Airbrush vs Traditional – Battle of the foundations!

Traditonal or Airbrush Makeup?

What’s the difference between traditional and airbrush makeup application and which is the best for you? 

To help answer this question, I have compiled 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 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 and concerns. Cream and liquid foundations are 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.

Traditional Makeup - Ellen Munro Makeup and Hair
Traditional Makeup – Ellen Munro Makeup and Hair

In contrast, Airbrush makeup 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. However, it may not be the best choice for those with dry skin or fine lines as it can exaggerate these concerns. Like traditional makeup, colours can be easily mixed to create custom blends, meaning all skin tones are catered for.

Airbrush Makeup - Ellen Munro Makeup and Hair
Airbrush Makeup – Ellen Munro Makeup and Hair

Is Airbrush makeup 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 professionally 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! Examples of my work using both traditional and airbrush makeup methods can be seen in my portfolio.