Airbrush vs. traditional wedding makeup

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Lulu & Bass No Comments

Airbrush Application vs. Traditional Application: How to Determine What’s Best for You on YOUR Wedding Day!

Every type of makeup has its’ own pros and cons; every makeup artist will have their own opinion on what they prefer to use on their brides. Ultimately, it all depends on your personal preference. If you can’t decide between the two, do a trial (which we offer if you decide to go with one of our packages!) with both and see what you’re most comfortable with.

There has been plenty of information in both magazines, on TV, and on the net regarding airbrush vs. traditional makeup. This will, hopefully, help you to distinguish between the two for you and save you time (because wedding planning has probably left you with very little, right?!) from having to research the two.

First off, the basics of each…

AIRBRUSH: a light-weight makeup applied through an air gun machine (NOT as scary as it sounds, and definitely NOT painful!) that produces a thin, even layer of makeup, creating a very matte finish

How it’s used: A small amount of a very thin makeup designed for air brush use is put into a chamber of a gun. When the machine is turned on and the gun trigger pulled, a light spray of makeup comes out of the gun in a fine mist.

The fine mist of color covers the skin, including dark circles, blemishes, and other “imperfections” and gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. Your makeup artist will mix 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 makes it look more natural and not as much
“caked on” as traditional foundation CAN sometimes appear. It will not transfer onto clothing (this is great for not getting any on your dress or on your groom’s shoulder during that first dance!). In professional photographs, it looks absolutely amazing! Airbrush makeup is waterproof (bring on those tears!) and it won’t go anywhere until you wash it off. Be sure you don’t wipe away sweat or tears, but instead “blot”. This will help guarantee your 16 hours of wear will be perfect from application to when you run and hop into your get-a-way car.

TRADITIONAL MAKEUP: a liquid, cream, or pressed powder that is usually applied with a sponge, brush or finger tips. Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of any other makeup, with every shade available. It’s also the most versatile of all the makeup; it can be as basic as a sheer tint of coverage, or combined with other properties to create a makeup that targets specific problems.

How it’s used: This particular makeup is the only makeup that, given the appropriate formula is chosen, can be used in any situation at any given time. It can be applied many different ways, from brush methods used with thicker foundations, to finger tips used for light and well blended applications.

This makeup is typically not waterproof, will rub off on clothing and will need the occasional touchups throughout the evening. If applied incorrectly you can get a sloppy cake-like finish; which is why we’re here…to ensure this doesn’t happen if you prefer the traditional makeup option! Any makeup with SPF will make your face white in pictures, so we’ll avoid those types of foundations and mineral powders. Traditional makeup is known for being the most versatile. It can be used as a simple, basic sheer tint of coverage or used to target specific needs.