Sigma’s Rising Star: Jackie Aina

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We are excited to introduce our June Rising Star, Jackie Aina! Jackie is a YouTube guru and beauty influencer who strives to “change the standard of beauty” and empower others through her tutorials, makeup looks and other beauty and lifestyle tips and tricks. Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Jackie Aina!

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What made you decide to start your YouTube Channel?
To put it simply, representation! When I started, YouTube wasn’t as popular as it is now, and as much as I loved indulging in tutorials and beauty tips I noticed it was really hard to find tutorials and tips for women who looked like me and had dark skin. So I started my own channel.

Where do you find inspiration for your makeup looks?
I would say everywhere. From the red carpet, to seasons, to whatever is trending at the moment. I really never run out of inspiration and ideas.

How do you spend your free time?
Oddly enough YouTube is what I really enjoy doing in my free time. Filming and creating new looks and of course I love to shop!

What is something that your followers may not know about you?
I used to be a spelling bee champ and a REAL book worm in my high school days! No literally, I read several books a week, every single week!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Wendy Williams!

Who is someone that you look up to in the beauty industry and why?
I have several that I look up to but I would definitely say Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo for building the empire that they have with kids and a family. I think it’s very inspiring!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I haven’t been to Australia yet, that’s definitely high on my list.

What is your best beauty secret?
Drink water! It’s good for pretty much everything and your skin sure will love you for it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully with my name in a major retailer like Sephora or Ulta :)

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
F80 Flat Kabuki™ – Amazing for blending foundation!
E20 Short Shader – One of the ONLY brushes that works well to blend eye shadow on my lower lash liner without it looking too harsh on my eye shape!
E54 Medium Sweeper™ – Love this for heavy and more pigmented lid shadow application
Honorary Mention: The Aura Powder Blushes! They’re amazing.

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Connect with Jackie!
YouTube | Twitter | Instagram
Facebook: Jackie Aina

Sigma’s Rising Star: Amadea

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We are excited to introduce our May Rising Star, Amadea! Amadea is a Croatian makeup artist,
social influencer and full-time mom who loves sharing her passion for makeup and beauty with her followers.
Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Amadea!

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Where do you find inspiration for your makeup looks?
I never really look for inspiration; it just comes to me when I do my makeup without thinking. I love makeup and art – for me it’s something that just feels innate.

What is your best beauty secret?
I have a lot! I feel like all of the tricks that are popular on Instagram now are things I discovered a long time ago. When I was in school, I would use a matte grey-brown eye shadow to enhance the fullness of my hairline and people laughed at me. But today, a lot of girls are doing it!

What is something that your followers don’t know about you?
There’s a lot that people don’t know about me! I lived with my grandfather when I was younger and he raised me. Also, before I became a makeup artist, I went to school for fashion design and sculpture.

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time with my little daughter Neyra and with my best friend, my husband, Vladimir. It’s never boring with them! We love traveling together or even just sitting on the couch and watching a good movie. I love spending time with my family, sisters and grandpa.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to transport to any part of the world, whenever I want!

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start working in the beauty world?
Never give up on your dreams, and don’t listen to the naysayers. Believe in yourself!

What are your top 3 Sigma brushes or products?
This is a difficult question because I love all Sigma products, especially brushes! I also love the Brow Powder and Highlight Duos – they are a must-have!

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Connect with Amadea:
Instagram | YouTube
Snapchat: amadeamuse

Sigma’s Rising Star: Michelle of ReadySetGlamour

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Meet our April Rising Star, Michelle of ReadySetGlamour! Michelle is a highlighter-addicted YouTube guru
who loves connecting with people from all around the world through her passion for makeup and beauty.
Keep reading to learn more about Michelle of ReadySetGlamour!

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What is your favorite part about being on YouTube?
I love that no matter where you live, what language you speak, or what your background is, YouTube and the beauty community brings us all together to talk about what we’re all passionate about: makeup. We could be so different in where we come from, but we can always connect on our love for makeup – I think that is a beautiful thing!

What is your best beauty secret?
Use a hydrating face mask on your hands! It’s the best trick to prevent aging on the hands, plus it’s a great trick during the cooler months to keep your hands from looking parched.

How do you spend your free time?
I love cooking, finding new recipes to try out, and hosting dinner parties. I’m also all about thriller/mystery movies!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching YouTube videos, definitely! You could put me in a room all day and as long as I had YouTube open, I could keep myself busy for hours watching beauty videos.

What would you consider to be your “signature makeup look”?
Lots of bronzer, highlighter, lip gloss and mascara.

Where is one place you’d love to travel?
Australia! I hear there’s a lot to do there, and of course, it looks beautiful!

If you could live a day in the life of any celebrity, who would it be?
Leonardo DiCaprio, he’s my favorite!

What is one of your favorite spring makeup trends?
Glowing skin. I mean, let’s be real, I love piling on my highlighters all year round, but I feel like it just looks so much more fresh during the spring season!

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
F80 Flat Kabuki™– this remains one of my most trusted brushes to buff out foundation. It makes my skin look airbrushed and flawless.

Warm Neutrals Palette – This is just such a staple, everyday palette. You can really go from day to night with the colors, and they’re pigmented yet super blendable – my favorite combination!

E35 Tapered Blending – I haven’t been able to find anything that tops this brush for applying my crease color. It fits the crease of the eye perfectly, it’s not too big, not too small, and it picks up the PERFECT amount of product so that your eyes aren’t left looking muddy!

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Connect with Michelle!
YouTube: youtube.com/readysetglamour
Instagram: instagram.com/readysetglamour
Twitter: twitter.com/readysetglamour
Snapchat: ReadySetSnaps

Sigma’s Rising Star: Jacks Sanchez

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We are excited to introduce our March Rising Star, Jacks Sanchez! Jacks is an Aussie beauty guru, makeup artist, and mother of three who finds time to share her favorite makeup looks, tips and tricks with us on her successful YouTube channel and social media platforms. Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Jacks!

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Where do you find inspiration for your makeup looks?
For me, makeup is definitely an outlet for creative expression! I am easily inspired by my surroundings, music, trends, emotions and seasonal color schemes, pretty much anything that I can emote to!

What beauty trend are you looking forward to this season?
At the moment, Australia has just come into Autumn, and I’m definitely looking forward to creating looks inspired by the beautiful colored leaves! I am also very excited that metallics are on trend now and I’d love to play around with Autumn inspired colors with metallic finishes!

What would you consider to be your “signature makeup look”?
I am a Mother of 3 beautiful children (all under the age of 6), so my signature look is simple, practical, but of course true to myself, BOLD! I find myself running out the door, with brows and a bold lip!

What is your best beauty secret?
Usually when sizing a false lash to your natural lashes, 9/10 you will need to trim them, some people just throw away their left over lashes (nothing should go to waste!) Use them to double stack the outer part of your lashes for a more fluttery effect.

Where is one place you’d love to travel?
I would absolutely love to go Hawaii! The beaches, the sun, the people – life couldn’t sound more relaxing!

What is something that your followers don’t know about you?
As I was growing up, I was never into makeup or fashion! I was a very simple girl. Once I became a mother, I came into my own. I thought to myself, makeup seems like the perfect job to stay at home with the babies and make a bit of money. I started my career for all of the wrong reasons, but as I got into it, my love for art, fashion and photography began to grow. I am here today, 7 years later, with one of the best jobs in the world!

How do you spend your free time?
Any free time I have, I spend with my husband and children, or cleaning! Haha. Balancing social media, freelancing and my everyday life sometimes takes a toll on the laundry!

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
E75 Angled Brow Brush
F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush
Sigma Spa® Express Brush Cleaning Glove

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Connect with Jacks!
Blog: jackssanchez.com
Instagram: instagram.com/jackssancheztv
YouTube: youtube.com/jackssancheztv
Twitter: twitter.com/jackssancheztv
Snapchat: jackssanchez

Sigma’s Rising Star: Leslie Alvarado

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Meet our February Rising Star and Birthday Girl, Leslie Alvarado! Leslie is a YouTube guru who shares her tips and tricks on both her English and Spanish channels. She loves being able to teach her followers and help them achieve any makeup look with easy-to-follow steps. Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Leslie!

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What is your favorite part about being on YouTube?
My favorite part about being on YouTube is teaching! What may be super easy for me, might be very difficult for others. I love giving my tricks on how to apply makeup quicker and easier, or simpler ways to style an outfit.

What are your favorite videos to make?
My favorite types of videos to make are definitely celebrity inspired looks and fashion related videos! The biggest reason for this is because I love helping anyone achieve a look they have seen on a red carpet or on someone they admire, with very easy steps or affordable products.

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It is very hard to choose only one product, but if I had to, I would most likely go with mascara! I have an obsession with long lashes.

What is your guilty pleasure?
ICE CREAM or BREAD… what I crave.

Where is one place you’d love to travel?
Since I have not done too much traveling, I would love to visit New York and just spend a few days there.

What do you like to do in your free time?
During my free time, I like trying new restaurants and coffee shops. If I am just at home, I love watching a good show or movie.

Your birthday is this month! Are you planning anything fun?!
Yes, my birthday is on the 23rd! I am not one to plan much for my birthday, but I usually go out to dinner and blow out some candles.

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
E25 Blending
F35 Tapered Highlighter
F40 Large Angle Contour

Connect with Leslie!
English YouTube Channel | Spanish YouTube Channel 
Instagram Twitter | Blog

Sigma’s Rising Star: Rachel Leary

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Meet our January Rising Star, Rachel Leary! Rachel is a UK guru who shares her tips, trick and tutorials on YouTube and Instagram for all of her beauty besties! Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Rachel.

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What inspired you to start your YouTube channel?
My friends and I used to watch YouTube videos all the time and it was always something that intrigued me since I have a huge passion for makeup and studied photography at school. I always used to watch American or Australian vloggers, but there weren’t many UK beauty vloggers my age that I could relate to, so I thought ‘maybe I could be that person for people’ and it all snow-balled from there!

What are your favorite videos to make?
I love a full glam tutorial! ‘Get ready with me’ type videos are easiest to film, but some sort of glam, sparkly eye look is always a winner!

If you could live a day in the life of any celebrity, who would it be?
Definitely either Kylie Jenner or Justin Bieber, just so I could check my bank balance all day and know what they’ve been up to, because I’m nosy!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Japanese rice crackers or Cheetos as a food… and are memes a guilty pleasure? I find them so funny and could honestly spend hours browsing them on Instagram and Tumblr pages and get nothing else done!

What would your “perfect weekend” consist of?
Sleeping in, maybe going out for lunch, bit of shopping and then going out in the evening for drinks or a proper night out! And knowing that the next day I could sleep in, too! Blissful.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d love to travel to a few more places in America, Bali or Gold Coast Australia.

What are your top 5 favorite Sigma products?
Definitely the E40 Tapered Blending brush, E25 Blending brush, F25 Tapered Face brush, Warm Neutrals palette and Persuade Eye Shadow base!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I’ll be 29, so I hope to have had a successful career, collaborated with brands to create a product or maybe even brought out a product/line of make up of my own! I hope to be married and have kids or thinking about having kids.

Connect with Rachel!
Youtube  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Sigma’s Rising Star: miaumauve

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We are excited to introduce our December Rising Star, miaumauve! This Polish beauty continuously wows us with her gorgeous makeup and detailed eye looks on Instagram. Keep reading to learn more about Rising Star, miaumauve!

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What inspired you to start posting makeup looks on your Instagram account?
After finishing high school, I wasn’t sure what to do with my life. I’ve been passionate about makeup since I was 17. I followed so many makeup artists and loved their work (I still do!), it seemed to be a fun thing so I decided to start creating and posting my own looks!

What would you consider to be your “signature makeup look”?
My signature makeup look would be a neutral smoky eye with wispy lashes and a nude lippie.

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That’s a hard one! I think it would be a bronzer.

What is something that your followers don’t know about you?
I love playing multiplayer games :)

Where do you find inspiration for your makeup looks?
When I’m out of my own ideas I always find inspiration on Instagram and YouTube!

What is your best beauty secret?
Add 1 drop of eye drops to your gel liner for an easy application.

How do you spend your free time?
In my free time I usually watch TV shows or play with my parrot!

Where is one place you would love to travel?
Los Angeles!

What are your top 5 favorite Sigma products?
Brow Powder Duo in Medium, Brow Wax, Gel Liner in Wicked, F35 Tapered Highlighter and Aura Powder in Pet Name.

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Connect with miaumauve!
Instagram  |  Twitter

Sigma’s Rising Star: Laura Lee

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Meet our November Rising Star, Laura Lee! Laura is an Alabama native whose passion for beauty, adorable sense of humor and big heart show through in her videos and posts on her successful YouTube and social platforms. Keep reading to learn more about our Rising Star, Laura Lee.

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What inspired you to start your YouTube channel?
I was living in Alabama at the time and found myself being at an awkward point in life (between college and career). I took a chance and did what I have truly wanted to do and started a YouTube channel. No regrets – I have the best job ever.

What would you consider to be your “signature makeup look”?
Signature makeup for me would be a soft smoky eye, of course paired with a bold lippie.

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
YIKES, that’s tough! I guess my black liquid liner.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure would be Snickers ice cream bars, those are dangerous.

Where is one place you’d love to travel?
I have always wanted to travel to Greece! However I would dread that long flight. Plane rides don’t scare me they are just so boring. Can I teleport there? Is that a thing yet?

What is your favorite thing to do with your husband, Tyler?
As lame as it sounds, I love sitting at home with some take-out watching Family Guy or American Dad. Tyler and I are always on the go, so down time is the best time.

What is one beauty trend you don’t understand?
Clown contouring. I just stick to my regular contour and highlight! Haha

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would be able to turn myself invisible whenever I wanted. Could you imagine the advantages in life if you could be a fly-on-the-wall at some points?

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
E25 Blending Brush – I can pretty much do an entire eye look with that one brush!
F25 Tapered Face Brush – The brush I make my “highlight on fleek” with
Cor-de-Rosa Aura Powder – I’m obsessed! The beautiful peachy shade would look great on any skin tone!

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Connect with Laura!
Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

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Sigma’s Rising Star: Leyla Mustafa

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We are excited to introduce our October Rising Star, Leyla Mustafa! Leyla is a UK beauty guru who loves to connect with others through her YouTube channel. She is a self-proclaimed “gaming nerd” but you’ll rarely see her without a gorgeous glam makeup look. Get to know Leyla in this exclusive interview.

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What is your favorite part about being on YouTube?
I absolutely love being able to inspire people from all over the world. Connecting with so many people and helping them feel more confident is so amazing!

Where do you find inspiration for your videos and makeup looks?
I gain lots of inspiration from the makeup I own, I love swatching colors together on my hand first to create unique color combinations! Also I love looking on Instagram for celebrity inspired looks, too.

If you could live a day in the life of any celebrity, who would it be?
Kendall Jenner! I think it would be so cool to go to fashion shows and hang around with so many celebrities & designers!

What is your favorite fall makeup trend?
Fall is my favourite season and I love wearing a soft and simple eye look paired with a super dark, vampy lip! Nothing is better for this time of year.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Probably video games… I am such a huge nerd when it comes to gaming! Either that, or how many Netflix marathons I have on a daily basis!

We know you love Game of Thrones… Who in the show is your alter ego?
I think it has to be Daenerys Targaryen… She is so strong, independent and fearless! Plus, she has dragons… need I say more?!

What are your top 3 favorite Sigma brushes or products?
My number 1 has to be the 3DHD Precision Brush! My makeup doesn’t look the same without it! Also I love the F35 Tapered Highlighter brush to set my concealer and the E35 Tapered Blending brush is my favorite eye brush!

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It has to be lip liner… I think I’d just feel lost without it! Defined lips are just EVERYTHING!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, continuing to do what I’m doing right now! YouTube is my passion and I love every moment of it. I’d love to one day have my own makeup line, that would be amazing!

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Connect with Leyla!
YouTube  |  Instagram

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Sigma’s Rising Star: An Knook

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Meet our September Rising Star, An Knook! An is a beauty guru from the Netherlands who loves everything about makeup and fashion. Her goal is to inspire others with her looks on YouTube and Instagram, and you’ll often see her sporting her signature cut crease look created with her favorite Sigma products. Get to know An in this exclusive interview!

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What inspired you to start your YouTube channel?
A lot of people asked me to on Instagram so it was time to finally do it!

What would you consider to be your “signature makeup look”?
Cut crease. It’s definitely my “specialty.”

Where do you find inspiration for your videos and makeup looks?
Mostly on Instagram. I will scroll through and come across looks that use color combinations that I haven’t done yet and want to recreate. Or I just start a look and just see where it ends!

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Foundation.

What is your best beauty secret?
Make sure that your base is perfect by making sure that your foundation color is right, and use a nice day-cream or moisturizer underneath so it doesn’t look too cakey.

How do you spend your free time?
With my boyfriend, watching movies, eating and shopping!

Where is one place you would love to travel?
Suriname, South America.

What are your top 5 favorite Sigma products?
The E40 Tapered Blending brush, hands down, is my favorite! My other favorites are Wicked Gel Liner, E11 Eye Liner brush, F35 Tapered Highlighter, and all the Sigma Kabuki Brushes.

What advice to you have for someone who wants to start a YouTube channel?
Believe in yourself and don’t give up if you are not getting comments or almost nobody is watching. It needs time! Hard work will pay off eventually.

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Connect with An!
YouTube  |  Instagram

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