I discovered airbrush makeup kind of as a fluke in combination of research for how to get rid of my adult acne, but thought the cost was to much. Shortly after discovering it and looking online I did a photo shoot where there was a makeup artist doing my make-up and hair, and she airbrushed my makeup. I was IN LOVE!!!! I had been watching airbrush for long enough and was in big debate between Luminess & Dinair systems; thus my huge discovery of YouTube tutorials. None of the videos I watched really swayed me one way or another, but then I spotted a great deal on HauteLook. So my first compressor kit was purchased from HauteLook and it was a Luminess Air.
I really had a hard time getting the foundation that came with my kit to look right on my skin; so I called the makeup artist that had done my make up previously and she came to my house and did a private lesson and we really focused on the airbrush. She uses a professional grade (large & loud) compressor and Dinair Foundation. So I ordered some Dinair foundations and those are definitely better suited in color and formula to my skin and completely compatible with the compressor I had. I started with mainly using the paramedical foundation because at that time I had so much acne on my face. Now I only use the paramedical for spot coverage of any acne I may have and use their Colair formula for my overall foundation & blush.
I have since switched compressors; when Belletto Studios came out they ran a sale on HauteLook (seeing a trend?) and I purchased since I had never heard of them in all my research. I do like their foundation formula, it’s just not quite as good of a color match as the Dinair to my skin. (Note: since trying the original Belletto foundations I have seen that they released new colors, I have not yet tried out the new range so there may now be a better match) But I LOVE their compressor, I have given away my old Luminess compressor and now use my Belletto Compressor.
I mentioned earlier that I airbrush my foundation & blush, however, I have not fallen in love with airbrushing my eyeshadow or under-eyes. I just don’t like the look and after taking a few airbrush course I have decided that for the 360 eye area traditional application is best in my opinion.
Hopefully this post will help someone on their quest into airbrush makeup, if anyone has any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.
I emailed Belletto about a Pro Discount, they do not offer one but there are several promo codes on YouTube that will get you a great starter kit for around $60.
Also Dinair has a great program that you upload a photo of you without makeup and they will email you back with your color matches, it was very accurate for me and only took a day or two to receive my report that including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and eyebrow color recommendations. So if you don’t know what color to start with give them a try.
I had the chance to try Elements II Beauty airbrush at a class held by their creator Mark Harvey. The compressor is almost identical to my Belletto compressor so win there! Foundations have good colors for me, but was slightly similar to the Kett airbrush foundation in the fact that I feel the need to set with powder. I would rate the E2B foundation as less of a hassle than the Kett but it does not rank as one of my all time favorites.
For awhile when I experience dryer skin I was really liking mixing Graftobian or Kiralee Airbrush foundation with my Dinair Glamour foundation. They are almost two different extremes, but mixed well and gave my face a really great finish. I am sure depending on my skin texture this will be used occasionally as needed. Graftobian has a very dewy finish and Dinair is much more matte.Kiralee is dewy but not to the extreme of Graftobian
All of the products mentioned in this post are water bases. I have used and am familiar with silicon based airbrush foundations as well but feel they fall in a different category and will keep them separate. I also do not recommend those for anyone with acne. While silicon does not cause acne I find those formulas to be more irritating to my skin.
For my separate review on the Temptu Pod system please check out: My Review – Temptu Pods
And my review for the Kett Airbrush foundations: My Review – Kett Airbrush Foundations
For a facial sunscreen that works under airbrush foundation: My Favorite Daily Sunscreen
For a moisturizer that works under airbrush foundation: A Moisturizer That Works With Airbrush
Note: Because of the popularity of this post I do come in and edit it as products evolve. Last update 9/5/14