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Just Said Yes September 2021

Airbrush vs. Traditional makeup

Erika, on May 7, 2021 at 3:10 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 1 11
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I've been having trouble finding a makeup artist for my wedding; it seems to be a challenge to match my red hair & skintone. The last two I've been to my eyebrows were too orange & foundation was too fair. I did a trial and was unhappy with the results. I was told that airbrush makeup might give me more what I'm looking for. It costs a lot more and I've heard the color is more difficult to match. Is it worth the extra cost? Does it last longer? Is it better? Thanks in advance!

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Latest activity by Kari, on May 10, 2021 at 11:02 AM
  • CountryBride
    Super April 2022
    CountryBride Online ·
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    I love airbrush makeup it's not cakey and it does match skin tone better

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  • Lav
    Dedicated October 2022
    Lav ·
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    I don’t like airbrush makeup. I think you should try to find somebody else to work with.
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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    It truly depends on the person. My first trial was with airbrush, I got home, and my husband said “Omg, your face has streaks down it.” Apparently I was sweating from it being so hot and when I touched my fave it just smeared. Did another trial with natural makeup and LOVED it. I never wear makeup and this looked most natural to me. Good luck! Once you find an experienced person, you will love whichever you choose!
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  • Brittany
    Dedicated June 2021
    Brittany ·
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    Will they let you bring the products (brow, foundation) that you normally use to your appointment? My regular hairstylist is going to be doing my hair and makeup for my wedding and she told me to bring anything I love to use to my trial appointment. Also, try going in to your local Sephora or Ulta and asking for suggestions. A lot of employees there also do makeup professionally and they will have great products to use.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I tried both traditional makeup and airbrush during my trial, and the difference was pretty extraordinary...Airbrush was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend trying it out

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    Team airbrush! It lasts a lot longer than regular makeup, it photographs better, and is definitely worth the cost in my opinion

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    Expert May 2021
    Jaime ·
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    I have never had airbrush in my life. When I went for my trial my artist suggested it given I wanted a more full coverage look (I have some dark spots and not to cute freckles I want to cover). I was amazed! I was so in love with my skin and the final look and it looked great the whole day (I am a sweater, so I would have known right away if it wouldn't stay put). It is worth the extra cost knowing that my skin will look beautiful all day long.

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    Devoted August 2020
    Tina ·
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    As someone who is pale and never wears makeup going a natural look the makeup lady told me she doesn’t suggest airbrush. Even though it give her more money she said to go traditional. So I never had airbrush on my trial so I can’t help you there.


    I would ask for other opinions from other makeup artists and see from their point of view.
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  • Rosie
    Rockstar September 2021
    Rosie ·
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    So I spoke to my makeup artist about airbrush. Makeup is a huge hobby of mine and I was really interested in it. She said that airbrush is the preferred choice of tv and film professionals and some insist upon it even though it can take longer to do - and of course there must presumably be a reason for that. You wouldn't choose to come in earlier for no reason so they must think it's good!

    On the other hand, I've never tried it out - I don't want my first time to be on my wedding day. I want to know how it will wear. The other things is that you cannot use a setting spray with airbrush. I know exactly how most makeup sits, especially with a primer and a setting spray. I know how much wear you get out of it and how it will settle. I don't know any of that for airbrush.

    I COULD get another trial and test it, but I don't think that's going to compare to the literal years of trial and error I've done with regular foundation and setting spray, you know?

    So overall I've decided against, but I will say that I've heard good things.

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    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Erika ·
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    Thank you all, this is all really helpful!

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari Online ·
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    A professional MUA should be able to match your skin tone. When I consulted about HMUA originally one place I went to recommended airbrush for weddings, the other traditional. Sorry I'm not much help it just strikes me that a professional couldn't get you a good color match.

    I'm quite fair, but my face is a couple shades darker and a bit pinker than the rest of me. So when I find makeup matched to my face it looks really good up close but like I'm wearing a mask when pulled back, and if I match my makeup to my actual skin color it looks seamless but I feel like I look really washed out up close. I'm not sure if you are having a similar problem, but just something to keep in mind if you feel like the color always looks "off" to you.

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