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If you’re anything like us, airbrush makeup probably makes you think of weddings and brides, or celeb pics where their skin looks so good you swear it’s Photoshopped. And while in both instances, that airbrushing is done by pro makeup artists, it’s becoming an increasingly popular DIY option, too. (Oh, and if you’ve never seen it how it’s done, airbrushed makeup is loaded into a handheld device and is pushed through with forced air, coming out in a fine mist.)
The benefits are legit; per the point of it being a go-to for weddings and the red carpet, airbrush makeup is known for being extremely durable and long-lasting, not to mention offering complete coverage. (Though contrary to popular belief you can also keep it on the sheer side if you prefer.) Granted, the application method can take some getting used to, but if you really love the look of totally flawless skin or need makeup that won’t budge, airbrushing comes up big.
Here, standout airbrush makeup kits and foundations to try at home.
Best Overall: Temptu Air Perfect Canvas Starter Kit
One of the biggest players for both pros and DIYers alike, Temptu rules the airbrush game. Ideal for everyday purposes, the cordless airbrush device is much easier and less clunky to use and store. Simply load a foundation cartridge into the handheld piece and you’re good to go. The foundation formula is also spot-on—ultra-hydrating, but still long-lasting and now available in 24 shades.
Best Value: Art of Air Professional Airbrush Cosmetic Makeup System
To get the most bang for your buck, grab this Amazon best-seller. It comes with an airbrush compressor (which is also ultra-quiet, we should add) and brush, six different shades of foundation, plus a bronzer, blush, shimmer shade, and even an anti-aging primer to boot. Oh, and a cleaner for the machine, too.
Best for Oily Skin: Dinair Personal Beauty Kit
With a water-based formula, this foundation has a matte finish, choice if you’re trying to tamp down excess sheen; it’s also non-comedogenic and sets on contact. Some critics say that water-based airbrush formulas won’t last as long as those that are silicone-based, so if you find that to be the case, you can also mix the brand’s waterproof extender with the foundation to up the staying power.
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Best for Beginners: Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation
Scoring an airbrushed effect is easier than ever with this spray-on base. It delivers an airbrushed mist with the same buildable coverage and long-lasting (up to 10 hours) power but doesn’t involve any complicated machinery. For more sheer coverage, spray it onto a brush; for fuller coverage, hold it six to eight inches away from your face and spray on in circular motions.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best foundations.
Best for Body: Hampton Sun Airbrush Bronzing Mist
Airbrushing is a great option for evening out the skin below your chin, given the buildable coverage and staying power. This bronzing spray camouflages imperfections and leaves you looking perfectly sun-kissed. Give it a few minutes to set—it dries down to a powdery finish—and you’re good to glow.
Best Blush: Aeroblend Airbrush Blush
Airbrushing isn’t just for foundation—you can add color to your skin, too. Case in point: This airbrush blush, available in six shades ranging from a peachy orange to rich plum. It’s also super concentrated, so you only need to use three to four drops per application. Pro tip: If you’re also using an airbrush foundation, spray on the blush first to create the most natural-looking flush.
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Best Multi-Tasking Formula: Luminess Air Basic Airbrush System
We’re all for multi-tasking makeup, and when that multi-tasking makeup combines skincare benefits too? Sold. Forget double or triple duty, this pulls quadruple duty, acting as foundation, concealer, corrector, and primer. Infused with a host of skin-loving ingredients, think antioxidant-rich blue-algae, anti-inflammatory cucumber, and hydrating calendula, it’s also great for your complexion. And, there’s also hydrolyzed silk in the formula to refract light and leave skin supremely smooth and radiant.
Best Shade Range: Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
As a general rule, airbrush foundations usually don’t come in a ton of shades, since you can easily mix and match colors (which is what pros will typically do). That’s why we love that this easy-to-use spray now comes in 25 hues for all skin tones and undertones. The water-resistant formula also stays put for up to 12 hours, and feels lightweight on the skin, even if you build it up to full coverage.
Best Bronzer: Belloccio Airbrush Cosmetic Makeup System
Along with a gorgeously glow-y bronzer, this trio also comes with a blush and highlighter, choice for adding both a pop of color and radiance to your complexion. While the color of the bronzer looks intense in the bottle, it goes on sheer and looks equally pretty as an eye shadow.
Best Budget: Sally Hansen Airbrush Face Makeup
Okay, so this may not have all the bells and whistles of a full-on machine, but if you’re looking for an option that won’t break the bank, this drugstore buy can’t be beaten. Long-lasting, micro-fine pigments can easily be built-up to reach the coverage level you crave.
Best Splurge: Beauty NM Belletto Studio Glam Kit
If you’re all aboard the airbrush train and want to take your game to the next level, this is the kit you need. It comes not only with foundation, but all the other makeup essentials. We’re talking blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow and more—this one kit can replace your whole makeup bag. Also nice: The machine has over 10 speed settings, allowing you to customize the flow of the spray, a feature airbrush pros will appreciate.
Best Mineral Formula: Mineral Air Complexion Starter Kit
If you’re a mineral foundation fan but don’t love how powders look on your skin, here’s a great new option. The formula comes out in a micro-fine mist, acting as your primer, concealer, moisturizer, and of course, foundation. Bonus points for the cordless, portable, and rechargeable airbrush device that’s especially great for travel.