Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Airbrush Makeup at Comsoprof 2014

Cosmoprof is back in Bologna, Italy, and once again I was first in line and searching this massive, 4 day event for anything new concerning airbrushing in makeup and beauty. 
Of course the focus of my wandering had to be once again Halls 29 and 30, dubbed for the occasion the "International Pavillions", where I had the pleasure of meeting up once again with our friends from leading professional UK brand Mistair. The company's reputation is growing fast on the British scene, where promotional liasons with popular TV programmes are making its quality silicone based line more and more well known in the industry. This year I also had a chance to try out their amazing MistFX line, which I can honestly say is the best, most pigmented body painting product I have ever seen. Given its reach texture and its resistance to water I could hardly believe that this product was in fact water based and seeing these amazingly brilliant colours in person was enough to make me want to go back to body painting very soon. 

Not very far in the USA section of Hall 30 I was very happy to meet the brilliant international team of Make-up Designory, who very recently opened a Studio in Milan. MUD enjoys a reputation for being one of the very best makeup schools in the world, and also produces an equally acclaimed makeup range that includes a line of high quality silicone based products. The MUD stand was one of the most happening and interesting places in the whole exhibition. I shall say no more about them for now, because I will have the pleasure of visiting their New York branch very soon, and I will follow up with an in-depth review. 

A similar relationship between education and product creation is reflected in the history of Cazcarra Image Group, a big company from Spain that started as a professional school and is now producing an extensive range of makeup catering to anyone from teenage girls to the most skilled FX professionals. Cazcarra produces a very interesting aibrush makeup line which we will be happy to review very soon. One of their leading makeup artists, Jordi Justrib√≥, was there once again demonstrating amazing looks to an awestruck audience. We will soon interview Jordi for a new series on international airbrush makeup artists profiles. 

This year I was surprised to see airbrushes also involved in unusual application, from pure oxygen skin therapy to hair reconstruction treatments. While some of these disciplines might leave one slightly perplexed at times, one thing is certain: airbrushing in the cosmetic industry is here to stay.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Eulenspiegel: quality Airbrush Body Painting from Germany at the rightprice!

Eulenspiegel is a German makeup brand with a straight forward philosophy: to offer a quality line of body painting and fantasy makeup products at an accessible price. We are not using the word "quality" lightly here: the products are certified according to all the current European standards, they are hypo allergenic, and gluten, paraben and animal cruelty free. We have had the pleasure of meeting the Eulenspiegel Team at Cosmoprof 2013 in Italy, and we will see them again this year during the 2014 edition of the trade show, where as usual their stand will be crowded with customers attracted by the wide product range and by the decidedly affordable prices that they offer. 

Courtesy of Eulenspiegel Website
For the discipline of airbrush body painting, Eulenspiegel produced "Airbrush Star", a series of 30 highly pigmented airbrushable colours in 30 ml bottles for the great price of 6,95 Euros per colour. The products are water based, and according to the literature they are suitable for airbrushes with a 2.0 nozzle and up. After trying them I can confirm that this is correct, however given the viscosity of the liquids, at least in their undiluted form, I would definitely recommend using them with an airbrush with a 0.35 nozzle and up.
The colour payoff is actually excellent: all you need is a few drops and a few passes to cover a wide area effectively. For a whole adult face, for example, 12 drops will be more than enough to achieve a complete, solid coverage. The colours will need a few minutes to dry completely, and you may want to set them with a colour free powder to speed drying. Once dry, they will have a very good stability and they will be resistant to water, sweat and transfer.
The only downside that I have found with this product is the difficulty in removing the pigment from the airbrush once application is over. Because of its high pigmentation, the product will leave a persistent residue that will require very thorough cleaning at the end of session. This however does not represent a problem during the session itself, because the residue will not clog the nozzle, and there will be no particular need for cleaning in between colours.
If you are on a budget, you may chose to buy just the primary colours and mix them to achieve almost any shade, but you will find it hard to resist the beautiful pre mixed shades that are readily available on the online store.

Shipping from Germany is fast and cost effective, so you can try this line by ordering directly from the original website to your own Country.

PRO TIP: be sure to cut off the tip of the nozzle on the bottle as little as possible: if you cut it too low, a gap between the nozzle and the bottle cap will form and the colour will spill everywhere the next time you open the bottle.

Coverage with just three drops of colour White.