Airbrush Makeup vs. Traditional


Keep in mind that all makeup is only as good as the artist applying it.  Application and skill will always be the more significant factor than the product used. It is the artist and method used to create a long-lasting and flawless beauty.


What is airbrush makeup?

A  light-weight makeup applied through an air gun machine that sprays a thin, even layer of makeup and creates a very soft finish if applied correctly.  Basically, a small amount of a very thin makeup designed for airbrush use is put into a chamber of 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.

Airbrush makeup, like any other makeup has its ups and downs. 





Flawless Look: Myth

Both Traditional and Airbrush can make you into a pretty version.  It is most important to base on your personal needs base on your needs, such as your skin type and other factors.  Airbrush cannot change your skin texture as seen in magazine images.  Only Photo Shop can.  


Water Proof: Myth

There are a few makeup lines that are water resistant.  It has nothing to do with the airbrush gun application.  MAC Studio Fix has a super wear duration, and Makeup Forever “Full Coverage Concealer” is waterproof, and are one of the top best products.

Water based Airbrush foundation (OCC Airbrush), is totally matte and comes off with water. It is not waterproof.  If it does become wet thru crying or sweating, you run the risk of streaking.  .  If the airbrush makeup gets wet and leaves a streak, there is nothing that can be done to blend it.  Even airbrushing over the area will not blend the streak.  It is great for a complete matte finish for indoor photo shoots, and not for special event makeup. 

Silicone based Airbrush foundation (MAC Pro Performance HD Airbrush), offers a dewier finish and is water resistant.  It is a better airbrush option for special events because it wears well and will hold better with the emotional tears and sweat.  Just like regular make, we recommend you blot the tears and not wipe.  It is also non-transferable, meaning that slight rubbing against something will not cause the makeup to come off.


Good for bad skin: Myth

Airbrush is a very fine foundation, too thin to use for coverage for acne, scares, fine lines and wrinkles.  It can be use as a final coat on top of a traditional foundation for a finer finish.  Professionals are more than likely to apply all the base of concealer and foundation on the entire face for the flawless look, prior to the start of the airbrush app.

Airbrush has become extremely popular in the last few years.  It has been highly promoted as a better product, which come with a higher service price for the industry. And why not, women wants to like celebrities and models, they will paid.   This is largely due to perfect complexion models that are “airbrushed” to give very part of their body a flawless finish.  Most people confuse “airbrush” makeup and Photo Shop which make the model look flawless. 

Airbrush is a perfect application when it comes to High Definition camera’s for TV and film, with professionals stand by for touch ups.   It is especially great for full body coverage, and special effects.


Why airbrush?

The coverage gives a flawless complexion which makes it look more natural (if applied properly).  Silicone-based airbrush makeup will not transfer onto clothing with slight rubbing.  Airbrush provides finer details that captures better on HD cameras of the flawless look.


Is Airbrush for Everyone?

No. Talk to your makeup artist to see if it would be a good option for your skin type.  Airbrush makeup needs to be applied to a smooth, moisturized, hair-free skin.  If you have any facial hair or dry flaky complexion, it will adhere to the hair and flake and make it more visible. Traditional makeup might be a better choice.







Traditional makeup comes in a wide variety of liquid, cream, pressed, which most at applied with a brush or sponge.  It is very versatile in compare to other makeup, it can be a very sheer coverage or combine with other products to build a medium to heavy base.  


Why Traditional?

Traditional foundation is more opaque, and has a richer coverage.  Because it is an application by hand blending, the foundation can be worked well into the skin that may have some texture issues, such as pores and scares.  Traditional application is more flexible when it comes to building up or toning down coverage, which gives the artist more control of the finishing out come. Traditional foundation has come a long way.   A variety of professional brands foundation with silicone based formula also provides a long lasting durability. 

It is a highly blendable, therefore makeup can be easily touchup for makeup change.  Most modern brides like to be touchup for a fresher look and/or a makeup color change for a more dramatic glam effect for the wedding reception.  Traditional makeup allows such application possible, because it can be remove and reapply at the specific areas.



In Conclusion:

Airbrush is a very fine product, it’s great to for cameras because of the fine pigments from the spray.  Because it very thin, it works best with good skin conditions which requires a light coverage.  However, most well-respected celebrity makeup artist use traditional makeup, because it is more precise. 

For live events, like your wedding day, silicone based traditional makeup tend to be the artist’s preferred method, for control, precision and touchup/makeup change application. Traditional makeup is most versatile, there for a better option for wedding makeup.

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