27 Tips and Tricks for Airbrush Makeup

27 Tips and Tricks for Airbrush Makeup

Over the past few years, airbrush makeup has begun to take the world by storm. Its divergence from traditional makeup, however, has left some makeup users scratching their heads. Have no fear! With an applicator and the right state of mind, you can be airbrushing with the best of them. Here’s everything you need to know to jump on the airbrush bandwagon:



  1. Prep that ponytail! Makeup is for your face, not your hair. Pulling it back ensures that your locks stay airbrush free.
  2. Make sure your skin is in its best state. Start with clean, well-moisturized skin to get the most even application.
  3. Read the manual. It’s no one’s favorite pastime, but manuals are a great source of information about techniques you can use to achieve the best look possible.
  4. Practice with H2O. If you’re brand new to airbrushing, put some water in the applicator and use that to get an idea of the different settings you have at your disposal.


Before You Begin:

  1. Always start with a clean gun. Just as you wouldn’t use a dirty brush, using an unclean applicator can ruin your application and cause harmful blockage in the gun.
  2. On that note, make sure the brush is dry. Having any water or cleanser in the applicator ruins the consistency and longevity of the airbrush foundation.
  3. Handle your gun as you would a child. Some parts of the gun are fragile, and won’t work if broken.
  4. Shake, shake, shake (your makeup)! Shaking the makeup bottle reverses any separation in the makeup that could occur.
  5. Go light on the foundation. You only need 4-6 drops to get coverage on your entire face. Any more and you risk caking it on.
  6. Test yourself. Before working on your face, try the makeup on your hand or a piece of paper to check for the correct color and pressure.
  7. Do not put regular foundation in the airbrush applicator. This can cause blockage in the gun, and may even break the machine if it cannot be cleared.



  1. Get intimate. You should hold the gun about 6 inches from your face for general applications. If you need more coverage in a certain area, move the gun to about 2-3 inches away.
  2. Keep it on the move! Holding the applicator in one place for too long means you’ll have thicker patches, resulting in a less than flawless appearance.
  3. Make sure to hit your neck. There’s nothing worse than the dreaded face-neck divider line. Applying makeup to your neck ensures that your glowing skin can be attributed to “good genes” instead of makeup.
  4. Relax! Scrunching your face means showing off every wrinkle you have, especially in the eye region. Relaxing your face allows the makeup to distribute evenly.
  5. When covering blemishes, use short bursts of makeup to help prevent over-application. Once sufficiently covered, run the applicator in a circle around the blemish to blend with the rest of the skin.
  6. If using a concealer, make sure to put that on first. Putting concealer on top of the foundation could result in uneven texture across the skin.
  7. Less is more! Nobody wants “cake face”. It’s easy to put more makeup on, not so much to take it off.



  1. Wait a minute. Before going in with other makeup, give the foundation 60 seconds to dry completely. While airbrush dries almost instantly on contact, waiting guarantees that the makeup has settled, reducing your chances of smudging.
  2. Go in with your blush and bronzer. Now that you’ve achieved a perfect base, you can move along with your makeup routine. Compliment your flawless skin with a beautiful blush or bronzer to customize your look to your liking.
  3. Run some quality control. Once you’ve finished your makeup, make sure to check the finished product for smudging and over-application. The more you practice, the better you will be at catching the little mistakes. To put your best foot forward, it’s recommended to check your makeup in the type of light you’ll be spending time in.



  1. Clean your applicator right away. As soon as you’re done using it, it’s vital to immediately rinse it out so as to prevent blockage later on.
  2. If you’re in a rush, water will do. Sometimes, you’re a little more rushed in your routine. If that’s the case, there’s no need to do a full-blown cleansing. Just make sure to flush it out with water, and to cleanse it properly when you can.
  3. Make sure to cleanse with distilled water. Regular water contains minerals that could lead to blocking of the gun down the line.
  4. Cleanse your gun properly at least once a week. This ensures that the gun is kept in sanitary condition and also allows you to get the best use out of it.
  5. Use the right cleanser. Using the cleanser your gun came with is the best way to keep your gun in perfect condition.
  6. Leave the gun to dry. Do all you can to make sure the gun will be dried out for your next application.
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