Many brides quite often ask me what the difference is between airbrush makeup application and traditional makeup application? So my hope is to compare and contrast the difference between the two so you might have a better idea of which would be best for your wedding day.
Personally, both airbrush and traditional makeup have their pros and cons. And when you’re dealing with a professional makeup artist both should be able to withstand the test of time (on your big day). I have done many brides with traditional techniques, and I’ve also done many brides with airbrushing techniques. Depending on which feels best is for the bride to decide herself. So I can’t say one outweighs the other by a long shot – there are pluses and minuses to both.
Airbrush makeup utilizes a small makeup air compressor, an airbrush gun, and special airbrush foundation. This foundation – which is either water based or silicone based – is thinner than regular liquid foundation as it needs to pass through the airbrush gun. The airbrushing sprays a very fine mist on the skin pushed through with gentle air pressure from the compressor. This allows, when sprayed on properly, an even and consistent application of foundation which sits evenly on the skin.
Because of the fine misted spray, airbrush makeup provides a flawless coverage, evening out skin’s imperfections while still allowing your skin to breath. (Yes, it’s really THAT light weight!) The final result gives you a very natural, yet very finished and polished look.
When makeup artists use the term ‘Traditional Makeup’ they are referring to the application and use of foundation applied with tools you’d use at home. So whether it be liquid, cream or a powder foundation used with a foundation brush, sponge or a duo fiber brush (a.k.a. skunk brush).
So as you would suspect, the application of traditional foundation will be of thicker consistency. And depending on the artist, it usually takes a bit longer applying it on the skin as well. However, because there are many more cosmetics companies developing traditional foundation, there is an array of products that may be used spanning from light to full coverage, oil-free, etc
With all that said, if you do have a brilliant artist, their traditional makeup application could be at par with airbrush makeup applications when using the right tools, products and techniques. To discuss which option would be best for you, please feel free to contact me.