Many brides to be have heard about airbrush makeup, and are drawn to the idea of it. Airbrushing does sound pretty good, right? It must be the best choice for me, especially for bridal? Well, maybe. But maybe not. In this blog I’ll be going over the pros and cons to airbrush makeup & who it is best for.

What is Airbrush Makeup?

Not to be confused with “airbrushing” a photoshop technique! Airbrush makeup is applied using an airgun where your makeup artist puts a small amount of specially formulated liquid makeup into the chamber & it mists out of the airbrush gun to cover your face in a fine spray of makeup. Typically used to apply foundation, it can also be used for many components of makeup including bronzer, blush & illuminator.

What are the benefits?

Airbrush makeup looks amazing & flawless in photos & in person.

Due to the nature of airbrush, such a light layer of makeup is applied resulting in a very natural finish & lightweight feel. No risk of caking here!

It is typically quite water resistant, transfer resistant and long wearing – lasting up to 24 hours.

Once each layer has dried, another layer can be applied for a more full coverage finish.

A very hygienic option for those with breakouts – no brushes touching your skin to potentially spread bacteria to the rest of your face from your breakout.

What are the drawbacks?

Sound too good to be true? Sometimes it is… Airbrush makeup is not the perfect option for everyone.

Airbrushing can be less suited to those with dry skin. It is typically quite a matte, drying formula and on dry skin may look flakey.

It can be very difficult to re-touch without having an airbrush gun handy. While it is water resistant to some extent, it isn’t completely water proof. If your tears are likely to be flowing more than the first time you watched The Notebook, you could end up with tear streaks that are hard to re-blend. Traditional makeup is easily touched up. A little concealer over those areas, and you’re as fresh as before the tears.

It’s not the best option for those with wrinkles or larger pores. The airbrush makeup can sink into these areas, drawing attention to the blemishes.

If full coverage is your desire, while it can be built up to a full coverage, this can look heavier and less skin like. Traditional application may be more suited for you.

Often an add-on service, airbrush makeup may be more expensive due to the additional tools, airbrush-specific products & training required.

I’m often asked which I think is best, or which I prefer. In my opinion, when used in conjunction with a great primer, setting powder, setting spray, and professionally applied long wearing foundation, traditional makeup should last just as well as airbrush makeup for your big day and even when full coverage, can look flawless, skin like and feel comfortable.