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Airbrush 101: Basic Application

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Airbrushing has quickly turned into one of my favorite things. I had always associated it with only being used for really fancy makeup artist, so using it as an at-home personal way to apply makeup is a fairly new idea to me! Currently I’ve tried out three different systems: The Temptu AirPod System from Sephora, the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics kit, and the Dinair kit. In the airbrushing 101 video I recently posted on YouTube, I had a lot of people asking  what the differences were between the three kits I’ve used.  So, here is a little pros/cons for each one.

Sephora: TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System: Face
Temptu AirPod

What it is:

Pros: Silicon based makeup, which will normally last longer on the skin. Futuristic look, cradle for the airpod, and easy to change pods. Also is the most readily available for most people, as you can get it in store and not just online.

Cons: Expensive for what you get. The system alone is $225, and you have to buy the makeup separately, which is also expensive at $30-$55 for about .28oz of product.  limited shade range, unable to mix colors to make a custom shade.

Verdict: While I do like the Temptu foundation, I feel that this is very limited in what you can do. Each Air Pod is fairly expensive (ranging $25-$35) and the fact that you cannot mix colors can leave some people who’s shade isn’t available out of luck.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Airbrush System

What it is: Your standard Airbrush System. Comes with a square compressor, airbrush, traveling case, battery pack, and depending on the kit you get, all of their 1/4oz bottle packs of foundation, blush, bronzer/highlighters, and corrective colors (which total is about 30 bottles!) and the primer and clear! (FYI: I have the sparmax system, which currently isnt available as a set from them, but is available on their site).

Pros: I really love just about everything about this kit. While it is the most expensive of the bunch, its really, really nice for those of you who are makeup artists. Having 10 shades of foundation, 5 blushes, 5 bronzer/highlighters and five corrective primary colors gives you a basically limitless range for perfecting the skin. Their foundation is water based and has great coverage on the skin.

Cons: My one real complaint is that there is no cradle for the airbrush. I really don’t like just leaving the airbrush sitting on my makeup table, and while it does have a nice case it came in, I just really wish the side of the compressor had a little holder for  my airbrush.

Verdict: While I love love love this set, I really don’t think it’s entirely worth it UNLESS you are a makeup artist and regularly do makeup on clients. I feel like if you just do makeup for yourself, this is a pretty large kit, and you can always buy the makeup separately from the kit and use it in another airbrush machine. This is also the most expensive kit (about $375 or so).

Personal-Pro Airbrush Makeup Kit - Airbrush Makeup Machines & Systems by Dinair

Dinair Airbrush Kit

What it is: Dinair has a few airbrush sets, but the one I am talking about here is the standard one. It comes with a compressor (that you can get in a whole bunch of super cute shades!!!), a continuous airflow airbrush (this means that air is constantly flowing out of the brush when it’s turned on, but makeup won’t come out until you pull the lever. This is different from the OCC one, in which you have to press down on the lever before air will start flowing.), four shades of Dinair makeup in your shade range, Moist & Dewy makeup, airbrush cleaner, a DVD, and a shadow guard (for when you are applying makeup to your lashes or eyes). This kit is actually the cheapest out of the three, coming in at $199.

Pros: The compressor is the smallest of the three, and it has a little holder for the airbrush. The foundation sets on contact, so you don’t need to set it with powder, and it will last all day. Another thing I like about Dinair is that not only do they have a full range of foundations, blush, bronzer, and highlighters, they have a full range of shimmery colors, neons, and more, basically any color you could want, available in airbrush makeup form. This means eyeshadow, lips, even your hair can be colored with the makeup (during the class I actually used one of the reds to cover my roots, haha!) they also have a whole self tanning system that looks REAL, not orangey fake grossness.

Cons: I really wish Dinair had a set of foundations like OCC does. I find that REALLY useful. Also, at the class they gave us a huge bag of 1/8oz containers of a TON of colors. I didn’t see that on their site, but I think it’d be a really good idea! They’re super super small, but I think people would like to try out a bunch like that before buying the larger bottles.

Verdict: this would be my choice to buy if you were in the market for an airbrush system for personal use. Of course, you can also use this on clients just like the OCC one, but I feel this particular kit is really great for personal use (they do have a professional kit too!)

WOW, that was a long review! I hope this is helpful to you guys, and as always if you have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer it. I’ll probably do an airbrush FAQs video/blog post soon as I have been getting lots of the same questions J



  1. Ashley Tatton

    April 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

    You could use OCC’s make up in Dinair’s air brush though, couldn’t you?

    • xsparkage

      April 30, 2010 at 9:18 am


      • Megan

        April 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

        Can you do a tutorial on eyeshadow airbrush?

  2. Kelly

    April 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    can you please post some pictures using airbrush vs liquid foundation vs mineral foundation? it’s hard to see it in the video :)

    • Princess Kelly

      April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      That’s a good idea. Some comparative swatches would be helpful.

      Thank you, Leesha, for putting so much time into making the information above thorough. It’s really well organized and expressed.

  3. Kayla

    May 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Fabulous video, Leesha! I really really appreciate this information and purchased a Dinair system based on it.

    One question though, do you HAVE to use Dinair foundation with their system? Or, could you use another (possibly more cost efficent) brand? And if you can, what other brands do you reccomend?

    • xsparkage

      May 2, 2010 at 5:52 am

      nope! i use OCC all the time in my Dinair. The only thing I’ve found is that it works best when you use other water-based airbrush makeup brands, I tried with the temptu and it kinda splattered which is annoying. The Dinair bottles are $12 for the 1/4oz, im not sure of any that are cheaper than that to be honest.

  4. Amy

    May 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I have the OCC kit and I love it but I wish it had a psi gauge built in. I have the same gripe about the cradle… I’ve dropped the gun a few times because I knocked it with my hand when I was reaching for something on my table or there was too much slack in the hose and it pushed it out of the holder on the stand.

  5. anglwyngz

    May 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    have you used kett cosmetics hydro foundation? If so, how did u like it compared to dinair?

  6. JenaBee

    May 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Ok so i know this may sound dumb, however ive seen other people do it.

    So my question is can you apply airbrush makeup without using the airbrush machine?

  7. Tamisa

    May 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

    How would u compare Airbrushing to liquid makeup?

    Me personally I have dry skin so after a while the liquid foundation does somewhat dry on my face after a long day (forcing me to stop wearing make up all the time and just keep my face clean). I was mainly wondering if airbrushing is good for all skin types?

  8. Melissa

    May 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    How long does a quarter ounce bottle last?

  9. Shae

    May 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Why didnt you review the Temptu Pro machine?
    Those other two systems are the Pro systems.

  10. izabella

    May 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I believe they are all pro systems, Dinair is just more portable.

  11. Summer

    June 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I currently use bareminerals foundation. I tried on the airbrush makeup using the temptu system at Sephora. I fell in love immediately with the whole airbrush makeup “majig” but was fairly dissapointed when the ma’am at the store told me it was sold for $225. Plus, the makeup ain’t what I’d call cheap either. I looked on ebay and they had some on the bids for a hundred bucks cheaper. I really want one but I don’t have a job. What can I do?

    • abailey

      March 28, 2011 at 1:32 am

      get a job…

    • Lexi Hay

      August 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Get a job. Save some money. Buy your airbrush. What’s the question???

  12. Summer

    June 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Don’t tell me I need to get a job. Please can you help me? I will get a job as soon as I can. I’m sixteen.

  13. Angie

    July 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Hey, Leesha…

    Here’s the thing…I wanted to buy Dinair, but not until I had one of the reps e-mail me a list of their ingredients. I’m trying to avoid synthetic chemicals/toxic ingredients, and unfortunately, the Dewy Foundation contains parabens, Triethanolamine, and other toxic ingredients. Have you heard of Stream Airbrush Cosmetics? I researched their foundation ingredients, they claim 50 hours + wear. Just wondering if you heard about it. :)

  14. Alison

    July 14, 2010 at 7:28 am

    So you didn’t need a separate concealer?

  15. Sofia

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

    yo, leesha! … so, i tried the Dinair kit, and well, i bought one! YAY! :) I live close to Dinair’s headquarters in Valley Village, CA. I bought the paramedical line, for a great deal, had Dina Ousley give me a nice look, and I love the makeup really. I have oily skin, super oily around the nose area…and i noticed throughout the day that the foundation kind of waters down…is that why you like the OCC foundation?

    occ foundation or dinair? what do you like better and why? thanks girlie, and see you around!

  16. Sophia

    November 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    what happened to the video? I really wanted to see it again since I’m thinking about buying this :(

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  18. lorena

    April 5, 2011 at 6:47 am

    hello, I have purchased the Temptu Pro airbrush kit, and enjoy the sb and aqua makeup, but was wondering if i can switch to Mac airbrush formula or the dinair formula? I have the air compresser that is simmilar to the sephora temptu air, and the sp35 arbrush gun.

  19. Sherry

    October 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I would like to watch your tuturial video on how to apply Air brush but it doesn’t play it for me and says private video.Could you let me know how I can watch that video?Thanx!

  20. Vanessa Tatijana

    October 30, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Do you think its possible to use the OCC foundations in the Dinair compressor since they’re both water based foundations? The Dinair compressor is so little, I don’t want to buy it and then have it always clog up.

  21. Rose

    October 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I use the Luminess home airbrush system, which I purchased on for $125. Its pink, compact, and great for home use. I hate the Luminess foundation though…I now use Glam Air foundation that I found on amazon. It works FABULOUSLY and is only 9.99/bottle.

  22. Angie

    December 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Is my Airbrusg Gun broken if i droped it? The needle still seems to be in place, no chips nothing? but is it now damaged?

  23. breanna

    August 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Can you add anything to the dinair makeup to make it last longer such as water, corn starch or anything like that?

  24. luminess Makeup

    September 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    It is usually applied with a brush, and is typically shoan to bbe ‘buffed’ into the skin. the norm due to the fact
    that sitting in the sun wll do your. It is
    lightweight and gives an illuminating glow without looking orange.

  25. Devora Gavel

    March 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hello. I currently have a luminess system but cannot wear their make up. I wear bare minerals. Since bm came out with a liquid foundation, I tried it in my system and it worked for a bit… However it does seem to clog and it quite difficult to clean. I would prefer to keep using bm. Could you suggest a system that would work with bm, or perhaps a makeup that it’s similar. The luminess makeup felt too drying on my face and felt like I was wearing a mask. I love the airbrush look, can’t beat it. Regards, Devora

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