Airbrush Makeup Basics: Choosing the Right Airbrush Makeup

Before you begin using airbrush makeup there are a few things you should know about the makeup itself. There is a huge range to choose from and, like traditional makeup, not all makeup used in airbrush kits are the same. Most people stick with the same brands of makeup as their airbrush system–this is often because it’s an issue of warranty rather than preference. I say go out and experiment with different makeup. Have fun with it, mix colors and try all the different brands you can afford to try.

A few brands have starter sets like the Temptu Pro 1/4oz. Starter Set which showcase the entire range in smaller bottles. You’ll soon have your favorites. And let me know what you think by posting comments or your own reviews in the comments section!

For those unfamiliar with airbrush makeup, keep these points in mind:

  • Water-based makeup is good for creating a matte finish and is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Silicone based gives you the best look with true HD feel. It also lasts the longest. However, some people have a sensitivity to silicone makeup and you should test it on your skin first.
  • Alcohol based makeup is great for body paint but should be avoided for the face and especially eye area.
  • Always shake the makeup well before you use it

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  • Hi. I am totally new to airbrushing. I have purchased the dinair pro system and the kett Jett pro package along with the .4 mm airbrush gun so that I can use silicon based makeup or the hydro proof. What is the difference in look on between Jett’s hydro proof and mac’s makeup? I think I would like to use mac makeup but what sort of cleaner should I use with the kett Jett? The stuff they sell (which is primarily for their hydro proof- alcohol based makeup) or the cleaner for the iwata machine? thanks!!!!

    • I Bianca – hydro proof is alcohol-based. It’s not for every day wear as it won’t allow your skin to breathe. MAC is a lot nicer in my opinion and they have a very accurate, natural range of tones. As a rule, use a cleaner that is the same base as the makeup. You can try Nurturing Force by Camera Ready Costmetics which works with all bases apparently (I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it’s any good – maybe you can let me know!) 🙂