What is the best airbrush foundation?

Q. From Fellow MakeUp Artist Erin Ford (Please check out her awesome work!) " I would like to know if you have a favorite airbrush foundation? I've been thinking about buying the Graftobian Glamaire"A. Erin, I have a love hate relationship with Airbrush foundation. I go back and forth in phases much like my love for purple shampoo and sea salt scrubs.  I used it a lot for years, then stopped, then started, and stopped. I'm currently in an off period. I love using it, but hate the cleanup and if the cleanup takes longer then the actual use of the machine, I just don't use it that much anymore. Anyways, Here's what I have found;

At the time I bought my first Airbrush Compressor,  I couldn't really afford one. So I bought the Baby Elephant looking one for like $50 on the entire compressor and gun kit. Then I spent more on the foundation and went with MAC's airbrush foundation. It was great machine to learn on but the machine didn't last very long and ended up dying on me during a wedding. It was a complete nightmare. That was the type of wedding that made me want to Retire from MUA. It was beyond awful. Anything that could possibly go wrong, did. The last 2 clients were the BRIDE and the MOB and to say they were unhappy was an understatement. I left in tears then took a 2 year hiatus off doing weddings and haven't booked them much since to be honest.

Lesson learned, DON'T SKIMP ON EQUIPMENT. DUH, I knew that. I totally knew that.

Anyhow, I have tried a few different brands but nothing worth mentioning for the kind of work you do as a makeup artist.

The next (and current machine) I bought is the Temptu Precision Pro Kit. With the gun and compressor came a lot of really great products including a sample kit of the Temptu foundations, blushes & highlighters, primer and airbrush cleaner. A steal at under $500.

For some reason I had a hard time getting the formula right and was constantly adding a mixing liquid to thin it out so it would feed through the gun. Thus diluting the foundation and not covering skin properly.


Then I switched back to the MAC airbrush foundation that I was using in the first machine. The coverage is great, the color system is better, there was no need to mix and it also came in a wide variety of colors to do more artistic body painting and other types of makeup. It also can be diluted for a more sheer coverage.


So to answer your question, I have never used the Graftobain. I love all the products of theirs that I have used, just haven't had the chance to use their airbrush foundation. If I come in contact with anyone who's used it, I'll update you on what they have to say.

I highly recommend the MAC airbrush foundation so that's what I would suggest.

Genn Shaughnessy

MUAH MakeUp And Hair , 1811 Western Ave , Albany, NY 12203

Genn Shaughnessy is a Commercial MakeUp Artist, Licensed Hair Stylist and Beauty Expert in Albany, NY who provides camera ready makeup and hair styling services for HD, TV, Photo and Film. 

Genn’s ability to produce various types of MakeUp Artistry and Hair Styling for HDTV, Photo and mixed media demonstrates her amazing eye for detail and her ability to think outside the lines of conventional thinking. Genn's vast knowledge of cosmetics & beauty tools shines in writing and producing beauty segments, blog posts and educational tutorials.

Genn Shaughnessy has numerous film, print and web  credits to her name that include FOX, People Magazine, Teen People Magazine American Idols Live and Trading Spaces. She combines tremendous talent and make-up savvy with a plethora of experience and the ability to deliver uncompromising quality of work to every professional work setting.

Genn has trained under various accredited Directors and Department Heads and can boast working with celebrity clients such as; Ron Perlman, Judy Greer, Michael Shannon, Thomas Lennon, Christina Hendricks, Michael Torpey, Carrie Underwood, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia "Lecy" Goranson, Julianne Nicholson, David Cassidy, NY Giants Brandon Jacobs, and even former New York State Governor Elliot Spitzer.

Genn is also available for public speaking engagements, corporate training & seminars and private or industry staff makeup lessons.