Our Esthetician and beauty guru Jaclyn Vaudine offered to share with us her experience as a makeup artist using airbrush makeup on her clients. As google explains it Airbrush makeup is makeup sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods. An airbrush is characterized by 3 major parts. A powered compressor is used to create an even and controllable airflow through a medical grade hose.” 

What is airbrush makeup?

From my experience working on a wide variety of faces for different situations, I’ve fallen in love with airbrush makeup. Working for the past 2 years in the humidity of Florida my makeup went through the gauntlet of challenges and airbrush came out on top. Airbrush is an application method where an air compressor is used to force air and liquid makeup through an airbrush gun into a fine refreshing mist onto the face or body. I believe there are situations where airbrush may not be the best option (I’ll talk about this later) but more often than not airbrush is almost perfect. I love airbrush for the soft natural look it achieves but, as a responsible professional, I especially love it because it’s highly sanitary.

Is it safe?

I’m always concerned with making sure my application techniques are not only aesthetically effective but safe for the health my clients. The airbrush gun and the makeup put in it never make contact with contaminants. It is the only application method where I can be 100% certain it’s sanitary. Due to this it also saves time because I don’t have to sanitize tools between clients. It has been my saving grace when I have a large party of bridesmaids! Airbrush is fabulous for people with sensitive skin. For some even the abrasion of brushes or sponges is irritating. The feel on the skin is light and most say it doesn’t even feel like they are wearing makeup. It is also less likely to clog pores. The formulas are simple and hypoallergenic. Airbrush makeup coverage is built up very slowly and can be sheer to full coverage while still looking natural.

How long does it last?

For a professional it is an excellent way to ensure the application will be free of brush marks, streaks, or smudges. It is perfectly suited for special occasions where longevity and photogenic qualities are necessary. In my kit, I use Temptu airbrush products. I have a silicone based foundation that creates a more dewy, hydrated look to the skin while still being long wearing. I utilize this for my clients with dry skin. I also have a formula which is water based and more mattifying. This product boast a 24-hr wear time and is GREAT for my clients with oily skin.

However, I even love this for those with normal to dry skin if the weather calls for it because I can still prep the skin with hydrating products and create a dewy appearance with highlighters and setting spray. Now, at this point you might be thinking “this sounds too good to be true!?!” Airbrush is almost flawless but it does have its drawbacks in specific situations. For those with highly texturized skin due to severe acne, dryness, or deep wrinkles I normally would not use airbrush. For these individuals I find application with a damp sponge provides a more even natural coverage because it is being pressed into the texture on the skin. Because airbrush sits on the skin, extreme texture can be clung onto by the foundation in some areas and not reach/cover all angles of a blemish or wrinkle. Due to this aspect of airbrush it is very important to exfoliate and hydrate skin the night before you’re going to have airbrush makeup applied.

How can I prep my skin before the appointment?

Also airbrush can cling to the super fine hair on the face and even though it may not normally be visible I recommend if you have a little fuzz to get a face wax or other hair removal before your airbrush appointment for that ultra perfect application. For those with their heart set on airbrush makeup but are struggling with texture, a few appointments with an esthetician doing a facial, peel, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, etc. can make all the difference! Talk to an experienced esthetician about the best strategy for your situation. In summation, I will always use the makeup that I feel is best for each individual situation but I have found that airbrush makeup has so many benefits it’s almost perfect.

Jaclyn is now accepting new clients for airbrush makeup services. She specializes in bridal, and special events!

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