The Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup

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By Brittany Lo

Makeup airbrushing is extremely popular in the world of modeling and
movies, and has also gained popularity with brides. There’s no doubt
that airbrushing, when done correctly, creates a smooth, flawless look
that may be difficult to achieve with regular makeup, but there are some
things you should consider before receiving an airbrush application.
Here are some of the pros and cons:

1) All Day Stay

Most airbrushed makeup is silicone based, which means it lasts longer
and is more water resistant than regular makeup. It’ll be able to
withstand most of the hugging and kissing that will inevitably happen
throughout the wedding day.

2) Flawless Finish

Airbrushing allows for makeup to be applied evenly, creating an impeccably smooth finish—perfect for the hundreds of pictures that
you’ll be taking all day.

3) Minimal Makeup
Airbrushing requires less product for more coverage. Because of the
spray technique application process, a minimal amount of makeup goes a
long way.

4) Easy to Layer

Since you can apply airbrush makeup in such a fine layer, it dries super
quickly, so you can add more layers for coverage if you want.

1) Can Be Flaky

Airbrush makeup is great on moisturized, hydrated skin, but if your skin
tends to be on the drier side, the spray-on product may begin to flake.
Since the formula is waterproof, the consistency is a lot less creamy
than traditional foundation.

2) Hard to Re-Blend

If you do end up crying and your makeup streaks, it’s difficult to fill
in the streaks with more airbrushing or even regular makeup, making it
harder to re-create your original, flawless look. However, if it’s
applied and dries properly, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

3) Limited Shade Options

The type of foundation formula used with an airbrush is different than
everyday foundation, and there’s a more limited selection of shades and
brands to choose from. You may find that your skin matches better with
traditional foundation.

4) More Expensive

For most makeup artists, airbrush is considered an add-on and typically
more expensive than a normal makeup application. So if you’re planning
to pay for your bridal party’s services, airbrush may not be as cost effective. But if you’re curious about trying airbrush, ask about it during your makeup trial—it’s the perfect time to try it out to see if you like it before spending the extra money on the day of.

Ultimately, you want to look and feel like the prettiest version of yourself on your wedding day, so definitely consult your makeup artist to see what he or she recommends for you.

Brittany Lo is the founder and CEO of the New York City–based beauty
services company Beautini and an ultimate beauty junkie. She’s been
obsessed with makeup her entire life and knew she’d end up dedicating
her professional life to making women feel beautiful for the most
important day of their lives.