Applying airbrush makeup professionally involves making sure the face is clean, applying concealer before foundation, then applying foundation smoothly and evenly, including down the neck. Individual professional makeup artists tend to use varied, personal techniques for applying makeup to eyes and lips.
The first step to applying airbrush makeup is to make sure the face is clean and dry. If concealer is being applied, it should always be applied before the airbrush foundation. For good coverage, the airbrush should be held between six and 12 inches away from the face. The makeup artist should make light passes with the brush, spraying in circular motions until smooth coverage is achieved. Foundation should also be applied partway down the neck to ensure the color blends evenly.
While foundation is the most basic step to applying airbrush makeup, techniques for individual features such as eyes and lips are more varied and intricate. The Temptu and Dinair websites offer text and video tutorials demonstrating specialized techniques. For example, Dinair's "fuller lips" technique involves a narrower spray along a curved stencil to darken the lip color and give the appearance of shadowing around the edges of the lips. Airbrush Makeup Salon also offers a helpful "how to" section for applying airbrush makeup.