Hey girl hey! Now that engagement season is slowing down, I have been getting a lot of inquiries about doing makeup for weddings this summer. I can pretty much always count on at least three brides asking me if airbrush is worth it. I go through the pros and cons of both, and almost always convince my brides to do one over the other. If you want my take on whether or not airbrush is worth it, then keep on scrolling!
What is Airbrush Makeup?
Airbrush makeup is a technique and in which a liquid foundation is applied with an airbrush machine versus a sponge or brush. Airbrush makeup is highly coveted in the world of bridal beauty, and it is considered the industry standard. It is known for giving the flawless bridal look that most brides search for. It is typically a little more expensive, as the technique can be difficult to perfect, and it takes a little extra time as well.
What is Traditional Foundation?
Traditional foundation, or liquid foundation, is typically applied with a brush or sponge. For most brides who go with traditional foundation, this usually means that a full coverage foundation is applied. Full coverage foundations give complete concealment of all imperfections, and can blur out the pores as well. Traditional foundation typically needs to be set with a powder in order to stay on, but can stay on with the right combination of setting powders and sprays.
The Pros and Cons of Both
Pros of Airbrush Makeup
- Stays on all day
- Gives more of a skin-like finish
- Lighter on the skin
Pros of Traditional Foundation
- Fuller coverage
- Gives that “flawless” look
Cons of Airbrush Makeup
- Can sometimes look patchy
- Not great for dry or mature skin
- Doesn’t fully cover imperfections
Cons of Traditional Foundation
- Can transfer if not set properly
- Feels slightly thicker on the skin
- Foundations with SPF can look bad in pictures
My Personal Take
I have been trained in airbrush and have had lots of practice doing it, but I still prefer the look of traditional foundation, especially in pictures. If your skin is flawless and needs barely any coverage, airbrush would be a great option for you. However, most of us have some imperfections that we want hidden, and airbrush just doesn’t cut it. On top of that, if you don’t have the exact skin type that works with airbrush, it can be quite finicky. For example, if you have any dry patches on your skin, no matter how small, airbrush will cling to those areas.
Any great makeup artist can make anything work. However, most of my fellow makeup artist friends will tell you that traditional foundation not only sits on the skin better, but looks better as well. I completely agree with this. As I mentioned before, setting powder and sprays help to keep the foundation on all day long. Every single bride I have had has said that they couldn’t believe how well their foundation stayed on throughout the day! Because of this, I no longer provide airbrush services.
How to Decide What’s Best for You
At the end of the day, I can give my recommendations, but it is up to you to decide your best course of action. I suggest working with your makeup artist to figure out the best option. Show your makeup artist pictures of what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a “barely there” makeup option, airbrush would be a great option. However, if you want something more full coverage, glowy, and on trend, traditional foundation is going to be your best bet! Your makeup artist is knowledgeable and can steer you in the right direction for your foundation needs!
There ya have it! There is my comparison of airbrush and traditional foundation. Brides, what are you planning on doing for your wedding day? And married girls, what did you do on yours? Let me know in the comments below!