A few things could be happening here:

1. The air pressure on your compressor may be too low (For dial adjusting compressors only). When this happens, the makeup can pool at the tip of the airbrush resulting in larger droplets spraying onto your skin. The medium to medium-high setting is typically recommended for airbrushing foundation with our compressors with a dial adjustment. (Use the lowest setting on the 2.0 and the new 1.0 touch start compressors).

To set this, turn the dial to the highest setting (clockwise) then gradually/gently lower the pressure to medium-high to medium. Test the pressure with water to avoid wasting product.

2. Check hose connections and make sure there are no kinks, leaks or damage in the hose itself. If air flow is blocked or not connected properly, the airbrush will not have adequate pressure to spray smoothly and evenly. 

For screw-on hose type: While holding one of the hose-ends upright, pull the textured silver fitting to the very end of the hose so that the black ring on the end of the hose sits at the bottom of the fitting. Then, make sure the threads are aligned properly while screwing the fitting onto the compressor/airbrush stylus.

3. The lever is not positioned all the way down into its slot. To check this, press down on the seat of the lever to make sure it is in the correct position before pulling the lever back. This ensures that your airbrush stylus has adequate air pressure to flow and spray smoothly. 

4. The tip of the airbrush may be dirty and clogged with makeup. Be sure to keep this area clean so that old makeup doesn't build up and cause new makeup to pool at the tip. (The how-to for cleaning the tip is shown in the cleaning video below at 1:05).

5. The airbrush stylus itself is dirty. The airbrush stylus must be rinsed after each use! If the stylus is clogged with makeup inside, the makeup will not come out as smoothly. 

Check out how to deep clean your airbrush stylus in our how-to video below! Fast forward to 1:05 to see how the airbrush tip is cleaned.


6. If it is still not spraying evenly and you've already tried the troubleshooting above, it may mean that the makeup is really clogged in the airbrush stylus. Try soaking the airbrush stylus in a cup of water. Take the needle cap and nozzle cap off (the tip of airbrush), take the needle out and place all parts in a cup of water. Let it soak for a few hours (2-3 hours). The water should help soften and breakdown the makeup. Then you can proceed with the deep cleaning video again.

7. And lastly, the needle inside the airbrush stylus may be damaged. 

To check this, carefully take the needle out and run it between your fingers. It should feel smooth. If you feel any snag, then the needle may need to be replaced.

Click here to purchase a replacement needle!!!


#AeroTip: For a quick way to clean the airbrush tip without taking anything apart, pull back the lever to retract the needle and to avoid damaging it. Wet a q-tip with water and twist it on the inside of the tip to clean.

#AeroTip: We recommend only using Aeroblend airbrush products in our airbrush systems as we cannot guarantee other product or other airbrush brands will not clog your Aeroblend airbrush.


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