(Closed) Difference between air brushed and regular makeup?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did airbrush for my wedding and my boudoir photos and I will say that:

Coverage: It covered skin color imperfections well but IMO it didn’t fill in the pores as well as some of the liquid makeup out there. However, in photos, you can’t really see people’s pores anyway unless your photographer is like doing a super super super close up shot of you.

Wear: It’s more lightweight and goes on more finely and evenly. So I think it wore pretty well. When I wear normal liquid makeup and I’m sweating, the thicker consistency can mix with my sweat and smudge around (like under the nose pads of my sunglasses). With the airbrush, this was not an issue. My Mother-In-Law also, without thinking, wiped one side of my face quite hard when she greeted us/kissed us and my makeup didn’t budge.

Appearance: Assuming she does it right, it is even in terms of color and coverage. My MUA also sprayed on bronzer to give my face some definition. It is quite matte which is something to consider if your normal makeup has some dewiness to it (like mine). It stays looking pretty matte throughout your wedding but this is more obvious in person. In photos, it’s not “too matte”.

Overall, I liked the look of airbrushed makeup and think the wear/consistency is worth the extra cost. It is a little more matte than I’m used to, but for photos, you don’t want to be remotely shiny so it works. I had breakouts on my face and she touched them up as well as airbrushed over them and it looked fine (although mine were in recovery so they were flat, just discolored).

Post # 6
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m curious about this, too. As someone who almost never wears foundation, I’d almost be inclined to go with the airbrushing if it feels lighter.

Post # 7
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do the airbrush.  I barely wear make-up normally (powder and eyeliner only) and I decided to try airbrush at trial.  It felt light and “normal”.  I have some acne scaring and they were completely covered.  It lasted from 11am until I went to bed around 10pm.


Post # 8
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did the airbrush. I loved it. I have pretty nice skin (no acne) but I do have some serious redness issues that I find start to show through after a few hours of liquid makeup. The airbrush kept them under control the entire night (even after my husband smeared cake all over my face and i had to wipe it off). My face really looked flawless in every picture which I really liked (even closeups – it never looks like that in real life – but maybe I just suck at doing my own makeup). My sister also had it done (our stylist is a close family friend) and looked amazing. Was very even (she also sprayed my neck and chest a bit). It was light and airy I didn’t have to worry about it all night. Totally recommend. 🙂

Post # 9
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had my heart set on airbrush makeup which is the reason I chose the makeup lady I did. However, a few hours after I had my trial, it had gone funny on my nose and chin. I wouldn’t say I have greasy skin,  but I am assuming it must be slightly as thats the only thing I can think of that caused it. Needles to say I am now sticking with normal foundation and I am just hoping it looks as nice on the day!

Post # 10
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

All makeup – whether it’s traditional, hand applied or airbrush depends on the makeup artist, their skill level, the products used and your particular skin need and type.

I do both hand applied and airbrush – so I’m not negating one or the other.

It is simply a TOOL.  Anyone saying it is better than hand applied – run from.  Many “artists” bought the system, or trained in a day class and now call themselves “makeup artists”.  

If an artist cannot blend and finish foundation and makeup by HAND, chances are they are not skilled to do airbrush either.  It takes the correct prepping of the skin and knowledge of products to use for each person. 

If your makeup feels heavy – either hand applied or airbrush, it is not the right formula or application technique for you – or the artist is not skilled enough.

Airbrush and hand applied makeup products are very similar – the tool is the brush or air.  There are water resistant hand application foundations – there are water resistant airbrush formulas.  The only difference is in the application process and tool used.

Also, High Definition on a makeup product is NO indication that it will be flawless for any high def useage or camera – it’s ALL in the skill and knowledge of the artist.

If you ever hear any person claiming that one is the BEST over another, question them.  Look at the artists’ portfolio and their reviews to determine their skill level. 

I hope this has helped a bit 🙂

Lisa Johnson


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