Foundation Routine Using Airbrush Makeup - xSparkage

Foundation Routine Using Airbrush Makeup

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So about a week ago I did a whole series on airbrushing FAQs and describing in detail the systems I have used. A lot of people seemed skeptical still because they assume that my skin is just naturally great, and that airbrushing really isn’t worth it, or they don’t understand how to use it. So, I decided to remake a video I had made in the past (since I am a little more knowledgeable now!) and show how I go about applying my foundation with airbrushing.

I get asked a TON these questions:

  • Can you use normal foundation in the airbrush machine?
    NO. You need to use foundation specifically made for airbrushing. normal foundation is too thick, most airbrush makeup is no thicker than water.
  • Does it feel heavy?
    Not at all! You are only using about 5-8 drops of makeup on your face, which is MUCH less than normal foundation.
  • Can I use powder or cream products before/after airbrushing?
    Yes, but I recommend using cream products before and airbrushing over it, and using powder products after. once you apply the airbrush makeup, its basically the same as normal foundation, so you can go about applying products as you normally would.
  • How do you take it off?
    Exactly like regular foundation, it isnt any different, the only difference is how you apply it.
  • How long does it take to apply it on a normal day?
    For me to apply my foundation, bronzer, blush, and to clean it, it takes about 5-6 mins. When you first start out it will take longer because it is something new, but once you get the hang of it its super fast!
  • Is it Sweat/water proof?
    I would say it’s sweat/water resistant, but like most foundations if you are rubbing your face it’s gonna come off. I would use a makeup setting spray if you think you’re going to sweat a lot.
  • Which airbrush makeup is good for dry/oily/combo skin?
    Airbrush makeup really doesn’t have different types for dry/oily skin, you can just take different precautions, like how I use a mattening gel before i apply it, or using a product like Dinair’s Moist & Dewy to make your skin less dry and more glowy.

If there are any other questions, let me know!



  1. Stephanie

    September 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Do you have to use airbrush systems specifically used for makeup? Or can any airbrush work?

    • jolene

      August 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      no you don’t have to use airbrushe systems made only for makeup. I currently use an iwata revolution airbrush with the iwata ninja compressor . it’s about half the cost of a temptu pro system and about the same if you buy the temptu flawless air airbrush system. to make sure you are going to be able top use your airbrush find out what psi the compressor is because not all iwata compressors are good for cosmetics.

  2. Cerina

    September 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this helpful info! :D

  3. Rachael

    September 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I use the Dinair and love it!!! The only problem I have is when I try to conceal dark circles it looks dry and flaky. Now I feel like I still need to use concealer then airbrush on top. I hate that!!! What am I doing wrong. I dont have bad skin… the only thing I am trying to cover up is dark circles. I need HELP!!!

    Also… when you use the bronzer and blush with Dinair… are you also using regular blush on top? Like MAC?

    Likes for the tutorial. You are the best!

    • Belinda

      January 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Hello! Did you solve your dark circle dinair issue?

  4. Karen

    September 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    What was the name of the under-eye product you dabbed on beforehand? I love the way it concealed instantly.

    Loved the video, you’re a great instructor!

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  7. Laura

    September 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I am also having trouble with undereye circles. I bought the Dinair specifically for dark circles and I have found that if I want to get them covered up then I have to put a thicker layer under my eyes but it looks caked on, dry, and flakey. It helps somewhat to put on concealer first but it still looks cakey and not fully covered. I even bought DInair’s orange under eye concealer and I use a make up primer. It’s so frustrating!

  8. Rachael

    September 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Laura… I was hoping that she was going to write something back by now. I check back everyday. Hopefully she checks back. I hate that I still need to wear concealer. I even called Dinair and they always try to sell me different things. I have the orange as well… and I feel the same way. Its just too dry. UGH!!! I hope to hear something back. I am thinking about going to IMATS in New York this year and hopefully they will be there. If they are… maybe they will have time to show me if not.

  9. Laura

    September 23, 2010 at 6:17 am


    Dinair’s makeup is drying my skin really bad. I also found that by the end of the day some of it has worn off and leaves blotchy looking skin. I am so disapointed with the product, I was so excited about airbrushing. Maybe I am doing something wrong but I have been working with it quite a bit and still a yucky result. For the price I can’t see keeping it when the results stink. I am seriously thinking about returning it.

  10. Flore

    September 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hi, I really love your tutos, I’d like to know where can we buy these airbrushes?
    I’m from France, and I don’t know where to buy them !

  11. Morghann

    September 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    This was really helpful!
    Personally, i wouldnt use the blush- just because of my skintone… it makes me look really cakey :(
    My friend and i ALWAYS watch your tutorials, and recently had to get jobs to pay for an airbrush machine! lol

  12. Cecelia

    September 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering what is your favorite airbrush system? (the one you use or like the most)

  13. Rachael

    September 25, 2010 at 11:18 am


    It doesnt make my skin look dry at all. Only the under eye area (when I try to conceal). Other then that, I love it. Maybe you need to use the clear stuff (I forget what its called). I dont really use it too much other then on my cheek bones. I dont have dry skin… I have normal skin. I mean.. I have dry areas here and there, but I use moisturizer before I put anything on skin. I would call Dinair and tell them your problems… I love my Dinair machine. I wouldnt ever return mine. I use it everyday and love it!!!!

  14. Jubilee

    October 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I am having the same problem that Laura is having. My Dinair system leaves my skin dry and it’s not covering anything on my face. I called Dinair and they treated me like I was a moron. They were sure it was because I wasn’t using their system right. The first question they asked was “Did you watch the DVD?” The final girl I talked to had to look up what the three basics of airbrushing were!!! And they thought I was a moron!!! They are sending me a free sample of their primer and they extended my trial period. They also waived the restocking fee if I do return the system. They did all of this because I was so mad about the way that they treated me. I’m going to try it for a few more weeks but I will probably return it. I just hate how the other systems cost anywhere from $200-$300 more than the Dinair system.

    • Michelle

      June 28, 2011 at 2:08 am

      That’s crazy! I’ve always had a great experience with Dinair customer service and so have all my friends. Maybe you were just dealing with a newbie. Glad they resolved it in the end.
      As far as the Dinair leaving your skin dry and not covering anything on your face, it does sound like there’s something wrong with the airbrush gun – Dinair makeup is water-based so it shouldn’t dry out your skin.
      I’m sure you’ve tried everything but my suggestions would be: make sure the airbrush is clean (you might have to take it apart); shake the makeup well before you use it; try putting on your favorite moisturizer before airbrushing; 6 inches away.
      Hope you work it out (or Dinair works it out for you!) If you have any questions feel free to pop over to my website at

  15. makita

    October 30, 2010 at 7:32 am

    where’s the best place to buy them.. i live in the uk so online websites is okaii… i thinks this is amazing and i get a fair bit of blemishas around my mouth so this would be super handy lol :) let sme no kthanks x x <3 keeta

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  17. joana

    November 14, 2010 at 10:30 am

    hi leesha im from sweden but i love your blogg.

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    February 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Thanks! Really appreciated this video. I was actually contemplating purchasing the dinair machine after seeing it this past weekend at a trade show. Your foundation looks great after! But are you familiar with their tanning products? Wondering if they’re temporary/bronzer-like or more self tanner??

  20. shannon

    February 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    This was super helpful, thank you!

  21. Belen

    May 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Thank you so much! I got airbrushed for my wedding day and my husband just bought me the Dinair set. I have not used it yet… I am so excited and you make it look really easy :)
    I do have dark circles around my eyes, so I will have to go get whatever it is that you are using. I currently have bobby brown concelear and clinique.. Do you think I can use any of those for now?
    Again thank you for taking the time to show us :)

  22. Carmen

    March 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I’ve always been a bit hesitant about airbrush makeup, but good to see that it can be easy to pull off one you know the way of applying it.

  23. Me

    June 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    can’t you dillute foundation with water then use it with your airbrush?

  24. hafi

    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Why does my face become very dry 2 days after airbrush makeup? 

  25. Dina

    September 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hi! All this information has been really helpful as I have been considering buying an airbrush makeup kit. I have one question though, so if I buy the Dinair airbrush kit, do I have to use it with Dinair foundation or will any foundation meant for airbrushing can be used in that machine?

  26. Sophie Jacoby

    February 18, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Does that matte foundation work as a primer or what primer would be good for airbrush makeup? I use temptu :)

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