Written by Sarah Jones
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Airbrush make-up is growing in popularity, largely thanks to celebrities using it to create the perfect red carpet look, and it’s proving increasingly popular as a choice for modern day brides – but what does it involve? 

Airbrushing involves spraying foundation over your skin, using a special airbrush device. You need to buy special make-up cartridges to fit into the device and then simply spray your chosen foundation over your face. 

It’s normally a small device the size of a pen, which sprays the foundation in a fine mist, so it provides a perfectly even and flawless coverage, which is what appeals to celebrities and those who want to use it on their big day. 

But there are some pros and cons with using airbrush make-up, so let’s exam all of these in turn: 

What is airbrush make-up?
Positive reasons to use airbrush make-up


  • Airbrush make-up lasts much longer 


A lot of airbrush make-up has silicone within it, which makes it waterproof and means it will last much longer without needing to be topped up. If you are going to a party or simply like your make-up to be applied in the morning and then forget about it, this could be a great choice as it will last all day long. 


  • It provides completely even coverage 


Due to the method of application, airbrush make-up creates a perfectly flawless finish which could never be achieved by applying foundation with a sponge or a brush. It looks amazing which is why it has become so popular with celebrities when they are facing the cameras. 


  • Say goodbye to caked on foundation 


Airbrushing provides a very light, even coverage due to the spray, so you can say goodbye to heavy, caked-on foundation. It’s the perfect choice if you want your foundation to look perfect, without feeling like it’s weighing your skin down. 


  • It’s completely flexible


The pen-size applicator is completely flexible so if you only want to use it on certain areas you can, or if you want to use a light layer first and then focus on other areas of your face with another layer, you can also do that. It provides much more flexibility for your foundation coverage. 

So these are some of the key benefits of choosing to go with airbrush make-up for your foundation of choice. There are a few other things to be aware of though, before you rush out to buy one of the spray-on options. 

Positive reasons to use airbrush make-up
Things to think about with airbrush make-up


  • It can flake on dry skin


If your skin is on the dry side, it’s possible that airbrush make-up will start to flake off, because it is not as creamy as a regular foundation? You need to get advice before using it if you have very dry skin as you could end up with a flaky face, which is very far removed from the flawless look you are aiming for. It works best on hydrated and moisturized skin. 


  • It can be hard to top it up if needed 


If anything were to happen and your make-up streaked over your foundation, it can be incredibly hard to just top up airbrush foundation or to get that flawless look back. You would most likely need to start again, so make sure your eye make-up is waterproof too, to avoid any nasty streaking problems. 


  • Limited foundation choice 


Because you can only use the specific foundation cartridges in the airbrushing device, the choice of foundation colours and types is far more limited. You might find it doesn’t match your particular skin tone, or that the consistency of the foundation doesn’t sit will on your skin. 


  • It costs more than regular foundation 


Whether you use a make-up artist to do it for you, or you decide to try it yourself at home, airbrush make-up is always going to be more expensive than using regular foundation, so it might be something you try out for a special occasion. 

However, there are options to buy it yourself and do it home which could lower the price tag because you don’t need as much foundation, so it will end up lasting longer. Some high street beauty brands are now selling airbrush make-up kits in store, so you could always try it out and see what you think. 

Things to think about with airbrush make-up

Airbrush make-up is taking off and if you are going to a special occasion and want to look flawless it could be the perfect choice for you. If you are using a professional make-up artist then talk to them about your skin type first, to make sure it really will work well on your skin and won’t end up looking flaky or streaky, as that could turn your day into a complete beauty disaster. Airbrush make-up is a fun new way to get that perfect complexion, when it’s applied perfectly. 


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