Airbrush or Traditional?

The airbrush process. Photo credit: Rozalind Ewashina Photography

The airbrush process. Photo credit: Rozalind Ewashina Photography

A good question!

I often get asked what the difference is between Airbrush and Traditional makeup, and what the best choice is for a bride...

So here is a brief summary of the differences between the two:

 

Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush makeup is applied via a small air gun that allows the makeup artist to spray a fine mist of airbrush foundation on the client, allowing for light to full coverage. Airbrush makeup is extremely lightweight, and is known for producing the look of a flawless complexion (on the right skin types), and for lasting 12+ hours in all kinds of weather including hot climates.

The makeup artist mixes specially formulated foundation colors for a perfect blend to match your skin tone. Since it’s such a fine mist your true skin tone shows through, which can allow for a more natural look if desired. Airbrush makeup has the added benefit of not transfering onto clothing, and finally, it looks amazing in professional photographs! Although airbrush makeup is water resistant, be sure you don’t wipe away sweat/tears and instead ‘blot’. This will help guarantee its long wear. 

Who it's for: airbrush makeup looks the best on those with relatively smooth skin, as the airbrush formula can settle into lines or texture before it has a chance to set. Thus, I do not recommend airbrush for those with mature or very textured skin.

 

Traditional Makeup

Traditional makeup is applied using a brush or beauty blender (and sometimes a sponge or fingers), and due to the wide range of foundations available, is very versatile in dealing with different skin types or issues.

This type of makeup can be more easily adjusted depending on the look you would like: sheer or full coverage, matte or illuminated finish, and it can better deal with issues such as acne-related texture and deep lines. It is long-lasting if applied correctly, and also looks amazing in photography, though it may require a touch-up or two later on depending on skin type and application. Just be sure to be careful not to rub your clothing against your face, as traditional makeup can transfer, and it is still a rule of thumb to blot - don't wipe - to help guarantee long wear.

Who it's for: traditional makeup has a formulation for everyone, in particular for those who would like to minimize lines or other textural issues.

 

The verdict: Personally, I love both airbrush makeup and traditional makeup! For long wear, with smooth skin, airbrush would be a great choice, and for more versatility, traditional is the way to go.

...But if you still aren't sure, tell me about your skin, and schedule a makeup trial so that we can test run the best look for you. Either way, we will find what works best for your skin, to help you become your most beautiful self!

Photo of airbrush makeup look by KCL Photography

Photo of airbrush makeup look by KCL Photography

Photo of a natural traditional makeup look by Allure Couture Photography

Photo of a natural traditional makeup look by Allure Couture Photography