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Best Airbrush Makeup Kit for Sensitive Skin — Luminess

If you’ve ever looked at a movie star’s makeup and thought, ‘Why can’t mine look like that?’ the answer is probably a simple one — you’re not using airbrush makeup. A technique that sees makeup sprayed onto the skin in a mist form via a powered compressor that allows it to be distributed in an even, lightweight manner, airbrush makeup — which was first used way back in 1959 for Ben Hur —  is a well-known Hollywood secret for sheer, natural-looking coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and pores like traditional makeup does. The best airbrush makeup kits, which often include the makeup as well as the machine, take things even further still, with anti-aging, dermatologist-tested products that look great on mature skin.

The Benefits of Airbrush Makeup Kits

When it comes to application, airbrush makeup kits require some practice. While you may not get your desired results on your first — or even second or third! — try, there are many reasons to make the switch.

First and foremost, it’s more hygienic that typical makeup practices, since your fingers won’t be touching your face.

It’s also longer-lasting, with water-based formulas that are made to withstand sweat, tears, and smudges that can be strengthened with a waterproof sealant or finish.

That, in turn, means that while you may pay more up front for the machine, you’ll be saving money in the long run, since you’ll need to apply your makeup less frequently.

Finally, you’ll be able to use less product per application, as it covers more with less, making cake-y makeup that exacerbates your finer wrinkles a thing of the past. Do note, however, that experts recommend a powder or cream-based makeup for heavier facial lines.

Where to Buy Airbrush Makeup Kits

While you won’t find these kits at typical makeup stores, such as Sephora or Ulta, you will find them at major online retailers, such as Walmart or Amazon.

Tips for Using an Airbrush Makeup Kit

Learn from the mistakes of real Amazon users, who suggest the following when using an airbrush makeup kit:

  • Play around with technique and amount: As one customer wrote, “I would put on too much and it would look cakey and powdery. I had to play around with how much spray I wanted to come out of the wand. I spent days trying it out before I got the hang of it.”
  • Allow moisturizers, primers, and foundation to dry before adding more:“That simple advice will go a long way on your first few attempts!” another trial-and-error airbrush user wrote.
  • Make sure you use the right finish and tone for your skin: “Matte or Satin are the two basic terms. … You will have to match SKIN TONE AS WELL,” wrote an experienced reviewer.
  • Test holding the machine at different lengths: “The farther back you pull the trigger, the more product is used in a much shorter amount of time, because the air pressure is greater,” one helpful comment wrote. “I would suggest using the compressor on your face without putting makeup in the well first to feel the difference in air pressure.”

Where to buy: From $138.95, Amazon 

If you’ve seen one of Luminess’ infomercials on TV, you already know that this low-pressure machine minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, and textured skin to hide acne, skin discoloration, dark circles, bruising, scars, rosacea, and the occasional tattoo. What you may not know is that this machine, which comes with four foundations, a blush, a skin brightener, a moisturizer, and an AC adaptor, has been dermatologist tested — and approved — for use on even the most sensitive of skin types.

“I have super sensitive skin and this was a great device for smoothness of application, quality of product didn’t trigger my sensitive skin and I loved how it looks!” one Amazon customer wrote.

Another raved: “I have skin level: challenging. Whatever difficulty you can think of, I’ve got it: discoloration, sensitivity, dry/flaky patches, oily patches, enlarged pores, fine lines … and on top of that, I prefer a natural makeup look. Now that I’ve tried Luminess Air, I’m a convert. The Luminess foundation formula is water-based, so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, and it is long lasting – it sticks around all day without fading, flaking or caking for me. It also floats over pores and fine lines, giving you a flawless finish.”

10 Peel-Off Masks That Actually Do What They Say They Will

10 Peel-Off Masks That Actually Do What They Say They Will

Get that skin hydrated and feeling fresh the right way with a little DIY treatment.

You’ve had a long day; things were hectic… and now all you want to do is sit back, relax and practice a little self-care. And what better way to do that than to indulge in some fun face masks while you catch up on your favorite Netflix shows?

We love all masks, but we’ve been especially fond of peel-off masks lately. The fun factor (not to mention the selfie factor) is there — besides, there’s something extra satisfying about peeling them off. They also offer a variety of benefits, from brightening, to firming, to hydrating (or all of the above). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites at every price point — keep reading to check them all out.

Luminess Beauty Rose Gold Vitality Peel Off Mask, $54

This peel-off mask tones, repairs, firms, hydrates and brightens skin, thanks to its mixture of peptides and antioxidants.

 

Beyoncé entranced onlookers…thanks to Sir John, and The Lion King Makeup Collection

The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and More

A few serious eye looks made their way onto the feeds of Instagram this past week. Beyoncé entranced onlookers at the Lion King Premiere in London with gold-flecked lids, blushed cheeks, and a sheer lipstick, thanks to her trusted makeup artist, Sir John, and his Lion King makeup collection for Luminess Cosmetics. Meanwhile makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa showed off her steady-handed skills on model Yoon Young Bae with a double-winged obsidian liner. Artists Jenna Kristina and Laurie Heaps made a playful statement on Rowan Blanchard with neon green shadow in the inner corners of her eyes, a liquid flick of liner, and a pinned-down pixie cut.

Speaking of eyes, rapper Megan Thee Stallion stepped out with rose gold lids and a flawless foundation, while wavy tresses brought the look together. On a similar wave (pun intended), a couple beauties showed off defined ringlets: Pose star Indya Moore snapped a golden hour shot with glowing skin and a note that she’s “feeling grateful for love.” Hairstylist Lacy Redway worked her magic on actress Zazie Beetz, whose crown of chestnut coils elegantly framed her shimmering skin and rosy cheeks.

Muses worldwide embraced the summer sun, as they are wont to do when July fades into August. A beachside Kelsey Lu rocked silver-streaked braids and turquoise brows in Martha’s Vineyard. Alicia Keys made some time for a little outdoor meditation, and model Behati Prinsloo showed off her wake-surfing skills. Jada Pinkett-Smith spread some of her magic on a boat in Greece: bronzed skin, a smile, and a reminder that a joyful “hot girl summer” is still in full effect.

Favorite Beauty Brands in Our Third Annual Reader’s Choice Awards Nominee

Vote for Your Favorite Beauty Brands in Our Third Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The polls are now open for InStyle’s third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, where you have the power to select the best-of-the-best new beauty products.

The nominees you’ll see below have been carefully selected by our editors, who spent the last twelve months testing everything from hands-free curling irons to long-lasting lipsticks. (Yes, our bathroom cabinets are near collapse.) At the end of the day, we narrowed the playing field to more than 165 products across 36 categories. Now, it’s up to you.

As you scroll through the survey below, you’ll have the chance to choose from editor-selected launches or write in your own top choice. We’ll tally the votes, then reveal the victors in the October 2019 issue of InStyle, as well as on InStyle.com. May the best products win!

Golden Girl! Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Sir John Reveals How to Get Her Lion King Premiere Look

Sir John shares the exact products he used to create the Lion King star’s cat eye.

Even before The Lion King debuts on July 18, Beyoncé is making jaws drop. The mega-star has had two major outings to promote the movie, each equally fierce. And for her second red carpet, in which the star shined in a pleated marigold gown, her makeup artist Sir John spoke exclusively to PEOPLE about how he created her coordinating bronzy beauty look using products from his limited-edition The Lion King makeup collection made in partnership with Luminess.

With Queen Bey’s gown and hairstyle picked out, Sir John decided on a golden with a 3-D-like quality eye to complete the look.

“I love playing with textures,” explains the pro, who blended a matte shade from his palette on her lid and accented that with a shimmery one on the center of the lids.

“I really wanted to create a nice daytime smoky eye using browns, an antique, champagne gold color like Nala, and a warm gold like Simba,” he reveals. “It’s all about strategically placing these colors so that no matter where my client turns, their look is never too shimmery.”

He also gave the voice of Nala a feline flick with coffee brown eye liner. A winged look “just lifts the eye,” he says.

After tapping on foundation with a Beautyblender, Sir John used his sculpting palette “to give the face a subtle architectural structure.”

To avoid a costume-y look, he advises “slowly building up a shadow” in areas like “underneath the cheekbone, underneath the jawline, and temples.” He adds, “this isn’t blending stripes. It’s a little more editorial and polished.”

On her lips, he applied a brown lip liner, his Pounce lipstick and a cinnamon-tinted lip gloss.

The pro also used a touch of body makeup on Beyoncé collarbones.

For Sir John, seeing his longtime client on the carpet in his very own makeup was picture-perfect.

“I literally have never worked so hard on one project in my life. But it’s been a labor of love,” says the pro, who created an array of earthy shades that could be work to the office, or a night on the town.

“I really tried to look out for women, like my mom, who just doesn’t have time to put on eye shadow,” he says.

And so far, the pro hasn’t disappointed. “Beyoncé was happy, my mom is happy, and if my grandmother were still here, she’d be proud,” he says.

Still, his recent win has not set in. “I’m always next, next, next, because my goal is to keep it moving,” he admits. “But I’m never not grateful, my mama won’t let that happen! I am still just a guy from Harlem.”

Beyonce’s Makeup Artist Sir John Unveils ‘Lion King’ Makeup Collection

When Disney announced its voice cast for The Lion King, the whole world zoomed in on one word: Beyonce. Beyonce will be the voice of Nala, Simba’s childhood playmate, and eventual wife.

Beyonce has long been famous for her inspired outfits, and stunning makeup and hair. For many years, she’s worked with one makeup artist: Sir John. Sir John worked with her on her Lemonade tour, her many Met Gala looks, her music videos, and her Instagram reveals.

Recently, Sir John announced a creative partnership with Luminess and Disney to create a Lion Kininspired makeup palette, Beyonce’s (or Beyonce-adjacent) first foray into makeup.

So, when Sir John announced he was doing a lion king – inspired palette, people got super excited.

The line itself looks amazing.

It’s a blend of neutrals and brights, in strong pigments. The packaging is sexy and on brand. The possibilities are endless.

That bright red is stunning. Finding red lipstick is like finding the holy grail. This lipstick is featured on a variety of skin tones on the Luminess page and it looks bright without being too orange on everyone.

Sir John said he was inspired by his trip to Africa.

He wanted to bring the colors found in African nature to his Lion King collaboration. Exotic neutrals tend to work on everyone — natural colors suit almost every skin tone.

All of this build-up to the Lion King premiere means basically one thing: Incredible outfit and face looks from Beyonce and hopefully a new song or two to celebrate!

The collection features highly pigmented formulas inspired by the African landscape

The Lion King remake is generating a lot of buzz and not just for its all-star cast (Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor…). On the heels of Beyoncé rocking a fierce lion look to the Wearable Art Gala comes the news that her longtime makeup artist Sir John is launching a new collection with Luminess.

The collection features highly pigmented formulas inspired by the African landscape. It’s composed of eight pieces: Kingdom Sculpting Palette, Can’t Wait to Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette, Circle of Life Highlighter, Legacy Tinted Lip Balm, Be Brave Matte Lipstick Pounce, Be Brave Matte Lipstick Lion Mane, Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick Romantic Atmosphere and Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick Trouble. And the packaging is super collectable boasting etchings of iconic characters and scenes straight from the film. If you’re already obsessed, you can even score a limited-edition vault with all eight pieces.

Sir John x Luminess The Lion King Collection will be available on Luminess’ website on June 15 and via Disney.com the following day. Ulta Beauty will also sell the collection online on June 16 and in stores July 1, leaving you plenty of time to pick up all the pieces before checking out The Lion King in theaters July 19.

 

Beyonce’s MUA, Sir John Launches ‘The Lion King’ Make-Up Collection Ahead Of Movie

As we all wait on baited breath for the big screen debut of Disney’s live action, The Lion King, starring Beyoncé, her famed makeup artist is cooking up a premiere of his own. World-renowned make-up artist Sir John teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics to create a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the movie and it almost goes without saying that it’s wonderful.

The famed MUA has been in the beauty industry for over a decade and along with being Beyoncé’s coveted makeup artist and dear friend for over five years, he’s also made a name for himself in product development. Sir is behind some of Bey’s most iconic looks, like her famous Vogue magazine cover, her minimal, no make-up make-up looks, and her most iconic red carpet appearances, including her latest at the Wearable Gala where she channeled “The Lion King’s” Nala. Not to mention, he shares the same name as her 1-year-old son, Sir.

Sir John is a global makeup and color artist who reveals his clients’ natural beauty. His appreciation for cosmetics helps capture the essence of women in their truest form.

This is a collaboration that we couldn’t wait to talk about. With Queen Bey playing the voice of Nala in Disney’s remake of The Lion King, it’s only right that her MUA wants to help us achieve our inner feline fierceness on our faces. We had the chance to sit down with Sir John to get all of the details surrounding his 8-piece Lion King x Luminess make-up collection.

Disney’s The Lion King made it’s debut 25 years ago as the first Disney film to celebrate the continent of Africa and it’s culture. So, when Sir John was tapped to create the collection, he went back to where it all started: Africa. Sir traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa spending time on a safari to pull inspiration for the rich palettes. For the six-shade “Kingdom” sculpting palette ($42), Sir John said, “Johannesburg is the most treelined city in the world and has the most vegetation. Going on a safari, you just see so much life. There’s nowhere else you really need to pull inspiration from for a palette like this.”

Sir John took out his phone to share the stunning images of the Safari and said, “Take a look at the color of the dirt. It’s so red. It’s so, so rich. This is everywhere. It’s like the color of a brick. Seeing stuff like this kind of really gets you in the mind of like ‘Okay, this is where we want to take it. This is where we want to go.”

The “Romantic Atmosphere” matte red liquid lipstick ($24) was inspired by the rich dirt that Sir described.

Sir John looked at the characters in the most unexpected ways when creating his make-up collection for a Disney movie that doesn’t have a typical princess. From Nala’s teal blue eyes to natural colors in a lion’s mane, Sir’s vibrant collection is a culmination of different hue’s inspired by the intriguing nature of the wildlife characters and landscape of African royalty.

This collection shows the power, strength, and culture that The Lion King truly means to us. A story of a young, lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands and his journey through adult-hood has left an everlasting impact on us. The movie has had an undoubted influence on our culture, so when we asked Sir John why this collection was so important to him, he said:

“It’s special to me because, although it’s not the first time my name is on a product, this is the first time that I’ve ever released anything in the US, period. And working with a company where I care about the people. I love working with Luminess and I’ve been rocking with Disney since I was a kid. I remember going to see Lion King when I was 8 years old and now we’re all grown-ups. This is a love letter to those girls who are bringing their kids for the first time.”

His appreciation for African pride and royalty made it easy for him to come up with this brilliant capsule collection. And if you’re wondering whether Beyoncé and the rest of Sir john’s celebrity clients will be wearing the collection, he made it very clear that they will.

“I think [Beyoncé] or any one of my girls will be wearing this for a very long time. I’m going to be shoving this down everyone’s throats for a while. Trust me. ‘Do you want to wear something else? Nope, nothing else is available. All I brought is this. I brought ten palettes of this to do your makeup.’”

The 12-color “Can’t-Wait To Be Queen” eyeshadow palette ($42) includes a range of nudes, golden browns, and blues with names of iconic characters such as Mufasa, Simba, Nala, and Zazu for each shade.

The packaging also includes etched images of Simba’s mesmerizing eyes. Sir was estatic about the one-of-a-kind packaging saying, “This is the first time that packaging has been on the market. The packaging technique itself is called etched enamel. It’s all laser-etched out. It’s all hand-drawn, too. If you look at this palette, this is thousands of little dots that are all hand-drawn.”

The collection is buildable and is also cross-functional. The “Circle Of Life” highlighter ($40) can also be used an eyeshadow and some of the brown shadows can be used to sculpt.

With the summer coming, we asked Sir John how to achieve the perfect summer glow. He gave a quick tutorial saying, “Sculpting is like the 2.0 evolution of contouring. Sometimes, contouring can be a bit intimidating to a consumer. But we all know how to slightly start to shade or sculpt but we don’t want to see DCL [or] digital contouring lines. I think that the sculpting palette is going to be essential to illuminate. It’s going to snatch you a bit in terms of sculpting [the face]. The sculpting palette is going to be ideal as well as the highlighter and the eyeshadows. This looks like summer nights to me.”

The limited edition capsule collection will be available at luminesscosmetics.com/disney on June 15th and  ULTA.com on June 16th. The Lion King will hit theaters on July 19th.

Starrr transformed into one fabulous animal-print-wearing queen nusing the entire Luminess Collection!

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for The Lion King makeup collection by Luminess Cosmetics and Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, to finally be available for sale — then Hakuna Matata, babes. There are literally no worries because the collection is now up on the Luminess Cosmetics website, and the swatches are out and about!

Sir John and Luminess Cosmetics didn’t come to play in the wild — they came to slay. Per the swatches and the makeup looks that we’re seeing, this collection is as dope as the cast of the new live-action film! Ahead, you’ll find every single swatch from The Lion King makeup collection, plus a gorgeous LEWK from makeup extraordinaire, Patrick Starrr!

Can’t Wait To Be Queen ($42, Luminess Cosmetics)

The Lion King eye shadow palette is certainly the star of the collection and for good reason, as it captures the overall essence of the film! The palette has all of the neutrals that represent the lands shown in The Lion King. Still, it takes note of the gorgeous animals and jungles shown in the film with its jewel tones. The palette features 12 high-pigment eye shadows in a mix of satin, matte, and shimmer finishes.

Circle Of Life Highlighter ($40, Luminess Cosmetics)

This highlighter was inspired by the iconic sunset of the Lion King film, and it totally nails the feel, as it is an accurate depiction of the sunny, glowy look of the overall movie! “It’s the circle of life and it moves us all,” the brand quoted the film on Instagram. “Our Circle of Life Highlighter enhances and brightens on every skin tone.” This highlighter can be used on the face and body!

Legacy Tinted Lip Balm ($24, Luminess Cosmetics)

This lip balm is meant to be a “universally flattering nude sheer color,” and the brand boasts that it’s expertly selected by Sir John himself. Still, it would be in error to not note that it’s a little light to be a true nude for anyone with a dark skin tone. Luckily, it’s a lip balm, so it’s still safe to wear underneath your true nude lipstick or gloss. This nude shade is adorably called Hakuna Matata.

Kingdom Sculpting Palette ($42, Luminess Cosmetics)

 

This sculpting palette features six cool tones inspired by the scenes of the African Sahara in the animated film. They have a matte finish, are buildable, and meant to be easy to blend. These shades can be used to define and sculpt facial features. As you may know, these aren’t the best for bronzing due to their cool tones.

Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick ($24, Luminess Cosmetics)

Luminess and Sir John have a liquid lipstick that’s meant to actually feel comfortable and be long-wearing. The lipstick has a matte finish, is created to be weightless, and is meant for all-day wear. There are two shades available: Trouble (rich warm brown) and Romantic Atmosphere (a true red). These lip colors are great for everyday wear, which means you get to take your love for The Lion King with you anywhere you go.

Be Brave Matte Lipstick ($24, Luminess Cosmetics)

The matte lovers are getting all the love with this collection! These lipsticks have a matte, velvety finish. The lipstick is smudge-proof and meant to be long-wearing. Once again, these are everyday colors you can wear anytime you want. The shades are Pounce (cool-toned pinky nude) and Lion’s Mane (a red-orange).

Starrr transformed into one fabulous animal-print-wearing queen using the entire Luminess Collection! He obsessed over not only the pigments of the eye shadow palette but also how lightweight it is and how FABULOUS the mirror is. He ultimately went with a neutral eye (using smokey browns topped with champagne and gold shimmers) and gave it an extra dose of glam with glitter-topped eyeliner. The end result was absolutely gorgeous.

Check out Patrick Starrr’s complete tutorial ahead.

Will you be scooping up the Lion King makeup collection from Luminess Cosmetics?! It’s available right now, but as you know, there’s a catch. This collection is limited edition, so you’ve got a limited amount of time to scoop it up and try it out. Grab your must-haves while you still can.