Airbrushed vs. Traditional Makeup


We get this question quite often…”What’s the difference between airbrushed makeup and traditional makeup?”  The answer is BIG!  When you’re having your makeup done professionally for an occasion such as a wedding and your picture is going to be taken countless times for numerous hours, airbrushed makeup is the answer to your prayers.

Airbrushed makeup is either water based or silicone based.  Water based has a matte finish and silicone based has a dewy finish.  In my experiences, I have found that both last approximately 14 hours, is sweat proof and can be reasonably water proof.  Airbrushed makeup goes on with an air compressor which, when done correctly, leaves a flawless finish.  When done correctly, airbrushed makeup does not look “cakey” or feel heavy.  In fact, many of my brides have said that it doesn’t even feel like they are wearing makeup.  Check out the gallery of photos on, the majority of those brides have been airbrushed.

On the other hand, traditional makeup is your typical liquid foundation.  It’s applied with the artists’ fingers, sponge or brush.   The application, regardless of technique, tends to have a heavier feel and look.  It has a lasting power of approximately 8 hours and most brands are not sweat proof or water proof.  In fact, many brands of traditional makeup have an SPF which does not photograph well.  It often leaves the subject looking “pasty” or “ghost-like”.

The best way to find out which type of makeup is best suited for your skin and your taste is to set up a trial with your makeup artist.  This is not something you want to play with on the “big” day.  The artists on Team Beauti specialize in airbrushed makeup application and can help you make the best decision for you.


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