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The Best Airbrush Makeup Products That Promise Flawless Skin
Natural makeup days are all well and good, but sometimes you want to achieve a flawless, poreless and airbrushed finish that lasts all night long. And we’ve got you covered with our range of the best airbrush makeup products, including foundations, makeup brushes and even spray tans.
Airbrush face makeup is a great way to achieve a soft-focus effect like you would with an airbrush gun (or a Photoshop tool). These products help blur any imperfections, discolouration and fine lines. So, whether you’re heading for a long night of partying or prepping your wedding makeup, airbrush products are a great way to achieve fuller coverage and long-lasting flawless looks.
To help you out we’ve rounded up all our faves. Check them out below!
STEP 1: PRIMER
A primer is an essential step for an airbrushed look, as it'll help fill in your pores and give a smooth base for applying foundation. If you've got any rough patches or blemishes, foundation will glide over them much better with a layer of primer between, and if you've got oily skin, a mattifying primer ensure your foundation doesn't slide right off.
Here are a few top picks to get your best base:
Benefit The Porefessional: Agent Zero Shine Primer£29.65
Ideal for oily, shiny skin, this powder primer shrinks appearance of pores in seconds.
Illamasqua Matte Primer£24.03 £28.27 (15% off)
This primer also mattifies your face for a shine-free base, sinking quickly into your skin and making your foundation last forever.
REN Perfect Canvas Clean Primer£26.00 £42.00 (39% off)
This vegan and cruelty-free primer mattifies as it nourishes, balancing bacteria for clear, breakout-free skin, minimised pores and smoothed wrinkles. The lightweight gel formula is incredibly comfortable too!
STEP 2: FOUNDATION
The next step in your airbrushed makeup routine is foundation. Medium to full coverage in a matte finish is best for this look in order to hide all pores, blemishes and shine.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation£35.00
Achieving the perfect airbrushed finish is all about the base and what better way than with the iconic Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation. Unlike other foundations, this full coverage formula feels lightweight on the skin. It contains light-refracting microspheres, which help smooth your complexion and give you a radiant finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation£29.99 £34.00 (12% off)
Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of glam makeup looks, which is why we know we can trust the Airbrush Flawless Foundation to deliver on the goods. The full coverage foundation comes in a whopping 44 shades to suit all skin tones and textures. Plus, it delivers a natural matte finish that provides that airbrush-like effect.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation£9.99 £34.00 (71% off)
The last thing you want with an airbrushed, full glam look is for your makeup to start looking cakey half way through the day. But when you've got lots of layers on, this can be a real risk. That's why we love this medium to full coverage foundation that promises to be 'undetectable' and make people think you were just 'born this way'. Oil-free but hydrating, this foundation hides pores, blemishes, uneven skin tones and lines, all without caking, creasing or smudging.
Rubbing a bit of BB Cream onto your face with your fingers might be alright for a natural makeup day, but you'll want to use a foundation brush or sponge to achieve this airbrushed look. If you're going to use a sponge, we recommend dampening it and applying a few thin layers until you have the coverage you want. For a brush, try a big, fluffy brush to softly buff on your foundation.
Remember, we don't want any cakiness, so even though this is a full-coverage look, don't be too heavy-handed!
Sigma Beauty Complexion Air Brush Set£49.99
The three high-quality brushes are everything you need to apply, buff and blend liquid, cream and powder products.
beautyblender Bio Pure£14.48 £17.50 (18% off)
Any blending sponge from the trailblazing brand beautyblender would probably work, but we love this breakthrough sponge created from 60% plant-based, renewable sugarcane from. Using it wet not only helps with your airbrushed look, but wastes less product - saving cash and the environment.
STEP 3: CONCEALER
Whilst dark circles (and any imperfections) are nothing to be ashamed of, they do kind of throw off the airbrushed makeup look, which is all about looking magazine-cover levels of flawless. Give any problem areas the extra touch-up they need with a full-coverage concealer.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer£17.00 £23.00 (27% off)
This award-winning Airbrush Concealer helps add some much-needed radiance to the skin, while blurring any dark circles and shadows with its light reflecting formulation. Not to mention, it has a brush applicator which makes it super easy to buff and blend around hard to reach areas.
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer£13.43 £14.60 (9% off)
STEP 4: SETTING SPRAY AND/OR POWDER
It's no good putting in all this hard work if it's just going to disappear or smudge by 2 p.m. Primers help tonnes but they aren't magic, so you'll want a setting spray or finishing powder (or both) to help lock in your look no matter what you get up to. A matte spray is going to be your best bet as this look isn't super shiny, and you did already spend all that time choosing a mattifying primer.
Want to know more about face powders? Check out our blog all about the topic here.
Here are a few you can count on:
L.A. Girl Pro.Setting Matte Finish Spray£7.36 £8.19 (11% off)
This spray helps you beat the midday slick with its ultra-fine mist, without any dry or sticky feeling left behind.
Maybelline Lasting Fix Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray£11.27 £12.26 (9% off)
This oil-free mist keeps melting makeup and fading colour at bay, ensuring up to 16 hours of wear with a matte finish.
PIXI H2o Skinveil£20.31 £26.50 (24% off)
There are so many amazing face powders out there, but we wanted to showcase this one for its velvety finish and refreshing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, green tea and aloe vera. You don't have to be afraid of looking too dry and powdery, but your makeup will be set for the day and your skin will feel nourished.
BONUS STEP: SELF TANNER
A fake tan can help hide any freckles, scars or discolouration on your body, or on your face that might still show through your makeup.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist£9.99 £15.95 (38% off)
Airbrushed skin isn’t just reserved for your face. Gives your legs some TLC with this tanning mist which provides a 360-degree applicator and a streak-free wash of tan that helps blur any freckles, veins or scars. It’s definitely not a necessity for every social occasion, but it can help boost your confidence to go bare legged no matter the weather.
SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Self Tanning Face Mist Scented£8.98 £10.95 (18% off)
Enjoy the scents of these self tanner face mists, which also contain vitamin E to nourish your skin underneath your new golden glow.
So, there you have it. Everything from fake tan to foundation to ensure the best airbrushed, flawless skin. For more top beauty tips why not take a look at Best Makeup Setting Sprays To Keep Your Look in Place and How to Contour: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.
Written by Gabriella Buckner
Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.