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Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by corkybou on Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:33 pm

Hey everyone, I am new to airbrushing face paint and was hoping you could help me out.

I am going to start with a very simple face that is half green and half purple. I want to achieve an even base coat of these colors. What type of brush should I use, and how do I ensure that the paint (I'm using water-based) goes on evenly. So far I've been testing using an 0.3mm needle in a double action, gravity fed brush, and then I tried an 0.8mm needle in a siphon fed brush. It is coming out blotchy and uneven. Or very streaky.

I would appreciate any and all tips to getting a good even, well covered base on my face.
Thanks in advance!

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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:02 pm

I usually find a sponge works better for most base coats, but if you are airbrushing I need a bit more info.

What is the brand of airbrush and paint you are using? 

Most times issues like these are 1 or a combination of a few things.

- Brush Issue: Brush is cheap, knock off, bad brand, bent needle, or other broken part, not cleaned well enough

- Paint issue: Wrong type of paint, expired paint, paint needs more/less medium added.

- Check your PSI, for the face you really shouldn't be going above 10PSI (15 if you really want to push it) Some paints are thicker and you will need to dilute them with medium in order for them to exit the brush as this low PSI with out blotching. If you find a higher PSI when testing on your arm solves the problem then this might be your issue. Knowing how much medium to add is experience and trail and error.

- Check your compressors moisture trap and make sure it's cleaned. This could cause an issue in your PSI among other things.

I could tell you more if I knew the brand of paint and brush you are using.
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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by corkybou on Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:04 pm

I was using Mehron liquid face paint and also Kryolan liquid aquacolor, both water based. I was using a cheap machine and brushes (master airbrush) that I got on amazon. First a double action gravity fed then a single action siphon fed. I probably shouldn't have gotten the cheap stuff, but I figured I could learn the techniques on it and it would look decent. All I got was really uneven coverage, blotchy, etc..

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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:19 pm

well there's your problem.

If memory serves me right the liquid mehron face paint isn't actually made for use in an airbrush. It's too thick. Same with the aqua color.

You need to get body paints that are specifically made to go through an airbrush.

While you caaaan water down your current stuff with water or glycerin, it would only mildly work and you'll have the same issues with clogs and it being blotchy. 

Also putting that stuff through a cheap airbrush isn't going to help the situation.

Here i recommend this one
http://www.chicagoairbrushsupply.com/paaschevseries.html

serves me better then all the others i have for body painting. The site also has frequent sales. just sign up for their news letter.

As for paints I use Vibe, but am going to switch to ProAiir Hybrid paints as they seem to be better and more versatile.
http://www.showoffsba.com/collections/proaiir-hybrid-waterproof-face-body-makeup-paint

Hope this helps!
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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by Sweet Loretta on Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:18 pm

To ensure you makeup goes on evenly is skill which means practice. You need to practice leaving the air on while not having makeup come out.  This helps you not get a blow out or blotchy spot.

Your best cone/needle size will be 5. Mehron Liquid will run very nicely thru an airbrush but it it best thinned with Mixing Liquid. I find the Kryolan a bit dry in an airbrush but again it has to be thinned. Both Mehron and Kryolan liquids you mention need to be diluted to spray properly. USe distilled water or Mehron Mixing Liquid at a 35-50 to 50-50 ratio. These are heavy makeups and you will need to run your PSI higher than pre-formulated airbrush makeup prob about 15-18.
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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by Forest-Fairy on Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:45 am

My body painting teacher in college always taught never to go higher then 10-15 PSI on the face, and no more then 30 on the remainder of the body. They also tested us on this when joining the ACFC union for Professional Makeup for Film here in Vancouver.
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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by leapinglizards on Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:14 am

The main issue I have found with trying to water down thicker liquid makeups, Vs just using their airbrush cousins, is that the pigment particles are MUCH more finely ground in airbrush paint. When you dilute paint, it doesn't change the size of the particles, only the density- meaning you get less dense color but STILL have a great chance of clogs.

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Post by DJDANCEBOOGIE on Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:21 am

Just got into airebrush tsttos I have the zero g does any one have that system . If anyone could give there input that would be great thank you

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Re: Airbrushing Face Paint

Post by Sweet Loretta on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:27 pm

What input do you want re the zero G?
With this brush the makeup does not enter into the brush.

As for pressure settings there is what we are taught and what really works. Any PSI setting for facial applications should be as low as possible. If one uses proper airbrush face painting makeup with finely micro sized particles and good viscosity that liquid will flow through an airbrush at a low PSI. However, liquid face paints watered down are not fine particles when it comes to airbrushing and will require higher PSI. Which is why pre-formulated airbrush face painters are recommended.

Just want folks to be in the know and fully informed, so I share these real world practices as I have learned in my experience of 37+ years of airbrushing, what I have learned from the foremost airbrush body painters worldwide, and what I have taught my countless students.
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