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!

New: Freshly Baked + Glowing

BandS_8-22_Launch_blog1Keep your client’s look light and long-lasting with the latest brush collection from Sigma Beauty. The Freshly Baked + Glowing collection contains 5 new brushes essential to a flawless complexion. Each brush is designed to perfectly set, sweep, and strobe the skin. Brushes are available individually as well as in a set. Sigma PRO MUA Kilprity loves these new brushes becaust ‘they make setting and strobing easy. The soft fibers are super soft so when setting the face and using powders, they do not disturb the foundation’

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P89 Bake Precision: A smaller version of the F89, this precision brush has the same angled head and flat side to nestle concealer right under the eye
F06 Powder Sweep: Our small powder brush is designed to sweep excess powder from under the eyes and can also be used to highlight the cheekbones and nose too. Its small brush head fits in the hollows of the cheekbones too
F89 Bake Kabuki: Exclusively from Sigma Beauty, this angled kabuki brush has a flat edge designed to apply product right up to the lower lash line. Use with loose powder to set concealer or as a foundation brush
F42 Strobing Fan: Highlight the high planes of the face with this medium-sized fan brush or sweep away shadow fallout under the eyes as well
F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki: This medium sized kabuki brush is designed to blend concealer under the eyes and also gives a full-coverage finish to the skin when applying a base of foundation all over. Use with a cream or liquid highlighter to strobe too

This versatile brush collection belongs in your kit, add it now >>

Featured PRO: Debra Johnson

Debra Johnson March shootAs a working artist, I get hired for my skill to bring out the natural beauty of a model. My goal is for people to look at the model and say, ‘she looks so pretty,’ not her makeup. It’s all about the overall look working with a team of makeup, hair, wardrobe styling, photography lighting, prop styling, etc. This photoshoot was inspired by the music festival, Coachella – free spirited – nature – with boho chic clothing, effortless hair, and fresh natural makeup.

This look is all about bringing out the model’s natural beauty by using peach and brown eyeshadows to bring out her blue eyes and adding a bold lip for a pop of color.

Product Breakdown:
Eyes: Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Highlight: Ravishing Loose Shimmer
Lips: Clover Power Stick
Brushes used: E50 Large Fluff, F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter™, F40 Large Angled Contour

Credits:
Makeup Artist: Debra Johnson
Photographer: Tara Ziemba
Model: Isabella Reid

Bridal Focus: Nina Ubhi

7-20_Bridal_Ubhi_SocialWith 14 years of makeup experience in London and Dubai, Sigma PRO Brand Ambassador Nina Ubhi has built a reputation of being one of the most sought-after artists for a bride’s big day. We asked her for a beauty breakdown of this stunning bridal look she did on location in Mauritius. We asked Nina how she created one of the four looks she produced for the week-long celebration.

Product breakdown
Eye Shadow in Topaz in the socket
Aura Powder in Cor-de-rosa
F75 Concealer brush to apply cream contour
3DHD Precision brush to blend contour
E06 Winged Liner brush to apply gel liner
E20 Short Shader brush to buff shadow on lower lash line
E45 Small Tapered Blending brush for socket color

Nina’s Tips
-Topaz eyeshadow looks great on Olive skin tones. I use it to contour the eye rather than add color. I love how warm this shade is. It contours the eye socket without leaving the skin looking dirty or dark.

To contour the eyes I use the small tapered blending brush as it fits perfectly into the socket meaning you get a more precise contour rather than a smoky look.

Aura Powders are my new favorite blushers! I used to carry around a well-known blush palette in my kit because I felt I needed to have a large selection of colors at hand but now I just take 3 shades from the Sigma Aura collection and they complement every client face that I’ve worked my magic on!

The winged liner brush has to be my favorite make up brush. It’s the exact shape and size an eyeliner brush needs to be for gel application.

Bridal Focus: Lynn Austin

Wedding season is underway, get ready to create looks that will be captured and viewed for years to come. Typically, bridal looks are soft, on the natural side, and stay for hours on end. Sigma PRO Ambassador Lynn Austin shared this bridal look with us where she enhanced the bride’s natural beauty while kicking her everyday look up a few notches.

“The bride requested a natural glam for her wedding day, she didn’t want any bright colors and wanted to stay in the neutral brown family for her eyes. I recommended we add a black shadow in the outer corners of her eye to add dimension, especially if she wanted her eyes to pop for photos. She requested to have her eyes speak to the crowd and I feel like we accomplished that with my amazing Sigma products.”
–Lynn Austin

Product breakdown:

Brows:
Brow Wax
Brow Highlighting Pencil
Medium Brow Powder
Liberally Toasted Gel Liner
E65 Small Angle
E15 Flat Definer
E35 Tapered blending

Eyes:
Brilliant Shimmer Cream as base
Nightlife Eyeshadow Palette shades: 4 Star, After Hours, Leather Pants
Café au Lait
E35 Tapered Blending
E32 Exact Blend
E30 Pencil

Eyeliner:
Wicked Gel Liner and Legend Line Ace
E05 Eyeliner Brush

Cheeks:
Cor-de-rosa Aura Powder
F40 Large Angled Contour

Highlight:
Sultry Shimmer Cream with Gilded Loose Shimmer on the cheeks and nose
F35 Tapered Highlighter

Contour:
Limelight Bronzer
F40 Large Angled Contour

Lips:
Dance ‘Til Dawn

See the rest of Lynn’s Sigma Beauty kit staples >>

Sidory’s Red Carpet Look

Pro_Blog_06012016_FaceChart_01DC makeup artist and Sigma PRO Ambassador Sidory recently worked with the beautiful Cindi Leive, Editor in Chief of Glamour Magazine for the White House State Dinner on May 13th and recreated Cindi’s look as a face chart for us to share with you.

Product Breakdown

Eyes:
I primed the eyes with Neutralize Eye Shadow Base, then smudged Eclipse Eye Liner Pencil on the lash line in a thick line, then smoked it out into crease with Dove Eye Shadow. The same steps were repeated on the bottom lash line. I blended Cozy and Dove onto the lid and into the crease. To highlight the brow area, I used the Brow Highlight Duo in Goddess Glow. I finished off the eyes with High Caliber Mascara.

Brows
I lightly filled in Cindi’s brows with the Brow Powder Duo in medium, then set the brows with the Brow Wax

Face
I used Limelight Bronzer for a soft glow and Nymphaea Aura Powder on the apples of the cheeks.

Lips
I lined and stained the lips with In Fine Feather, then blended Rubicund Power Crayon on top. I gave Cindi a tube of Transcend Lip Switch for touch ups throughout the night.

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!’

Shop Célia’s travel kit must-haves >>

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.’

See what Sigma Beauty products are kit staples for NZINGHA >>

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