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What Shape Magazine Thinks of Airbrush Makeup

Earlier this month, Shape.com put our Epic 2 airbrush makeup system to the test for their research on beauty gadgets. Photo Editor Erica Meneses experimented with the system for the magazine’s story, “Do Fancy Beauty Gadgets Really Work?”

The verdict? An excited “Yes!”

After testing multiple products, Meneses found that the Epic 2 delivers natural-looking results easily (though she had her qualms at first). “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to apply the foundation or blush evenly on my face, but the machine took care of everything,” she said. “It didn’t take a lot to make my skin look smooth.”

See what other gadgets they reviewed on shape.com.

Trends From the SS16 Runways

If there’s one thing we learned from the spring/summer 2016 runways, it’s that this season will be all about a natural look. No makeup makeup, full brows, natural lips and no-fuss eyes are everywhere.

But, for the days when you want a little added color, there’s the Altuzarra look. Using our Simply Golden Eyeshadow Palette, swipe your favorite shade over the lid. Start from the lash line and work up toward your eyebrow. Then, use a brush to blend away any harsh lines.

Altuzarra SS16 Runway

Check out the gallery below for some of our other favorite looks for this season.

Getting Selena’s Grammys Look

Last night we saw the giants of the music industry walk the red carpet for the annual Grammys awards show. From Taylor to Adele, talent, style and beauty ran rampant, especially in the case of Selena Gomez. The singer took her “come and get it” mantra to heart with a serious smoky eye, glam waves and killer sexy Calvin Klein slinky, sequin dress in midnight blue.

Selena Gomez attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to get red carpet glamour.

  1. After applying your silk foundation, contour with bronzer. Hold the airbrush stylus roughly six inches away from your temple, just in front of the center of your ear. Using a gentle sweeping motion, brush the color down toward the corner of your mouth.
  2. Apply a light iridescent shadow to the inner corners of your eye, and just below the brow.
  3. Using a good black eye liner, trace your upper lid. Start at the center, then work outwards in a dramatic cat eye. Finish the line from the center to the inner corner. Repeat on the bottom, blending away harsh lines.
  4. Fill in the negative space between your liner and your light shadow with a dark bronze or purple shadow. Blend for a seamless transition.
  5. Finish the look with two coats of mascara and a statement brow.

Practice a few times before wearing this out, so you can be sure to nail the technique. You can get everything you need for this look in our Amber Beauty Kit.

The Newest Trend in Contouring

We’ve seen contouring progress over the years from simple contouring to clown contouring, strobing, baking, tontouring, and everything in between. (Christmas contouring? Really?) The latest trend to rock perfectly sculpted faces is tape contouring.

Tape contouring began with Beauty Blogger Huda Kattan, and has taken over the beauty world.  Huda has you use the tape as a guide on the areas you are going to apply your darker contouring color, then peel off the tape and add your lighter contouring color or highlighter.

Huda Kattan

While this may make for precision contouring when using liquid foundations, we still prefer our method: airbrush. With airbrush makeup systems, or aerosol makeup, contouring is basically done for you.

When you spray on your makeup, the foundation blends automatically without harsh lines or the need for excessive blending. No office products required.

Part of the beauty of airbrush makeup is that you use 10x less makeup than liquid foundation. (Especially when half of your foundation gets left behind on scotch tape.)

How do we get the perfect contour? Simple:

Airbrushing for the First Time

We get it. The idea of using an airbrush system to apply your makeup can be daunting if you’re not a professional. It’s surprisingly easier than you think. It may take one or two practice applications before you master the technique, but you can do it! Don’t believe us? Still on the fence? Take a gander at Beauty Vlogger FacesbyStacye’s first time using the Luminess Legend and see for yourself. (She even throws in some bonus tips she learned from experience.)

January Luminess Highlights

2016 is up and going, and as usual there’s no shortage of reviews for our Luminess Air Systems! Many women are taking advantage of this professional makeup tool and achieving their beauty goals. Check out some of these blog reviews and youtube videos to hear what they have to say about Luminess.

Helen Berkun (of helenberkun.com) has waited years to have her own airbrushing system. She shares how thrilled she is to have a professional makeup application at home or on the road with the compact Luminess Legend.

3 Quick Steps to a Fresh-Faced Finish

Keeping a clean, fresh face will always give you great results when applying your makeup. You’ll look more youthful, lines and wrinkles won’t be as pronounced and your skin will glow. The first thing to remember is when starting your makeup regimen, you should thoroughly cleanse your skin and moisturize it. Here are three items that will assist in getting that perfect fresh-faced finish:

Eraser

Eraser is a must-have beauty essential. It is a product you put on before the foundation that is applied with the airbrush machine to transform the skin, removing the signs of redness, blotchy and uneven skin. Your skin will be smooth and blemish free, allowing a clear canvas for smooth makeup application.

Glow

Glow is a skin brightener that brings the luster back to dull, lifeless skin. This product will give the appearance of dewy and supple skin that provides a youthful appearance. Glow can also be added to the brow bone for highlight and the high planes of the cheekbones.

Foundation

Foundation is applied for that smooth, creamy finish. There are a number of foundations available, depending on your skin type and color. Matching the right color to your skin tone is essential in having a finish that enhances your look. There are a number of colors in the selection palette to choose from that will enrich and nourish your skin while performing beautifully.

These three essentials for a fresh-faced finish can all be applied with the Luminess Airbrush System. Versatile and easy-to-use, you can apply all three steps to your skin through the convenient stylus. By using this regimen, you will have a foundation in which to build. These steps will have your face ready to apply the other elements of your beauty regimen to achieve winning looks that stand the test of time.

Choosing a Perfect Lip Color

When choosing a lip color that will make a statement, knowing which colors and type of lipstick finish that will work best with your needs is the first order of business. Depending on your personal preferences and how long it has to stay on during the course of the day makes a huge difference in your selections. Here are a few tips on choosing the perfect lip color and finish:

Identify your undertones

The undertones of your skin plays a huge role in the lip color you choose. Whether you’re seeking a subtle or dramatic look, the undertones will help you in determining the colors that will work well with your skin tone. How can you determine the undertone of your skin? Look at the inside of your wrist to determine whether you have cool or warm undertones. This will steer you in the right direction.

Know your finishes

It is best to determine the type of finish you like while choosing a color. Depending on the finish, whether it is matte, something with bold color, or a sheer glossy look, this will assist in the choice of a lasting lip color. Matte lip colors last longer, creamy lip colors are rich in texture and add more shine, and satin lips are delicate and glossy.

Factor in the eyes

Your eyes are an integral part of the overall effect when choosing a lip color. Your lipstick should blend effortlessly into the presentation, and the color should help your eyes pop. Your lip hue should balance the coloring in your skin and eyes.

Think hair

Choosing a lip color that will also blend in with the color of your hair is smart. Your hair is also a major factor when choosing a lasting lip finish. If the color doesn’t look good next to your hair, chances are it’s not the right color for you.

Your overall goal when choosing the perfect lip color should be to choose a color that will flatter your eyes, hair and skin tone for a successful presentation. Factor in the other elements of your makeup, such as your blush and eye shadow colors. With a little research, you’ll be able to pinpoint hues that work every time!