Make Up First Mailbag

We’re opening up the mailbag! Make Up First owner, Jill Glaser, is here to answer your questions this week about switching up your normal makeup routines. Check below to see if your question was chosen!


Question: When I attended airbrush was less popular. Is an airbrush application better than a full coverage foundation application (ie Mac studio fix fluid & beauty blender)?

Jill: We know that we can achieve the same flawless look as airbrush with manual products and techniques; however, airbrush is great for (straight men especially) commercial/corporate shoots. In addition, almost all brides now insist on airbrush makeup application. In either event, if the makeup will be worn for a long time, whether airbrushed or otherwise, it should be sprayed with an alcohol-based finishing spray.

Personally, if time permits, I like to create a more durable, long-lasting finish by topping off the manual cream or liquid foundation with a compatible airbrush formulation. I also like to use airbrush for highlight and blush.  Once the face is totally dry, I will powder with a translucent setting powder. My favorite product is the Temptu Perfect Canvas Hydra Lock .


Question: I don’t want to wear foundation every day, but I don’t want to go out bare-faced either. Is there a compromise?

Jill: If you are not comfortable wearing a full face of foundation every day, a great compromise is a light coverage, liquid formula that has an SPF of at least 15. Do not add powder, as you will need to apply the sunscreen every few hours.


Question: I want to break out of my normal, boring makeup routine—what’s one product or tip you recommend that everyone try?

Jill: If you are ready to break out of your personal makeup routine, try incorporating some new looks as seen on the NYFW runways. Personally, I love the neon creams and liners that give a shocking splash of color on the eyelids. I'm also happy to see that the glossy eye is still on trend, and that there are now so many new products that will help achieve that look and not crease immediately after application.

Thanks everyone for the excellent questions, and check back next time to see if your question is chosen!

Justin Talaga