With the concept of airbrush makeup becoming increasingly more popular, I wanted to discuss this topic in further detail along with what airbrush machine I’m currently using.
In terms of the longevity of the makeup (specifically focusing on the foundation application, although other aspects of the makeup can be airbrushed such as eye shadow, blush, etc), I think the biggest misconception is that airbrush makeup lasts longer throughout the day. From a professional standpoint, this is not necessarily the case. The longevity of makeup truly varies from person-to-person and is going to be most heavily determined by the skin preparation and the actual foundation used, NOT the application of the product. By skin preparation, I am referring to a good face primer, which I use prior to ALL foundation application–both traditional and airbrush. With airbrush makeup, a lot of companies say that their airbrush foundations do not even require a primer or a powder to set, but I’m a makeup traditionalist at heart, so there is no way I’m going to ever skip a face primer or face powder. Keep in mind that face primer and setting powder are both forms of makeup insurance to help ensure the makeup will last the entire day.
So, if the longevity isn’t enhanced by the use of an airbrush machine, are there are any significant differences between these methods of makeup application?
In terms of the actual amount of product being used, airbrush makeup is MUCH LIGHTER in my opinion while still providing a flawless, even finish. Most airbrush foundations are water based which provides light to medium coverage with effortless blendability onto the skin. This is a major beauty perk, especially for people that want to wear as little face makeup as possible while still looking like they have just the right amount of coverage. Airbrush makeup enhances the skin rather than masking the skin, given that it is applied properly. By that I mean less is more. If you over apply the airbrush makeup, it can visually look very cakey.
Currently, I am using a Dinair airbrush machine which I’m a big fan of as it’s portable, easy to clean (proper sanitation practices are essential!), and the application is very smooth and effortless. I have been using their brand of airbrush foundation which I am also very happy with, although I’m sure you can probably use other water based foundations with their machine.
[Has anyone tried airbrush makeup?]