Choosing an airbrush makeup machine can be a difficult decision to make. For most people who are just starting with airbrush makeup, it is hard to make a choice between all of the different brands and products out there. Here I will outline some of the most important things to consider.
Firstly, you should always look for good value for money. This goes without saying but in the cosmetics industry you need to be particularly careful as there are a large number of products which will take your hard earned money and not give you very much in return.
Having said this, it is particularly important to get a good quality product. There are a number of airbrush makeup machines which are really just not worth the money that they cost and are liable to break repeatedly. It is therefore advisable that you go with a brand which has been around for many years and has a good reputation. Products which have only recently released are more prone to errors and are generally not produced by people who actually use them every day in salons. It is important to choose a brand name which will last and also one which can be relied upon for technical support and help 10 years down the line.
It is important, then, to make sure that you choose a machine that will be right for your needs. Is this your profession or are you just interested in giving it a go? Different products are geared towards different people. Some come with instructional DVDs whereas others expect you to know what you are doing straight away.
There are also a couple of technical aspects that need to be considered. One of the most important is the difference between single and dual action airbrushes. A single action airbrush means that you need to move the brush closer or further from the subject to control the amount applied whereas a dual action one has a trigger. Dual action airbrushes are generally easier to use but can cost a little more. All of this needs to be factored into the equation.
Finally, make sure that you get a product that has good reviews. This is similar to my advice about a good brand and I really cannot stress it enough. Many people find it difficult to choose a good airbrush makeup machine precisely because there is so little information available about them. Some companies capitalize on this and will extort your money. Therefore make sure that you go with a well respected brand that has been around for a while and has good reviews.
If you want to read some reviews about airbrush makeup machines, see these Airbrush Makeup reviews.
Has anyone used an Aztex or Eastwood top feed airbrush for airbrush tattoos?
I have an Iwata HP-CS that I use to do airbrush tattoos. I like the gravity feed and is all that I use. I have a new Vega but it is bottom feed so I don’t use it. I would like to get an economical gravity feed airbrush as a back-up. Has anyone had any experience with an Aztec or Eastwood. Your help is greatly appreciated.
No, and I wouldn’t want to either. I know Aztec used to produce half way decent airbrushes back in the 70’s, but thought they could ride a half-baked reputation forever. Needless to say, they didn’t invest the time or money into keeping up with the growing demand or technology in the market and are now considered the bottom of the barrel in name brands. As for eastwood and other cheap knock offs…you don’t hear anyone talk about them because there’s really no sense in throwing away good money when you can buy a decent reliable airbrush for a little more. After all; the less time you spend messing around with an airbrush to get it to handle the way it should equals more time painting.
One of the best airbrushes I own is a RichPen 112B. It’s not only affordable but it out performs my Iwata HP-C.
Parma’s Gravity F-1 Airbrush
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