Airbrush foundation was once the strict purview of makeup professionals and models, as the tools for airbrushing were prohibitively expensive to your average makeup enthusiast. With the advent of new application technologies, the soft polished look that makes the airbrush foundation so desirable can be had at a fraction of the price.
Airbrush foundation comes in a range of application methods, from aerosol sprays powered by butane to mineral powders applied with wide brushes, so be sure to research a number of different products to find the one that works best for you. There are some general tips for the proper application of any airbrush foundation to get you started. First, make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly, and it is advisable to use an alcohol-free toner to completely remove impurities and grime from your face. A facial primer is also highly recommended; it will make your facial canvas as smooth as possible, and will assist the foundation in a smooth and even application. When beginning with the foundation application, be sure to wrap your hair in a towel or push it back from your face with a headband, to prevent any of the excess from landing on your hair. This is especially important if you are using an aerosol spray foundation which can be a little harder to apply with precision. For the aerosol, also be sure to keep away from open flame, and to hold several inches from your face, eight to ten inches seems to be the general comfort zone. Gently mist across your face, trying for an even coverage.
If you are working with a powder foundation to achieve the airbrushed look, even coverage is just as important, you will find you have more control over the actual application, but be sure to monitor how much powder is on the brush before you apply, or it may clump in spots. A post application cotton ball or makeup sponge can help to even out the foundation on your face. Also, a useful trick is to point a hair dryer on low heat at your face after application, this will warm the foundation and press it into your face, preventing the soft peach fuzz on your face from clumping. If you like, set the foundation with some tarte Amazonian clay finishing powder, and enjoy your new model perfect face base!