Some airbrush makeup may contain chemicals that are not all natural. However, many airbrush makeup ingredients are safe for vegans and vegetarians. Most are also cruelty free. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, or you are just interested in doing what you can to lead a cruelty-free lifestyle, you should always read the labels on all airbrush products. If you are unsure about the nature of the ingredient, visit caringconsumer.com for a list of cruelty-free, vegan, and vegetarian ingredients as well as ingredients that have been tested on animals and ingredients that are considered non-vegan and non-vegetarian.
Below is a sample of airbrush makeup ingredients and their uses:
Acrylates Octylacrylamide Copolymer – film former (Resin or Binder)
Cellulose Gum – thickening agent
Deionized Water – Solvent or Vehicle
Diazolidinyl Urea – preservative
Glycerin – humectant
Lecithin – natural emulsifier
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate – absorbent, anticaking agent
Methylparaben – preservative
Pigments – Finely ground powders that do not dissolve
Polyvinyl acetate – film former (Resin or Binder)
Propylene Glycol – emollient, hydrating agent
Propylparaben. – preservative
Sodium lauryl sulfate – foaming agent
Sodium magnesium silicate – absorbent, anticaking agent
Triethanolamine – drying agent
Airbrush makeup is highly pigmented and film formers may be added for increased durability. Airbrush makeup contains pigments, resins, solvents, and additives. Pigments are finely ground powders that do not dissolve. Pigments include: Chromium Oxide Green; D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, Red #7 Calcium Lake, Red #28, Yellow #10; FD&C Yellow #5, Red #40, Red #28, Blue #1; Iron Oxides, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine Blue, or Ultramarine Pink.
According the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.gov), resin or film former is the agent that makes the pigment adhere to the surface it is applied to. Examples of film formers used include cellulose and acrylics. When applied together, pigment and resins create the makeup film. A solvent is the liquid used in formulation to suspend the pigment and resin and transport them through the airbrush apparatus. The solvent then evaporates and leaves the cosmetic film behind. Solvents in airbrush makeup can be alcohol, water or oil based. The less solvent in the airbrush makeup the higher the coverage, and the more viscous the formula.
If you are interested in airbrush makeup, but you would like to look as natural as possible, you should consider purchasing an airbrush kit along with high-quality liquid makeup from trusted names in the industry such as Sephora (est. 1969) or Dinair (est. 1981). To apply airbrush makeup all over, you might have to ask a friend for help. For the face, you need only master the art of painting as airbrushing the skin uses a similar technique.
To purchase airbrush makeup kits and applicators, visit: Sephora.com or Dinair at Airbrushmakeup.com.