This subject is something I often get asked by my clients – is airbrush makeup better, or worse than traditional makeup application for bridal looks. And unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Like many things there are pros and cons to consider, but the important thing to note is that with a professionally trained makeup artist, you will get an excellent result with either method. So it’s not something to get completely stressed over with if your makeup artist does, or doesn’t use airbrush makeup.
When I was training to become an mua I did both, but we mainly used airbrush for theatrical or for disguising prosthetics – now it’s everywhere – used for fashion and beauty. I personally like the traditional application method, mainly because I feel I get more coverage and accuracy working closer to the skin. With travelling to different locations it also important not to carry too much equipment and rely on needing a plug socket nearby (which might not be by the best light) But it’s all down to preference, and I certainly don’t think anyone who uses it is doing anything wrong.
Airbrush makeup is very light weight and is applied through an air gun that produces a thin, even layer of makeup and creates a matte finish. Because of its fine texture and finish your natural skin tone shows through, so is best used on people with good skin to begin with as it won’t hide blemishes or spots. It’s also waterproof and will not transfer onto clothes.
Traditional makeup application uses liquid, cream or pressed powder to create that flawless base. 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. Set with the correct setting spray traditional makeup can be made waterproof and sweat proof.