I'm looking to buy my girlfriend an airbrush makeup starter kit for her birthday. She is a freelance makeup artist and wants to start using airbrush. If anyone could recomend a certain kit or good makeup products to use with it, I would really appreciate it. I'm looking for the best I can get without cleaning out the bank. I'm looking to spend under $300 especially since she has not done this before. If anybody could help that would be awesome. Thanks.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Here's another option which might be closer to your budget - the OCC Airbrush Basics set. She can start small & learn on this one and expand later if she wants to add more products or a larger compressor. Plus OCC makeup is vegan if that is important to her.
I know this is probably too late for th OP, but to anyone else looking for an inexpensive way to get started this is a good option. I bought an air compressor with airbrush for $89.99 from Harbor freight. The airbrush is not gravity feed, but you can buy a gravity feed one from ebay for about $20. The airbrush it comes with works great if you are going to be using a large amount of product (example spray tanning), but for the amount you use for one application gravity feed will work best. You will also want to get a pressure regulator so you can use the proper air pressure otherwise the product wont come out as finely as it should, the pressure regulator should be less than $10. All together your cost for everything will be about $120. I hope this helps out anyone who wants to get started with airbrush makeup, but is on a budget. Also before you order makeup from any websites, DinAir and Temptu both have a pro membership that you can get if you are a MUA, model, actor, or photographer. DinAirs cost $25, but you get 30% off all your purchases.
Taylor J Williams wrote: ...a freelance makeup artist ...wants to start using airbrush.
Taylor not enough information to provide tenured guidance here... need to know the fabric a.k.a. mix of her client base... i.e. what type of assignments generate the artist's revenue stream... that plays heavy into which product/gun/compressor would be appropriate...
Video with hot lights? OCC
Both the aforementioned assignments drive my revenue stream... doing very little MUA for still photography now... there has been a major paradigm shift in my marketplace... You'll need to know what potentials are available for your friend...
Food for thought... cost effective may not be wise here... the frustration level with initial efforts in this medium are challenge enough... add to this sub-par equipment and you're courting aggravation, followed by exasperation, discontentment and finally abandonment... have seen this time and time again...
I own many an airbrush and compressor including Harbor Freight.
While it is absolutely possible to pay more for a "name" than the quality of the equipment, it is ALSO an absolute that you DO get what you pay for.
The less expensive the airbrush, the cheaper the airbrush. Price is determined by the amount of tolerance and the quality of the materials used to create the airbrush.
Speaking in VERY OVER-BROAD general terms....
Assume any purchased good has a 50% markup for retail.
And, figure the manufacturer has a 50% markup for wholesale.
Whatever is left has to cover raw materials, machining, manufacturing facility, payroll, packaging costs, taxes, transportation.....
So, a $20 price tag may represent less than $5 of hard costs. Just have realistic expectations.
And you MUST be able to get replacement parts. Otherwise you've got a disposable airbrush - toss it and buy a new one.