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Luminess Air: Airbrush Your Skin Like a Pro

May 22 2009, Published 8:49 a.m. ET

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Makeup artists have been using airbrushes to apply foundation for decades, and now it’s possible to get a similar look at home without tons of high-tech, weighty equipment. Luminess Air is a new at-home system that allows you to airbrush away what the kit’s getting started guide kindly refers to as “issues.” (We refer to them as zits, crows feet, massive pores and age spots.) talked to the company’s makeup artist, Heather Kwasnieski, to get the lowdown on how to use the airbrush—and why she thinks their formula is better than old-fashioned foundation.

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To get started, you plug in the airbrush and turn it on, then put 6-8 drops of Luminesse Air foundation in the stylus. Hold it about six inches from your skin and make tight little circles on your face as it dispenses. “Imagine making loop-de-loops,” Kwasnieski says. Craving more coverage? Wait ten seconds until the makeup dries and blast again.

While most airbrush systems look like mini propane tanks and clock in around 5 pounds, the Luminess Air is just 1.5 pounds—and, with its silver, embossed packaging, looks a lot cuter on your vanity. While it takes some time to master the art of makeup graffiti, Kwasnieski says it’s not as hard as most people might expect. “On average, it takes about three attempts to learn how to use it,” she says. “The thing is, you have to retrain your mind.”


Kwasnieski also says the oil-free foundation has other benefits. “Since you’re not touching your face with a brush or a sponge, you’re not putting oil on your face. You’re not pulling on the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles,” she told us. Because the foundation goes on lightly—she uses the word “pixelated” to describe the coverage—it’s easier to match the foundation to your skin color. And you can also use the airbrush to apply natural-looking foundation, blush, or bronzer.

The basic kit costs $229 at In our minds, that’s a small price to pay to get that cover-of-a-magazine, PhotoShop-perfect look we all crave.



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