How to Airbrush Makeup for Beginners?

Airbrush makeup utilizes compressed air to delicately mist foundation onto your skin through specialized foundation cartridges that fit into an airbrushing device. This technique, often employed by makeup artists for celebrities preparing for red carpet events or photo shoots, involves a small, pen-like applicator that evenly sprays the foundation for a flawless finish.

Recently, this convenient tool has also become popular among more general people. This article is mainly targetted at those who just begin to use this tool providing a step-by-step guide for beginners. We will also introduce some questions you may would like to know related to airbrush makeup.

Airbrush Makeup Kit for Beginners

Before you begin to learn how to airbrush makeup, you need prepare the tools first. If you don't have a suitable airbrush kit on hand, here are the products we recommend for you as airbrush manufacturers.

1. Airbrush Makeup System MK-300 With Airbox Foundation

MK-300 airbrush kit is designed to achieve luminous, semi-matte finish. It's an all-in-one tool containing rechargeable battery and usb charge cord, wall adapter, liquid foundation. Three bottles of 10ml liquid foundation in different colors including SB001(Porcelain), SB003(Warm Ivory), SB005(Beige), you can choose according to your skin color.

Atomized airflow technology transforms foundation into a lightweight, micro-fine mist that applies flawlessly. This innovative method provides more complete coverage using less makeup compared to traditional brushes or sponges.

2. Airbrush Pro Makeup System MK-200 with Liquid Foundation

Unlike the first model, MK-200 is our most popular airbrush system with the battery and is equipped with basic airbrush compressor and airbrush. It features a whisper-quiet motor, continuous airflow, and a patented stylus that delivers a micro-fine mist of tiny pixels, transforming your skin from lackluster to luminous.

It's lightweight and durable enough for travel. In addition, the basic system of this model is dermatologist tested and recommended. Airbrushing helps eliminate cross- contamination, resulting in healthier, fresher skin.

3. UK Plug-Timbertech Airbrush Basic Makeup System MK-100

The features of this model is similar to model MK-200, but this model is especially designed with UK plug. The basic system of MK-100 is also dermatologist tested and recommended. It's easy to use and is very suitable for those beginners who like to travel. If you like the design of this model but you are not living in the UK, we can also change the plug according your needs!

How to Do Airbrush Makeup Step by Step?

Step1: Preparation

Except prepare an airbrush kit for makeup, there are still something you need to do before you do airbrush makeup.

Hydrate Your Skin: Apply a suitable moisturizer to prevent dehydration caused by makeup.
 Apply Serum: Enhances the benefits of moisturizers and provides a shine.
 Primer: Use a primer to cover pores and imperfections, ensuring long-lasting makeup.

Step2: Setting Up the Airbrush

Mix Colors: If needed, mix different foundation shades in the airbrush cup to match your skin tone.
Turn on the Compressor: Ensure it is connected and functioning properly.

Now you are ready to put on your makeup. Remember to shake makeup well before and during use!

Step3: Applying Foundation

 Distance and Movement: Hold the airbrush about six inches (make a fist to measure) from your face. Start moving the airbrush before pulling back on the lever to spray. Don’t close your eyes too tightly (squint) as you sweep across your face, this will Make wrinkles more prominent. Keep your face as relaxed as possible during this process. When applying full makeup, keep the airbrush in motion. The closer the distance, the stronger the color.
 Light Layers: Apply the foundation in light, circular motions. Focus on building up coverage gradually.
 Targeted Areas: For blemishes or problem areas, get closer with the airbrush and pull back slightly on the lever for more precise application.

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Blend the neck area with the rest of the face to avoid "lines" or major contrast.

Can You Use Regular Makeup in Airbrush?

Using regular makeup in an airbrush system is generally not recommended due to differences in formulation and consistency. However, there are some workarounds and considerations to keep in mind:

 Consistency: Regular makeup, such as traditional liquid foundation, is typically too thick to be used directly in an airbrush system. Airbrush makeup is specifically formulated to be much thinner, allowing it to be sprayed evenly through the airbrush gun.
 Thinning Regular Makeup: It is possible to thin regular makeup to make it suitable for airbrush application. This can be done using a makeup thinner specifically designed for this purpose. For example, you can mix your favorite foundation with an airbrush makeup thinner to achieve the right consistency.
 Type of Makeup: Water-based regular foundations can sometimes be adapted for airbrush use if properly thinned. However, silicone-based or oil-based regular foundations are more likely to clog the airbrush and are not recommended.

Step4: Additional Makeup

Airbrushes are not only suitable for applying foundation, highlighter, and contour, but once you get used to using an airbrush, you can also use it for a variety of other applications, including eyeshadow, blush, and more.

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 Blush: Use an airbrush to apply a drop or two of liquid blush to your cheeks for a natural brightening effect.
 Eye Makeup: Complete your look with your favorite eye makeup style, whether it's nude or dramatic. When you use an airbrush to apply eyeshadow, you get even, clean coverage with long-lasting power. You can use an eyeshadow mask to prevent overspray and create a flawless look.

Step5: Finishing Touches

Eyebrows: Retouch your eyebrows using the appropriate shade for a perfect blend.
Lips: Give special attention to your lips to complete the look.
Conceal and Contour: Use concealer and highlighter to cover the T-zone, under the eyes and cover blemishes. Use bronzer or a foundation that is 1-2 shades darker than the foundation in the previous step.

Airbrush Makeup Tips

1. Skin Preparation

Cleanse and moisturize your skin thoroughly before application. Airbrush makeup adheres best to a smooth, hydrated base. Avoid using silicone-based primers, as they can cause airbrush makeup to bead up and not blend properly.

2. Application Technique

 Hold the airbrush 4-6 inches away from your face and use light, circular motions to apply the makeup. Getting too close can lead to an uneven application.
 Start with a light application and build up coverage gradually in thin layers.
 Airbrush makeup is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. For targeted coverage, get closer (1-2 inches) and use a lighter air pressure setting.
 Let each layer dry completely before adding more.

3. Blending and Finishing

 Use a damp makeup sponge to blend out any harsh lines around the jaw, hairline, or neck for a seamless finish.
 Set the makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder to increase wear time.
 Use a makeup setting spray for a natural, dewy finish.

How Long Does Airbrush Makeup Last?

One of the key advantages of airbrush makeup is its remarkable resilience. Many at-home airbrush makeup kits last up to 12 hours, with some extending even longer. The exact duration can depend on several factors:

 Skin Type: Oily skin may cause makeup to break down faster, while dry or normal skin can maintain the makeup for longer periods.
 Product Quality: High-quality airbrush makeup products often contain long-wearing formulas that enhance durability.
 Application Technique: Proper application, including the use of a primer and setting spray, can significantly extend the life of airbrush makeup.
 Environmental Conditions: Humidity, temperature, and exposure to elements can affect how long the makeup lasts. Airbrush makeup is generally more resistant to sweat and tears compared to traditional makeup.
 Skin Preparation: Well-prepped skin can hold makeup better. This includes cleansing, moisturizing, and priming the skin before application.
 Activities: Physical activities, touching your face frequently, or being in environments with high moisture can impact the longevity of the makeup.