So what a great result – Airbase Make-Up have brought out an airbrushing system for High Definition (HD) Airbrush Makeup that ANYONE can use – at home!! I got in contact with Airbase Make-up to have a look at their new system and find out how it works – I posted a recent blog detailing how easy it is to set up and assemble the airbrush at home yourself, and you can read that here – https://katrinastamp.com/2014/03/31/flawless-makeup-airbrush-it-yourself/
HD airbrushed makeup gives beautiful, flawless coverage that, using a silicone based foundation, will last ALL day. It’s perfect for brides for their wedding day makeup because it stays put! It’s also essential for TV and Film work because the HD quality is so good.
Prepping for Airbrushing
So inside my Mirrored Vanity Unit with its LED lit mirror there’s a Perfecting Primer, a couple of 10ml bottles containing silicone based foundations (you choose two colours to match your own skin tone), a 10ml bottle of bronze (you may get a bronzer or a blusher) and a Mini Eye Shadow Palette – all of these I’m going to use now to try this kit out with the airbrush.
I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised my skin and clipped my hair back out of my way as I don’t want to spray that! Now time to apply the Primer.
The idea of a cosmetic primers (eyes, lips, foundation, mascara) is to prep the skin before applying your makeup. By using a foundation primer first the skin will be smoother to start with, meaning that your foundation will sit much more evenly and smoothly on your skin, and your foundation will last longer. Foundation primers work by decreasing the look of fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation. Some give a more matte appearance, reducing shine, some contain light reflecting particles to make the skin more radiant and some are tinted to improve skin tone. Whatever, your preference a good primer provides a good base giving a great flawless complexion and helping your makeup last.
It’s a real bonus that I get one as part of my kit, so I use the pump to dispense some onto my hand and apply it all over my face with my finger tips. It’s a good one – a clear gel, non greasy, smells nice and it leaves my skin really soft with a more matte cover.
Using The Airbrush
I’ve added about 10 drops of the foundation that best matches my skin tone and diluted it a little with some of the Thinner and Cleaner. The instructions say that the thinner will help to get the right thickness so that when I switch the airbrush on it sprays smoothly and evenly onto the tissue before I spray my face. It’s great and sprays out colour onto the tissue when I press the green trigger down. The closer I move the nozzle to the tissue, the more dense the colour, and further away, the lighter the colour.
Ready to go! I face the mirror and without pressing the trigger, let the air blow over my face to get used to it. Nothing scary about this! So I press the trigger and it feels slightly colder when the foundation comes out. It works! Avoiding my eye brows and eye lashes, and the hairline, I carry on spraying the foundation all over my face – I can see the foundation start to build, but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy at all. It looks great, and even, and yes – it actually does look “flawless”
Once the product runs out of the cup I stop. It’s been enough to give my face a light foundation coverage, and I like it. I will definitely use this again, even though it takes slightly longer to apply foundation in this method as opposed to with a brush. But it’s worth it and I also note that I don’t need to use a powder to set the foundation either because the finish is so good.
Completing The Look
It’s just a case now of blusher, eye makeup and lips to finish my look. The Mini Eye Shadow Palette has six colours in it, and the pigment is really strong. I blend two of the colours together – the lighter grey over my eyelid and the darker grey into my socket line.
With everything else applied in the normal way – liner, mascara, lips – I am done and ready to go.
Later on …… I’m still pleased to see that my makeup, especially my foundation hasn’t moved and looks just as good!