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Airbrush Makeup - Worth the Investment?

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

I know that a lot of our audience are fellow MUAs and makeup enthusiasts. As makeup instructors, we get a lot of interest from our students about airbrush makeup. Is it worth it? Is it hard to do? Airbrush makeup has been around for decades and is not a passing fad. Check out this post to learn all of the pros and cons of this makeup medium and whether or not it's worth the investment.

What is airbrush makeup?

As opposed to traditional makeup which is applied with a brush or sponge, airbrush makeup is applied using air pressure through an airbrush gun. The airbrush makeup itself is composed of fine pigment particles that create a flawless finish to the skin. It's this airbrushed look that clients love, especially brides. It's also a great option for special fx, body makeup and more.

What's the downside?

Airbrush Makeup application is a learned skill that takes practice and proper instruction. We've found that new artists may get discouraged if they pick up the machine and cannot troubleshoot issues. The makeup is applied using an airbrush compressor and gun and like all machines it can break. Being properly trained and putting in the practice will help you overcome the learning curve and be confident in airbrush makeup application.

What's the upside?

Airbrush Makeup is an advanced skill to add to your Makeup Resume that clients are willing to pay extra for. It's considered a specialized application and can be a truly luxe experience. Not everyone is trained in airbrush makeup application so it gives you an advantage over other artists. Over the last two years of living in a pandemic, many more artists and clients are preferring airbrush makeup application as it is more sanitary. You actually never have to touch a client's face or double dip the makeup, leading to more sanitary application and less cross contamination.

Notice the flawless finish on this bridal makeup application. The foundation was applied using Temptu's S/B airbrush foundation.

IMA is offering an Airbrush Makeup Workshop in Atlanta on Sunday, December 5 where you can learn everything you need to complete a professional airbrush makeup application. Click here to learn more and register for our upcoming in-person Airbrush Workshops.

Also, our new Online Airbrush Makeup Course is on sale for $49 for Black Friday. That's 50% off the regular price! To learn more about our Online Airbrush Makeup Course, click here. This offer ends 11/30/21.

To learn more about IMA's courses and workshops, click here to book at tour to speak with one of our experts.

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