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!
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?
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.