When it comes to the day you’ll be photographed more than a thousand times, you want to get it right. You’ve been told airbrush is the best. AND you’ve been told no, airbrush is not the best, traditional is! So how do you decide which method is best for you?
Keep reading to to learn the pros and cons of Traditional and Airbrush makeup and which method I use for my Wedding Makeup clients.
What is Airbrush foundation?
Airbrush makeup is a lightweight, liquid makeup applied with an air gun machine that produces very thin layers of very matte makeup.
How it works: A small amount of liquid makeup is loaded into the airbrush gun. When it’s turned on, it sprays out a delicate mist of makeup which is aimed at various parts of the face and body. Airbrush gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. Your Makeup Artist will color match you, and even mix colors, to match your skin tone. It looks natural, and amazing in photos! Some formulations are waterproof and will not transfer to clothing or wipe off. Depending on the formula selected, traditional makeup can be used in any situation. It can be applied in a variety of ways, and when applied properly, can achieve a flawless finish to every skin type.
What is Traditional foundation?
Traditional makeup comes in a wide variety of forms: Cream, liquid, powders, cream-to-powder, cushion, and is usually applied with a sponge, fingers, or brushes. Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of colors and finishes, and is available in every shade. It can be as basic as tinted moisturizer or full coverage, and can target specific problem areas with the skin.
How it works: Makeup is applied to the face with sponges, brushes, puffs, and fingers to create the appearance of healthy, flawless skin. Application can be heavy or light. Traditional makeup comes in every skin tone, and can be mixed to create an exact match. Traditional makeup is usually not waterproof, but most professional Makeup Artists (myself included) stock their kit with high quality waterproof and sweat proof foundations made specifically for wet, hot, sweaty weather. Depending on the formula selected, traditional makeup can be used in any situation. It can be applied in a variety of ways, and when applied properly, can achieve a flawless finish to every skin type.
Can you use the two methods together?
Oh yes. There are lots of professional makeup artists that use airbrush for the base (foundation), and traditional brushes and sponges for the rest of the application. There are even traditional method artists that use airbrush makeup and apply it using brushes!
So which method should I have on my Wedding day??
This is a very good question. Let me try and answer it with a quick story…
Let’s say your cousin is getting married. While you’re hugging her at the reception you think to yourself “wow her makeup looks really good. Like, REALLY good.” So you ask her who her makeup artist was. You go home, look up that artists, and find that you LOVE her style – and you just know you need to hire her for your wedding day too! The only thing you don’t know is is it airbrush or traditional foundation? If you have to ask if she uses traditional or airbrush makeup (bc you can’t tell the difference), does it really matter?
If you have to if it’s traditional or airbrush makeup (bc you can’t tell the difference), does it really matter?
The answer is: It’s the Artist that makes the makeup look the way it does – not the makeup.
I look at LOTS of photos of women in professional makeup. Honestly? Its impossible to tell the difference between quality traditional makeup and quality airbrush application in photos. Great artists can make each technique look incredible. Using an airbrush gun does not transform a mediocre artist into Scott Barnes (He’s Jennifer Lopez’s long-time makeup artist , he uses traditional methods btw).
And even more importantly – airbrush foundation is not the perfect fit for every face. That’s why the makeup artist is so crucial. You need someone who can look at your skin and determine what type of foundation will give you the best, healthiest looking skin possible.
That’s why the makeup artist is so important. You need someone who can look at your skin and determine what type of foundation will give you the best, healthiest looking skin possible.
If the makeup artist is not skilled, both traditional & airbrush methods will look cakey, overdone, or unnatural. There is no 1 makeup method that will work for every person. Find an artist who can make you look like the best version of yourself.
It’s the Artist that makes the makeup look the way it does – not the makeup.
So, what type of foundation do I use as a professional wedding makeup artist??
Both! Airbrush and traditional. I like being able to look at and touch my clients skin to see how the makeup might interact with it. By talking with her about the kind of day she’ll be having and what her goals are for her look, I can determine what kind of makeup will work best for her. This process gives my client the best possible chance of getting a flawless makeup application because the makeup was chosen based on her skin type and situation.
The final verdict? It really doesn’t matter what kind of foundation you go with as long as you hire a competent, consistent, talented makeup artist who can use her skills and products in a way that maximizes your beauty and self confidence. Don’t get bogged down trying to figure out which one is best for you… use that energy and time to find yourself an incredible wedding makeup artist and let them do what they do best!