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Is Airbrush Makeup for You? Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Airbrush Makeup Before and After Photo

Airbrush Makeup Using TEMPTU Air Before and After 

The flawless, soft-focus finish of airbrush makeup is only achievable when applied by a professional artist…or so you may think. No longer just reserved for brides on their wedding day, airbrush makeup is becoming more common than you think, thanks to new at-home kits and devices that boast touch-of-a-button ease and portable, user-friendly design. If you are new to airbrushing or have no idea if this is something you can pull off at home—and without a personal glam team—don’t fret: we’ve tried TEMPTU Air‘s bestselling airbrush kit to create a gorgeous summer look so we can give you some tips and tricks on how to airbrush right at home like a pro.

But First, What Is Airbrush Makeup?

Airbrushing is a makeup-application technique that uses an air compressor to apply makeup instead of a brush, sponge or your hands. Just like how spray-tanning works, airbrushing transforms your liquid foundation, blush or bronzer into a micro-fine mist that floats onto your skin, blurring imperfections and creating a weightless, even layer that looks almost like your skin—only better.

But that’s not the only thing that draws professional makeup artists to this technology. Aside from the flawless, soft-focus finish that looks great on photographs, most makeup products designed for airbrushing also feature long-lasting coverage. For most working women, this means applying less makeup and doing fewer touchups throughout the day. “TEMPTU Air’s the Perfect Canvas makeup line offers lightweight, long-lasting and most important, breathable coverage. It’s also water- and transfer-resistant,” says Tanya Deemer, Global Artist and Educator at TEMPTU Air.

Another plus? Airbrush makeup devices require less maintenance and are more hygienic to use. Makeup brushes and sponges can easily harbor allergens and acne-causing bacteria, which means you need to wash them every few uses. With an airbrush device, nothing touches your face except your makeup, eliminating any chance of bacterial transfer.

How to Use TEMPTU Air Airbrush Makeup

Still unsure if airbrush makeup is for you? To take out the intimidation factor and help you down the airbrush aisle, we laid it out for you in three simple steps:

Step 1: Prep the Airpod
The Airpod is the pod that carries your makeup. This is sold separately from the device. Before attaching the pod to the device, shake it a few times. Don’t forget to open the back plug or the makeup won’t go through. Note: If this is a new Airpod, remove the tamper seal and pull off the chrome cap. Firmly pull back on the clear loop to prime Airpod.

Step 2: Attach the Airpod to the Device
Once the airpod is ready, press the round release button on the side of the TEMPTU Air and slide the Airpod, window side up, into the TEMPTU Air until it clicks into place.

Step 3: Set the Airflow Level (or Speed) and Apply
The speed setting determines the airflow. Here’s what each speed means and is for:

  • Speed 1: Light Air – Detail work (eye and spot correction)
  • Speed 2: Medium Air – Everyday flawless makeup application (foundation, blush and bronzer)
  • Speed 3: Full Air – Highlighter and larger areas (décolletage, arms)

Once you’ve set the speed, hold the TEMPTU Air about four fingers from the face and press the trigger. Always keep the device moving in small, circular motions and use a light touch on the trigger for a seamless, even finish.

Tip: TEMPTU makeup is weightless and buildable, so a little goes a long way. Stop and look between passes until you’ve reached the desired level of coverage. For easy reference, here’s a quick guide:

  • For Sheer Coverage – 1 to 2 passes
  • For Medium Coverage – 2 to 3 passes
  • For Full Coverage – 3 to 4 passes

Now that you know the basics, here’s a look you can easily create with TEMPTU Air.

Get the Look: Sun-Kissed Glow

  1. STEP 1: COLOR CORRECT & CONCEAL

    Set your TEMPTU Air on airflow level (or speed) 1.
    Pulse on the trigger until you see the problem area “disappear”—not until you see the makeup. This is to ensure you use less makeup for optimal coverage.
    If needed, blend out with fingertips, sponge or brush.

    Pro tip: Oftentimes we see some redness around the nose area. This tool makes concealing redness a breeze!

  2. STEP 2: APPLY FOUNDATION

    Set your TEMPTU Air on airflow level 2.
    Hold the TEMPTU Air 4 to 6 inches away from the face. Move in slow, controlled circles while slightly pulsing on the trigger.
    Once you get one micro-fine layer on the face, take a step back and see if you desire more coverage.

  3. STEP 3: APPLY BLUSH

    Set your TEMPTU Air on airflow level 1 or 2 (depending on your comfort level).
    Aim your TEMPTU Air directly on the cheek area.
    Move in slow, controlled circles while slightly pulsing on the trigger.

  4. STEP 4: APPLY BRONZER

    Set your TEMPTU Air on airflow level 2 or 3.
    Hold the TEMPTU Air slightly farther away from the face, around six to eight inches. Move in slow, controlled circles while slightly pulsing on the trigger.
    Aim along the forehead and hairline and anywhere the sun would kiss you in the summer.

    Pro tip: You can also apply this along the shoulders, collarbone and anywhere on the body where you’d like some more glow.

  5. STEP 5: HIGHLIGHT

    Set your TEMPTU Air on airflow level 2 or 3.
    Apply anywhere the light will naturally bounce off your face: cheekbones, bridge of your nose, etc.
    Move in slow, controlled circles while slightly pulsing on the trigger.

    Pro tip: You can also use this on the eyelids for a pop of shimmery shadow.

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Beauty Reporter

Joann Row

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Joann Row developed her professional writing chops in the world of local news, but soon the fashion and beauty industry came calling. She was a longtime content contributor to several Forever 21 campaigns, including the Denim relaunch. Understanding that beauty is skin deep, Joann is now a copywriter at DermStore. When she’s not writing about beauty products or freelancing for fashion publications, Joann enjoys a nice glass of pinot noir (never grigio) while hanging out with her mom and three dogs. If she can give you just one beauty tip: Dry shampoo is your best friend.