A lot of people have been asking me questions about airbrush makeup, and it has dawned on me that most are still clueless or have been misguided on its advantages/disadvantages. So here are some of the most frequently asked questions about airbrush makeup and my answers to them. I got most answers from different websites selling airbrush makeup, while some are based from my own experiences.
1. WHAT IS AIRBRUSH MAKEUP?
Airbrush makeup is designed to be applied with the same airbrush technology used for traditional painting and automotive work. The airbrush systems designed for makeup are usually smaller, and work at lower pressure. The system usually includes an 1) air source/compressor, 2) air hose that connects the compressor to the 3) airbrush gun, and lastly 4) the airbrush makeup which is loaded in the gun.
2. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AIRBRUSH MAKEUP?
Though not a new technology, airbrush makeup is once again in the limelight due to the advent of evolving digital media, including digital photography and hi-definition television. The precision application offered by airbrush makeup has two major benefits that stand up to the challenges presenting makeup artists today:
1. Full Coverage, Sheer Texture: A true airbrush foundation is high in coverage, but thin in texture, offering high opacity or full coverage application that’s dispersed as sheerly and evenly as possible. The result is perfect looking skin achieved with a minimum of product. I just use 12-15 drops of airbrush foundation for a face. At first it seemed like it’s too little, but after application, the skin already looks even.
2. Refined Pattern: The spray-dot pattern the airbrush puts down on the skin registers less on camera than the patterns and straight lines that brushes and sponges leave behind. However invisible these marks appear to the naked eye, they can be quite noticeable when the face is shown in High Definition close up or High Resolution Digitial photo.
While other advantages include speed of application (you could literally apply it in seconds!), longevity, and durability (thus reducing the need for touch ups), the true advantage of airbrush makeup is the beautiful finished result it produces.
4. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF AIRBRUSH MAKEUP?
There are three main types of airbrush makeup:
1. Water-based formulations are known for their matte finish, which usually do not require any powdering after application. Although to fool-proof makeup, a light dusting of powder could still be applied.
2. Silicone-based formulations give a light dewy finish. The natural properties of silicone impart a soft-focus effect that radiates a healthy and youthful glow on any skin type. It is also transfer resistant and water/sweat/smudge proof, giving it more staying power than water-based formualtions. This is my preferred type of airbrush makeup, especially for bridal work or for any projects which require makeup to last for long hours. I find silicone-based more durable than the water-based ones, and I love how it just seems to blend into skin, making it hardly noticeable.
3. Alcohol-based formulations are usually used for body art, prosthetics, tattoo coloring, and special makeup effects.
5. WHY IS AIRBRUSH MAKEUP MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TRADITIONAL MAKEUP? IS IT WORTH IT?
Makeup artists have higher rates for airbrush makeup because the products themselves are more expensive. It also requires more than just their hands and brushes to apply it; a makeup artist has to invest in a good air compressor and airbrush gun which aren’t that cheap either. Manufacturers know they could get away with pricing airbrush makeup higher because it is still a specialty product, it still is optional and not a necessity for the makeup artist. Though through time and as more brands come up with their own versions of airbrush makeup, I believe the prices will go down as it becomes mainstream.
It is definitely worth giving a try. Most of my clients who are hesitant to try airbrush makeup, end up being really satisfied with the results. Most of them say it feels so lightweight it’s as if they are not wearing makeup at all. And for my clients who prefer the natural look, they are really happy that airbrush makeup doesn’t give a masked look, even if I have to cover a lot of blemishes/pimples/discoloration, because it just looks like second skin. You wouldn’t see any demarcation with the skin and the makeup. Here’s a before and after photo of one of my clients using airbrush makeup (no Photoshop):
6. IS IT HARMFUL? WHAT IF I INHALE OR SWALLOW IT? OR WHAT IF IT GETS INTO MY EYES?
If ever this happens, then that means your makeup artist was not trained properly on how to apply airbrush makeup. The client has to be airbrushed with their eyes and mouth closed.
There has been some studies saying that silicone liquids that are commonly and safely used in hand-applied cosmetics have been shown to pose serious health concerns when the user is subjected to repeated or prolonged inhalation. These studies are still subject to debate. Moreover, this is more of a concern of a makeup artist and not of a client, since you will probably be exposed to it in less than 5 minutes.
I hope this article would be useful to all those who have questions on airbrush makeup. Contact me if you have more questions =)