Airbrush 101: Basic Application
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.
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.
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).
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