To Airbrush, or Not to Airbrush? That is the Question.
Updated: May 26
Ok, I can’t lie, I absolutely love airbrush, so yes, I’m going to be a little bit biased on this one. If you are a bride, airbrush is probably something you have heard of, but you are unlikely to have experienced it before, so how do you know it’s what you want for your wedding day? I include airbrush in my trial fee, however, should you decide to go ahead with it for your wedding day, I do charge an extra £10 per booking. I’m hoping that in this post I will be able to explain a) why I prefer to use airbrush, and b) why there is an extra cost to it.
So, the main difference between airbrush and traditional foundation is how it is applied. While traditional foundation is applied with either a brush or sponge, airbrush makeup is sprayed on using an airbrush and compressor system. When I am doing an airbrush makeup application, I actually do my entire makeup process differently. Both application processes start with skin care. With traditional makeup application, I then move on to eye makeup before applying foundation and finishing with the complexion (blush, highlight etc). When I am doing an airbrush application, my next step after skin care is the complexion, which I often do with airbrush, before going in with the airbrush foundation, which creates a beautiful glowing from within effect. I then finish with eye makeup.
With Airbrush makeup, particularly foundation, I find it is easier to control the level of coverage. As it sprays in a mist, it is easy to build fine, natural looking layers, without the foundation ever feeling heavy on the skin, and still being able to achieve a full coverage effect. Traditional foundation can be a little more tricky to control in this respect, but that’s why I carry a range of different foundations (tinted moisturiser for lighter coverage, cream foundation palette for mid and build-able coverage, and liquid foundation for full coverage. Another blog post coming soon on my foundations!). It’s also perfect for those clients with acne or sensitive skin as there is no aggravation to the skin from brushes, and creates a flawless canvas.
Airbrush makeup also tends to be much more resilient than traditional foundation. I recently did a wedding makeup using airbrush where I was also a guest. There were lots of happy tears and nose blowing after I had done the application but before we left for the ceremony, and I didn’t have to touch up once! It’s very rare I get to see brides from first thing to the end of the evening, and I was genuinely amazed at how beautiful the makeup still looked at the end of the day!
Is airbrush makeup for everyone? No. I am yet to come across any one foundation that is the perfect fit for every single person. What suits one person may not suit another. Everyone’s skin has different needs, and there is a certain amount I can do in skin prep, but ultimately we need to try the foundation on your skin to see if it is the right fit for you.
So why is there an extra charge for airbrush makeup? The airbrush cosmetics themselves are about on a par price wise with traditional foundations, sometimes even a little cheaper (and for better results, why wouldn’t you?!). However, the airbrush compressors and guns themselves are very expensive. I also have to bring a lot of extra kit with me, and there is a lot more equipment cleaning and maintenance to do when I get home.
I hope this has been helpful for those of you considering airbrush makeup for your wedding. If you do have any questions about airbrush, please either comment below or pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mazz Loxton is a professional Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist, helping brides capture their wild and romantic soul in their hair and makeup for their wedding day. Based in Sheffield, and carrying out services across South Yorkshire, The Peak District and Beyond