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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:06

“How to disassemble, clean & assemble your airbrush gun”

Written by paddy mcgurgan


For your convenience I have put together a diagram with step-by-step instructions for your airbrush maintenance. Please study the diagram for parts recognition and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble and assemble the airbrush.

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Disassembly of Airbrush

In each of the step of the disassembly, refer to the diagram. Remove each part by turning or pulling in the direction indicated by the arrows.

STEP 1: Pull air hose off the hose connector.

STEP 2: Remove (7) handle be turning counter clockwise.

STEP 3: Loosen (8) needle chuck nut.

STEP 4: Pull (9) needle out. Be careful not to damage the point.

STEP 5: Unscrew (11) spring guide.

STEP 6: Remove (12) needle spring and (10) needle chucking guide respectively.

STEP 7: Remove (5) main lever by pulling then twisting and (6) auxiliary lever by twisting then pulling.

STEP 8: Remove (1) crown needle cap and (2) nozzle cap respectively

STEP 9: Using the small flat wrench received with the airbrush, remove (3) nozzle.

Note: The nozzle has two flat spots. Place the slot of the wrench over these slots and turn counter clockwise.

Cleaning and Lubrication

Using GRAFTOBIAN Airbrush Cleaner, submerge all parts, except the needle, in a glass or metal pan for a few minutes then scrub with a small paint brush until all colour has been removed. Clean especially the colour cup (4). Make sure you have a good liquid flow out of where the nozzle connects. Use a Q-tip to scrub the walls and to reach into the colour cup. Rinse the parts with hot water and dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. Clean the needle with airbrush cleaner and check the point to make sure this is no damage. Look at the point of the needle for a bend or hook. Using a white piece of paper and placing the needle on it and rolling it will make it easier to see if damage exists and needs to be replaced.


STEP 1: Using the nozzle wrench, screw in then tighten the nozzle (3). Caution:

                   Do not apply excessive force when tightening the nozzle.

STEP 2: Screw on the nozzle cap (2) and hand tighten

STEP 3: Screw on the crown cap (1)

STEP 4: Hold the airbrush as shown in the diagram to complete STEPS 4 and

                   5. Take the auxiliary lever (6) and hold as shown in Diagram C. Insert

                   inside the opening, twist so that the hump is towards the back and let

                   it rest against the back of the opening.

STEP 5: Before you perform STEP 5, inspect main lever (5). Notice there is a

                  thinner rounded section on the flat part under the round head. This

                   side goes toward the back of the opening. Refer to Diagram B. Insert

                   main lever (5) into opening and guide the two pins into the two

                   channels located on the walls inside the opening. Move head back

                   against the auxiliary lever(6) and hold there. Hold these parts (5)

                   and (6) secure with your finger and go to STEP 6.

STEP 6: Insert needle chucking guide (10) channel down into the back of the

                   airbrush. Slide needle spring (12) over needle chucking guide (10).

                   Insert spring guide (11) over spring (12), screw in and tighten. This

                  spring mechanism will push the main lever and auxiliary lever


STEP 7: Insert the needle through needle chucking guide (10) and slowly push

                   all the way forward. Screw on the chucking nut and tighten securely.

STEP 8: Cover the back of the airbrush with handle (7).


For more information please visit our website www.facefxmakeupsupplies.ie or contact a member of our team on 012011081 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:36


Written by paddy mcgurgan



So most people I have spoken to, have said they are a little bit afraid of the airbrush gun and in particular the approach to cleaning it. I must admit I was too at the beginning...... for fear of damaging that dreaded needle but with everything practice makes perfect so I stuck with it and I can now clean my airbrush gun brimming with confidence.

But first a little history!

Airbrushing is considered to be a relatively new technique in makeup application. However, a rudimentary form was first used back in the 1920’s as a way of applying body makeup to film extras quickly. Nowadays, with the development of sophisticated equipment and cosmetic grade pigments suitable for the airbrush, airbrushing has become an art form in itself. Most makeup artists will agree that although the airbrush is another valuable tool for applying makeup, it will never entirely take over from conventional brushwork; each method has its place within the professional makeup artist’s kit.

How it works!

Airbrushing works by dispensing a large number of tiny droplets of pigment onto the skin (or prosthetic) via a pen-like tool. The colour product is pushed though this tool by air pressure supplied by a compressor. This produces a soft covering on the surface, which is built up in layer to achieve colour density. The technique is very hygienic because nothing other than the colour product touches the skin.

Cleaning the airbrush

Because of the mixture of air and colour product, the airbrush is prone to blockages. The airbrush should therefore be cleaned every time it is used as follows:

  • Run any remaining colour product  through the airbrush.
  • Clean the cup out with tissue
  • Pour an appropriate cleaning fluid into the cup and run it through the airbrush. Using a higher psi than normal (up to 25psi), “jet wash” the airbrush to remove any stubborn dried product. Pull the trigger backwards and forwards as you do this to ensure the needle is thoroughly cleaned and lubricated.
  • Continue until the cleaning fluid runs clear from the airbrush.
  • Remove the cap from the airbrush nozzle and soak it in a pot of cleaning fluid to remove last traces of product.
  • Ensuring the needle is retracted, use a soft small brush to clean the nozzle of the airbrush
  • Replace the cap


FaceFX Makeup Supplies supply IWATA airbrush systems to many schools and colleges around Ireland. Please contact a member of our team to discuss a suitable airbrush system for your own requirements. We can buy in any IWATA airbrush system that is available in the market today.

For many makeup artists who are starting out we recommend the Neo for Iwata Mobile Make-up Airbrush Kit

Phone  012011081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check out our website for more info www.facefxmakeupsupplies.ie

A more thorough clean, involving disassembling the airbrush, should be carried out at regular intervals. When carrying out this type of clean, always ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Take great care with the small and delicate parts, particularly the needle, which can be easily damaged. Please check out my other post on "How to disassemble, clean & assemble your airbrush gun”

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:22

Dublin Bodypainting Jam in March

Written by FaceFX Team

Due to popular demand the 5th Dublin Bodypainting is happening on the of 8th March 2015

Body Painting Jam

FaceFX Team have been a regular showcasing products and selling at this event.

We strongly recommend any creative artists who want to have the opportunity to meet up with liked minded people should not miss this jam!!!!
Run by talented bodypainter Caitriona Giblin this jam is a meet up group for body painters, models, and photographers.

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You don't need to have any experience as a body painter, a lot of the people on the day will be complete beginners, along with more experience artists.

You don't need to be a 'model' to model for the day. You just need a body with skin.

Full nudity is allowed, but not compulsory by any means. Wear what you feel comfortable in.

There will be security on the door, and if there's any funny business you will be asked to leave. Everyone needs to feel safe in this kind of environment.

Entry is €15 or €10 for students/unwaged.

To sign up or to get more information please email organiser: Catriona Giblin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Once registered with organizer Catriona Giblin you will be provided with your unique discount code to use in our online store, just ask! :)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:22

Christmas shopping at FaceFX Makeup Supplies

Written by FaceFX Team

Its that time of year again where you have to come up with the perfect Christmas present

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And you have No idea on what to get your makeup mad/artist friend?

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Can we remind you what your experience was last year?

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Why not? Shop online and get a E-Gift Certficate from FaceFX Makeup Supplies available from €10 up to €100 these Gift Certificates are a makeup artists or makeup fanatics dream.

Left it too late? No problem we can email you your E-Gift Certificate right up until 22nd December 2014


Click here to go straight to our GIft Certificates page

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:46

FaceFX on TV!!!!!!!!!!

Written by FaceFX Team

The weekend Maria Malone-Guerbaa came to FaceFX Makeup Supplies with a TV Crew in tow!!!

We had the fantastic opportunity of Maria Malone-Guerbaa coming to FaceFX HQ to give two of her facepainting workshops on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of October. Maria’s infectious smile and huge passion for her art was evident the minute we met her. Always ready to show and teach how she creates her wonderful inspiration creations our students had a ball and learnt loads over the two days.

On her Friday workshop keeping with the season she covered “Halloween Characters” our students got great tips and were really inspired by just watching Maria do her thing. Maria went into detail on how she approaches each design and it was really inspirational to see her creations come to life. In this workshop she covered skulls, jokers and clowns.

The following day was her “Famous Faces” workshop and on this day Berlin TV came to film her teaching some of this workshop. The students had no problem showing off their newly acquired skills in front of the cameras and the camera crew were amazed at how fast the students were developing their talents. This was all down to Maria’s incredible way of relating her tips and approaches to her students. You could hear a pin drop when she started showing how she breaks down a character. In this workshop she demonstrated her ‘Nelson Mandella’ creation. Take a look at our studio in the clip that Berlin TV sent us…..we are now famous worldwide!!! J

A little secret – rumour has it that Maria Malone-Guerbaa is coming back to FaceFX Makeup Supplies at the end of February in 2015 seeing as she had such a great time!!! If you are interested in attending one of her workshops please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 012011081 for more details.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:35

Evil Chimp FX Workshop at FaceFX HQ

Written by FaceFX Team

“Evil Chimp FX” AKA David Cullen based in Tullow Carlow is a professional photographer and a self-taught SFX prosthetic artist. His love of prop making started back in 2006 with a 12” figure Star Wars collection. Having no formal training he learned the art through website tutorials, DVDs and books. In 2009, being the avid Star Wars movie fan David started making Sci Fi costumes – and in particular Bib Fortuna and Chewbacca costumes. Initially the Chewbacca took approx. 9 months of latch hooking but he has now fine-tuned his art to approx. 6 weeks.

He credits developing his talent with the help of various internet resources such as the RPF, The Effects Lab and of course The Emerald Garrison who are a wonderful group of talented and inspirational people.

Since then David set up “Evil Chimp FX” as a trading name for his new FX/Prop making business. His work also includes making other props/prosthetics and costumes from movies such as 300, Planet of the Apes, Terminator and V mini-series. He is now considered one of Ireland’s leading prop master.

FaceFX Makeup Supplies are pleased to announce that Evil Chimp FX is coming to our Studios in February 2015 to give a Silicone Prosthetics workshop

This workshop will be take place in Face FX Makeup Supplies in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow on the 1st/2nd February and the 8th/9th February from 9.00am to 6.00pm (4 full days)!

The workshop will cover lifecasting, sculpting, casting silicone appliances and painting/application.

Price is EUR€400, limited availabilty (8 places in total)

Please contact Dave directly at Evil Chimp FX


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