My brides often ask me about the major differences between traditional and airbrush makeup application and which is the best option for them. Below I have provided an overview of both methods. This guide will help you decide which method will give you the best results on your wedding day.
Traditional, or hand brushed makeup, is the most common form of makeup application. Most women are most familiar with this method and chose to use this type of application on themselves. Traditional foundations come in a range of formulations and are usually applied using a brush or sponge. They offer a wide range of finishes and have a great deal of flexibility.
Traditional foundations cater for all skin types with cream and liquid foundations being a great choice for dry and mature skin types. While powders and matte formulas may be more suited to oily skin types. Traditional foundations are highly versatile, making them a great all round product and an absolute staple of a professional makeup artist.
I carry a full range of Cinema Secrets cream foundations in my kit. These are lightweight, buildable, and cruelty free foundations. They can be easily mixed in order to make any colour and achieve all levels of coverage. I also have a number of liquid foundations and mixing mediums to ensure I always have a product on hand to meet your needs!
Airbrush makeup is a newer form of application which uses an air compressor to spray a fine mist of foundation over the face, providing a soft even coverage. Rather than being buffed or brushed in, airbrush makeup sits on top of the skin resulting in a flawless finish which offers excellent coverage without caking. It can be a great option for people whose skin is sensitive or easily aggravated.
I choose to use Elementwo Silicon Based Foundations. This professional range of makeup is water, sweat and transfer resistant. Like traditional makeup, colours can be easily mixed to create custom blends, meaning all skin tones are catered for.
Which is best for me?
Traditional and Airbrush makeup both have their pros and cons. Both application methods can provide flawless coverage with the end results often being indistinguishable. Traditional and airbrush makeup will both last all day when applied by a properly trained artist. Some prefer the lightweight feel of airbrush foundation, whilst others find traditional products to feel more comfortable on the skin. Therefore, if you have no major skin concerns, the difference really comes down to personal preference. Both traditional and airbrush makeup provide excellent, long lasting results, that can be tailored to suit you!