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Everything You Wanted to Know About Airbrushing

February 14, 2017
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Airbrush makeup.

In the past decade the phrase “Airbrush”has been misused as many times as “All Natural” at the grocery store. I’ve seen everything from infomercials with celebrities to aerosol cans filled with “airbrush” foundation.  I can only speak about the tools, training and products we use at Makeup in the 702 but with more than 15 years experience in the industry-here is what you need to know.

Airbrushing refers to not only to the application of foundation, but the physical
formulation of the foundation as well. To help get a better understanding of what your getting or in some instances paying for, ask your artist what type of compressor they use and if they use actual airbrush foundation.

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The ONLY airbrush compressor that gives the PSI an artist needs to achieve an even and non-streak coverage is Iwata. Dinar and infomercial devises don’t have the airflow needed for smooth, even coverage. They’re also not made for commercial use so are likely to break and stop working when the motor gets hot from extended daily use. Certainly not what you want on your wedding day!! Foundations also need to be made specifically for an airbrush compressor. All to often I see inexperienced makeup artists use a traditional foundation and “base it down” with water or some other fluid in an attempt to make it thin enough to pump through the compressor. First, when liquid is added to foundation it’s chemical composition is changed. This causes the inexperienced artist to use several “layers” to get the end result look needed for photos. Hence what should be weightless has now become the feeling of a pancake on a clients skin. Even coverage is gone and any texture on the skin becomes exaggerated and glaring.

For an artist the tools and training to perform quality airbrushing services for a client are an on going cost. In fact, very expensive cost. However, at Makeup in the 702 we will stop at nothing to provide quality, long lasting end result looks. For the client the end result of airbrushed skin is priceless.

Benefits of Airbrush:

  • Custom blend your color on the spot
  • Coverage for face, neck, check, arms and back (1/2 body)
  • 15 hour coverage
  • Non transferable
  • Withstands the heat of the Las Vegas desert
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Custom wedding airbrush makeup

What airbrush can’t do is change the texture of your skin. No makeup can do that and an artist should not make such promises. Take a look at the wall next to you, do you see the texture? I can paint that wall blue, black, purple or green and the texture will still come through. If I want to change the texture of the wall I need to sand it or change it prior to painting.   Consumers and artists alike have been sold by the cosmetic industry that a primer will change the texture of the skin. That is in fact not true. The only way to change the texture of the skin is with skincare and injectables, and even at that, the change in texture is only temporary. Some primers can help traditional foundations hold longer but in my opinion they really are just another layer and should not be used in conjunction with airbrush.

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