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Airbrush VS Traditional Makeup

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Ask any bridal makeup artist what is the most asked question that they receive, and they'd say, "What is the difference between airbrush and traditional makeup". If you are uncertain of which route to go for your special occasion, consider the following to help guide your decision.

So, what is the REAL difference? Application.

Airbrush makeup is applied with an airbrush machine that delivers the liquid foundation that is dropped into the chamber as a mist. This pixelated mist softly delivers and covers the surface area slowly and lightly-allowing the artist to choose the desired coverage from light to a fuller coverage. Airbrushing the foundation, as opposed to laying down a solid foundation, allows the clients skin to still look like skin when the airbrushing begins. Coverage can be minimal or be built up. For those who prefer a full coverage because of problematic skin, traditional makeup may be a better option. Airbrush makeup is intended to give the client a fresh and lightweight feeling, as if you are not wearing any makeup at all. Clients who have smooth to normal skin types are better candidates for airbrush, but do not be discouraged if you have some discoloration or rosacea for instance. A properly trained makeup artist will color correct and prep your skin accordingly. During your trial run the professional will be able to answer any questions and help determine if you are a candidate for airbrush. Also, it is good to know that most brides to be chose airbrush simply for the experience. Airbrushing foundation is different. It makes us feel special since it is not the normal, everyday routine!

Good to know: Traditional makeup can also give clients a sheer coverage- do not feel as though that cannot be accomplished if you decide to go the traditional route.

Do they have anything in common? Yes!

Both airbrush and traditional makeup can be waterproof, sweat proof and long wearing. The type of makeup that your MUA (makeup artist) uses for her clients will determine all of this. If you are a bride to be, you must try your best to properly research your makeup artist. Be sure to read previous client testimonials and use wedding vendor sites such as Wedding Wire or The Knot to help legitimatize your MUA. Also, do not underestimate the importance of a trial run, be sure to include this investment into your budget.

I hope to have answered any questions you had, thank you for reading! Con mucho amor, Erika Lee

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