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.

Product Focus: Sigma Spa Gadgets

5-27_SpaGadget_blogThe verdict is in, makeup artists are obsessed with our exclusive Spa Gadgets. They simply cannot get enough of the superior cleaning power and time-saving nature. As makeup artists, we all know how important proper sanitary practices are with makeup products. We also know that we need to wash our brushes after each job to avoid spreading bacteria and leftover product onto other clients. Sigma Beauty is here to help with 4 gadgets to cut down on washing time and a genius drying system to help brushes keep their original shape.

2X Spa Glove
‘The 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is a must have. This glove provides various textures and directions to get the deepest clean. The silicone grooves add a much more effective and detailed cleaning to get to those deep corners of your brushes.’Denika Bedrossian

Spa Mat
‘I screamed about that Spa Mat-thank God! That is seriously the BEST invention ever. I hate using my hands or the sink. So wow, after 15 years of frustration I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with it!’Lisa Chamberlain

Spa Express Glove
It really helps to remove makeup from brushes so that they’re perfectly clean.’Troy Jensen

Spa Express Mat
‘Brilliant! Cleaning my brushes after a long day of shooting has never been easier or faster! I can’t live without this!’Ellen Arden

Dry’n Shape Tower
‘We also all love the brush drying tower on set. I never knew how much I needed it in my life until I had one!! Makes clean up faster at the end of our long days and keeps the brushes in good shape’Devin Morales

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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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

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

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!

Add Ellen’s faves to your kit too >>