So you want to airbrush and/or offer airbrush services to your clients. You've done some research, bought your equipment and now need product (click here for equipment review.) Yet you're overwhelmed with the choices out there. I have tried nearly them all! I use airbrush productions nearly every single job I do, as I specialize in airbrushing. Please take what you will from this Pro review and I hope you find your favorite product!
Water-based airbrush foundation might be my personal favorite. It's primary ingredient is aqua or water, hence water-based. True water-based foundation will dry down instantly unlike some brands which put silicone in their water-based foundations. These are not true water-based and will not perform how you want.
Kett Cosmetics Hydro Foundation - $30 35ml.
This is my long standing favorite water-based foundation due to it's incredible performance and natural skin finish quality. It's dries down instantly to the skin and has about a medium finish. Can be built up on coverage or sheered down with purified water.
- Dries instantly
- Fragrance free
- Lasts for full day shoots/event
- Water resistant
- Silicone free
- Not waterproof
- Not suitable for very oily skin
You'll want this entire line so I suggest getting the blushes, contours and highlighters as they all perform phenomenally on the skin, plus the colors are all gorgeous!
Silicone based airbrush foundation was really the first of all the foundations. Due to the fact that silicone dominates in the foundation industry, much to my disdain. I don't particularly enjoy working with silicone based products due to their performance issues. However there have been some great improvements in the airbrush field of silicone-based foundations.
Temptu Hydra Lock - $36 1oz.
This is the newest and best on the market in the variety of silicone-based products. Temptu pushes to continuously be the leader of airbrush makeup with their newest launch of performance silicone products. Most people know about the current S/B formula by Temptu. I will review that below since it's a popular product as well. This new formula is enriched with moisture retention properties which they claim will moisturize the skin 4x more than hyaluronic acid. They also claim is has a 24 hr wear (which i don't know why people are sleeping in their makeup again -_-) but a long wear is definitely beneficial for brides and event makeup. I really love the look and feel of this product. It's also ultra thin so it can be used with airbrush guns with .35mm needles.
- Very long-wear
- beautiful semi-matte finish
- easy to use in all guns
- cleans easily
- no dilution necessary
- Only available currently in sample sizes
- No available in blushes or contour colors as of yet
I love this line because of it's variety of color but I desperately want the blushes and contours to come out so I don't have to use two different formulas and guns for one client. You cannot mix silicone with water based, so you must either clean you gun out completely to switch to your blushes and contours (if you have).
Elementwo Canvas Blend - $30 30ml.
This brand has been talked about quite a bit online and most of it's users seem to be coming from Australia. I researched the brand since a lot of people seemed to enjoy them and their distribution for the US is actually located in my same town of Las Vegas. I was only able to try out the silicone formula as the water based is currently sold out. As of right now I know ZERO about this brand. There is no "founder," no "story," no reason for it existing except for it just exists. This is weird to me. There is barely any information regarding the products as well. So all I can do is try and repost my findings. It's ultra thin so again, it will work with smaller needle guns. This is good for those of you who are having problems with clogging, your currently formula is probably too thick. It didn't smell too strong and looked really pretty once on my face. However later when I removed it, I had some irritation bumps, so I might be sensitive to some of it's ingredients.
- Ultra thin
- dries a pretty semi-matte
- good range of colors and blushes
- Pricier to it's competitor Hydra-Lock by Temptu
- Not for sensitive skin
- No contour colors (bronzer tones are too yellow and orange for contouring)
Overall this product is nice and I will try it out in my kit with my clients, but due to it's sensitivity issue and the fact I can get something similar/better cheaper, I will stick to my Temptu. I'll update with the water-based line when it comes in.
Alcohol based airbrush should be discussed here because they are great to have in your kit as an airbrush artist. The only thing I would recommend alcohol based airbrush for is tattoo cover, scars, birthmarks, stretch marks, etc. This is NOT the type of product you want to airbrush as a foundation/blush/contour/highlight. Alcohol based foundations will definitely give you a water-proof finish but due to their drying nature, they will dry-out and dehydrate the clients skin while giving them the appearance of dull, textured skin. Ya no bueno for HD cameras. Your client will not be happy and you won't either. None-the-less, it's great to have on board for any type of body coverage your client will ask for, and they will. There is always a bruise, scar or tattoo that someone will want you to cover.
European Body Art Endura - $22 30ml.
Like I mentioned before, alcohol based is great to have in your kit to cover tattoos, scars etc. NOT for foundation. So head this in mind. European Body Art is a favorite in the world of special FX makeup and body painting. They recently added this line of skin toned colored alcohol paints for the very reason of just needing that range. I love LOVE these for tattoo covering and they have never failed me. I highly recommend the Rose Adjuster color to go along with a sampling of flesh tones for the best tattoo coverage kit. This product does dry instantly and you'll need 99% to clean and thin with.
- Extremely long wear
- A little goes a long way
- Fast drying
- great color range
- Slightly strong fruity smell, nice at first, irritating after long exposure
There are of course many more brands and products for each category on the market. I chose to review the top performers that I utilize as of right now. If you would like me to review a particular brand, please email me here Makeup@JasmineRingo.com Cheers!