Being in and around the limelight of Hollywood, I've recently learned the newest trick to get achieving a cinema glow (as close as one can get) for my everyday worklife. Now machinery, stencils, and a practice guide aren’t things that I’d normally incorporate into trying out a fresh cosmetics routine. However, they were all part of my introduction into the professional-meets-everyday world of airbrush makeup. I’m a huge connoisseur of beauty products, yet ironically don’t consider myself being “good” at putting on makeup. So airbrushing was more than an intimidating feat on my behalf and I had so many questions: How will I match my tan skin tone? Will I end up getting makeup all over my hair & clothes? Can I really use it to put on eye shadow? What exactly are the stencils for?
Skepticism aside and tons of questions in mind, I decided to give the Dinair airbrush makeup kit a go. Since the product is purchased online, the first steps include submitting photos of myself for their expert consultants to custom match my tan skin tone and selecting the color of my Dinair kit (I opted for black, but there’s a wide variety including leopard and pink). I also selected which color eye shadows and blushes I wanted to use.
The kit arrived pretty quickly and I was surprised how small the box and the Dinair compressor and airgun were. They weren’t kidding when they said you could fit it in the palm of your hand. The bottles of color were also smaller than expected, but I figured it’s one of those things where a little goes a long way. I was also interested that there were practice guides for the airbrush system, it makes sense because it’s certainly not something you can just try to “wing it” with and figure out as you go, you have to spend some time learning how to use the machine. Given it’s so small, it wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would actually be and with every purchase a complimentary video Skype session with a professional Dinair artist. I’m saving this for after I feel I’ve mastered the system, so I can educate myself with some advanced tips.
I started with the instructional DVD, which directed me on how to properly use and set up the Dinair compressor. It also allowed me to practice with the test sheets provided to get a feel how much or how little product I needed to use. I also found their videos extremely hepful to watch too.
After testing out Dinair on paper, it was time to give it a go with my actual face. Note, first your instructed to start with water, which you'll find out dries as soon as it touches the skin. The same rings true for the product, which is on after making contact with your face. After the H2O test, I started with some hesitantly, but proceeded with the colors they matched to my skin tone. At first I wasn’t sure if I had set everything up correctly, because it didn’t look like there was any makeup on my face. But then I realized…that’s the way makeup is supposed to look- like there isn’t any on. It’s a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of spraying on your makeup, it becomes a solid timesaver. As well, putting the eyeshadow on is another experience that takes time to get used to (something I'm still working on). The blush however, is far easier to apply. It's also recommended to apply the makeup while infront of a mirror, while also holding one close to your face to for better control. What’s good is that it’s much easier to control the flow of product in general, than I thought it was going to be. The end result is a fresh, non-cakey, natural look. Also, I found that if I use moisturized before putting color on, that the end result stayed in tact much longer. I did have a tendency to use too much color at the beginning and I felt the moisturizer helped even everything out. I haven’t used the stencils yet, which are available for your eyebrows and come in cool shapes for bodyart, but I’m waiting for a big event to break ‘em out.
What's also enticing is that it's encouraged (and easy) to mix the colors for a better skin tone match and a fresh dewy look (think high fashion). Since you have control over the flow of color, this is something that's fun to experienment with. Besides, what girl doesn't like playing with makeup?
Overall, I feel the Dinair compressor revolutionizes the way females think about their cosmetics. We’re conditioned to think about powders, compacts, and brushes when it comes to sprucing up our faces, so Dinair is more than a little out of our traditional comfort zones. But, it’s 2012, so why keep doing makeup the same way it’s been done for decades?
For more about Dinar, visit their official website. Considering how much money we all spend on fancy makeup and how long their colors seem to last, the product is a good investment and different kits (the same ones used by professional makeup artists) are made affordable for everyone.