Thursday, 30 June 2016

Update on Cheaper way to Airbrush makeup

Just out of curiosity, I decided to look into other possible alternatives to specific airbrush makeup, after my previous post.

Having found that I could happily dilute water based makeup, I did some research at my local shops to see what was available that maybe could be airbrushed without alteration.

I found some Gosh Foundation Drops. They seemed pretty thin and my hopes were raised.  I emailed Gosh to ask if they were silicone or oil based - looking at the label they looked to me to be silicone but I wanted confirmation.
DIMETHICONE  is the 4th ingredient
ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL is only at number 10...

The reply was that they are OIL based, something that the ingredient list does not seem to hold up.
I bought some and tried airbrushing with them, only to find they gum up the brush and sputter rather than spray, so at the very least, they need thinning. However, attempts to clean it out with oil (which if oil based should work) were unsuccessful and it took ages to get the remains out of my airbrush!

This leads me to suspect that I am right and it is Silicone based instead. Which is a problem, since I can't find any Silicone airbrush cleaner or makeup thinner to dilute it with. Hmm.

However, if you want to apply it in the traditional way, it works fine with a beauty blender or dabbed on with fingers and buffed in with a brush. It gives a great finish and cover can be built up if that is your preference.

Looking at the internet once again, I found MAC have a service where you can ask (by various means) a MUA questions about products, application and so on.

I asked if any of their makeup could be used in an airbrush, this is the reply, you may find it interesting.
The reply was very thorough and speedy, I was impressed with their level of service!

 Hello Sandra:
Thank you for your inquiry.   I am happy to help!
You can by all means use our Studio Waterweight and Face & Body Foundations for airbrushing.  If you are finding these formulas to be too thick, I suggest diluting them with our Airbrush Cleanser for smoother delivery.

Our skin conditioning Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation is virtually weightless with a 'serum-meets-water' feel and 8 hours of long wear. It delivers sheer to medium buildable coverage, and a natural satin finish. The ultra-fluid formula is so lightweight that there is no appearance of texture on the skin while silica and mica help optically blur skin imperfections.
For flawless-looking skin, apply Mineralize Timecheck Lotion to your face. Use the 196 Brush to apply Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation to create an even, perfected finish.
MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation provides ultra-natural, lightweight coverage that blends smoothly and leaves your skin with a long-lasting, water-resistant finish. For a flawless finish, apply with MAC #109 Small Contour Brush in firm, circular motions. Choose one of our "C" shades if your skin has golden undertones, and a shade in the "N" category if your skin has rosy undertones.
Ultimately, however, MAC Micronized Airbrush Formula is deveoped for use in the airbrush system.  It is a cutting edge silicone-based Airbrush Formula for face and body developed expressly for Makeup Artists working in High Definition TV, film and beauty. It comes in a comprehensive range of skin tones, neutrals, primary/secondary and skin adjuster shades. This fluid, highly pigmented formula can be poured directly into the airbrush gun  or diluted with the cleanser.
MAC Airbrush Cleanser goes beyond cleaning the Airbrush Gun. Through regular use, it can extend the life of your Airbrush Gun. Airbrush Cleanser can be mixed into MAC Micronized Airbrush Formula to sheer down the formula or alter the coverage.
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A much more involved answer than I had expected.

Since I live in Spain and have no MAC Pro stores to hand, although I may find the idea of getting that cleanser or even some airbrush makeup tempting, it's going to be hard to get hold of without paying a lot of postage no doubt. I'll have to keep looking.

So, for those of you with a MAC store handy, there may be some promising solutions, if you wish to use an airbrush without being bound to specific brands.

BTW, this blog is NOT sponsored in any shape or form.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Non airbrush makeup in airbrush!

Now, before you get any ideas that I am now doing makeup tutorials, just don't. I mentioned in my last post that I had got a mini compressor and airbrush kit, what I  don't have, is any airbrush makeup to use with it. The kit came from Amazon at around €35 in total.

Has it stopped me? No!

I used some WATER BASED liquid foundation, putting it in a tiny bottle, added a couple of drops of glycerine, a couple of stainless steel ballbearings and topped up with water.  If you use a silicone based foundation you will have to use a specialist foundation thinner, this one won't work. If you really want to, you could add a couple of drops of alcohol to make it dry faster but I didn't.

The foundation was from DOMTI and made in Italy, so although only €2, I am fairly sure it is safe, conforming to EU regs. The glycerine I  used was from the chemist at around €5 for 500ml it will last a VERY long time, even with me using it for crafts!

So this has to be about the cheapest airbrush makeup on the planet.

Coverage -see this video.  It isn't a tutorial and I am not doing a full makeup in it.

 I don't want the heavy made up look. I'm too old for it, not that I ever went heavy anyway, but there is nothing worse than makeup settling into all the laughter lines and crows feet. I am well into my 50's, have very sensitive skin and I have found that this allows me to even out my skin tone without looking made up. However, if you are younger, there is nothing to stop you layering this on to your taste.

A note to any manufacturers out there -

I, like many, are not going to buy makeup on line, especially from the States without having been able to sample it. It would be really great if someone could put a line into the high streets, to go alongside the normal stuff, or even have demonstrators in some UK/European stores on a regular basis, using airbrushes.
Do I really want to have to make up my own recipe? No! But if I can't buy it off the shelf, I am left with no alternative.
Many of the airbrush makeup brands are professional only or more for body art and I have not found any side by side comparisons that are unbiased.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Mini compressor and airbrush kit for Craft, Makeup or Cake decorating

Those who read my blog or watch my videos may be aware that I like airbrushing. Sometimes I use it to paint pictures, sometimes I want to airbrush cakes and sometimes I want to add colour to cards etc.

Now I have a serious Iwata airbrush and a small but not desktop compressor that work really well. However, it is a bit much to transport or to take to the kitchen and I fancied a smaller set up for that.

I bought a kit, just a mini compressor and single action airbrush from Amazon, for around €35, so thought I'd let you know what I think of it.

Firstly, the compressor. It's tiny, light, very quiet and pumps out at up to 25 PSI, with 3 different settings. The settings show up in different colour lights on the single button. It comes with a plastic push on hose. It is designed to be used with very thin liquids, like airbrush make up, food colouring etc.

In comparison, my larger compressor, although about the size of a shoe box, is not really desk top size and is probably a couple of kg. It has a tougher, screw on hose and can pump out up to about 45 PSI. It can be used with thicker acrylic airbrush paints etc as well as the thin stuff.

The airbrush that comes with the kit is single action, which does limit your paint control- my double action Iwata gives precise control - as it should, since it costs about 10 times the price of a cheap one. (You can get cheap double action airbrushes for around £10-20 - you don't have to go really pricey, although they are not so easy to find on mini compressor kits, without paying more than you would if bought separately.)

The kit, used as is, should be fine for airbrush makeup, or for cake decorating, or for doing basic card backgrounds, ombre effects and stencilling - but it can be improved by using a slightly better airbrush than it comes with. Regards make up, I think it would be fine for foundation and blush, eye make up may be a tad trickier to apply but can probably be done with practice. (If there is a manufacturer who'd like to send me some samples, I'd be happy to test them, they didn't have airbrush makeup when I did my beauty therapy courses!)

So, my verdict is that it does what it claims to do, is good value and as long as you don't expect miracles, you should be happy!