(Closed) Makeup artist dislikes airbrush

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

MMmm I don’t know why, but obviously if she disliked it enough there’s a valid reason. I’m using regular makeup and I like that my makeup artist had so much control over it. I felt like a pallette and I looked like a piece of artwork afterwards! I watched every step she did and she explained why she was doing everything and I thought it was super cool.

I have slightly oily skin and I tend to get those big under-the-skin blemishes (the really painful ones) that never break to the surface and she hides them incredibly well. I wear light makeup to work and was worried about how heavy it’d feel but i was pleasantly surprised by my Clinique artist. I’ve also had professional makeup (The HD tv kind) done for my boudoirs and that DID look fake and heavy and thick on my face. Great in pics but awful in person. 

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

I personally love the look of airbrush when it’s done RIGHT. many makeup artists don’t use it because it’s an art that takes a lot of practice. If you can find someone that can use traditional foundation and powder to make you feel pretty and fresh- go with it. You don’t neccesarily need airbrush to do that- just make sure if your skin is oily that you ask your makeup artist what kind of powder you should buy that will match, so you can touch up later after some dancing. Good luck:)

Post # 5
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well, I got the same kind of reaction.

My wedding planner has a mua who she spoke with regarding doing my mu and my idea for wanting airbrush. The mua basically said that she hates the final product of airbrush and that she gets results that are better and more natural and softer … 

I did think that airbrush was natural and barely visible, but I guess it’s not? 

I did research online and I will go to a couple trials for mu and decide who I like and which finish I prefer. Not sure still.

Post # 7
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Don’t want to hijack this thread, but what is airbrush make-up?  I’ve never heard of it!  So you can guess that I’m getting traditional make up done.  FWIW, my MUA is rated the best for weddings in the area, and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t do it (or at least never said anything to me about it).  So I’m guessing you can do pretty well with traditional.  She just did an hour long sessions with my sister who has terrible pregnancy dermatitis + naturally oily skin…and my sis looked amazing (and v. natural) after.  I think you can do pretty well if you use the right quality of make up, combo of powder and foundation, and color…but as I said, I have no idea what airbrush even is so maybe it can be even better.  I totally thought it was just what you do to pictures afterward and I couldn’t figure out why your MUA has a say in that at all 😉

Post # 9
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have very mixed reviews about airbrush .. i had it done 3 times and only "loved" it once. I agree with Ms.Champagne about it being an art that not all MUA’s have mastered.

I’m all about HD makeup. It has photochromatic pigments that adjusts with lighting. It’s also even finer than mineral makeup, even the compact kind. It’s also very forgiving so you don’t have to work as hard to blend. I have REALLY oily skin and it’s been good to me. Try Makeup Forever or CARGO~



Post # 10
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I love airbrush makeup!  I use it on a regular basis (FYI- I am a pro MUA).  First of all there are many types of airbrush foundations – so they may each give a different result.

I customize all my airbrush foundations based on the person’s skin type and desired coverage.  Example:  more Matte coverage for oily skin and natural/glowing coverage for normal or dry skin.  I currently have 3 different brands of airbrush foundations in my kit – One might be better then another- depending on your skin type and desired results.

THe reason airbrush makeup is so great is because it IS SO CUSTOMIZABLE and also has a longer LIFE then traditional makeup.  Most airbrush foundations are formulated with long lasting coverage and most are also sweat/water proof.  

I had did a person’s makeup with the Temptu s/b airbrush foundation (med coverage) and she went home and slept/ took a shower the next day and came in (she didn’t wash her face and left her makeup on) and her makeup still looked awesome!  It held up though two full days!  Now, she did have normal skin type- but still that foundation held up great! 

Post # 11
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m a pro makeup artist and do both traditional hand-applied and airbrush.  I use airbrush for my tv regulars on-air for high definition tv – and I prefer regular hand applied for most all other applications.  Airbrush can look plastic on some people if not applied properly.  Airbrush is ONLY as good as the artist using the tool – as it is a tool like any other – brushes, sponges, etc.  A lot of makeup artists know airbrush but may have little experience with blending and the other aspects of makeup application. 

An artist is only as good as their portfolio of work – and LOOK at the makeup artist’ portfolio before deciding.  Airbrush in the hands of a capable artist that has had experience in traditional makeup application for years is a wonderful thing – airbrush in the hands of a new makeup artist with a few months and a workshop under their belt can be iffy.  It is not the end all be all – there is a lot of interest in it being trendy.  When told it’s the best and nothing else is good enough – ask WHY and ask if the artist also has experience in traditional.

Most all professional foundation products today have the same properties of water resistance and wearability – it’s up to the artist and how they use them on their clients.  You can take airbrush makeup and blend it out as well by hand if you’re a good artist.  As stated before – make SURE your makeup artist has authentic photos and reviews of their service before deciding (all images in my portfolios are hand-applied traditional makeup).  Above all, have a trial and see for yourself.  Have fun!

Post # 12
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@ljohnsonmua:  After years of hand application, I now offer Airbrush Makeup for Wedding and Event – I’m in Nashville and travel all over the nation – plus destination weddings outside of the United States.

I love airbrush makeup for the longevity and water resistance the formulas are known for.  My hand applied also has the same qualities, only a different application. 

If you’re looking for flawless wedding day airbrush or traditional, hand applied, please give me a call at http://www.bridesbylisa.com

Lisa Johnson

Post # 13
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

From a makeup artist point of veiw i love it and hate it lol. some pple hear of it and are adimant they want it. I always take it with me to a trial and then recommend wether its ideal or not. i will recommend it if the person either has young skin that is oily and reallly bad blemish acne and spot prone as really the coverage is heavyer. and on normal skin i cant get a much nicer natural duey skin coverage with a nice armani or clinique foundation. the other times ive used it is when the person has the most flawless skin and never ever waers a drop of makeup. i use a really light spray just to even skin tone.Hope This Helps

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