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Beauty / PART I
Making up isn’t hard to do
There is now a new revolution occur­ring in the world of make-up and it is only a matter of time until it becomes apparent on the high street. Make up is now evolving into something more per­manent and healthy for the skin.


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31.12.2009 - Airbrushing
From the prestigious cat­walks to the high street sa­lon and cosmetic counter, the airbrush will  become the favoured way of apply­ing make-up. 

It is becoming an every­day procedure in beauty sa­lons to offer spray applied cosmetics; in nail salons airbrushes are used to cre­ate quick, artistic designs on nail extensions, in tan­ning salons spray is used to give a quick, instant all over tan, they can also be used to apply temporary tattoos.  Now the airbrush is being used to give a long-lasting, smooth looking make-up.  Stemming from the film and photography industry in the 1980s, it provides the flaw­less complexion required for the big screen and magazine front pages. 

A few seasons ago it ap­peared backstage in various designer shows, whereby make-up artists were provid­ing the models with a per­fect, flawless finish.  Estee Lauder very soon followed suit and it was available on selected cosmetic counters.  The systems now available incorporate foundation, eye­shadow, blusher and lipstick colour cosmetics.  This is be­lieved to be the biggest ad­vance in the cosmetic indus­try since Max Factor.

The gun or wand is used with a low-pressure com­pressor and is used to spray a mist of foundation in thou­sands of dots over the skin.  As the gun is swept in a zig-zag pattern about four to five inches away from the face, it only takes a few sec­onds to cover the surface of the skin – giving it a smooth, even finish.

It does not look heavy or uneven, but gives a light, almost natural finish.  Sometimes manual founda­tion applications can be un­even – this can be due to the way the make-up is applied, for example with sponges, brushes or fingers.  A heav­ier coverage can easily be applied if needed to cover any imperfections such as age spots or dark shadows around the eye area.  It will not disguise wrinkles, but due to the nature of the spray it will not settle into the lines as many conventional foun­dations do, therefore they do not appear quite so obvi­ous.   Sometimes a make-up range can be limited and it may not provide some of the more unusual skin tone col­ourings as may be needed, but with the airbrush system colours can be easily mixed to provide an excellent col­our match for all skin tones. 

Nicola Roberts is the owner of Bellissima Hair and Beauty in Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan and San Eugenio Alto. For information or appoint­ments please call 922 867 343, 697 902 361 or 922 719 355.

* Stressed out?  All massag­es half price every Saturday at Bellissima, Playa San Juan.
* Dry, spotty, dull skin?  Fa­cials half price every Friday.
* Pale, healthy and uninter­esting?  Spray tan half price (15 euros) every Saturday.
Bellissima, San Eugenio Alto.



This article appears in the print edition 606 of Island Connections



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