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As a professional makeup artist, you’re finding it harder to ignore the ‘airbrush makeup‘ craze that’s going on. Personally I tried it few years back and found it harder, bulkier, heavier and not as much fun as actual makeup application. But, due to all the demand, I’m trying my hand at it again.


1. Paasche “H” – A single-action airbrush, the air is always on, meaning that the spray action is always on. You push down, it sprays. It’s a very easy tool to get used too, and I’m finding that I love it for foundation work, where you have a larger area to cover, and there’s no detail involved.

2. Paasche “VL” – A double-action airbrush, meaning you can control the amount of air coming through. Best for fine detail, like lines, etc.

3. Iwata “HP-B” – Same as #2, but the Iwata is extremely fine-tuned. I tend to use this for extreme detail. It also has an attached cup on top for mixing colors easily before spraying.

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On practicing, I’ve noticed that foundation sprays on incredibly fine and almost like a veil. Coverage is incredible, and you literally look ‘sprayed’ on. It some ways it looks ‘too perfect’ and almost ‘fake’. I can see why film and TV makeup artists are using this. I’ve also checked into the specialized ‘airbrush’ foundations, and found that they’re pretty much a diluted water-based foundation. Testing a few, I opted to go with the Mac Studio line foundations, and dilute them with 2-3 drops of water. Or think 70% water, 30% foundation. Depending on how many layers you spray, you get super sheer, to medium coverage. Up close, it looks like there’s literally nothing on.

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From far away, you can really see the coverage. In regular foundation application, the opposite is true. A recent photo shoot I did had the photographer comment that I didn’t use enough base…but when on the set, it looked perfect. I’m finding that you really can’t create an entire face with the airbrush but it’s a great extension to your brushes. I’ve already had several celebrities “insist” on the airbrush. I can see why. You look perfect, but with ‘nothing’ on.

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