The airbrush has become synonymous with high-end beauty finishes – and something of an elite luxury product. If you’re in the bridal industry, the airbrush finish is always referred to as a top-of-the-line technique to get the most flawless makeup finish for images of perfection on the bride’s big day.
Regardless of whether you rely on airbrush makeup or traditional foundation makeup, or both.

It’s even used in the titles of so many liquid and cream, even powder foundation products these days, again, synonymous with a flawless, “airbrush” finish that we all seem to aim for.

But the airbrush has so many applications.

For me personally, the airbrush is one of the first tools packed in my kit, regardless of the job – whether it’s a beauty job, special effects, or even some of the specialized hair work that I am known for, my airbrush is always close by.

Why?

Because it really can be a quick solution for so many problems, challenges, unexpected skin events that come up on any given day that is the unpredictable world of film and tv making.

My airbrush is truly a lifesaver. And time saver.

So I decided to put together this comprehensive list of the most sought-after and best airbrush makeup kits.

I’ve broken it down into beauty airbrush makeup and special effects airbrush makeup, so it will instantly help you know what you’re looking for.

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Beauty Foundation Airbrush Makeup:

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for beauty foundation airbrush makeup products for you!

airbrush foundation bottle

Temptu Air Perfect Canvas Airbrush Foundation

  • semi-matte finish
  • skin-like texture
  • all levels of coverage from sheer to full
  • buildable coverage
  • contains hyaluronic acid
  • contains fruit and plant extracts for lifting and firming
  • available in 24 shades

The Temptu Air Perfect system is synonymous with quality airbrush beauty makeup. It’s known for its high coverage and long-lasting formula, and with a wide range of shades available, there are plenty of starting points if you’re new to the airbrush beauty makeup system or looking to upgrade.

foundation bottle

dinair Natural matte airbrush makeup foundation

  • sheer to light coverage
  • long-lasting – up to 18hrs
  • sets without powder
  • smudge and water-resistant
  • water based
  • oil-free
  • silicon-free
  • paraben-free
  • available in 20 shades of foundation

Dinair Airbrush makeup was one of the very first airbrush makeup brands I ever used almost 30 years ago! It has a lightweight feel and is water-based, but it’s not going anywhere.

kett cosmetics hydro proof makeup

  • heavy-duty and durable
  • alcohol-based for active wear and long-lasting results
  • cruelty-free
  • vegan
  • high coverage
  • available in 9 shades
graftobian airbrush foundation bottle

graftobian glam aire hd airbrush makeup

  • water-based
  • silicon-free and alcohol-free
  • color match to Graftobian Ultra HD Cream Foundation shades
  • high-coverage
  • available in 36 shades

art of air airbrush makeup

  • mineral-based
  • oil-free
  • fragrance-free
  • sheer, buildable finish
  • long-lasting
  • hypo-allergenic
  • 18 shades available
airbrush foundation bottle

Belloccio Professional Cosmetic Airbrush Foundation

  • water-based formula
  • oil-free
  • fragrance-free
  • convenient and hygienic dropper applicator
  • matte finish
  • 17 shades available

Belloccio airbrush foundation is another great option if you’re brand new to the world of airbrush makeup. And despite being an affordable entry into airbrush makeup, it gives great results and is the perfect barrier to entry as a solid water-based foundation.

airbrush makeup set

tickled pink aloe-infused foundation

  • infused with 89% aloe vera juice
  • anti-oxidant-rich
  • skincare/makeup hybrid foundation
  • limited shade range of 8 lighter skin tone shades
airbrush foundation set

aeroblend airbrush foundation

  • water-based
  • formulated with sensitive skin in mind
  • fragrance and paraben-free
  • free of petroleum-derived ingredients
  • made with botanicals such as kaolin, lavender and jojoba
  • 20 shades in range
  • full set available includes bronzers and blush tones

I also love the Aeroblend value-packed starter kits. Why not get your airbrush flowing with a perfect range of shades, and matching airbrush and mini-compressor all in one go, and for such a great price? Check out the value starter sets here.

airbrush foundation bottle

luminess matte airbrush foundation

  • medium to full coverage
  • contains kaolin for oil-absorbing
  • contains neem for anti-inflammatory and acne-prone skin
  • available in 12 shades

Beauty Foundation Airbrush Makeups:

And in case being a master airbrush artist is out of your reach, I decided to include a new slew of products that are a little bit more on the user-friendly side, and that is, give you an airbrush finish but without having to own all the gear, learn how to airbrush, and then maintain your airbrush as well.

This is a great option if you’re using this makeup on yourself, and airbrushing is something you won’t be doing frequently and therefore, there is no justifying investing in a full airbrush kit, airbrush compressor and setup that you won’t get value from.

If you are interested in more options for makeup for your arms or legs, look no further than here, where I’ll share my comprehensive guide with you.

Airbrush Effect Products:

sally hansen airbrush legs

  • streakless
  • water and transfer-resistant
  • quick application
  • perfect if airbrushing is too “techy” for you

Sephora Perfection Airbrush Mist

  • streakless
  • water and transfer-resistant
  • oil-free
  • fragrance, phthalates, and paraben-free

WEstmore Beauty Body Coverage perfector

  • instant coverage
  • waterproof and transfer-resistant
  • lasts for a very long time, even days
  • perfect if airbrushing is too “techy” for you and you prefer a more traditional makeup application

This product might surprise you in a list about airbrush products. But if you haven’t used the Westmore Beauty Body Coverage Perfector, then you are in for a pleasant surprise.
This is a magical cream product that smooths dark spots, skin texture and softens fine lines on your arms and legs, and anywhere else on your body, and does deliver an airbrush finish, without a compressor or airbrush in sight!

can of airbrush makeup with brush

Magic Minerals Airbrush Foundation by Jerome Alexander

  • instant coverage
  • sweatproof and humidity-resistant
  • anti-aging properties and suitable for skin with life-experience (mature skin, that is, but I’m not a fan of the term)
  • available in 8 different shades
  • comes with Kabuki brush

Part of why I love researching is you discover untapped gems like this one. All you have to do is read the reviews to learn that users of Magic Minerals are loyal and LOVE their airbrush foundation. Again, if airbrush makeup terrifies you and you’d rather rely on a regular makeup, you should give Magic Minerals a go. Completely user-friendly. Try it and find out what you’ve been missing!

Best Special Effects Airbrush Makeup Products:

My favorite supplies

Here are some of my most used and highly recommended special effects airbrush makeup products!

European body art endura skin inks

  • high pigment
  • plentiful shade range
  • long-lasting
  • high coverage
  • alcohol-based
  • consistent pigment appearance from skin to prosthetic appliances

My beloved EBA inks – used by myself and may other professional makeup artists the world over. This would also be my pick for covering tattoos for special occasions like weddings or red carpet wear and formal ceremonies.

Allied fx inks

  • extremely high pigment
  • 120+ shade range
  • long-lasting
  • high coverage
  • alcohol-based
  • consistent pigment appearance from skin to prosthetic appliances
  • available in concentrate formulation
airbrush ink bottles

custom body art

  • water-based
  • non-toxic
  • washes off with soap and water
  • perfect for kids face-painting
  • 16 shades in set
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ppi Skin illustrator inks

  • alcohol-based
  • sweat and transfer-proof
  • long-lasting
  • color system corresponds to alcohol-based palettes for consistency

MAC Pro Performance Airbrush makeup

  • silicon-based
  • sweat and transfer-resistant
  • long-lasting
  • versatile
  • fragrance-free
  • oil-free

I’m so thrilled to be able to recommend this much untapped MAC Pro line here (for the first time, I think).
This is a fantastic range of often hard to come by shades that are perfect for airbrushing beauty and onto prosthetic makeup as well. Perfect if you have to combine to the two and want to keep you rmakeup on the prosthetic looking like “beauty” makeup and not flat and painterly as can happen with some of the other alcohol-based makeup products.

temptu airbrush starter kit

temptu hi def starter kit

  • silicon-based
  • sweat and transfer-resistant
  • long-lasting
  • versatile
  • fragrance-free
  • oil-free

The perfect entry point if fantasy, body painting or special effects are all brand new to you. This mini-sized starter kit gives you 8 shades and gives you plenty of mixing shade options to begin with.

temptu airbrush starter kit

mehron liquid makeup

  • water-based
  • sweat and transfer-resistant
  • long-lasting
  • versatile
  • fragrance-free
  • oil-free

Another perfect beginner-friendly range – from Mehron. This makeup can be applied directly with a brush or sponge, or thinned down with Mehron Mixing Liquid to airbrush as well.

airbrush makeup set

hybrid pro air airbrush makeup

  • water-resistant
  • high-pigment
  • distinctive apple scent
  • washes off with soap and water
  • matte finish

Once you have used Pro Aiir, you will never forget that distinctive apple scent. And while it may be off-putting for some clients, it is not worth putting you off from exploring this product as a great alternative to more costly alcohol-based options, particularly if you are making up a large number of people.
It’s worth noting, I’ve experienced weird color changes when people wearing the makeup have sweated – as if the pigments reactivate – so definitely test this makeup – but just wanted to mention.

Best Airbrush Makeup Sealers:

Almost every time I use airbrush makeup, I also like to seal it. Regardless of the type of makeup I’m applying, sealers these days can be so fine in texture and in a variety of finishes, so you can create the exact finished look you intend to.

So as a little bonue, here are some of my pics of the best airbrush makeup sealers that I rely on to help seal my makeup and keep it on for hours and hours.

spray bottle of makeup sealer

European Body Art Pro seal

  • alcohol-based
  • sweat and transfer-proof
  • long-lasting
  • fine mist

Probably my go-to for tattoo cover makeup, tattoo makeup, and prosthetics and special effects as a whole, this sealer is fine viscosity, easy to use, and you can even run it through your airbrush if you have to seal a whole body or large area, as well.

blue liquid makeup sealer

ben nye final seal

  • alcohol-based
  • sweat and transfer-proof
  • long-lasting
  • fine mist

The freshest and zestiest smelling sealer you’re ever going to use, I can already smell it just by thinking about it! And I love it!
Ben Nye Final Seal will keep your makeup in place like a champion. Just be careful with old bottles, as I have seen it change the color of makeup, particularly flesh tones can turn orange with it’s use. Something to look out for if your product is old. Great sealer!

coola Makeup setting spray spf 30

  • organic alcohol-based
  • sweat and transfer-proof
  • gentle on all skin types
  • SPF 30

This might be a surprise choice in this post, but Coola’s Setting Spray with SPF 30 has become a staple in my on set kit as it’s a quick and easy solution for not only setting something on the go, but containing SPF 30 makes it a really handy product.
While online reviews may be quite polarizing, use with care, as with any spray product on your face, but I for one love this setting spray.

2.2. Temptu Air Perfect Canvas Airbrush Bronzer & Contour

  • Discuss its ability to create a sculpted look.
  • Highlight its long-wear and smudge-proof formula.

Section 3: Highlighters

3.1. Kett Cosmetics Hydro Foundation – Shimmer

  • Explain its subtle yet radiant shimmer.
  • Discuss its hydrating properties.

3.2. Tickled Pink Airbrush Highlighter

By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the best professional airbrush makeup products for your beauty needs. Whether you’re a professional artist or a beauty enthusiast, I hope my pick of these top 21 products will help you achieve that flawless, airbrushed look you’ve always desired. Happy airbrushing!

Do you use airbrush makeup at work or home?

I’d love to see what you have created, so mention @themakeuprefinery or tag me using #themakeuprefinery so I can see your creations!

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