The Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup

Not sure if you should go the airbrush makeup route for your wedding? Read this.
by Brittany Lo

Airbrush makeup is extremely popular in the world of modeling and movies, and has also gained major popularity with brides. There's no doubt that airbrush makeup, 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.

Pro: Airbrush makeup lasts all day. 

Most airbrush 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.

Con: It 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.

Pro: Airbrush makeup is known for its 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.

Con: It can be 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.

Pro: With airbrush makeup, a little goes a long way. 

Airbrush makeup requires less product for more coverage. Because of the spray technique application process, a minimal amount of makeup goes a long way.

Con: Your shade options are a little more limited. 

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.

Pro: It's 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.

Con: Typically, airbrush makeup will always be 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 makeup 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 most beautiful version of yourself on your wedding day, so definitely consult your makeup artist to see what he or she recommends for you.

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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.

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