How to Hide Your Flaws with Airbrush Makeup

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Do you want to learn how to airbrush makeup? Do you have blemishes or flaws you want to hide?

Sometimes, flaws like acne or stretch marks can make you feel insecure. Some even grow complexes and try to hide their bodies from friends and co-workers.

However, covering up or isolating yourself are not real solutions to this problem. One tool that you can use to hide your flaws is airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup provides guaranteed and instant coverage that is hard to replicate with traditional cosmetics.

See how airbrush makeup can make a difference. Emily Miller, winner of the Before and After Dinair Contest says, “The makeup is flawless, provides full coverage that lasts all day and night and does not look heavy nor feel heavy.”

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You can hide the following flaws using airbrush makeup:

  • Acne
  • Blemishes
  • Cellulite
  • Stretch Marks
  • Tattoos
  • Old Scars
  • Birthmarks
  • Bruises

Here are some guides to help you cover up on these common female skin problems.

How To Airbrush Makeup and Cover Up Acne and Skin Blemishes

Airbrush Makeup has a huge advantage over traditional makeup when it comes to covering up acne. Here’s why…

  • If you use traditional makeup to try to cover acne, you’re going to have to use a huge array of different cosmetics piled up on each other to achieve the effect you want.
  • Some of these products may be comodegenic. Comodegenic products are cosmetics that are packed with ingredients that actually CAUSE acne.
  • Using traditional makeup means making use of makeup brushes which may infect your skin and your makeup as you dip into your makeup pots, to your face, and back again.
  • A lot of traditional makeup does not let your skin breathe. It makes you sweat a lot and break out even more.

The best way to cover acne is through airbrush makeup.

With airbrush makeup, there is little chance of infecting your skin because your airbrush spray does NOT touch your skin. Also, if you go with leading brands, you are guaranteed non-comodegenic and safe airbrush makeup.

Finally, airbrush makeup lets your skin breathe. It creates a flawless dot matric to camouflage inflamed acne and scars. Instead of going inside your pores, airbrush makeup sits on top of the skin.

Here is a quick guide on acne makeup using airbrush makeup:

1. Preparation

Wash your face well to remove any oil, dirt, or product from your skin. If you used moisturizer or any skin product, it’s important to get that off your face. If you have hair in the area you are about to airbrush, it’s important to shave that off too for best results.

Next, apply your regular toner on your face for 1-2 minutes. This will help keep the airbrush makeup longer on your skin.

After toner, apply a silicone-free primer or moisturizer as a barrier. This will also even out the skin’s surface.

Optional: You can apply concealer or foundation around the eyes for a youthful look.

washing face

2. Focus on trouble areas with lighter foundation

Using your airbrush spray, focus on the trouble areas on your face. For this, make sure you are using a lighter foundation. Keeping your spray 1 to 2 inches from your face, rock your airbrush lever to make light passes on these trouble spots.

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3. Blend with your skin tone color

Next, go over your entire face and blend with your own skin tone color. You should hold your airbrush spray 4 to 6 inches away from your face.

Remember that a little goes a long way . Don’t use an unnecessarily heavy hand when spraying. If there is any accidental buildup or extra makeup, you can simply blot with a tissue.

Practice makes perfect so try and try until you are able to create a truly flawless look.

airbrush makeup session

How To Cover Up Tattoos With Airbrush Makeup – Also works for Birthmarks, Tan lines, and Bruises

Tattoos are a work of art, but sometimes, you might get into a situation wherein you have to hide them temporarily. This might be your big sister’s wedding or a little niece’s christening. (Don’t worry! You can take your revenge by getting them temporary tattoos for YOUR wedding.)

Once you learn how, it’s actually very easy to learn how to hide tattoos with airbrush makeup. Below is a simple step-by-step process to guide you through the whole thing.


1. Preparation

Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself or your client.

  • Shave any body hair that is on the tattoo area. This is because body hair gets in the way of airbrush makeup and looks even more prominent (yikes!) so remove the fuzz.
  • Apply alcohol to thoroughly remove any oils from the surface of the skin.
  • Cover the area around the tattoo with paper towels. This is to avoid spilling airbrush paint.

2. Color-Correct

color wheel

We cover over tats using the principles of color theory. Inspect the tattoo you are going to cover up and see the colors used on the tattoo. Choose the colors directly opposite on the color wheel.

For example, if you have a red flower tattoo, you’ll have to choose green. For black ink though, use orange if you have dark skin and use yellow if you have pale or translucent skin. This is because black ink reads as blue.

Using this opposite color, airbrush a thin layer on this colored area. Just like in a coloring book, don’t go outside the lines if you want to keep your work neat.

3. Begin Adding Skin Tones

After spraying on a thin layer of color-correcting paint on your tattoo, the next step is to add skin tones. Mix a bit of yellow that it slightly darker than your own skin tone. Next, follow this up with lighter and lighter colors until your skin tone is matched 100%.

Make sure that your layers are thin. Also, wait before each layer is dry before adding on another layer.

Voila! Your tattoo would have disappeared entirely if you had followed the instructions correctly.

Pro-tip: You can use brown-toned alcohol-activated paint to mimic freckles if you have them. Simply take a brush and draw your thumb back across the bristles while holding it near the airbrushed area.

Again, the above technique works for large and colorful bruises, tan lines, and birth marks.

Also read about the top 6 airbrush makeup systems

How to Cover Up Cellulite with Airbrush Makeup

Cellulite is persistent subcutaneous fat that causes the skin on women’s hips and thighs to look dimpled and lumpy. If you are used to having lean and firm skin during your youth, seeing the onset of cellulite can be quite distressing.

While cellulite can affect a wide range of people, cellulite is most obvious in overweight women and people with fair and thin skin. If you need to bare some skin, you can cover up cellulite with airbrush makeup.

Here are the steps on how to hide cellulite with airbrush makeup:


1. Preparation

To prepare, completely and thoroughly exfoliate your entire body 24 hours before. This will remove all the dead cells that’s accumulated on the surface of your skin and help give your skin a smooth finish.

After exfoliating and before spraying on airbrush makeup, apply a silicone-free primer or moisturizer as a barrier. This will also even out the skin’s surface.

Also, make a final check that you have the right skin tones for your airbrush makeup. This is to make your application look as natural as possible.

2. Spray in a spherical motion

Hold the airbrush spray about six inches from the area you are airbrushing. Spray the skin on this area using a spherical motion. Work your way from the outer side going to the center.

Remember to spray thin layers. Take short breaks in between so you can observe your work and let the layers dry.

If you use too much makeup, simply blot with tissue to remove the excess.

We hope that these tutorials helped you learn how to airbrush makeup. While airbrush makeup is the best makeup you can use to cover up and hide blemishes, acne, and cellulite, don’t forget to eat clean, get enough sleep, lay off the stress, and exercise regularly in order to get genuinely beautiful skin.

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