Max Factor had to quickly prepare over 2,000 extras for a dramatic flashback of Biblical times, in the 1929 film Noah’s Ark. Max Factor had trained over 40 makeup artists for studio needs, but few were available on short notice. The process to do full body makeup also took a long time. Max Jr. and Max, Max’s son, had little time to fix the problem. They came up with the concept of mass makeup. They could apply the liquid foundation to actors’ faces and bodies in a similar way that car manufacturers paint their cars. The spraying method was a fast solution to large numbers of extras. The extras were spray-sprayed as a group, even though the closeups of the actors and stars required individual makeup.
The airbrush is now a popular tool for many makeup artists. This includes those who work in film and television. In 1998, “Ally McBeal”, one of the first television shows that used airbrush makeup in its productions. Once the cast saw the flawless results (on camera and off), they all demanded that the airbrush be used. The makeup artists were forced to learn airbrushing or face being replaced. The word spread quickly through Hollywood about the amazing results of airbrushing. Airbrushing was soon introduced to the Friends cast after Ally McBeal’s cast had become believers. Once they saw the effects, it was impossible to go back. Since then, airbrush makeup has become a mainstay in the entertainment business. Airbrushing became more popular than artists could handle, so the union of makeup and hairstyle artist in Banglore had to start offering classes for “old school” artists. Airbrush makeup has become so popular that it is now the only choice for productions filmed in High Definition.
The American public is eager to own the same products that celebrities use, and so many companies have tried to introduce smaller versions of these items to retailers. Many companies failed to reach the mainstream via infomercials or malls. Airbrushed foundations are the best for clients who have blemishes and acne scars. When trying to conceal issues like raised blemishes, coverage is essential. The bumps or blemishes get the most coverage when you apply foundation using a sponge or fingers. When foundation is applied with a compressor the raised bumps and blemishes are equally covered, giving the client an flawless look.
Many cosmetic brands claim that they have their airbrush, but in reality most of them buy it from distributors. They then brand the product. In the past 10 years, airbrush technology has advanced significantly. Like computers, new, better models are constantly being released. The models are getting smaller, lighter, and quieter. Some companies claim that you can only use their foundation with their airbrush. This is usually not true and just an attempt to make you spend more. You can buy a variety of retail foundations if you purchase a quality airbrush, and the beauty needle. The Face and Body Makeup Formula by the professional Parisian brand “Make Up For Ever” is a favorite among makeup artists.
The true airbrush foundation is very watery, and it does not adhere to the old-fashioned hands-on technique. Finishes can range from matte to semi-matte. Airbrush Foundations are not able to be moved around once applied.