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.
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.
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Bellissima, San Eugenio Alto.
This article appears in the print edition 606 of Island Connections