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  • Which Airbrush is Right For You?

    Which Airbrush is Right For You?

    airbrushingIf you're new to airbrushing, it can be quite confusing to know which airbrush is the best choice for you. This article will hopefully sort out any questions you have and help you translate some airbrush jargon!

    Single-action Airbrushes

    Single-action airbrushes are very simple to use, especially for beginners. They work very similarly to a spray-gun, in the way you pull back the trigger and the product will spray out. With Mistair's Onyx Airbrush, the air flow is constant so the trigger is only controlling the amount of product that sprays out.
    This type of airbrush is ideal for those looking to easily apply even coverage with make-up.

    Dual-action Airbrushes (aka Double Action)

    This type of airbrush is very responsive and great for all aspects of cosmetic airbrushing. Mistair's MA35 and SL1000 airbrushes are both dual-action, offering great versatility and a lot of airbrush techniques and effects can only be achieved using a dual-action airbrush.
    This type of airbrush is typically more compatible with thicker products, such as body paint.

    Airbrush Jargon

    Gravity-feed

    All of Mistair's airbrushes are gravity-fed straight out of the box. This type of airbrush works by letting gravity pull the make-up down through the airbrush. This is typically the most common type of airbrush for cosmetic purposes because it works well with low pressure and it much more economical as it doesn't need much make-up to be able to work.

    Syphon-feed

    Syphon-fed airbrushes work by pulling the paint up through an attached bottle. This type of airbrush can be a little less responsive so isn't great for detail work but is ideal for covering large areas with one colour. Mistair's SL1000 Airbrush offers an optional attachment to convert it into a 'syphon-gravity' hybrid. Depending on the angle you are working with the airbrush with this attachment, depends on which method of feed it uses. This is perfect for body painters who need to be able to spray at all angles.

    Needle/Nozzle Setup

    The parts of an airbrush which dictates what size spray it will product is the needle and nozzle. Lots of airbrushes have a fixed needle/nozzle setup, meaning they can only spray one size and you can only customise this by playing with spray distance.
    Mistair's SL1000 airbrush has an interchangeable needle/nozzle setup, with three different size options, essentially giving you three airbrushes in one. This is perfect for body art or character make-up.

    Overspray

    This is something to bear in mind for all airbrush artists. This refers to make-up/body paint that doesn't land on your chosen canvas but floats around in the air. This can be dangerous to breathe in so ensure you are always working in a well ventilated area.

    Pressure Adjuster/Regulator

    This refers to a part in-built or connected to the air compressor where you can adjust the air pressure that comes out of the airbrush. It works in the same way as a bleed valve, the further you turn it down, the more air escapes from the regulator, giving you a lower pressure.

  • GET THE LOOK - Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Look

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    Step 1 -

    Lay down an orange base using mistFX in 'Burnt Orange' with an airbrush, brush or sponge

    Step 2 -

    Mix a little 'Just Red' into the orange paint and start shading the indents of the pumpkin. For a smooth blend, this is best done with an airbrush but a sponge will do the job

    Step 3 -

    Using 'It's Black' deepen the shading of the indents - this can be kept messy for a spookier look.

    Step 4 -

    Using the same black paint, shade the eye sockets and triangular nose. Use an airbrush or sponge around the eyes and paint the triangle using a brush. *If this look is to be worn for a long period of time, use Black H-Fix Liner for around the eyes to prevent cracking*

    Step 5 -

    Paint on an exaggerated mouth shape with a brush and black paint. Add teeth where desired by leaving the base colour showing. This step can be made to look really spooky by adding cracks and more shading.

    Step 6 -

    For the finishing touch, add some subtle highlights to the nose and mouth to look a bit more 3D. Either use 'It's White' or 'Canary Yellow' for this.

     

  • Stageline Mascaras

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    Stageline understands that mascaras can be a very personal thing, that's why they have created a range that caters for every lash style.

     

    immediate-mascar Immediate Mascara

    An excellent performing 3-in-1 texture mascara that applies easily to the lashes immediately volumising , curling and lengthening. Layers easily for an intense lash look.

    x-volume X-Volume Mascara

    An intensely volumising, long-lasting mascara for XXL lashes! Protects and nourishes lashes whilst wearing using 'Hairdensyl Complex' (Marine Collagen, Honey Extract, Marine Glycogen).

    Creamy, buildable texture with a wispy wand which distributes product perfectly.

    stageline-professional-waterproof-mascara-sl22301 Mascara Waterproof

    Protective and caring mascara. Lengthens and defines lashes while being resistant to water. The worry with waterproof mascaras is that they tend to have a drying effect. This mascara combats that with the inclusion of Panthenol to nourish lashes and Jojoba oil to moisturise.

    Unique wand shape, designed to be fine and flexible for ultimate application ease (especially with lower lashes in mind!)

     

     

    ultra-defined Ultra Defined Mascara

    A creamy and lightweight mascara. Helps to separate and define lashes while volumising. Designed to enhance lashes without clumping

    eco-volume Eco-Volume
    This ultra-black mascara has been expertly created with 98% naturally-derived active ingredients. Creamy and comfortable texture provides great volume to the lashes. Contains Argan Oil to help regenerate and moisturise. Also contains Chicory Root as a natural anti-irritant, great for clients who are usually allergic to regular mascaras.

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    Pro Mascara Tips!

    Applying on a client? Always use a disposable wand or use a freshly sanitised, small fan brush.

    Get the wispy look... Massage mascara to the lash roots by wiggling the applicator and pulling away. Don't take mascara to the the ends of the lash!

    Mascara running down your face? Use Mascara Waterproof on lower lashes to prevent transfer. Contains Jojoba Oil to prevent drying. (Apply over the top of another mascara for full volume!)

    To curl or not to curl? For a sexy, smouldering look, avoid curling lashes and pair with a smokey eye. Curl lashes when you need to open up the eye shape. Never curl before mascara - you could rip lashes out!

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    Are You From A Salon?

    If you're interested in finding out more about how Stageline Professional Make-Up can easily fit into your salon and earn you some extra revenue, please contact sales@mistair.com

     

  • Launching Stageline's A/W Collection - Terra

    Stageline Terra Collection

    It's the time of year to start getting cosy with knitwear and a steaming mug of something pumpkin-spiced!
    Stageline's A/W 16 collection has been inspired by trends seen across the catwalks. Introducing new shades in Sphere Eyeshadows, X-Fix Liquid Lip Colours and H-Fix Gel Eye Liner. A brand new 6-colour neutral eyeshadow palette has also been introduced to the line.

    H-Fix Gel Eye Liner in Bluenude-paletteX-Fix Lips

    X-Fix Lips

    A totally kiss-proof lip colour. Liquid formula dries down to a matte, velvet finish. This collection launch sees the introduction of three new shades:

    Tickle Me Pink
    Flamingo Pink
    Spicy Cinammon

    H-Fix Gel Eye Liner

    Launching two new shades of this creamy, gel liner. Ideal for creating graphic eyeliner styles or blending all over the lid as a waterproof eye-shadow base.
    New shades:

    Blue
    Brown

    Sphere Eyeshadow Neutral Colours

    Stageline have created four new shades of Sphere Eyeshadows, available individually or as part of the Neutral 6-Colour Palette.
    Two subtle highlight shades, perfect for photographic work (as they don't flash back too brightly) and two deep brown shades, ideal to blend around the lash line for a softer, smokey eye.

    The collection also includes two existing foundations which both create a flawless complexion without over-loading the skin with make-up.

    H-Definition
    Cream Foundation
    Can be sheered out using buffing motions or can be stippled on to achieve full coverage

    Long Lasting Make-Up
    Liquid Foundation
    Melts into the skin to give invisible, weightless coverage. Best applied with fingers or buffing brush
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    Are You From A Salon?
    If you're interested in finding out more about how Stageline Professional Make-Up can easily fit into your salon and earn you some extra revenue, please contact sales@mistair.com
  • Mistair Airlites - The Merbraid

    This year has seen a surge of rainbow hair, showcased by everyone from the Jenners to Hilary Duff. We love taking risks with our hair but why should we have to stick to one colour? Wash-out is the way to go and perfect for testing out a colour before going for a more permanent result!

    Mistair Airlites are temporary hair colours applied using an airbrush. They come in 25 colours ranging from natural brown, blonde and auburn to crazy purple, blue and silver! Colour without commitment.

    Our airbrush expert Olly Fisk shows us a super fun way to add colour into our hair.

    The Mer-braid

    I'm going to show you a super fast way to add a hint of colour into your style. Mistair Airlites stick to clean or dirty hair, so no worries if it's not wash day. What's so great about these products is that they come in so many colours and they don't set with that typical chalky finish like so many of the coloured hairspray's you're used to using.

    merbraid01This technique will work on whatever size braid and multiple colours could be used.

    Comb through the hair and lay the desired piece over a tissue.

    Spray lightly using a PSI of around 20 (This isn't too strong that it will blow the hair around but enough to effectively distribute the product).

    Use light layers to avoid product build-up.

    merbraid02For a natural finish I like to comb through the hair after applying the airlites and having left to dry for about 5 minutes (you can rinse your airbrush in this time). This will bring back the natural texture of the hair allowing it to have movement.

    Tip: for stencilled designs or hair tattoos it is better to leave the hair without touching after the airlites have been applied to avoid moving the shape of the design.

    merbraid03Once you have combed out the section of hair, incorporate into a braid for an edgy flash of colour.

    Mistair Airlites can be used as a temporary fix for root touch-up and grey coverage, filling in beard lines or even testing out styles such as balyage or highlights.

  • Mistair at UMAE 2016

    The Mistair team headed to UMAE this year to showcase some awesome airbrushing! Check out what we got up to in our film below

    Meet the Mistair Team

    Olly Fisk

    Olly has been with the company for 4 years and as the Mistair Brand Ambassador is our in-house airbrush expert. Olly regularly works on editorial photo shoots always accompanied by Mistair, of course!

    Jane Maier

    Jane is a TV/Film make-up artist and airbrush pro! Jane has worked on projects including Game of Thrones, World War Z and Dawson's Creek to name a few.

    Laura Myatt

    Laura is one of our fabulous Sales Executives and resident expert on Stageline Professional Make-up. She is the friendly face who visits many salons who stock Stageline and Mistair to offer support and updates on new collections and events.

  • Mistair Affiliate Scheme

    Mistair Affiliates

    Mistair is offering make-up artists, bloggers and social media influencers the chance to earn money and give their followers a discount in the process!

    Why become an affiliate?

    • Earn 15% commission on each sale
    • 30 day cookie policy - if a customer browses a product through your link and makes a purchase within 30 days you will earn commission
    • Easy set-up with pre-made banners and text links
    • Exclusive access to new collection previews and events

    If you are interested in signing up to become an affiliate please send an email to info@mistair.com with links to all of your social media accounts and we will be in touch!

  • Stageline Summer Glam Collection

    Stageline Summer Glam Collection
    Make a splash this summer with Stageline's brand new collection, Summer Glam. This collection unites glamour and long-wear technology, for beauty that goes the distance... Continue reading
  • NEW! Highlight & Contour Duos

    Highlight & Contour Duos

    With highlighting and contouring now being taken to the extreme, rely on Mistair to help achieve a sculpted, glowing look without looking cakey! Mistair is launching new Highlight & Contour Duos in three shades: fair, medium and deep.

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  • Mistair Introduction to Airbrushing Course

    Introduction to Airbrushing

    Mistair has designed their training courses for professional artists, knowing that many courses can leave students with questions and a lack of confidence. When you leave Mistair's Introductory course you will know that if you have any issues whilst on a job, you will know exactly how to fix it.In the safe hands of a working industry-artist, you will learn the ins and outs of your airbrush so you never feel that your creativity is limited by your technical skills.

    Mistair will open your eyes up to using your airbrush for more than just foundation. Yes, perfecting the base is one of the most important aspects in make-up but we will delve into using your airbrush for everything, from blush to brows!
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