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For a breezy look…

Airbrush make-up has been popular in the world of modelling and movies for some time, and now is being seen on brides as well. When done correctly, airbrushing, as the name suggests, creates a smooth, flawless look that may be difficult to achieve with regular make-up.

Airbrushing involves a small air compressor spraying a fine mist of foundation that gently covers the skin, says Deepti Mohinder (above) of Studio Meche, Calcutta. 

This mist covers the skin lightly allowing the skin to breath, to look more natural and not exaggerate your pores. Applied subtly with an airbrush, even a foundation shades lighter than your natural skin will not look “cakey”, says Mohinder, who has been wielding the airbrush for almost a decade.

Or a foundation that is darker. Airbrush make-up was applied famously on the sets of Ben-Hur (1959) when numerous extras acting as solders needed to put on a false tan. Make-up artists used the airbrush not only for great effect, but also fast work.   

When you are getting ready for an evening out, though, be prepared to spend some tome with the airbrush.

Now, with HD installed in every sphere of life, the airbrush comes as a saviour, explains Mohinder. Technology has in many ways made life more difficult. HD magnifies the image many times, but which make-up artist will have the time to check her work under a magnifying glass before every appearance a model makes? Hence the airbrush: it is a make-up tool that produces a uniform texture on your skin. The result is you, but a more sculpted and gorgeous version of you! 

Airbrush make-up has many advantages over regular make-up, including natural coverage, lightness and suitability for all skin types. It lasts longer, claims Mohinder. It is water-resistant and does not smudge easily. It is also hypoallergenic and sanitary and can be applied even on men, Mohinder says.

Airbrush systems for makeup are small diaphragm compressors that are less powerful and affordable than other airbrushes. The make-up airbrushes have two needles that rest in the nozzle which the user manoeuvres. The action happens when air and the pigments meet. One needle pushes out air and the other pigment. A single action nozzle just sprays out the mixture and a double action nozzle can control the amount of pigment that is released. The latter allows the user a lot of control.

Earlier the airbrush machines were heavier and were electricity-operated. But now they are lighter and battery-operated and easier to travel with. 

You will have to invest in the airbrush kit a bit, but it is worth it, says Mohinder.

Models: Aradhana Chatterjee and Sreeja Sarkar
Dress: Shraddha Manaktala
Photographer: Rashbehari Das 

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