Airbrushed Makeup vs. Regular Makeup: Here's Our Take.

Every kind of makeup has its own set of pros and cons! Ultimately, it all depends on your personal preference. If you can’t decide between the two, do a trial with both and see what you’re most comfortable with! Let’s discuss how to distinguish the two for you and hopefully save some confused brides from having to research the two. Trust us--there aren’t a lot of informative websites out there.


A light-weight makeup applied through an air gun machine that produces a thin, even layer of makeup and creates a very matte finish.

How it’s used: A small amount of a very thin makeup designed for airbrush use is put into a chamber of a gun. When the machine is turned on and the gun trigger pulled, a light spray of makeup comes out of the gun in a fine mist.

The fine mist of color covers the skin and gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. Your MUA will mix foundation colors for a perfect blend to match your skin tone. Since it’s such a fine mist your true skin tone shows through which makes it look more natural and not so much caked on. It will not transfer onto clothing, In professional photographs, it looks amazing! Airbrush makeup is waterproof (bring on those tears!) and it won’t go anywhere until you wash it off. Be sure you don’t wipe away sweat/tears and instead ‘blot’. This will help guarantee your 16 hours of wear. 

What is airbrushed makeup made of? Great question! Some are silicone based while others are water-based. Regardless of their bases, the foundations are much thinner than traditional foundations.

The airbrush makeup is applied in thin layers to the skin, which allows for an even, smooth finished look when applied properly. Because the spray is very finely misted, it provides you with a flawless finish that helps even out the skin tone without weighing the skin down.



Traditional makeup refers to the use of liquid, cream, or powdered foundations that are applied with a range of makeup tools including:

-Fiber brushes
- Sponges
- Foundation brushes

A liquid, cream, or pressed powder that is usually applied with a sponge, brush or fingertips. Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of any other makeup, with every shade available. It’s also the most versatile of all the makeup; it can be as basic as a sheer tint of coverage or combined with other properties to create a makeup that targets specific problems.

How it’s used: This particular makeup is the only makeup that, given the appropriate formula is chosen, can be used in any situation at any given time. It can be applied many different ways, from brush methods used with thicker foundations, to fingertips used for light and well-blended applications.

This makeup is typically not waterproof, will rub off on clothing and will need the occasional touch-ups throughout the evening. If applied incorrectly you can get a sloppy cake-like finish. Any makeup with SPF will make your face white in pictures. Traditional makeup is known for being the most versatile. It can be used as a simple, basic sheer tint of coverage or used to target specific needs.

One of the main reasons why so many women still prefer to use traditional makeup is that the available options are much more varied compared to what’s available for airbrush makeup lineup. With traditional makeup there are a plethora of formulations for all types of skin, offering anything from light to full coverage.

Both airbrush and traditional makeup applications are great options for an important event. The key factor for amazing wedding day makeup is ultimately the person behind the service. Make sure your local makeup artist has a clear understanding of both makeup applications and the look you are trying to achieve. During the inquiry, stage asks as many questions as possible.


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