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

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

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.

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

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 >>

Meet our 2016 Brand Ambassador: Célia Beaumatin

3-25_PROAmbassador_BlogOur next Sigma PRO Brand Ambassador for 2016 is French makeup artist Célia Beaumatin.

Makeup had always been an interest of Célia’s. She decided to begin her makeup career by studying her favorite subject at 17 after falling in love with the Alexander McQueen fall 2009/2010 show and those unforgettable huge, red, glossy lips.

After earning a makeup diploma at Forum Makeup School in Paris she worked at MAC Cosmetics to get started. After a few years, she decided to do what really inspired her and began working as a freelance makeup artist.

Since going out on her own, her work has appeared in magazines like Schon, Nargis, Lash, Point de Vue, Male Model scene, Apollo, Fashion Collection and many others.

Célia is a French 90’s kid with an unconditional love for grunge inspired makeup which shows through in her work.

Keep up with Célia on her Instagram page here.

Add her Sigma Beauty must-haves to your kit >>

Photo: Yuji Watanabe
Model: Leslie Masson
Hair: Robin Harraga
Styling: Nikky Chicanot
Makeup: Celia Beaumatin

The Sigma PRO Starter Set is Back!

3-16_StarterSet_BlogWhether you’re a new makeup artist or a seasoned artist looking to stock up on essentials, the Sigma PRO Starter Set contains 12 brushes that are necessary for any makeup job. With a mix of basic and advanced brushes, we’re curated a kit that covers all of your artistry needs. Keep reading to see why our PROs love it:

  • 3DHD Kabuki: “I can’t live without this brush! I use it toapply skincare, foundation and to contour. It’s all you need for a flawless makeup application. It feels like you are getting a mini facial when you use this brush.” – Maria Vargas
  • 3DHD Precision: “I use this brush to buff concealer under the lower lash line as well as blend out contour shades on the sides and tip of the nose.” – Brand Ambassador Nina Ubhi
  • F25: “I use it for everything, from light powder dusting toblending, from contour to highlight. It is a multifunctional must have for everyone!” – Ellen Arden
  • F35: “Love the shape of this for shimmer colors on the cheekbones and for applying bronzer on the temples very softly.” – Mathias Alan
  • F40: “The angled shape of this contour brush is perfect forsculpting the face on the cheeks, around the hairline, jaw and neck. The soft density of the brush is great for blending out any harsh lines too.” – Samantha Klein
  • E55: This is a great all-purpose packing brush, a favorite of the Sigma PRO Team
  • E44: A favorite of Sigma PRO Artist Michelle Kearns, this brush blends shadow beautifully while keeping color concentrated
  • E54: The Sigma PRO Team loves this brush for its short, dense bristles that provide maximum control with cream product
  • E38: “The perfect brush to add more dimension to the eyes. Creates depth and shading without a harsh line.” – Daniel Martin
  • E65: This brush can be used to create the perfect winged liner or to subtly fill in the brows
  • E05: The most essential liner brush, create a thin or thick line with this brush
  • E21: The Sigma PRO Team loves this brush for smudging under smaller eyes and to apply lip color as well

Set value: $224, price before PRO discount: $190
VIP Price: $123.50
MUA Price: $133.00
Student Price: $152.00
Creative Professional Price: $152.00

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Meet our 2016 Brand Ambassador: Nina Ubhi

3-5_PAA_Ubhi_blogNina Ubhi is a Dubai-based makeup artist, well known for her role as beauty editor and with her regularly featured work in Asiana Magazine. She has brought together the skills and experience gained over her last fourteen years in the beauty industry to collaborate with leading brands on various projects. She also teaches series of courses which are ideal for a range of students, from beginners who wish to pursue a lifetime career in the industry to those that would just like to perfect their own application of make up for personal use.

Nina accepts nothing but perfection in her work and has adopted a zero tolerance policy for anything less. From her work on the front cover of magazines to beautifying brides on the most important day of their lives, she takes care of every detail. Her work ethic and constant search for perfection has paid off, she has a career that takes her around the world. Keep up with Nina on her Instagram to see where she’s headed next.

Add Nina’s Sigma Beauty must-haves to your kit too >>