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Airbrush Makeup

Makeup trends change constantly, and professional makeup artists want to stay updated to provide the best services to their clients. One such trend is airbrush makeup. Although the technique isn’t new, many individuals aren’t familiar with this approach and its benefits.

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Makeup artist using airbrush technique to apply makeup to model

What Is Airbrush Makeup?

With airbrush makeup, the artist sprays cosmetics onto the face using an airbrush gun attached to an air compressor. This device uses forced air to push a fine mist out of the nozzle and onto the skin. Airbrush makeup consistency is thinner than traditional foundation, which allows for a mist application.

When comparing airbrush makeup to traditional makeup, it’s not a question of which is better — both have their uses. However, airbrush makeup offers some unique advantages, such as:


The main benefit of airbrush makeup over traditional makeup is how long it stays on the face. When using conventional makeup tools, such as brushes and sponges, it’s possible to smear or smudge makeup. While you can fix it, you risk creating an uneven look. Airbrush makeup stays in place longer and is more resistant to moisture.


A thin consistency means airbrush makeup flows out of the gun in a steady stream. That enables better coverage and color. You can also apply different tones, such as a soft, natural look, and see the same level of coverage.

Airbrush makeup usually costs more than traditional makeup. Kits can be $100 or more, while conventional makeup is available at various prices. Individuals must be careful with airbrush makeup because it can adversely affect certain types of skin. For instance, because airbrush makeup sets instantaneously, it can attach to dry, flaky skin. It also may not cover up blemishes as successfully as traditional makeup.

Tips for Applying Airbrush Makeup

There are many reasons to consider airbrush makeup. Perhaps your clients have been asking about it, or some could benefit from a longer-lasting option. You may also just be interested in trying a new technique yourself. Whatever the case, knowing the best practices for applying airbrush makeup can help you create stunning looks. Some tips include:

Hydrate the Skin First

Hydrating the skin is a best practice for makeup application in general. It helps protect the skin, especially in patients with dry skin. Remember, airbrush makeup stays on the face longer, so clients likely won’t be rinsing it off for many hours. Consider using a hydrating toner and hydrating moisturizer.

Apply Primer

Although the airbrush technique already helps makeup stay in place, primer can ensure it stays put longer. Clients will appreciate how long they maintain the flawless look on a special day out.

Follow Circular Motions

Over-spraying is a common mistake with airbrush makeup. To avoid this, move the airbrush in a circular motion. This technique can also prevent you from ending an airbrush motion directly over the skin, which may result in a patch of makeup. Circular motions ensure even coverage.

Another cause of uneven applications is getting too close to the skin. Keep the airbrush gun at a safe distance from the skin, and never let it directly touch the skin.

Choose the Right Airflow Setting

Most airbrush guns will feature several airflow settings. Each setting is appropriate for different types of makeup applications. General settings include:

  • Light air for detail work and correcting spots
  • Medium air for everyday application of foundation and blush
  • Full air for highlighter and other areas of the body (arms)

Blend Makeup Into the Neck

Don’t forget the neck when applying airbrush makeup. Not blending makeup creates lines and an unnatural look. You may use traditional makeup tools for blending.

Use Airbrush Makeup for All Applications

Typically, airbrush makeup is for applying foundation. However, it can be used to apply other kinds of makeup, including:

  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyebrows
  • Highlight
  • Bronzer

Learn Makeup Skills

Adding airbrush makeup to your skillset can help you secure more clients or wow family and friends with beautiful makeup. Whether you’re a seasoned professional cosmetologist or a casual learner, HICI Go offers a range of health and beauty courses to meet your needs. You can explore our live webinars and online makeup classes that you can complete anytime.

We also provide live, in-person courses in related topics at our partnering institutions, Cortiva Institute and Hollywood Institute. Those who attend courses at these institutions receive an account for online instruction, as well.

Contact us today to learn more about makeup classes and other health and beauty courses