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.