Ponypi, you sound very stressed out!! I’m sorry you are going through this and that your trial didn’t come out the way you expected it to be!
Just like the market having a so many different kinds of foundations, there are a range of ‘airbrush’ equipment and various foundations the makeup artist COULD HAVE USED and not knowing exactly what she used and what MIGHT have went wrong means we (the fellow weddingbee forum members) cannot, cannot help you decide or determine whether or not liquid foundation is BETTER than airbrush for YOUR wedding~
Believe it or not, I’ve heard horror stories about a ‘makeup artist’ using one of those aersol cans (Sally’s foundation at drugstore, or the dior skin flash foundation) and claim that that’s “airbrush” makeup!!!
In my professional opinion, I would definitely eliminate drugstore foundations AND MINERAL MAKEUP. This is just my opinion what I would do, first.
Secondly, professioanl artist don’t use just ‘regular’ makeup, but they should use the best quality makeup for your purposes (wedding day). And ALSO, it depends greatly on your skin type and current skin condition. i’m not trying to suggest you have bad skin or anything like that since I dont know what you look like or anything, but I always tell people that makeup is just makeup – it’s not plastic surgery, and it’s not photoshop. So what it comes down to, really, is finding the RIGHT products for your skin type. To do that you need to communicate with the vendors you are working with, and go through all the options, instead of basing what you think about Airbrush vs. Liquid foundation on other people’s experience or what they BELIEVE the difference about Airbrush vs. Liquid.
I can give you my personal experience – I went with what you call ‘traditional’ makeup because I understood that essentially cosmetics work about the same~ (at the high quality range, that is). And I KNOW my skin type very well – combination, acne prone, blahblahblah~ so even the most expensive makeup, with the BEST primer, I would still need to ‘retouch’ and touch up my skin every 4-6 hours! I had realistic expectations about how LONG it’s going to last and touch up accordingly. Getting airbrush (just a different way of applying foundation….) will NOT make even the best makeup last more than 6 hours on me~ so that’s how I came to my decision.
I would NEVER tell my client that the makeup will last ALL DAY if it will last 4-6 hours, because people with true combination/oily skin will PRODUCE the sebum NATURALLY even with the most mattifying products. That’s just how skin works~
Sorry my post is long – but I wanted to help you see the full picture. Those images you see of so-called FLAWLESS makeup on the magazines are just photoshopped. I just wanted to reinforce the idea that yes, it’s natural to want to look our best, but by using airbrush makeup or even certain MIRACLE products (that are advertised as MIRACLE products), it will not look like the magazines~!! even those mascara ads you see everyday are FALSE~ they are wearing FALSE LASHES and each lash is then DIGITALLY photoshopped….I’m not saying you won’t look great or anything or that we as brides shouldn’t expect to look our best, I’m just saying that by really communicating with our vendors, and selecting the correct vendors is really important in the process…it’s not simply about airbrush vs. liquid/traditional makeup.