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Airbrush make-up


Jos Brands, Member of Kryolan International make-up team was in New Delhi conducting training workshops in Airbrush make-up from July 6 to10. The German make-up artist has created skilled looks for the brand for more than 20 years, traveling internationally and working with television, fashion and for events. He is also the visualizer of many fantasy shots: some of his water proof creations are showcased on these pages. He also creates a special look for Salon India, while explaining what this new technology make-up is all about, and how the magic works.

Tips on using Airbrush make-up

Practice the strokes for airbrush make-up on paper before trying it on skin.

Combine airbrush make-up with other techniques, especially for eye areas.

Use the airbrush as a make-up brush, not in the manner of a stencil or spray.

Air pressure should be set between zero and one.

Practice until you can work out the right distance from the client’s face depending on whether you are creating a line or blending color. 15 cm is the normal distance; less for eye shadow.

Make sure you have special make-up remover so that it is easier to remove this make-up.

Separate the parts of the airbrush equipment to clean each time you finish.

Eyes and lips are better off done with traditional techniques unless you are creating fantasy styles.

Using Airbrush make-up

Better blending
No brush points and lines
Works much quicker than any other technique
You can cover arms, legs, neck and other body areas very fast
Not good for mature skin, it highlights the lines or wrinkles
Difficult to use without proper training and experience
Requires ­­initial investment in equipment and products

Background facts on Airbrush make-up

When did Airbrush make-up start?
Airbrush make-up became popular in the 1930s, when MGM used it for painting hundreds of extras for the movie Ben Hur. Since then, it has become the most efficient way of quickly painting larger numbers of people.

Evolution of the technology
Airbrush make-up is being used widely for High Dfinition TV, as the new technology shows up the cracks, caking and streaks of traditional make-up. Global TV in Brazil is now using only the airbrush system.

What is it made from?
Thin but highly pigmented liquids. These are made up of pigments, resins, solvents and additives. Pigments are made up of finely ground powders; resins make sure the pigment adheres to the surface it is applied to; solvents help transport the pigment and resin through the airbrush.

What are the ingredients?
Deionized Water: solvent or vehicle
Propylene Glycol: emollient, hydrating agent
Acrylates Octylacrylamide Copolymer: film
former (resin or binder)
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: absorbent,
anticaking agent
Sodium magnesium silicate: absorbent,
anticaking agent
Triethanolamine: drying agent
Cellulose Gum: thickening agent
Diazolidinyle Urea: preservative
Methylparaben: preservative
Propylpataben: preservative

Approximate prices:
Airbrush gun Rs 22,000 upwards
Products Rs 700 to Rs 1,500