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Which is the ideal choice for bridal makeup- Airbrush or Traditional?

If you read my incredibly long engagement post you would know that I got ditched by the makeup artist I had booked in the first place. Even though everything went really well that day and I was happy the way I looked, I decided to expand my options this time. I also decided to start my search early and I have already done a couple of trials but like many of you bride to be’s out there,  I was a little confused whether I wanted to go the traditional way or try airbrush.  To add to my misery, some makeup artist speak highly about airbrush and some suggest brushes and sponges are the way to go. 
I finally decided to do a little research of my own, speak to a couple of more MUAs and newly married friends/family to see which side they are on  in this debate. In this process, I think I have learnt a few important things about these two methods of makeup and I am going to share that with you so my fellow brides…are you ready with your pens and notepads (or you can just bookmark this page…I am a pen paper kind of a person you see :p)

Okay before we start, a little introductions are in order. Lets go in an alphabetical order and talk about Airbrush first.  As per baba Wikipedia, Airbrush makeup is makeup sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods. Traditional powder or liquid based make-up can settle and appear in pores and wrinkles and be visible on HD film. As the makeup is sprayed on, it connects with the skin as millions of droplets of formula. The formula can create an even, sheer, natural appearance to the skin that, if applied properly for a natural look, can appear natural and non-heavy like traditional makeup. On the other hand Traditional makeup is using traditional means of application like fingers, brushes and sponges. 

Now lets talk about the goods and the bads of each style of makeup

  • Airbrush is very lighter and sheer on the skin so if you are a no makeup look kind of a person, then airbrush will make you really happy
  • If you have very oily skin and makeup rarely stays in place on you then you can definitely opt for airbrush as it does tend to stay on you longer
  • Airbrush gives you a more radiant and what we like to call HD finish.
  • However, if you have a skin with lots of issues like acne, marks or pigmentation then airbrush will not help you because the coverage is pretty sheer
  • Its a common myth that airbrush is water resistant and that’s the reason it stays in place longer. This is not true, whether your makeup is waterproof or not depends on the products being used and not the method its applied with.
  • Airbrush is more expensive than traditional makeup because of all the tools involved.
Each method has its own pros and cons and the bottomline is to each its own. I don’t have a flawless skin so when I tried airbrush I could see the acne marks showing underneath the foundation. When I tried covering the blemishes the traditional way and then use airbrush on it, the flawless no makeup finish which is basically the whole charm of airbrush makeup was lost so I finally decided to go for the traditional style. My sister in law on the other hand has a skin which can put a baby’s skin to shame chose airbrush makeup for her wedding and she looked absolutely gorgeous. 
All in all, the best way to judge what works for you would be to go for a trial and I know they cost extra but trust me spending a few extra bucks would save you bucket load of anxiety you would otherwise have on your big day. So don’t skip it unless you have actually seen the MUA’s work on someone else. Also, if you are opting for airbrush, make sure you are going to the right person because airbrush makeup is not every MUA’s cup of tea. Also, if your makeup artist can makeup you like a million dollars without pointing that airbrush gun at you well you have no reason to complain.

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