The Art of Airbrushing

  • July 09, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

When you think of airbrushing, you might immediately think of the controversial practice of its use in fashion photography, as airbrushing has been used extensively to retouch a model’s imperfections as well as to enhance bodily assets photographically.  The truth is, airbrushing has many widespread uses and you might be surprised by the amazing results that can be obtained when you add some air to atomize paint!

The earliest form of airbrushing can likely be traced back thousands of years to the most ancient men.  Experts have evidence that hollowed out bones were filled with paint and artists of long ago created paintings by blowing on the end of the bone, introducing air to the paint and creating a rudimentary airbrush effect.  The first official patent on a more legitimate airbrush occurred much later, in about 1876, when Francis Edgar Stanley created and patented his first basic airbrush.

Airbrushing essentially has 3 basic elements to it.  The first component is a trigger, which is what starts the paint to flow through the airbrush itself.  Secondly, there needs to be a feeding system, which continues the process of the paint flowing into the airbrush.  Lastly, at a mix point the paint and the air are combined--and wa-la, this in turn causes the paint to be expelled into tiny little droplets and when applied to a surface, allows it to blend seamlessly and flawlessly, creating a truly amazing effect!

Airbrushing is used today in many different applications.  Murals, art, illustration, photo retouching, hobbies and automotive uses are some of the more common uses of airbrush techniques.  Airbrushing also is a useful way of applying temporary tattoos and of course, is an amazing way to get flawless makeup application!  With today’s HD film techniques as well as digital photography, every little detail can be seen on the screen or through the camera’s lens.  Airbrushing makeup application allows for fantastic foundation coverage with minimal build up and the makeup still maintains a thin, natural texture.  Perfect! 

Special effects makeup techniques for costume use are particularly suited for airbrushing.  Flawless, seamless and easy application can be achieved along with great coverage to boot!  If you are looking to create a more detailed as well as professional result for your best costume looks, airbrushing is something you should definitely check out.  Using an airbrush and a stencil, you can apply paint directly to the skin to create all kinds of amazing and stunning body art, including very beautiful temporary tattoos!  No pain, no discomfort and depending on the products you use, your results will last up to 2 weeks!

Don’t be intimidated; airbrushing was designed in the first place to give incredible results with relative ease.  For stunning effects that are definitely going to get you noticed, check out our complete selection of airbrush supplies.  You will be simply amazed at what you can achieve by mixing a little air and paint!