jenner, Jessie J, Hannah Simone, Adam Levine and Keisza, to name a few. Denika has worked with esteemed photographers such as Rankin, Patrick DeMarchelier, Davis Factor, Peggy Sirota, Brooke Nipar, Brian Bowen Smith and Darren Tieste. Her work has been featured in editorials stories for Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Teen Vogue, L’uomo Vogue and Marie Claire. Her passion for color, photography, beauty and fashion coupled with her unique talent and professional demeanor has made Denika one of the hottest artists in the industry. Follow all of her makeup adventures on Instagram.

Here are Denika’s top Sigma Beauty must-haves for her kit:

The Brilliant Shimmer Cream – I LOVE this product to add a natural highlight to the temples, cheeks or eye lids. Its creamy texture adds the perfect luminance to the skin. I always have one in my purse and my kit.

Aura Powder – These beautifully textured powders are great for highlight, contour or blush depending on the shade. They have great long wear and pigment.

ALL SIGMA BRUSHES ARE AMAZZZZING! They are well made, have soft application and have a large variety of styles. The Kabuki Brush kit is great for all your face makeup needs.

Embellish Lash – A staple mascara in my kit. They are incredibly vibrant shades for a fun pop of color.

Sigma Individual Eyeshadows – These are highly pigmented, have a soft texture and have great long wear. They come in a variety of natural and bright shades.

The 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove – A must-have, this glove provides various textures and directions to get the deepest clean. The silicon grooves add a much more effective and detailed cleaning surface to get to those deep corners of your brushes.

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Denika is represented globally by CloutierRemix.