How to Find the Best Foundation for Your Skin

Believe it or not, there is a perfect foundation match for every skin type. Whether your skin is oily or dry, splotchy or acne-prone, there is a Luminess Air Airbrush Foundation specifically for your needs. Our airbrush foundations come in four finishes: Mystic, Silk, Ultra and Matte. Each foundation is optimized for a specific coverage and skin type, so you never end up with a foundation that doesn’t work for your skin.

Mystic

This exclusive, concealer-, corrector-, primer- and foundation-in-one provides maximum coverage with the translucent look of natural skin. With just a few drops, Mystic easily conceals hard-to-cover areas including redness, scars, birthmarks, tattoos, vitiligo, blemishes, rosacea, discolorations, hyperpigmentation and dark undereye circles, rendering them stealthily, gloriously undetectable.

For those with acne-prone or problem skin, Mystic is infused with neem extract for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Antioxidant compounds soothe inflammation and help defend your skin against age-promoting free radicals.

Silk

Luminess Air’s Silk Airbrush Foundation is a sheer coverage, ultra-lightweight foundation that delivers an outrageously rich, smooth and silky finish that gives the look of healthy, moisturized skin.  This luxurious, all-in-one airbrush foundation was developed for the woman who wants sheer to medium coverage with a smooth and silky finish. With just a few drops, Silk blurs imperfections including large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, scars, birthmarks, blemishes, rosacea, discolorations and dark undereye circles.

Silk is universally flattering for all skin types and provides exceptionally soft and silky coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

Ultra

Luminess Air’s Ultra Airbrush Foundation is a sheer coverage, weightless demi-matte foundation that delivers a gorgeous, lit-from-within look that’s the perfect balance between luminous and velvety.

This airbrush foundation was developed for the woman with combination skin who wants sheer to full coverage with a balanced, natural finish. Ultra is best for combination skin and provides exceptionally balanced, natural coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

Matte

Luminess Air’s Matte Airbrush Foundation is a shine-free, weightless foundation that delivers soft, even coverage with a freshly powdered velvety-matte finish.

Matte Airbrush Foundation was developed for the woman who wants medium-to-full coverage with a shine-free velvety finish. Matte is best for oily to combination skin types and provides exceptionally powder smooth coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

Check out this video for even more help choosing the best airbrush foundation for your skin.

Editor’s Sneak Peak Black Friday Preview

Prepare to be amazed, because we’re about to give you a preview of our Black Friday sale. It’s the biggest sale we’ve ever had and just in time for the holidays – so now owning your very own airbrush system at home is easier — and cheaper! — than you ever thought possible!

Here’s just a sneak peak of the airbrush makeup sales we’ve got going on – it’s the perfect time to stock up on airbrush essentials for yourself — you know – treat yo’self! — and everyone on your holiday list. The below is just a sampling of the amazing sales we will be having, so be sure to click the “sales” tab to see all the goodies!

There’s something about boxes and packages that our Luminess Beauties love, so we’ve decided to create a ton of options this holiday season, perfect for everyone. Here are just a few of the airbrush makeup packages we’ve got going on sale:

The Mystery Box, which includes Translucent Powder, Lipsticks, Haute Polish Oil, Minus 10 – 5ml, Gel Eye Shadow, Stylus Cap Cover, Stylus Tails, Makeup Remover Wipes and Tip Top, which is perfect for the gal who has pretty much everything.

Naughty & Nude, which includes Naughty & Nude Palette, Nude Lipstick, Incognito, Naughty Lipstick and Blood Moon, which is perfect for the subdued makeup lover in your life.

Shimmer Glimmer Collection, which includes 0.25oz Metallic Gold, 0.25oz Metallic Bronzer, 0.25oz Metallic Silver, 0.25oz Metallic Pearlizer, to keep you shimmering all the way through the holiday season and into the New Year.

Got You Covered Collection, which includes everyone’s favorite Liquid Concealer, 0.25oz X-Out, and 0.25oz Eraser to help finish up your airbrush essentials collection.

Love Thyself Collection, which includes 0.55oz Love, 0.55oz Porcelain, and 0.55oz Moisturizer, which is the best way to really treat yo’self this holiday season. You can buy one for your bestie, but we promise you’ll want your own!

Filter Me Pretty Collection, which includes 0.55oz Love, 0.55oz Contour, and 0.55 oz Highlighter. Buy this collection and you can pretty much delete all the filters on Instagram because now you can create your own. Just be sure to include your #NoFilterNeeded humble brag in the post, because you’ve earned it.

Travel in Style Collection, which includes a slew of products perfect for travel near or far. The collection includes a Travel Bag, Go Battery, 0.25oz Metallic Gold, 0.25oz Metallic Bronzer, Makeup Remover Wipes, 0.25oz Primer, 0.25oz Soft Rose Blush. This collection is so on point; you’re going to want to book a trip somewhere after you buy the collection just to put it to good use!

 

9 Luminess Products I Am Grateful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and being thankful, I wanted to share 9 Luminess products I am most grateful for. (Side note: I am extremely thankful for my friends and my family, but this is about beauty and makeup, so back to my list of favorite airbrush products.)

  1. The new Epic 2 Airbrush System. There are no words to explain just how much I love my airbrush machine that I use at home every day. I feel like I’ve become an expert thanks to the step-by-step, built-in tutorials — the only airbrush machine that has this feature — and it’s so lightweight and versatile that it’s easy to travel with.
  1. Mystic Airbrush Foundation. This is another favorite on my list because during summer and winter months I don’t have to splurge on all new shades as my skin gets tan or loses some color, I can simply color match with two different shades I keep on hand at all times. It goes on smooth and is incredibly lightweight. It also has concealer and corrector built in, so it’s the only product I need for a perfect complexion. Since my skin looks flawless, I can easily say “I woke up like this.”
  1. ColorFX. One of the newest products I’ve recently become obsessed with, this new line helps me channel my inner diva and allows me to experiment with different looks — on my body and my hair! This spray-on hair and body color will take your trends to a whole new level, or your local comic-con.
  1. Eraser. If you have red or blotchy skin like me, this is an airbrush essential you can’t live without. It helps even out your skin tone, neutralizes redness and goes on easy and lightweight.
  1. Lip Gloss. I like a pretty natural color on my lips — I let my personality do the standing-out part — so I love the natural shades of these lip glosses that are perfect every day and keep me feeling at the top of my game.
  1. AirSupremacy Body Coverage. I have a lot of scars from my days playing sports and 99 percent of the time they don’t bother me, but sometimes they do. That’s why I love this body coverage spray to help cover my skin’s imperfections. It’s also a boss at covering up tattoos and is long lasting with no transfer.
  1. Eye Shadow Palette. I’m pretty sure everyone in my life can attest to the fact that I’m indecisive in many things, so having 88 — yes, 88! — eye shadows to choose from in one adorable palette truly makes life more beautiful.
  1. Makeup Remover Wipes. I am close to being the laziest human on the planet; that’s why these simple makeup remover wipes are on my favorites list. I know the importance of removing your makeup every night, and these are perfect for the nights — there’s a lot of them! — I don’t feel like fully washing my face. These remove up to 4x more makeup than washing my face, anyway.
  1. Translucent Powder. There’s something about doing your makeup and finishing it off with a finishing powder that makes the look complete. It’s ideal for touchups, so I always keep it in my bag, just in case!

How to Look Flawless When Meeting the Parents for the First Time

The day has finally arrived and you are meeting your significant other’s parents and family for the first time. Boy do we remember those jitters. It’s such an exciting time, but also such a nerve-racking time. Good think you look flawless and radiant.

Here are just a few reasons airbrush makeup is the perfect at-home look for meeting the parents:

Airbrush foundation is long-lasting, sweat-proof and waterproof. So when it feels like his parents have been grilling you for hours upon hours, your makeup won’t give you away. Your makeup won’t run or start to fade away after just the first course – you’ll be set to carry on conversation long into the evening. That could be a good thing or a bad thing.

Natural-looking and flawless skin. Airbrush makeup goes on as a fine mist of makeup that gently lays on your face – not in the fine lines and wrinkles. The makeup looks natural and flawless and doesn’t look caked on and heavy like a traditional foundation. And we can pretty much vouch for every mom to ever walk the planet – they don’t give a thumb’s up for a girl that wears too much makeup.

It’s quick and easy. It never fails – anytime you need to be on time somewhere, something will inevitably happen and you’ll run late. Whether it’s an important meeting or a business dinner or meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time – being punctual is a must. That’s why using airbrush makeup at home is key here – it’s so quick and easy to apply a full face of natural-looking makeup that you’ll have extra time in case you notice a wardrobe malfunction leaving the house.

It’s dermatologist tested and recommended. Once you’ve made it through that first meeting of the parents, the coast is clear. Or is it? Using airbrush foundation won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts like traditional makeup. Plus, since you don’t use dirty sponges or makeup brushes, your skin will remain in tip-top shape. No one wants to break out after managing to make it through one of the toughest nights of your life, right?!

Those are just a few of our favorite reasons to use airbrush makeup — especially airbrush foundation, which is key to flawless coverage — before important events like meeting your significant other’s parents.

A few other things to remember include: minding your manners, not talking with your mouth full, listening — you should listen at least 60 percent of the time and talk maybe 40 percent — always saying positive and uplifting things and staying true to yourself. Applying those few tips along with flawless airbrush coverage will have his mom and dad singing your praises for a long time – we promise!

How to Get in Touch with Luminess

It’s easier than ever to get in touch with Luminess regarding any of our products. For starters, you can contact us via our  Contact page on our website, and we are incredibly active and responsive on all our social media channels, especially Facebook.

Beyond all of that, we can answer all of your questions and provide tips for using your airbrush products to their fullest potential. We have a skilled customer service team – both online and over the phone – that can help you with anything from exchanges and returns to tips on cleaning out your stylus and more.

Our website even has a “Live Chat” feature where you can type directly, instant messenger style, to a dedicated customer service rep to help answer all of your questions, without having to leave your desk or wait on hold.

Some people tend to panic when buying a product online, and we understand the potential problems. With most products you buy from chain stores, it’s easy to get assistance by simply going to the store or returning the product with ease, but working with and purchasing our airbrush products is just as easy. We promise.

We put the same effort in making our airbrush cosmetics easy to use and easy to understand, as we do into our customer service. We love satisfied Luminess Beauties, that’s why getting in touch with us and answering your questions is at the top of our priority list.

The New Blogger Beauty Obsession

Self-proclaimed “beauty product junkie” and blogger Camille Styles readily admits that she’s tried every beauty product under the sun … except for airbrush. “I’d occasionally hear friends mention they’d had it done for a special occasion, but assumed the at-home versions were hard to use or too clunky to fit in a drawer,” she shared on camillestyles.com.

She invited her photographer friend Kristen to come over and help her figure out the Luminess Legend. “Surprise: there was really nothing to figure out. You plug in the palm-sized device, put a few drops of foundation into the stylus, press an ‘on’ button then gently pull back on the throttle while a fine, barely perceptible mist kisses your face.”

“The mist was so subtle that I almost thought nothing was happening, but when I opened my eyes, surprise again! My skin looked flawless. I’d worried that I needed to cover up my hair and clothes so the foundation didn’t spray onto them, but somehow, magically, there wasn’t a trace.”

Camille especially loves the primer, which she uses just about every day, and how hygienic the system is. Because you apply your makeup using air and a stylus, you don’t have to worry about bacteria and infections from dirty hands or brushes. “I actually use it daily — I can apply it faster than ‘normal’ foundation, plus I do think that not using a sponge or my fingers to apply has helped keep away the occasional acne I used to get. You can apply a really light spray so that the effect is super natural, or do a few layers to make it a more full coverage ‘special occasion’ look.”

“Final verdict? I’m obsessed. Not only because of the naturally flawless finish the Airbrush provides, but also because of how quickly I can apply foundation now — literally, 30 seconds flat.”

Do’s & Don’ts for Luminess Beauties

Luminess Beauties of all ages and all skill sets can always learn more. Whether this is your first time opening your Luminess Air package, or you’ve been using it for years, there are likely tips and tricks you haven’t heard yet. We’ll cover traditional beauty tips, as well as airbrush-specific hints. After reading through, be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any other beauty tricks you live by.

Do

•  Find subtle ways to add color

•  Go for a natural look

•  Experiment with different styles and looks

•  Clean your stylus after every use

•  Practice using your airbrush with water to get familiar with the feeling

•  Use the darker colors in your starter kit for contouring and natural eyeshadows

•  Practice airbrushing eye shadow by using Glow as your brow highlighter and
Bronzer on the lid. Finish your look with regular eye shadow in the crease.

•  If you have a lighter skin tone, mix in Glow with your foundation for a
natural glowing look.

•  If you have a darker skin tone, mix in Bronzer for a subtle shimmer.

•  Add a little moisturizer/primer over your foundation if you were too heavy-
handed.

•  Do your eyes first, then concealer, then foundation. This will allow you to
easily clean up if you have any “fall out.

•  Find subtle ways to add color

•  Go for a natural look

•  Experiment with different styles and looks

•  Clean your stylus after every use

•  Practice using your airbrush with water to get familiar with the feeling

•  Use the darker colors in your starter kit for contouring and natural eye
shadows

•  Practice airbrushing eye shadow by using Glow as your brow highlighter and
Bronzer on the lid. Finish your look with regular eye shadow in the crease.

•  Don’t pull on your face! It creates wrinkles and transfers bacteria.

•  If you don’t have to shake it, don’t put it in your stylus. Products not made
for airbrush will ruin your stylus.

•  Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows. Take it from our 8th grade selves: too much
over-plucking will result in eyebrows that never fully grow back.

•  Don’t overdo it. A little goes a long way with our makeup; you can get full
coverage with only 6-8 drops.

•  Don’t touch your face. Touching your face with dirty hands or makeup
brushes will transfer bacteria and can cause breakouts or infections. That’s
why airbrush is so hygienic.

•  Don’t pull all the way back on the trigger when applying makeup. Pull
slightly to apply in light layers.

•  Don’t hold it too close to your face. Hold your stylus 6″-8″ away from your
face to avoid a tacky look and feel.

•  Don’t use too many drops of blush. Our blush is very highly pigmented,   so it
doesn’t take much to make a big impact. Put a little on, and let it dry
before deciding to add more.

•  Don’t panic! Everything is easily fixable. If you overspray, just dab it out gently with your fingertips. If you get too heavy-handed with anything, balance it out with another product. You never have to start over!

How to Master Kerry Washington’s Met Gala Vixen Look

Monday night gave us the year’s best, most-anticipated and exclusive fashion event: the Met Gala.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit is an annual black-tie soiree held the first Monday of every May. While it does exist to raise money for the Costume Institute, the fashion world knows it more as the party of the year. The gala is ripe with A-List celebrities from the fashion, business, political and film worlds, dressed beyond the nines to the year’s theme.

This year, the theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which many interpreted as an excuse for futuristic dress worthy of Star Trek. (Just look at Taylor Swift, this year’s co-host, who could have served as the night’s disco ball.)

We love far-out looks as much as the next fashionista, but we also love it when celebrities give us looks we can use every day. That’s why, out of the hundreds of Best-Dressed celebrities who attended, we want to emulate Kerry Washington. The star took the theme for a darker turn, but we’re loving every bit of it—from the arm sleeves to the vibrant maroon hues. She gave us all the #BeautyGoals we need today.

Love her look, too? Here’s how to get it:

  1. Start with a light layer of foundation. The focus is on your eyes, so you don’t want to detract from them with a heavy look. Try 3 or 4 layers of Silk to get the no makeup makeup look.
  2. Apply a light contour. Using 2 drops of the next darker shade from your everyday foundation, lightly outline your jaw (skipping the chin). Move up to the cheeks and spray the hollows in a downward motion from your temples to your lips. (If you have trouble finding the hollows, suck in your cheeks like you’re making a fishy face. The hollows are the bits that suck in.) Now, outline your forehead along the hairline from one eyebrow to the other.
  3. Just above the hollows, but not quite on the apples of your cheeks, lightly spray blush (1-2 drops) in a downward motion. Remember that our blush is highly pigmented, so it doesn’t take much to get the look you want.
  4. For your eyes, start with a base layer of our Smoke eye shadow (ES-20). With 2 drops in your stylus, spray a light layer over your eyelids (from the lash line to just above the crease). Alternate your eyes as you spray on the layers (spray a light layer on your right eyelid, spray a light layer on your left eyelid, repeat) so that each layer can dry between applications. Next, put 2 drops of Black (ES-03) in your stylus. Starting at the outer corner of your lid, spray about halfway along the lash line. Using the same movement along the crease, you’re going to create a “V,” blending it out on the rest of your lid.
  5. Grab your highlighter (2 drops), and spray right beneath and above your eyebrow, on the highest parts of your cheekbones (right under the eyes), and in a straight line from between your brows to your chin.
  6. Finish with a translucent setting powder, your favorite lipgloss and some optional glitter, and you’re ready for the Met!

How to Conceal Blemishes

You’ve worked weeks to prepare for this day.

You’ve found the perfect dress, shoes and jewelry for prom.

You’ve perfected your presentation down to the second.

You’ve spent years working toward that degree.

All of your family and friends are in town for your wedding.

And then, you get a not-so-welcome visitor. A huge, monstrous, vibrant pimple in the middle of your face that seems to radiate “Look at me!” vibes.

Whatever the day is, momentous or ordinary, a breakout can ruin it. You can try to cover it with your traditional foundations and concealers, but you’ll need to touch it up. Or cake on so much makeup that you can literally scrape it off with your fingernail.

The problem with those methods are obvious: Who wants to have to worry about touch-ups all day? And, caked-on makeup doesn’t allow your skin to breathe, making your breakout that much worse.

With airbrush makeup, you can perfectly conceal your breakout while still allowing it to breathe and heal. Erase your breakout with these easy steps:

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
  2. Start with moisturizer/primer. Place 4-6 drops in your stylus, turn the compressor on and barely pull back on the trigger. Holding your stylus 6-8 inches away from your face, apply the product in light layers, starting at the forehead and moving in gentle circles around the face.
  3. Next, place 2-3 drops of our Eraser into your stylus. The Eraser effectively covers the redness of the blemish, making it seem like it’s disappeared. Bring the stylus in close to focus on the pimple and, again, apply in light layers. Allowing each layer to dry between applications, continue to apply layers until redness is gone.
  4. If you feel you need additional coverage to help minimize the pimple’s appearance or texture, apply an airbrush concealer in the same manner as your Eraser, until you’re satisfied.
  5. Finish with your foundation. Start with 6 drops in your stylus, and gently apply in light layers as you did with your moisturizer/primer.

Voilà! Your pimple is gone and your face is flawless!

Airbrush Away Your Acne

It’s no secret that makeup can be bad for your skin. We know makeup can clog our pores, cause infections or even wrinkles, but we still apply it daily. Whether your style is natural or glam, there is a way to make your cosmetics work for your skin.

Airbrush.

Airbrush makeup has the daunting reputation of being a product used only by professionals or for special occasions. We argue that it’s for everyone. With light, water-based formulas ideal for any skin type, and an easy on/off button, an airbrush makeup system is perfect for everyday use, whether you’re young with acne-prone skin, mature with fine lines and wrinkles, or anything in between.

No dirty brushes. Raise your hand if you should be more diligent about cleaning your makeup brushes. Don’t worry. Our hands are raised, too. Most women don’t regularly clean their makeup brushes and sponges, which can transfer bacteria onto your skin, worsening your acne and even causing infections. With airbrush, you simply put a few drops of makeup into your stylus and let air do the work for you. There is no need to touch your face with dirty hands, brushes or sponges; it’s completely hygienic. Bonus: Because you’re never touching your face, you’re also never pulling on your face, so you won’t develop wrinkles from makeup application.

Your skin can breathe. If you have acne or even a minor breakout, chances are you also have a full face of makeup to conceal the blemishes. When you pile on makeup to cover up pimples, though, you’re only making it worse. Most makeups are oil-based and comedogenic (meaning they clog pores), so they block your current blemishes from breathing and healing, and clog your pores, causing more pimples. Airbrush makeups are lightweight and made with water, so they allow your skin to breathe while providing perfect coverage. You can use airbrush eraser, concealer, or just foundation to cover up your acne, and you’ll be left with a flawless finish that lets your skin heal itself.

Get flawless coverage. As mentioned above, you never have to sacrifice perfection for lightweight coverage. With airbrush makeup, you can apply as little or as much foundation as you want. You’ll always look flawless, and your skin will always be able to breathe.

No irritation. Luminess Air airbrush makeup contains no fragrances, citrus extracts, menthol or denatured alcohol, which are the most common skin irritants found in cosmetics. While you should always check your skincare and makeup products for ingredients you may be allergic to, you never have to worry about common irritants from us.