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How much does Airbrush Makeup cost?

This is one of the most frequent questions that those who are new to Airbrush Makeup ask. Airbrush Makeup has historically only been available to the rich and famous as it was hard to find reasonably priced artists and compressors. In the past 10 years, Airbrush Makeup has exploded in popularity, with many new products on the market which has driven down the price.

The cost of Airbrush Makeup will vary greatly depending on a number of factors such as your needs and location. We have split this guide into two sections: those who are looking to hire an Airbrush Makeup artist for a day (i.e. for a special event, such as a wedding) and those who wish to purchase an Airbrush Makeup kit and do it themselves.

Hiring an Airbrush Makeup Artist for the day

Often, the most cost effective method can be to hire an Airbrush Makeup artist for a single session. This is particularly the case if you just want some special makeup for a special occasion such as a wedding, modelling session or TV/film shoot.

The price will depend on a number of factors. If you have your makeup done at the artist’s studio they will usually charge less, and conversely they’ll tend to charge more if you want them to come to you.

The cost of an Airbrush Makeup session will also differ depending on what kind of services you require, and for how many people. A single Airbrush Makeup application will cost less than a number of touch-ups throughout the day. If it’s just one person (for example the bride) that requires an artist, it will generally be cheaper than hiring an artist for a number of people.

As a rough guide:

  • At the studio – 1 person: $60-$250
  • On-site – 1 person: $150-$500 (perhaps more if a remote location)
  • On-site – hire makeup artist for day, multiple touch-ups, more than 1 person: $600-$1200

This is compiled from our personal experience and research. That said, this is a rough guide and it will completely depend on your needs. Whether or not you need a full suite of services is another matter. Airbrush Makeup tends to be very durable and you may only need one application in the morning. That said, if you don’t live anywhere near a salon, you may need to have someone on site anyway and it may not cost much more to have them there for the rest of the day.

One thing we would recommend is to have a trial run before the big day. This way you can see if the artist is right for you and you can also get used to wearing Airbrush Makeup on your skin (it feels very different to normal makeup!)

Buying your own kit: how much does an Airbrush Makeup Kit cost?

Often those who use Airbrush Makeup for a special occasion such as a wedding end up liking it so much that they look into buying their own kit and doing it themselves. We have already written extensively about the benefits of Airbrush Makeup, which are many.

That said, a big factor is the cost. How much does Airbrush Makeup cost in reality? The answer is not a lot, or at least, probably not as much as you think. Fortunately the cost has come down a lot in the past few years.

Once again, however, the answer to this question is not very straightforward. A lot of the cost depends on what you want. If you want a better quality compressor you may have to pay a bit more. If you plan to use it regularly you may need to buy a more durable kit, but if you just want to use it every now and then, a basic kit works fine.

Dinair, which is famous as one of the leading providers of Airbrush Makeup, sells their basic kit for as little as $99 (click here to see more on the Dinair Website*).

Other kits range in price from $100-$300. You’ll also need to think about the type of makeup you actually want. When you are getting started in Airbrush Makeup, you’ll need to buy an Airbrush/Compressor (a spray and little machine that pumps the makeup) as well as the actual liquid makeup itself. This will very much depend on your individual makeup needs. Some women have a wide range of different colors whereas others stick regularly to the same and don’t need any more. Whenever you are thinking of buying a compressor, you need to also look at the price of the makeup itself. Some Airbrush Makeup Companies sell their kits very cheaply but then charge a lot more for the makeup. The makeup is designed to work best with the compressor, so make sure you think about the long-term costs from the outset!

Having said this, Airbrush Makeup really isn’t much more expensive than regular makeup. Sure, there’s a bit more of an initial outlay for the machine, but once this is purchased it tends to work out as cheap, or sometimes cheaper, than regular makeup from top brands. A lot of this depends of course on where you buy it.

This website was designed to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing an Airbrush Makeup system. Have a look at our reviews section to read some real reviews by users of these products and see if they are right for you!

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