Wedding Makeup

Airbrush Vs Traditional Makeup For Your Wedding Day – A must-read for all brides

September 15, 2022

Your wedding day is almost here, but you haven't decided if you want Airbrush or Traditional Makeup! Don't worry, we're here to break down the differences for you.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to your needs, skin type, and comfort levels. While we love both Airbrush and Traditional Makeup applications, each application style has its own pros and cons.

Airbrush Makeup delivers a truly flawless finish, however, it is not best suited for all skin types. Skin that is on the drier side can sometimes turn flaky after Airbrush Makeup is applied. Traditional Makeup tends to be more creamy and is sometimes better suited for very dry skin as it is more hydrating than Airbrush Makeup. If your skin is in the normal-oily range, Airbrush Makeup is perfect for you! If your skin is on the drier side of the spectrum, we might recommend using a Traditional moisturizing foundation.

So, let's break them down!

Airbrush Makeup Pros & Cons

Airbrush Makeup comes in the form of a very thin, liquid-like foundation. Airbrush foundation is a special foundation that is highly colorized and pigmented and is sprayed directly onto your skin using an airbrush pen and compressor. When done correctly, this is a beautiful application technique for special events where you need to look flawless. Negative reviews of Airbrush Makeup are usually because someone had Airbrush Makeup done incorrectly. When done incorrectly, Airbrush Makeup looks heavy, cakey, and can easily separate with tears. It is key to hire a professional makeup artist to apply it for you; someone who really knows the product and has had the training that's needed for a perfect application. When done correctly, it looks like a second skin that will last the entirety of your wedding day and night.

Airbrush Makeup is completely customizable to your needs. Experienced makeup artists can apply your Airbrush Makeup to appear sheerer or more opaque depending on your preference. We particularly recommend Airbrush Makeup for summer brides; wedding days are a marathon, and in the summertime, temperatures tend to be high. Airbrush Makeup will withstand the heat, sweat, and tears more successfully than Traditional Makeup. The last thing you want is for your makeup to rub off on someone's clothing when they give you a congratulatory hug! If you're a summer bride, we highly recommend looking into receiving Airbrush Makeup services.

Three reasons why we recommend Airbrush Makeup:

Camera Ready. Hi-definition cameras are able to pick up any inconsistencies, especially in your makeup. If your foundation gets smudged and there isn't a makeup brush around to buff the smudge out, the camera will pick that up. Airbrush Makeup is waterproof and long-lasting, meaning you won't have to worry about your makeup smudging or sweating off throughout the day!

Consistency. Though Airbrush Makeup is more expensive, it is definitely worth it! With Airbrush Makeup, you don't have to worry about your makeup bleeding, and you can be sure that it will look perfect in all of your photos! Investing in a high-quality product for your wedding day will ensure that your makeup doesn’t move from your first look to your send-off!

Wedding Proof. Wedding days are a marathon, not a sprint. When it comes to your wedding day makeup, you want a marathon-ready makeup application. While Traditional Makeup can last all day with the proper prepping and setting products, Airbrush Makeup definitely has the edge when it comes to achieving a natural-looking, long-lasting finish.

Traditional Makeup Pros & Cons

Traditional Makeup is typically a cream liquid or powder foundation that is applied with either a sponge or foundation brush. Based on your preferences, Traditional Makeup can be applied with either a matte or dewy finish. Traditional Makeup is a great option if you're looking for products that feel more familiar with what you use on an everyday basis. Your wedding day is not the day to try new things, we always recommend our brides stay close to their comfort zones. If you're interested in learning more about the difference between Airbrush Makeup and Traditional Makeup, ask your makeup artist to apply a half-face of each foundation type when you have your trial. This way, half of your face will receive Airbrush foundation, and half will receive Traditional. After your trial, see how each side of your face looks and feels throughout the day.

Traditional Makeup is versatile and comes in a wide range of formulations specifically designed to meet the needs of various skin types. Traditional Makeup is very buildable; makeup artists can easily bump your makeup from a more natural look to a more dramatic look with a wave of their makeup brushes.

Three reasons why we recommend Traditional Makeup:

Comfort. One of the first things we ask our brides is how they wear their makeup every day; don't worry, there's no wrong answer! If you have a specific makeup regime every morning, odds are you'll want a similar application for your wedding day.

Dry Skin. If you are on the drier side of the skin spectrum, a Traditional Makeup application may be better suited for you. There is a wider range of formulations available for traditional makeup, which makes it easier to find products that meet the specific needs of different skin types. For example, foundations with a matte finish are better for people with oily skin, while those with dry skin will do better with a foundation that contains moisturizing ingredients.

Mature Skin. While Airbrush Makeup can provide an even finish for mature skin, sometimes Traditional Makeup is better suited for more textured skin. The effects of aging on your skin can interfere with a smooth Airbrush Makeup application and over time, you may notice wrinkles popping through. Traditional makeup is creamier than Airbrush and can smooth any imperfections on your skin, while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through!

Airbrush and Traditional makeup are both great options for brides who want a natural-looking, long-lasting finish. Both airbrush and traditional makeup have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consult with a professional makeup artist to decide which is best suited for you. Ultimately, the best foundation for your wedding day is the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and beautiful!