Have you ever looked at your airbrush makeup kit and worry that you’re applying your makeup with the same heavy-handed techniques of Ross when he did Rachel’s makeup because she had a broken arm? (Seriously, there’s a Friends reference for everything).
There’s no need to psyche yourself out! Any airbrush makeup guru will tell you that airbrush makeup is way easier and wayyy faster than your traditional makeup brushes and sponges. If you’re still wanting a little extra help nailing down a #flawless spray, we have some amazing, talented, beautiful, airbrush makeup masters on our team. They have years of experience applying airbrush foundation on set, on film, on brides, and on themselves, and they’ve told us all of their juiciest beauty secrets they’ve learned throughout their career.
So don’t sweat it, here’s everything you need to know about how to spray the perfect foundation.
But Before You Ever Reach Your Face … Start on a Piece of Paper
Even the greats started somewhere once. If you’re just starting out with airbrush, it’s best to not totally jump the (airbrush) gun and start spraying on your face. Start off by experimenting with the pressure by practicing on a piece of paper first. Play around with circular motions, and find what works best for you to keep a steady hand. One of the most talented artists that I personally know has even done a full Lisa Frank coloring book page with an airbrush machine… but don’t feel like you have to take it that far.
Prep the Skin
The best airbrush application starts with a flawless blank canvas. To create the perfect airbrush spray, start with dry moisturized skin. If you have combination to oily skin, you can prime up using our revolutionary setting spray. It hydrates where it’s needed, and even helps control oil throughout the day.
Bubble Together Your Perfect Shade
Yes, that’s right, I said bubble! Rock Candy’s Vegan Makeup NoFilter 4K complexion system is so easy to mix and match your way to a customized makeup application. For the event that you’re feeling a little extra and want to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your airbrush makeup, mix in a NoFilter 4K illuminator, bronzer, or both. Just squeeze the desired amount, and place your finger over the nozzle, pull down the trigger, and let your complexion concoction bubble and blend together in the pot. Who knew there was so much science in makeup?
Creating the Perfect Spray
It’s the moment of truth, the step that you’ve been waiting for…. the airbrush makeup application. Remember even though it looks super intimidating, don’t psyche yourself out. Airbrush makeup is actually super easy and super fun.
Start by holding the gun at least three to six inches away from your face. Next pull that trigger. Your finger should be about halfway back because you’re going to want a medium pressure. Finally keep that airbrush makeup gun moving. You’re aiming to create sweeping circular motions across the face. The circular motions ensure that everything blends properly, and doesn’t get to puddled up across the face. I like to start at the center of the face and work outward.
Like winged liner, overdrawn ombre, and the glitter cut crease, spraying the perfect foundation is a makeup technique that takes a little time and practice getting used to. Just remember to keep that airbrush gun in motion at all times throughout the application. Contrary to popular belief, that’s it’s all in the wrist, I’ve found that its best to move from the shoulder and elbow in a ballet barre -esque exercise. Because makeup is also a workout now.
Pick Your Coverage
Now that you’ve officially laid down your first ever layer of airbrush foundation (applause), it’s time to decide if you want to stay where it is, or keep adding coverage. The magic of airbrush makeup is that the ultimate coverage choice comes down to your preferences and how you’re feeling that day. If you want to add on a second layer, go for it! Airbrush makeup can be as light or as full coverage as you want it. The rule of thumb is to never surpass four coats. You can also give the certain areas that need extra attention, like redness in the cheeks an extra pass if they need it.
Kiss Your Blemishes Goodbye
Did you know that when you spray the perfect foundation its like blemishes or imperfections never existed in the first place! It’s true. Instead of picking at your zits (because who wants to do that anyway), you can show them some extra love with airbrush makeup. Do a quick and simple pass over of any blemishes that need concealing, and you’ll notice that they magically erase from your complexion. Not too shabby. Eyy. Quick tip- use natural and vegan makeup for maximum skin benefits, like Rock Candy’s Vegan Makeup and Cruelty-Free makeup line.
BONUS STEP: The Setting Spray
Can we do anything without a setting spray these days, nope. Lock in your perfect foundation application for 12 hours (which is totally more than enough) with our Rock Candy Cruelty-Free Makeup Setting Spray. This setting spray has a botanically based natural formula, and it smells amazing! Plus, it helps minimize the appearance of pores, because who really has time for FaceTune anymore.
What are your tips, tricks, and insider secrets to spraying the perfect airbrush makeup foundation the comments below how much easier Rock Candy’s Cruelty-Free makeup has made your life?