If you don’t clean an airbrush makeup gun, it will stop working. The makeup will dry out and clog the needle and instead of a fine mist you’ll be spraying chunks all over yourself. If you don’t clean a makeup brush or sponge it will fill up with oils and bacteria so when you use them you run the risk of clogging pores and breaking out.
So… if you want to put makeup on your face you have to maintain your tools whichever ones you use! Many see airbrush makeup systems as a pain because you basically have to clean them after every use whereas brushes and sponges only have to be cleaned every two or three weeks.
To clean my brushes I usually use a makeup brush cleanser like Japonesque Parian Spirit which is a citrus-based cleaner. Sephora also sells a travel sized anti bacterial spray which can be sprayed on your brushes daily after use - this works well as a disinfectant but won’t wash out oils and makeup-buildup. The best product for this is the BareMinerals Well-cared for Brush Conditioning Shampoo. It’s incredibly cheap on Amazon at the moment and is kind of like a shampoo and conditioner for your brushes.
Ok - but what about airbrush makeup? Well, an airbrush makeup gun doesn’t need any disinfecting because it never comes into contact with your skin or will harbor evil bacteria. Basically all you need to do is flush it out - preferably with distilled water which does not contain any trace minerals that would build up in the airgun components.
Water-based airbrush makeup is easier to clean out. Most companies who produce a silicone-based makeup will also sell a slightly more powerful compressor which is required to flush out the thicker makeup. You can use soap to clean the airbrush but this may also build up over time so a non-soap makeup cleaner is better in the long run. Most brands sell one and Temptu has released theirs for use with silicone-based airbrush makeup.
Just water is fine for flushing out the cup and needle in your airbrush gun between makeup colors. Do this with the ‘back-bubbling’ technique. The best way to ensure your airbrush makeup system stays clean is simply to soak it in a cup of water or ‘docking jar’. Some companies sell these which are designed specifically for their airbrush gun. You can also create your own quite easily but you’ll need to make sure the trigger is held open so water can soak through. Basically, soaking your airbrush ensures that the makeup never dries and will never clog! Simple!
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