Flawless Makeup? Airbrushing Myself!

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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/Airbase Kit Unpacked

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
Airbase Foundations & ThinnerSo 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.   Airbase PrimerFoundation 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
Airbase Eyeshadow PaletteIt’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!






Flawless Makeup? Airbrush it.. Yourself!

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If you haven’t heard of High Definition (HD) Airbrush Makeup yet – you’re missing a trick!
If you’re getting married and your makeup artist hasn’t told you about airbrushing your makeup for your day – ask them why!!

HD airbrushed makeup gives beautiful, flawless coverage that, with a silicone based foundation, lasts ALL day.  Just fabulous for brides for their wedding day makeup!

Airbrushing makeup has been around for a while and HD airbrushed makeup is one of those essential skills that makeup artists, who want to work in TV and film have to get qualified in.  The results are so good.  For all the films and music videos I do, and always for a bride on her wedding day, I’ll airbrush makeup on.  I also use it for male makeup too, because it’s so light and doesn’t make them look like they’re wearing makeup.

So what a great result – Airbase Make-Up have brought out an airbrushing system that ANYONE can use – at home!!

There are lots of companies on the market that provide airbrushing equipment and makeup, but I already use Airbase Make-Up professionally, so I got in contact with the company to have a look at their new system and find out how it works – I thought I’d share my experiences with you in this blog.

Airbase Make-Up say the new system that they have designed is for everyone (the retail market), and anyone can use it, at home, every day!  Anyone?  Every day?  Let’s see how easy it really is…..

The Kit Arrives
It’s here – I unbox it all carefully and check everything off against the list of contents.Airbase Kit Unpacked

Mirrored Vanity Unit with LED lit mirror
Airbrush Compressor
High Definition Airbrush
3 x 10ml silicone based Foundation, Blush or Bronze *
30ml Thinner & Cleaner

* I have two foundations and a bronzer.

But I’m missing the Mini Eye Shadow Palette and the Perfecting Primer, so I contact Airbase Make-Up and they both arrive in the post for me the next day – Super quick service!

Assembling The Airbrush
It really is straightforward – providing you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!Airbase Kit Assembled

The kit comes with a Step by Step guide on how to assemble the airbrush.  It’s also got very clear pictures, so I follow them as they detail and it’s going OK so far.

I now have the nozzle on the airbrush, it’s tightened as I’m guided to do, the product cup is in place, ready for the foundation to go into and the airbrush hose is now attached to the back.  It looks like the picture – always a good start!

So I’m finished and I’m ready to start using it now!

Using The Airbrush
I’ve removed the protective temporary cover from the mirror, and plugged the unit in.  The power cable could do with being a little longer, but as the mirror in the lid of the case angles right back, I can plug it in where convenient.  There’s a switch at the top for the five very bright LED lights on each side of the mirror.

Now it’s time to get the foundation into the airbrush – back to the step by step guide – and I’m following it to the letter.

I shake the foundation bottle then put about 6 drops into the holder on the side of the airbrush.  It’s quite thick and nothing comes out when I turn the power on and test spray against a tissue.  Back to the instructions!
Airbase Test Spray
On the back is a Trouble Shooting section – and the first point is one called ‘No Product Flow’ – as soon as I look at the things to check for, I don’t think there’s enough foundation there as well as it looks too thick, so I dilute with a little bit of the Thinner and Cleaner and add a little more foundation too.

Let’s try again!

Bingo, it works and the foundation sprays out onto the tissue!

I practice for a bit on the tissue to get the flow right so I don’t get too much product in one area, and now’s time to give it a go on my face!


Come back for part 2 – Airbrushing HD Foundation

High Definition Foundation – Flawless Coverage from Mehron

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American makeup and cosmetics company Mehron have launched their
new Celebre Pro HD Foundation and its fabulous!Image

A creamy, non greasy, oil and fragrance free foundation that contains three skin enhancing ingredients – Aloe Vera, Pomegranate and Vitamin E
Not only does it give flawless, coverage, but its ingredients are actually good for your skin too!

The foundation comes in 20 colours, all of which can be bought individually, or as a palette for professional makeup artists. I am lucky to have the full colour range palette – it’s a key essential in my kit and I’ve used it on photo shoots, film sets and backstage on fashion shows.

The palette comes in four shades of each; light, light medium, medium and dark as well as colours specific for Chinese and Japanese skin tones. Each colour is silky, satin smooth and you can build up the coverage as much as you need to.
ImageThe Black Eyed Peas, Pink and Hilary Duff have all used Mehron’s products on stage, and, in February 2014, Mehron sponsored the makeup products for designers Bora Aksu, Haizhen Wang and Gyunel for the runway at London Fashion Week AW2014, using the Celebre Pro Foundation.

Celebre Pro HD Foundation is available from Treasure House of Makeup the exclusive stockist and distributor of Mehron in the UK .