August 16th, 2019
If you didn’t catch Glow Up earlier this year, where were you? The BBC series hosted by Stacey Dooley saw ten aspiring make-up artists compete to be named Britain’s next make-up star. The result was a creative sensation packed full of inspirational challenges for MUAs to devour UK wide.
With 8 episodes the series explored all angles of creativity and technical make-up application for the artistically driven, aspiring MUAs, with Ellis Hill crowned the winner. But did they really master the airbrush on set?
Kick the tradition, get – set airbrush
The show touched upon airbrush make-up, but the Nottingham-based Airbase Pro Team wanted to give four of the aspiring make-up artists – who shot to fame for their innovation and creativity – a technical insight into the benefits of using an airbrush in comparison to more traditional methods of applying body and face paints.
Tiffany Hunt, Leigh Easthope, Belinda Chatterton and Ellis Hill were invited to gain some well-honed knowledge from Carolyn Deacock, Head of the Airbase Pro Team. With relatively low levels of experience with airbrush in hand, the stars were keen to develop this iconic application technique and explore more creative avenues for the airbrush.
“I’m great creatively, I think I have that nailed, but if there’s chance to brush up and learn any technical make-up skills, I’ll clear my diary.” commented Ellis.
Carolyn provided the famous four with an intensive airbrush training day which included key areas of airbrush handling, from airbrush control to dexterity, using the Airbase Aqua Paint range. The theme of the aqua range and the aim of the day was to ‘unleash the creativity’ and Tiff, Ellis, Leigh and Belinda did that in spades!
With a few airbrushing secrets to boot, they got to work applying all they had learned with airbrush in hand. Mixing the colourful Airbase Aqua paints, trying drop shadows, using different ‘props’ as stencils, trying out freehand templates, spraying unicorn patterns and even trying out Airbase Aqua in the hair.
The Glow Up students created unique masterpieces direct from the minds of the artistic team – extensive in detail; vivid in colour and fuelled with creativity – impressive results all round. It really does show that with a little dedication, airbrushing is a skill all can master and shouldn’t be limited to a foundation base – it’s perfect for body art too.
Since the workshop, Ellis has been hooked and used the airbrush on a Rainbow Road look he create for Pride, while Leigh showed off his freehand skull on Instagram explaining how much easier blending is with an airbrush and Belinda ‘caged’ herself with a really creative concept.
“I’m delighted with the level of skill the team demonstrated at the end of the day. It was great to support this creative process as it was realised with an airbrush.” said Carolyn Deacock, Head of Pro Team.
See their creations on the Airbase Instagram page and on the Glow Up Star’s own Insta pages:
Fancy learning these invaluable skills? You can sign up for the Introductory Course to Airbrushing Make-Up.