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Arguably, when we hear the word “airbrush” we often associate it with cosmetic makeups. It is also often referenced to movie and magazine cover shoots. But did you know that an airbrush was invented to be used for painting? So, how does an airbrush work back in the day? Don’t worry; we won’t bore you with the full story–just enough to satisfy your curiosity.
- 1 The History of Airbrush
- 2 What Is Airbrush Makeup?
- 3 How Does an Airbrush Work?
- 4 How to Use an Airbrush Makeup?
- 5 Benefits of Airbrush Makeup
- 6 Some Tips for Airbrushing
- 7 Final Thoughts
The History of AirbrushThe first airbrush was invented in 1876 purposely for Art. This was a tool often used by artists and illustrators to make a high level of naturalism in paintings. The use of airbrush made its way to the world of cosmetics in 1959 when the makeup artists of the film Ben Hur used it on the actors to make them look tanned as needed in the movie projection. Imagine their relief from using the traditional makeup brush to an airbrush! Such a brilliant idea indeed! Let’s find out how this technique of applying makeup has evolved over the years.
What Is Airbrush Makeup?Airbrush makeup is a makeup application method using an airbrush system. This is somewhat similar to how body spray tan is applied but with precision control as it is normally used on the face. It can also be used for the body. Airbrush makeup techniques can be used to apply natural-looking makeup to full face makeup and will last up to 12 hours or more. It is best used for photo and video shoots, but it looks great in person as well.
How Does an Airbrush Work?Airbrush makeup has three major parts. The powered compressor, which is used to create a controlled and even airflow through a medical-grade hose, which is connected to a metal, trigger-actioned gun, which has a tapered needle that thrusts the air and foundation forward. The double-action gun is more commonly used in makeup application as its mechanism enables you to control the intensity and flow of foundation using a trigger. It can be used to suit lighter, heavier, detailed or broader makeups by changing the air pressure. The air pressure is measured in PSI or pounds per square inch, which controls how far the makeup projects out from the gun. If used for the face, then 30 to 40 PSI is good. If used for body makeup, then 70 PSI suits better.
How to Use an Airbrush Makeup?If you’re among those who got used to applying makeup foundation by using either a fiber foundation brush or a damp blending sponge and is looking for a new way to do it, then airbrush makeup might be your new thing. Step 1: Check the user’s manual guide to set it up correctly. Step 2: Once set up, put four to six drops of your favorite makeup foundation into the airbrush cup. Step 3: Turn on the compressor and press the trigger to release air. Step 4: When you’re ready, pull the trigger of the airbrush gun to start the makeup application. Keep it at a distance of four to six inches from your face.
Benefits of Airbrush MakeupMany professional makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts swear by the airbrush makeup. Below are the top reasons why.
Minimal and Lightweight
Longevity of Product Use
Perfect for Layering
Different Shades and Tones
A must have airbrush foundation: MagicMinerals Deluxe Foundation
Some Tips for Airbrushing
- Never Mix Formulas
- You don’t want to combine alcohol-based and silicone-based foundation because they dry at different speeds.
- Don’t pull the trigger entirely especially when you’re applying it onto yourself because it’s difficult to determine its distance from your face. Hold it out at least palms-length away for good coverage.
- Some say that it takes ten drops of foundation to cover an average face. Learn to estimate the amount of product you’ll need so that you won’t end up wasting some.