Last Sunday I attended the Out of the Beauty Box Toronto Airbrush class taught by none other than Koren Zander (aka: Enkore Makeup) and Elessa Jade (aka: Pursebuzz). Now if you don't know who these two are WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? We all know and love them on YouTube and it was an honour to have them as my instructors.
O2B2 (for short) took place at Arline Malakian Studio and we learned the basics of airbrushing for a whole 5 hours. The lesson started off by Koren handing out our Temptu airbrush kits. Surprisingly I kept my composure and held in my excitement as I opened the boxes. The whole class was in silence as we were in awe of our new goodies! Then it was time for inventory. We had to make sure that we checked off that we had everything in out kits. Next off Elessa showed us all the componenets of the airbrush gun and showed us how to disassemble and assemble and disassemble and assemble and disassemble and assemble our airbrush guns. I think I must have put that thing together and took it apart at least 10 times! But by the 3rd or 4th time I was already a pro! It was almost as if we were all in the army!
We then had Koren show us where to set our compressors and how to use the airbrush gun. We also did a few practice exercises on paper. Now let me tell you, these exercises weren't that easy. Airbrushing really does require a lot of practice. When we watch someone using an airbrush, it's alot harder than one might think. There's a lot of finger and wrist motions involved that I even think my hand started to cramp a bit. Just pressing and pushing that airbrush trigger back and forth really does require some sort of coordination. A lot of people may think you just aim and shoot but let me tell you it ain't so!
After practicing it was then time to work on our models. I had the lovely Tess from Makeup By Tess as my model. She was really sweet and easy to work with. Luckily she has nice skin to begin with which made my job a lot easier!
Tess' before shot
Students and their models
Tess' after shot
Time for Tess' photoshoot
Pursebuzz the photographer
Me and my pretty model Tess
All in all I must say that this class was worth my time and money. Koren and Elessa were awesome instructors who took the time to work with you one on one. The class was really hands on and informative. One thing I really liked was that they both would go around to see how you were doing and would help you and show you how to improve your technique. They were there every step of the way answering all your questions and concerns. Another good thing that came out of this class was that I got my certificate and I managed to already get some pro artist discounts from several beauty companies. I'm happy that I joined the class and would not hesitate to join another!
Here's what we got in out kit:
Picture from the O2B2 Website
SP-35 Airbrush Gun
SB Foundations Makeup Starter Set
7 Pack S/B Blush & Highlighter Starter Set*
S/B Airbrush Cleaner
Temptu Aibrush Cleaning Kit
disposable spatulas (not pictured)
disposable headband (not pictured)
concealer brush (not pictured)