Last time we discussed spray tans. Did you know that the same airbrush method can be used to apply makeup as well? It is a popular method in the film and theater industry. In fact, the technique dates back as far as 1925, when it was used on actors for the film, Ben Hur. This is a perfect method to use if you have closeup planned in front of a high definition camera! However, airbrush makeup is no longer just for film and television personalities. It is a hot trend for the general public as well. In fact, you can even find kits to purchase for home use.

So exactly what is airbrush makeup and how does it work?

Airbrush makeup is makeup sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods. It is especially popular in film & theater world and now also as bridal makeup.

Airbrush makeup is characterized by its unique ‘globular’ application technique. The makeup is dispersed as an extremely fine mist through the airbrush gun. The entire process creates a kind of net over the entire face. This makes airbrush makeup to be a thin, light layer on the skin that is barely noticeable to the wearer. Certain formulas wear better than others and it is important to choose carefully the best beauty products and what mixture is right for your job.

Airbrush makeup has become more popular with the advent of high-definition video and television. Traditional powder or liquid based make-up can settle and appear in pores and wrinkles and be visible on HD film. The formula can create an even, sheer, natural appearance to the skin that, if applied properly for a natural look, can appear natural and non-heavy like traditional makeup. Airbrush makeup wears longer than traditional powder or liquid foundation, able to stay put upwards of 12–24 hours.

Airbrush makeup is also available for eye shadow, blush, eyebrows and lips and can be layered, shaded, highlighted and contoured. Application wise, the technique is more sanitary than traditional makeup application due the artist never having to touch the skin. It’s also faster, if done by a trained artist, it’s an obvious choice for many brides to be.


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