Airbase High Definition Airbrush Make Up

by Aly Hazlewood on September 24, 2011

I recently attended a demo evening for make up artists with Airbase, an airbrush system using a silicone based foundation that can be both airbrushed onto the skin, or applied as you would a normal liquid foundation. Traditional airbrush systems used water based foundations in their airbrush guns, and these could be tricky to apply; if a mistake was made, the whole lot had to be taken off and reapplied as the product did not ‘layer’ up very well.

I’ve been interested in learning the art of airbrushing for some time. With the advent of high definition TV and film, the demand for make up techniques that can withstand the often unforgiving quality of high definition film is on the increase. Many actors and presenters request airbrush make up now because they love the flawless quality of the finish. Watching the demo, what immediately struck me about Airbase foundation is it’s texture, it pours from the bottle like liquid silk, is extremely lightweight yet offers really good coverage and can be layered depending on the effect required, even to the point of tattoo or birthmark cover.

Airbase Make-Up promises:

  • Flawless Finish
  • Weightless Application
  • Long Lasting
  • Allows Skin to Breath
  • No ‘touch-ups’ Required
  • Silicone Based
  • Smooth and Natural Finish

I’ve used this on several shoots recently, not with an airbrush as I don’t currently have an airbrush gun, but applied as I normally would with MAC’s 187 stippling brush. I am VERY impressed with the results, especially on older skins with uneven pigmentation. The foundation settles into the skin after 10 minutes or so, becoming less matte, and you only seem to need a minimum of powder. It stands up extremely well under hot lights and I can confirm that I didn’t need to touch up the base once applied. A little goes a very long way, so I can see the bottle (costing £32.95) lasting ages.

I have 2 of the 7 shades which can be mixed to achieve most skin tones, but I’m going to invest in the entire range, along with the thinner so that I can achieve a much lighter base if necessary. Then when I can finally find a bit of spare time, I’m going to broaden my horizons and enrol on the Airbase airbrushing course.

Available online from Airbase

If you currently use the Airbase system or more traditional airbrush systems, I’d love to hear your comments.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

REO L. HARWELL September 26, 2011 at 5:36 am


REO L. HARWELL September 26, 2011 at 5:39 am


Vicki Waghorn September 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I trained as an airbase professional at the beginning of this year and I have only used airbase ever since! It’s amazing! I use it on shoots and for my lovely brides and it performs beautifully. A little bit goes a long way and it photographs very well. Highly recommended!

Aly Hazlewood September 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

If you click on the Airbase link at the bottom of the post you can buy it online.

Anne Smith October 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’ve never heard of this sort of make up, still learning everyday ha! tbh I don’t have to deal with HD cameras too often but still the look sounds great :) xx

Nic Elkins October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I also trained with Airbase in the summer and haven’t looked back! My brides love it as they look flawless in their pictures and I use it everyday applied with a foundation brush. The full colour range means you can mix to suit almost every complexion, I love this product well worth the investment!

christmas downton abbey special December 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Tremendous issues here. I’m very happy to look your article. Thanks so much and I’m looking ahead to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

Candid8 March 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

Really love the product, just concerned as it contains parabens.

Aprilette | Wedding Make Up June 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

Wow this is definitely what every make-up artist dreams of. This is perfect for wedding make-up, long-lasting and flawless.

katrina October 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

how much does everyone one charge for airbase? and does this include eye make-up lipstick ect??

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