How To Airbrush? | Most Important Tips


This is guide for How to Airbrush. Airbrushes are used for painting, like drawing different shapes or designs on the body and makeup. The central part of this tool is the airbrush gun. It is simple to understand that this tool consists of an air compressor, which helps compress air into a spray gun in tiny droplets the liquid paint comes out.

The paint drops apply to the surface with the help of a nozzle; during painting, the tool never meets the surface. As a result, the painting is done exclusively along with admirable haze.

Using this tool or painting will create a final layer of paint without the help of any brush, line, and streak.

Why is airbrush in demand?

It is such a popular tool that fulfills the desire to paint and make up conveniently and satisfying. If we take a look at the advantages of painting due to the following reasons,

  • With the help of an airbrush, you can merge perfectly the different shades without any stroke of any color
  • It gives a natural look to the painting
  • Spray with accuracy
  • It is ideally within the borderline without any mess up
  • It covers a large area with a short time
  • It can be used for metal, food, plastic, wood, skin, textile, etc.
  • Water and deliquescent, as well as lacquer paints, can be used
  • It has the feature to mix different shades of color to customize the new invention of colors.

Where should it be used?

Airbrushing is used as,

  • Self-propelling industry
  • Making up the dummies
  • Makeup
  • Tattoos
  • Bronzing
  • Layer masks
  • Fabric industry
  • Decorating food items like cake, sweet dishes, and pastries with candies or sweets.

Compulsory apparatus for the beginning

It includes,

  1. An airbrush shooter
  2. An airbrush turbocharger
  3. Airbrush tint
  4. 2K varnish
  5. A cleansing kit

An Airbrush Shooter

If you are going to buy an airbrush gun, then be aware that there are two categories of gun,

  • Single action gun, in this type of gun, the wheel stabled and adapted the inserted amount of the paint in the gun part, when you are using the tool for spraying the paint, you can control the air enforcement. This type of airbrush gun is appropriate for simple work
  • A double-action gun has one lever that performs both functions to adjust paint and control the air enforcement. Due to the double function, there should be aware of handling it. This gun is appropriate for an experts and artist

There is also a difference between the flow cup apparatus and the suction cup apparatus         

  • Flow cup apparatus, in this system the cup in which paint pour is placed above the airbrush shooter, and the paint move to the nozzle by gravity which required low pressure that’s why it is also known as gravity feed brush
  • Suction cup apparatus, in this system, the paint cup found underneath the airbrush shooter, helps suck the paint and throw it out of the container, which requires high pressure. This is system contains an extensive size of paint cups that cover the surface on a large scale—system also known as a siphon airbrush.

An Airbrush Turbocharger

The turbocharger was used to control the airbrush shooter within the range of 1.5 t 2.5 bar. For the first try, use a cheap or DIY turbocharger.

But when you get to experience how to use it, then purchase the specialized airbrush compressor.

You will automatically observe the difference between them in the label of volume and sizes.

Airbrush turbocharger is advanced than a DIY turbocharger. Water breakers, pressure controllers, and air containers are predominantly found in airbrush turbochargers.

  • Water Breaker

                    The air loses the capability to hold on to the wetness through pressing. The pressed air enters into the turbocharger due to the running off the water, which moves with the pressed air to the turbocharger.

Water moves with the air through the airbrush shooter then the droplets will be pop up on the painting or any artwork. But in an airbrush compressor, there is an apparatus formulated to resist the water loss called a water breaker, and it performs the function to store water in it and throw it out through the outgoing compressed air.

  • Pressure Controller

          When using an airbrush, pressure should be adapted accurately between the 1.5 to 3 strait ranges. However, it will only happen with the help of a pressure controller, and it will show you the accurate measurement of air pressure according to the usage. If you want a fine and excellent spray design, the controller must be appropriately adjusted.

  • Air Container

The air container’s most crucial advantage is that the volume will not use in bulk amounts, and the air pressure will be working consistently. When the turbocharger is powered on, then the air tank preserves the air once. Then powered off the turbocharger, the airbrush utilizes the air container’s pressure where it stored the pressed air.

The turbocharger stores air in the tank, but it only happens when the stored air pressure drops. So air containers can work or long term without any noise pollution.

Follow the considerable guidelines,

  • Water breaker is compulsory
  • Turbocharger should perform function proper (production of pressure ideally)
  • The capacity of the compressor should not transcend to 45db
  • The use of oil is restricted to function because the droplets will block the small area trough entering the airbrush shooter
  • There will include no high maintenance of turbocharger like oil, filter lint filter
  • Shouldn’t produce more vibration, use in your own home especially.  

Airbrush Tint

You can use all colors like food colors, makeup colors, textile tints, acrylic paints, lacquer, and many more airbrushes.

If you belong to the beginner category, then the acrylic tints are appropriate for you. After all, they can be quickly and nicely used for beginners because they create minor problems. Furthermore, they will be available in mixable dyes, and you customized the color as well.

Before applying on the fair work, check out on the rough page or any surface related to your fine work surface, and the thickness of paint must be like milk. You drop the paint; then it goes down smoothly with the perfect mist of color.

Remember, the nozzle needs to spray the paint ideally; different tints spread by different nozzle sizes must be checked out while purchasing the paints. Also, the viscosity should be matched to the size of the nozzle.

  • Lacquer
  • Acrylic paints are waterproof but not anti- scratched
  • To save your works from scratches, then apply the coating of varnish
  • 2K lacquer is 2- elements of lacquer; after using this, the surface becomes sturdy
  • It can be showered through an airbrush shooter without any difficulties

A Cleansing Kit

This kit includes a Cleaning pot, brushes, and airbrush cleaner. Tissues roll, or any cleaning wipes should place beside you. This kit is necessary to take along with you when using an airbrush, whether changing the color or mixing them. If you do not clean the airbrush before and after using it, it will cause blockage in the nozzles.

If you are dealing with airbrushes, you must read the article below and find the solutions and proper instructions.

Better Ways For Beginning airbrushing

Curious about getting go head along with airbrushing? That’s great; here are the following ways to start up an airbrushing,

Buying Of Airbrushes

It doesn’t matter that you are buying one airbrush or kit of airbrushes; the thing is to just airbrush must be in your hand to start up. As soon as you purchased the airbrush, then it’s time to get started painting. So follow the steps,

  • Cover the surface with any paper or something else where you are going to work
  • Extra sheets put aside you
  • Make ready the color, but if you want mixable color, then you can mix different shades to make the desired color
  • Join the airbrush shooter to the turbocharger through duct or pipe. Plug the turbocharger into the electric switch.
  • Adjust the air pressure, give it a try to set on desire pressure. It depends on your tints used, nozzle size, tint viscosity, and degree level that shower the paint nicely and is acceptable according to your desires.
  • Pour the paint into the tiny cup and try to fill the half cup to resist leakage
  • From now you can begin to paint:
  • Air on and paint on are two airbrush actions; first, drag the first lever that is air on and then the second lever painted on.
  • When the lever is pulled, the needle-like structure is reversed; this will chunk the nozzle, but when the lever is released, the nozzle will release also, and the paint comes out automatically.
  • At this stage, the spraying process ended, now what to do next is,
  • Air off and paint are two actions after spraying, press forward the lever to the null position that is painted off, then release it that is air off
  • This procedure must be applied after working. Otherwise, it will destroy your painting, and that can be done by unlike pressure
  • For the first try, draw dots, simple lines, circles, and different shapes


  • Keep the distance between the airbrush and the working space
  • Rapid and easy moves of hand
  • Range of air pressure and ink volume

Tricks for better airbrushing

Just follow these tricks to make you better at airbrushing,

  • Uniform Lines

The essential requirement is to create proper fine lines. There is also a big problem with the required quantity of paint; try not to use a large amount of tint then running down your work area. Instead, drag the lever gently and give a few tries to make you better.

  • Smooth Surfaces

Move the airbrush correctly, color the whole area where color is required, and cover the entire region. For the proper spreading of color, try to move the airbrush from left to bottom right, giving an even smooth surface.

  • Light and Outline

If you don’t want them to the dark shadow of dark or black colors, add water to the stain, making the light shadow according to your desire. And there is also another trick to lighter the shadow, spray the color on the white surface, and sleek the color through light effects. And tint can be removed by eraser.

                   Be alert! From these common mistakes, especially beginners!

Keep in mind to protect yourself from these mistakes,

  • If the distance between the airbrush and the surface will make the paint wet running down, which makes a rough surface
  • Maintain the pressure of the air because the irregular pressure will spread the tints all over the surface and destroy your work
  • The cross-grained paint is caused when the air pressure is below the desired pressure and also by the over the viscosity of tints
  • The static use of spray causes dark spots of the color, so always move the airbrush rapidly. And when you change your point of turning, then make sure that the airbrush should be outside to your object
  • Keep the nozzles clean because dirty nozzles like clogs of paint inside the nozzles will produce irregularities in your artwork
  • The tints will not stay on the surface if the surface is smooth and regular. Must go through the surface area before spraying.

Don’t take the stress! Especially beginners, here we are going to deliver the essential tips to use an airbrush.

Important Guidelines

  1. Before using the color, do check the consistency, shower behavior, and shades
  2. Before applying spray on the model, must try on the piece of scrap papers or casting
  3. Keep watching that when you pause while spraying, the lever should be dragged; otherwise, the tint will flow outside the airbrush shooter
  4. During cleaning the airbrush, don’t forget to heave forward the needle; it is not hurled then the paint moves inside the airbrush gun
  5. The curved or twisted needle will stop the spraying strokes
  6. A burst and choked nozzle will help to break out the air from the paint cup.

Take Away

It is pretty simple to use an airbrush, but for the experienced one; otherwise, it won’t be easy to use for beginners. To maintain the pressure, the number of shades, movement of the hand, the distance between the surface and airbrush, and many things should be kept in mind while spraying, and it isn’t easy to maintain them too early. Still, it’s not impossible because practice makes you better.

Try to start from simple lines, shapes, dots, and so on. Never jump to the next level; start from the beginning.

The pressure range should be 1.5 to 3 bar. Maintaining the pressure is necessary for the perfect painting; otherwise, irregular pressure will splash the paint all over the surface and destroys it.

And don’t make those common mistakes discussed above; when you start spraying, first go through those mistakes to defend yourself.

The proper way to airbrush is mentioned above, so read carefully and follow the instructions that will never let you make mistakes. Keep practicing!

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