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Airbrush Makeup

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Summary:
TV actors have switched to airbrush makeup because it looks flawless
under the unforgiving lenses of HDTV. And it doesn't melt if you sweat.
Airbrush makeup is now available to the general public. H ere's all you
need to know to do it at home.


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airbrush,airbrush makeup,cosmetics,makeup,flawless skin,cruelty-free
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Catherine Zeta Jones wears it. So does Jennifer Lopez. Why? Airbrush
makeup creates a flawless face - almost as if you took your picture and
ran it through Photoshop.

Here's how it works. A tiny amount of specialized foundation makeup is
mixed with a few drops of water, and then sprayed onto the face with a
wand. The result is a sheer, yet full coverage. You end up wearing less
foundation, but with a flawless finish. It even hides under eye circles
and rosacea.

Tools for At-Home Airbrush Application



airbrush compressor

airbrush wand (sometimes called a pen)

hose (connects the wand and the compressor)

makeup foundation

bottled water

First time users can get this equipment in a kit. After that, all you
will need is the foundation. Expect to pay from $120 to $600 or more as
your initial investment. Once you've purchased your kit, the only further
cost is foundation, which can be about $20. Some companies are making
smaller compressors, which are easier for home use and for travel.

How to Apply

1. Place a few drops of foundation into the designated cup, along with a
few drops of water. (Each brand will have its own instructions telling
you specifically how many drops of each to use.)
2. Hold the wand about 6 to 10 inches from your face, and spray the
mixture in gentle circles over your face and neck. Never hold the wand in
one place. Keep it moving. And don't spray it into your eyes. Keep your
eyes closed if you can.

3. Let it dry. If you want, you can apply a second coat. After that's
dry, you're good to go. No need for finishing or setting powder.

What Kind of Foundation to Buy

Airbrush makeup foundations come in two types: silicone -based and water-
based. Many professionals recommend the silicone, saying that it creates
a slightly more flawless look. You need to purchase dedicated airbrush
makeup - you can't use your regular foundation in these machines.

Cruelty-Free Companies

The good news is that many airbrush companies make non-animal tested
foundations. Dinair Airbrush Makeup, OCC, and Luminess are among many
cruelty-free brands.

Blush and Eye Shadow

You can buy airbrush-ready blush and eye shadow, although that may
require the purchase of a special nozzle for your wand. But once your
basic foundation is dry, there's no problem using your regular powder
blush and eye makeup.

Airbrush Advantages



Once airbrushed, you are good to go for up to 10 or 20 hours, with an
average of around 16 hours. It won't rub off on anything or disappear
into your pores.



If you're sharing the makeup - at a wedding, for example - the airbrush
system is sanitary, since it never actually touches the skin.



Some of the kits and foundations can be used on legs, to conceal veins
and discolorations. That means no panty-hose, ladies!



Special effects, such as stencil tattoos, are easily applied.

Airbrush Disadvantages
It's expensive, especially at first.



Applying the makeup is time consuming and requires the equipment, a power
supply, a water source, and enough space.



If you're applying it on yourself and you're alone, you've got to do at
least parts of the application with your eyes closed. You don't want to
get the product in your eyes.



You can't throw it into your purse like you can with mineral makeup or
regular foundation.



If you use airbrush makeup a lot, you might consider some sort of face
mask. No one has definitive information yet about how much of the product
gets into your lungs.

Still, that ultra flawless, pore-less even look is a very appealing idea.
Some women even say the makeup hides some of their wrin kles. If you want
that look, airbrush makeup is certainly worth a try.

				
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