Through blogging, I have met a number of bloggers who are makeup artists. They all use airbrushing in their professional work as well as for their own makeup. From talking to them and seeing their work, I’ve been curious about airbrushing, and I wondered if I, a “civilian”, could do it myself. I really really wanted to try airbrushing my foundation, and I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity with Luminess Air, the number one airbrushing system.
The Luminess Air kit arrived a few weeks ago, and I eagerly opened it. I was happy to see how small the motor is – it takes up almost no room which is great because I have no room on the countertop with all the skincare products and makeup I’m always testing. It looked easy to operate.
I opened the small box that accompanied it containing small plastic bottles that included a primer, 4 foundation shades, blush, bronzer, and highlighter all in the shade family that I picked out to match my skin tone. I had been upgraded to “Silk”, Luminess’ most luxurious foundation with a gorgeous silky finish, yay!
Then I let it sit for several weeks. I got cold feet 🙄
I hate spraying anything in my face. I always have. I don’t like the wind in my face either. I won’t swim with my face in the water. So how the heck was I going to get this stuff on? Also, I was afraid I would end up with foundation all over my bathroom walls. What a baby, right?
Finally, I made myself “woman up” and do it. Sooooooooooo easy to use. Why did I wait so long??
The kit includes an instruction booklet, and I also watched a few of the many Luminess videos online.
My unit, the Legend, is aqua and white. It also comes in hot pink and black or black and white.
Although some units have medium and low settings, mine is an easy “on-off”. I turned on the unit, pulled back the “throttle” on the airbrush to between the 1 and 2 marked on the airbrush stylus, not quite halfway as instructed, to feel what the air would feel like on my face.
At first, the air stream felt a little stronger than I expected, but it was definitely tolerable even for airphobic me. I practiced moving it around my face in a continuous movement without stopping. I held it about one stylus length away from my face as instructed. If you hold it too close, the makeup pools and looks blotchy.
As I mentioned, I received four foundation shades to choose from. In the video I watched, the model applied each shade in a stripe on her cheek to choose the best match. That step wasn’t necessary for me because I could immediately tell that shade 2 – light with pink undertones – would be a perfect match for my skin. If you’re not as lucky getting a perfect match, you can play chemist and mix your own perfect formula.
I shook the Moist Primer and dropped about 4 drops into the airbrush cup, turned on the unit, and moved the airbrush stylus around my face to apply. I tried not to close my eyes and I watched what I was doing in the mirror. When I got near my eyes, I did have to close them.
Next, I shook the foundation and then dropped in 4 drops. Per the video, I started with the outside of my face and then moved in. I tried to remember to make circular or figure 8 shapes with the airbrush. Four drops weren’t enough to cover my entire face, so I put in four more. (Luminess recommends 4-8 drops.)
I have some visible dark spots that I wanted to cover so I went back over them. The foundation did a great job covering the two smaller dark spots. I had a harder time with my largest dark spot, but I’m continuing to practice going back and forth over it lightly. It really is critical to keep the airbrush moving in order to keep the foundation application even. On my first time, when I tried to cover the largest dark spot, I ended up with a bit too much foundation – my fault.
After applying my foundation, I wanted to try the blush because the shade is gorgeous, and I knew it would really suit me. That was a bit harder to apply without building up too much. I know with more practice, I’ll get the hang of it. The instruction booklet also suggests applying blush first and letting it glow through the foundation, a technique you can only do with airbrushing. I may just have to try it 💡
I cleaned the airbrush in between foundation and blush and then when I was finished with water using the plastic squeeze bottle that came with it by putting in several drops of water and blowing it out in the sink till it ran clear. Took about a minute or so, definitely less time than it takes to clean my blending sponge or makeup brushes. Plus the whole system is more hygienic because nothing touches my face!
I decided to show you the results of my first outing with Luminess, so you can see how even a complete novice like me could do a decent job first time out. I would say this is sheer, natural-looking coverage because I only went over my face about twice.
It was not hard to do. It didn’t take long. It did not make a mess all over the bathroom walls, lol. I LOOOOOOVE the smooth, lightweight, dewy but delicate, airbrushed look that resulted! Luminess Air does a great job covering dark spots, pores, imperfections, uneven skin tone, blemishes, and fine lines. Even on the first use where I was rather tentative in my application, my skin looked smoother. On subsequent occasions, I went back over my skin to build up the coverage. The only thing I haven’t cracked the code on yet is the area under my eyes (because I have a hard time keeping my eyes open to see what I’m doing).
At first I thought I’d “save it” for special occasions but the Luminess Air Legend is so small, it’s easy to keep on hand. Plus it’s quick to use, so I can use it just about any time. Thank you Luminess for turning me on to this great foundation and application method! xoxo I am so happy to have it.
Check out the amazingly helpful Luminess website to watch their terrific video, The Power of Airbrush Makeup. I wanted to paste it in my post, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it, and IMHO, this is the best of their intro videos. Also, take a look at their extensive product offerings. I was surprised to see that in addition to the Luminess Air Legend, there’s an Everyday Airbrush System in black. And there are all kinds of promotions plus a 30 day money back guarantee. Luminess Air foundations comes in four different finishes. And there’s even airbrush eyeshadows! Plus they have a full line of cosmetics.
Luminess has generously given me as well as the readers of Never Say Die Beauty a coupon code to use for 20% off purchases on luminessair.com. I plan to buy a larger size of my foundation shade, perhaps a primer with sunscreen, and I’m thinking about the under eye concealer. The code is 928821918.
Have you tried airbrushing with Luminess Air? If not, are you curious?