Top 10 FAQ About Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush makeup has become increasingly popular over the years and as a result, people are more curious about the process, its results, and whether or not this is the ideal choice when getting their makeup professionally done.

I have compiled a list of the most common questions I receive about airbrush makeup which I will share with you along with the answers I provide to my clients.

    • What is airbrush makeup exactly?
      • Airbrush makeup is a technique applied with the use of an air compressor machine and an airbrush gun applicator as opposed to “traditional” makeup which is applied with the use of makeup brushes.  Typically, most makeup artists only airbrush the foundation on the skin although it is possible to airbrush other areas of the face including blush on the cheeks and even liquid eye shadows.
    • Which is better in your professional opinion, airbrush or traditional makeup?
      • This is a great question and one that I am asked quite often.  I never like to say one method is absolutely better over the other because it truly depends on the individual and the overall look we are looking to create for the complexion.  I think that airbrush is definitely the ideal choice for someone who never wears makeup as it is super natural looking while still lasting all day.  If you wear makeup on a daily basis and never tried airbrush makeup, I always encourage at least experiencing it for a makeup trial as it provides flawless results and does not feel like you are wearing makeup.
    • How long will the airbrush makeup last?
      • Both airbrush and traditional makeup are built to last the entire day without any real touch ups.  Depending on your skin type, exactly how long it will last could vary but you could expect lasting results even if you got your makeup applied very early that morning.  I would say that I do believe airbrush makeup is going to last slightly longer than the traditional makeup due to the fact that it is a more sheer and lightweight formula.  The formula is also water resistant.
    • Do you still use primer, powder, and/or setting spray with the airbrush application?
      • Although I was told primers, setting sprays, and even powders are not a necessity when using airbrush makeup, I still always use all three products in conjunction with airbrush makeup because I believe that any product I can use to extend the wear of the makeup, I will want to use it as it provides what I call extra makeup insurance.  In other words, all these products will provide makeup longevity throughout the day.  So the answer is no, it might not be required but yes, I absolutely will use primer, powder, and setting spray with an airbrush makeup application.
    • Which airbrush machine do you use?
      • I had done a lot of research before I invested in a machine and find Dinair Airbrush Makeup to be the best.  I like the system and their actual makeup as it applies smoothly, lasts all day, and I can custom blend the colors too if I need to which provides a client with a true customized foundation match.
    • I have sensitive skin, does airbrush makeup cause breakouts?
      • Since the airbrush makeup is applied gently on the top surface layer of the skin as opposed to traditional makeup where the brush directly brushes the foundation into the skin, I definitely think the airbrush makeup is the better option because of how it is applied and much less actual product is applied onto the skin.
      • It is always wise to set up a makeup trial and test the airbrush makeup to ensure your skin does not react to it but I have found that in all my years of doing makeup, I have never had a client complain after a trial that the makeup did not work with their skin or that it caused a reaction.

    • What foundation do you prefer on yourself personally?
      • For my every day makeup, I prefer to use a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer as opposed to airbrush makeup as it is just quicker for me to apply on myself than setting up my airbrush machine every day and I just feel as thought I have more control of the product than airbrushing myself (it’s easier for me to apply to others than myself in other words).  However, I have played around with the airbrush makeup and do very much like the results so for a special event, I will use this from time to time for an extra flawless finish, especially during the spring/summer months when there can be more humidity.
    • I don’t have the best skin, will airbrush makeup cover all my imperfections? 
      • No matter how much coverage is needed, I will still use concealers first to cover up any imperfections and then airbrush over it.  This is a great combination as the concealer will cover up the areas that need a higher concentration of makeup while the airbrush makeup locks everything in and smooths over the surface of the complexion.
    • How much coverage does airbrush makeup provide?
      • When done correctly, airbrush makeup is meant to be very smooth looking by providing a flawless finish without the appearance of wearing any makeup.  Your complexion should still look like your skin with an overall effortless look.
  • Is airbrush makeup more natural looking than traditional makeup or vice versa?
    • Although I can apply both airbrush makeup and traditional in a natural way, at the end of the day, airbrush makeup will always be the more natural choice.  This is due to the actual application technique and the fact that you end up wearing much less product on the face as opposed to a traditional makeup application.

Still have a question regarding airbrush makeup?  Please feel free to contact me directly as I would be happy to answer any additional questions you might have along with giving you my professional and personal recommendation on what is best for you and your skin! 🙂