How Airbrush Makeup Covers Tattoos, Acne, Melasma, Etc.

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This is the same model with a tattoo cover up.

Not everyone can rock a tattoo like this model. She looks pretty!

For those of us who can't, there's airbrush makeup.

It's called paramedical airbrush makeup when the airbrush covers anything that wouldn't normally occur on new, healthy skin.

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Traditional makeup can be used anywhere, but when covering something like a tattoo, discoloration, or scar, the pigments in regular makeup don't cover well enough. That's where airbrush makeup excels. It provides a finish that other products cannot match.

It's far superior when covering large portions of the body, doing body painting or special effects. While imperfections can all be camouflaged with traditional makeup, there is no doubt that airbrush makeup will provide 100% coverage.

Other advantages include its quick application, longevity, and durability; but the true advantage lies in the beautiful, finished result.

Airbrush makeup is different from traditional makeup in that it uses a small air compressor, an airbrush gun, and airbrush makeup. The makeup is thin so that it can go through the airbrush gun. The gun sprays a fine mist of makeup over the skin using air pressure from the compressor.

The sprayed makeup provides flawless coverage to even out imperfections while still allowing your skin to breath. The result is a very natural, polished look that is barely noticeable.

Airbrush makeup wears longer than traditional foundation. For this reason, it is in high demand for bridal and events makeup. It stays put for 9 - 12 hours in any weather condition. It is water resistant and and won't rub off. Additionally, it is non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic.

The application is cleaner than traditional makeup application because the artist never touches the skin. It's also faster and blending makeup down to the neck and decollete is seamless.

To get the best results, airbrush makeup needs to be applied to smooth skin, so it's important to exfoliate. It is also best if the area is free of hair. You must shave, dermaplane or wax. If you don't, the makeup will adhere to each hair making you look fuzzy. Next, a primer is applied. The primer is white and will cancel out the colors in the tattoo or discoloration. Primer works as a base for the skin colored foundation.

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Airbrush makeup can cover port wine stains.

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This model makes vitiligo beautiful! And yes, airbrush makeup can cover this.

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Standard definition TVs have a much lower number of pixels than high definition.

Hi-Definition cameras (HD) have made makeup artists very aware of their application techniques.

Standard TVs display 330 lines of resolution, while the new HD TVs display either 720 or 1080 lines. Each of those lines is broken up into hundreds of tiny squares or pixels. The resolution is so much higher, that if not blended well, every line from a makeup brush or sponge can be seen in detail. For this reason, airbrush products are now frequently used in the film and television industry.

The spray dot-pattern that the airbrush makes is visually similar to pixels. Because of this, airbrush makeup registers less on camera than the trace lines that brushes and sponges can leave behind.

As mentioned earlier, when airbrush makeup is sprayed, it is dispersed as a fine mist through the airbrush gun. It connects with the skin as millions of droplets. This is very much the way a camera sees your face. Think of it as tiny pixels being applied. Traditional makeup, in contrast, would look more like a block of color.

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Makeup applied with an airbrush | How Airbrush Makeup Covers Tattoos, Acne, Vitiligo, Etc. | Masterpiece Skin Restoration


Using the same techniques from Hollywood blockbuster movies, air brush foundation can make your skin appear flawless!

It covers up redness, pores, scars, blemishes and tattoos. It looks amazing in pictures and gives your skin a smooth, even finish for 10 hours or more!

The best makeup artists will do a trial run to determine the best colors to hide your discoloration or tattoo. That way, when the big day is here, you're all set. You'll know what look you're after and you'll know exactly what to expect.

I like the Dinair Airbush system and their waterproof products that won't rub off. Coverage is smooth, fresh and flexible with no flaking, fading or cracking for about 10 hours or longer, depending on your activity. It's also hypoallergenic, waterproof and won't cause acne. Dinair airbrush makeup covers and conceals beautifully!

Want to learn more? Watch the video below to see how it works.

If you're in the middle of tattoo removal or getting a new tattoo, airbrush makeup offers the camouflage you need. It's the fastest, most complete coverage for tattoos, birth marks, sun spots, scars, acne, post-operative bruising, psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo and more.

Thanks for reading!

Head shot, Amy Takken, RN & Founder, Masterpiece Skin Restoration

Amy Takken, RN

Amy Takken is a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience helping people improve their health. Her in-depth skincare articles have been featured on Nazarian Plastic Surgery and The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. She's also been quoted on

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The Information provided on our website is not medical advice and should not be viewed as such. By law, only a medical doctor can diagnose or give medical advice. As a registered nurse, my goal is to educate, so I provide information on skin care, skin care products, and skin care treatments. If you have any condition that concerns you, please see a medical doctor. While most skin conditions are benign, some - like melanoma - can be deadly. If there is any doubt, please, please consult your physician. Thank you!

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