Did you know that airbrush makeup has been around for over a century?! And we have definitely come a long way when it comes to our airbrush makeup kit.
What You Need To Know Behind Every Airbrush Makeup Kit
If you haven’t got an airbrush makeup kit yet and is planning to get one, it’s important to know what it is and how it works. While I won’t be going in-depth on airbrush makeup artistry, I will be discussing some of the important things you have to know about airbrush makeup and maybe help you decide which one is the best airbrush makeup out there.
An airbrush makeup kit is comprised of a Gun, a compressor, and the airbrush makeup product. Unlike traditional makeup, it doesn’t need a lot of extra steps for the makeup to look flawless and natural because it uses compressed air, usually around 5 to 15 PSI, to push the product onto the skin. If used correctly it creates a beautiful satiny looking skin and it lasts longer than traditional makeup. Well, that is depending on the formula you’re using.
Silicone Based Airbrush Makeup
The more common formula in an airbrush makeup kit everywhere is the Silicone-Based formula, mainly because most makeup has silicone as the main ingredient and also because it is highly water resistant, flexible, and long-wearing for up to 12 hours. This type of airbrush makeup formula is used mostly for beauty makeup work, it registers really well on film and on HD photography. Silicone-based airbrush makeup is not only for Foundation it’s also used for blushers, contour colors, and illuminators.
Waterbased Airbrush Makeup
Water-based formula is more commonly used for body application because it’s easier to clean up, however that can also mean that it’s more easily disrupted. Since it’s water-based, any contact with water will wash off the product. It’s also not as flexible as silicone based formula as it dries almost immediately on contact with the skin.
I personally use this for tattoo cover up because this formula is quite drying to the skin. So it’s better to apply only in areas that need cover up. This formula is used a lot in Special Effects makeup and prosthetic work. It is waterproof and delivers high pigmentation that wears for a long time.
Watch how Alexandrea Garza applies airbrush makeup on herself:
Now that you are more aware of the different types of formula in an airbrush makeup kit, consider which you think will suit your need best. Personally, I find Silicone Based airbrush makeup my go-to when using it on myself and on my client, however other clients can come in presenting different situations, so sometimes I have to use whichever is best for a given situation.
I want to know about your first experience in using airbrush makeup, let us know in the comments below; and if you think this article is helpful, we have an in-depth write up about everything on Foundation!
*Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in Aug 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.