Airbrush or traditional foundation

posted 2 years ago in 40 Something
Post # 2
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hmmm, I was always under the impression that airbrush makeup is ideal for anyone at any age. Heavy foundation sinks into fine lines and wrinkles, but airbrush makeup is anything but heavy. She may think it won’t look good because it tends to have a matte finish which isn’t recommended for mature skin. This can be fixed by spritzing your face with something like MAC Fix+ after applying the airbrush foundation.

Post # 3
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My makeup artist used airbrush on my mother and it turned our beautifully. 

Post # 4
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My MUA used airbrush on my 60-yr old mom and my hisband’s 47-yr old mom and they looked great.

Post # 5
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

jenrebmol:  I thought the exact same thing. I had never had airbrushed before and did a makeup trial with it and I absolutely hated it. It was very sticky and shiny and I just did not like the way it sat on my skin. So I’m opting for traditional as well.  

I’m 46 and have slight forehead wrinkles and the 11 between the brows. I’m always good about skin care and moisturizing. I’ve tried numerous primers and am still looking for a good one to use with regular foundation. Have 4 months left so I want to see what others say here as well.

Best foundations for those with aging skin (some wrinkles)? What is best to fill in the lines? Suggestions? 



Post # 6
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I went with airbrush, because I am not good with make-up myself.  I wanted to be able to pay someone to do my make-up at the beginning of the day and not worry about reapplying.  Airbrush was perfect for me for that reason, and I would do the same thing if I had it to do all over again.

Post # 7
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t know how airbrush looks on others, but I didn’t care for it on me. I had it done for e-pics, and while it photographed beautifully, I didn’t like how I looked in person. I wear make up everyday, but for me the airbrush looked fake and too heavy. I think I’m going to stick to traditional on my wedding day because I want to feel confident walking around and not like I’m wearing a mask. 

Post # 8
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

I went with traditional foundation and was very happy with the results.  I couldn’t justify spending the extra $20+ on airbrush foundation and I think it was uncessary.  My traditional foundation looked awesome and stayed on all day (and all night and was still perfect the next morning – yes I passed out with my make-up on).

Post # 9
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m in my early thirties and have no visible wrinkles — until I am airbrushed. At that point, I suddenly have crow’s feet that POP when I smile and look even more visible in photos.

The first time this happened (as a bridesmaid in someone else’s wedding) I assumed it was because the makeup artist didn’t know what she was doing. The second time was during a trial I booked with an UBER-expensive, extremely experienced MUA. It led me to conclude that for my skin, airbrush just isn’t the best. 

I do think if you’ve got texture or pigmentation issues, airbrush would probably address is nicely. But if your skin is smooth and mostly unblemished, I’m unconvinced that airbrush is the way to go.

Post # 10
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

MrsTtoB:  Have you tried NARS skin smoothing prep? The texture is much thicker than a typical primer. After your moisturizer is absorbed, you smooth it over uneven areas and it fills them in. It’s designed for light lines (like the smile lines at my eyes), and I also use it to fill in some acne scars.

Post # 11
4729 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

jenrebmol:  Airbrush makeup is awesome. I had it done on everyone for my wedding party and we all looked great! I had it on me (27 at the time), all 6 of my girls (ranging from 25-35, and all skin types), and all the moms (my mom, stepmom, and my MIL). My stepmom, who hardly wears makeup and has deep lines, looked fabulous!

Post # 12
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

jenrebmol:  I had airbrush and it was ok.  I thought I would’ve been a lot more wowed by it.  But my 60 yr old mother also got it and I think she was happy.

Post # 13
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

lovekiss:  I have not tried that one, but I am more than open to. I keep trying different ones before my wedding. I need something to fill and smooth them out. Thank you. 

Post # 14
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am still debating this, as I do a decent job with my own make-up… but have some sun spots on my face that just all of the sudden popped up – and will probably need something more to cover it up in pictures. Decisions, decisions!

One of my friends, who got married in May, went to a few different places just for make-upo trials (airbushing mainly), but ended up just doing her own.

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