(Closed) Airbrush or traditional makeup

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1143 posts
Bumble bee

Airbrushed makeup is supposed to look even more natural than regular makeup and doesn’t transfer as much.

Post # 3
380 posts
Helper bee

I did my makeup trial with airbrush and didn’t like it. I found it didn’t give me enough coverage on my cheeks and it didn’t last nearly as long as traditional makeup (even though my MUA properly set it). I have normal skin but it was gone from my nose in a matter of hours. I will be doing traditional makeup for my wedding. Have you had your trial? 

Post # 4
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I did my regular makeup because I wanted to look as much like myself as possible.  🙂

Post # 5
4724 posts
Honey bee

I think airbrush looks muddy. I would not do it, especially in humid weather.

Post # 6
10284 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I never liked using airbrush unless the person had really bad skin and didn’t require a lot of contouring. It photographs a bit flat and looks heavy in person. It’s also hard to touch up. 

I personally prefer seeing skin look glowy and fresh, esp for a bride, though I have certainly seen well done airbrush make up. 


Post # 7
3133 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve never had airbrush done, so this is all really useful information.  I might try it out of curiosity (but not as part of my makeup trial), but given how often I’ve heard that it isn’t as lasting, I can’t see any reason to do it.

Post # 8
132 posts
Blushing bee

Traditional!! I had airbrush makeup done in a wedding last weekend and it melted and smeared by the time I got to the reception. However, two of the girls in the Wedding Party opted to do their own makeup, and they ended up looking the best out of all 9 bridesmaids! Go figure!

Post # 9
4025 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

I saw a girl getting airbrush makeup done while I was getting my (regular) makeup done and I wasn’t really impressed with her final look. I’m sure traditional would be just fine. All of the best makeup artists that I know do traditional. 

Post # 11
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We had two weddings. For the first one I had air brush makeup and for the second one I had traditional make up. I hated air brush make up! It was very heavy, cracked on my face, made my eyes look tiny, got muddy. I looked like fake person in the pictures. I loved my traditional make up so much and had no problems. The pictures were all natural and it lasted until 5am. 

Post # 12
2763 posts
Sugar bee

I had airbrush makeup for my trial and HATED it. I actually felt like it highlighted all my skin imperfections rather than concealing them; it just looked like it sat on top of my skin in a very unflattering way rather than blending. I far preferred the in-person look of traditional makeup. Maybe my MUA just wasn’t great with airbrush (she seemed really taken aback that I didn’t like it), and I’ve only had the one experience, but from that very limited anecdotal experience my vote is traditional.

Bonus: you can touch up traditional makeup yourself vs airbrush you kind of just have to hope it wears well. 

Post # 13
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have had airbrush make up done twice and it was great both times. It held up really well in hot, humid weather and I found it had a less cakey look and feel than traditional make up. I think a lot of it has to do with the skill of the MUA, and I can certainly see how a lot of MUAs could be bad with airbrush makeup as doing it well seems to require a good bit of talent. You have to be very precise and there really isn’t any room to be heavy handed, whereas with traditional makeup if you screw up, you can continue buffing it into the skin to even it out. 

Post # 14
2965 posts
Sugar bee

Some may recommend airbrush because it’s more expensive, then again, I’ve never had my makeup professionally done, so I don’t know. I went natural, and I loved the look that I had. Meanwhile, I know a bride who got married this past weekend, and she had airbrush, and she looked like a totally different person. I feel bad for her, because she is the most naturally pretty woman – the type who can go without makeup and look flawless, but the airbrush completely made her look caked on and like a clown.

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