Everyone will think you have a personal makeup artist.
When you think of airbrush makeup you probably think back to the early 90s and early 2000s when this novel way to put on makeup was at its peak in popularity. Though today the method is mainly used by makeup artists for special events like weddings and costuming, it’s becoming a go-to DIY method for makeup enthusiasts of all levels—and it’s easier to use than you think (when you use the right tools of course).
If you’re not familiar with airbrush makeup it’s basically pouring makeup (in liquid form) into a handheld tool that uses air pressure to push the makeup out so it comes out as a fine mist. “It’s much faster to apply than traditional makeup and much less product on the face too. It feels like nothing on the skin. And most of all, it’s an HD application so you look photoshopped straight from the lens,” says Los Angeles-based makeup artist Melanie Cristescu.
The flawless airbrush effect this method provides is reason enough to give it a try, but it’s not to be overshadowed by the more practical and timely—not to mention hygienic—benefits. “Makeup being pushed out in tiny particles onto your face by air makes blending (which is usually the most challenging part of traditional makeup) almost automatic,” says Tik Tok Beauty creator and airbrush makeup pro Jalyka Smith. “Not having to switch between different brushes for different parts of your face helps you achieve a full face more swiftly.”
Smith has also found that airbrush makeup is a great way to avoid breaking out when applying makeup. “The lack of brushes is a huge help when it comes to acne. Airbrush doesn’t transfer oil, dirt, and bacteria onto your face that traditional makeup brushes do. I have sensitive skin and airbrush makeup has never made me break out,” explains Smith.
You don’t have to be a pro makeup artist to add airbrush makeup into your beauty routine. This method is ideal for everyone no matter your skin type and skill level.
“Airbrush is ideal for so many people; people who hate the feel of makeup on their face because it takes a lot of the fillers out of liquid foundation and applies the pigment, it feels really natural. It’s also great for people with texture and fine lines because it sits on the surface, not sinking into the skin,” says Cristescu. Especially in the heat of summer or when you have to wear a face mask all day airbrush makeup provides full, natural feeling coverage that stays on, requiring little to no touch-ups.
When searching for the right airbrush kit for you it’s important to look for kits and tools that are easy to clean to avoid product buildup that could lead to acne. Perfecting a full face of makeup with an airbrush applicator can take a bit of time so opt for kits with an ergonomic design that is lightweight and easy to hold.
If you’re convinced and ready to level up your makeup routine here are seven expert-loved airbrush makeup kits for easy application and a flawless finish every time.
Luminess Air Basic Airbrush System
Another popular airbrush kit, Luminess promises to use 10x less the amount of foundation as other kits but with the same flawless coverage. The kit includes an applicator and 6 shades of foundation, perfect for those days where you want light coverage for that “your skin but better” look.