What is Airbrushing?
I have two types of clients. Those who love airbrushing and want me to use nothing else and those who have no idea what it is. For those of you in the latter category – this blog is for you! I love using airbrush makeup on my clients and the results can be amazing! Here’s what you have to look forward to with airbrushing…
If you’re new to airbrushing you might not know how it works. Airbrush makeup is makeup sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush machine instead of being applied with sponges, fingers, or brushes. It uses a compressor to deliver a constant stream of air and product into a pen.
Airbrush makeup has been around for decades but was mostly used in the film industry and at high ticket photo shoots until the last several years. One benefit of airbrushing is that it allows for makeup to be applied evenly, creating an impeccably smooth finish which is why it has recently become more popular with brides.
Airbrush makeup is more than just foundation though. Spraying bronzer, blush, and even eyeshadow with an airbrush will ensure a flawless appearance that lasts all day. It also acts as a filler by helping to fill in lines, pores, and imperfections.
My Favorite Things About Airbrushing
The best part about airbrushing is that it will last all day and look flawless. It is also lightweight so it does not feel like a mask on your skin. You apply it in superfine layers that dry quickly so you can use as much or as little product as you want. The line I like to use is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores either.
Different skin types need different levels of coverage and that is really easy to control with airbrushing so you won’t have more than you need. Typically airbrushing requires less product and a little goes a long way.
What You Need To Consider With Airbrushing
If you have dry skin, airbrushing could make it look flaky. I always recommend starting to take care of your skin routinely for 30-60 days prior to your event. That includes a daily skin regimen and exfoliating twice a week. Doing this should eliminate most of the flaking issues that can happen with airbrushing.
Another concern is that airbrush colors can be limited because there are fewer brands to choose from. You may find that a traditional foundation matches your skin better than airbrush. Make sure to do a trial run with your makeup artist before your event. He or she can test colors and make sure it will blend well.
Should You Use Airbrushing For Bridal?
Airbrushing is perfect for bridal! Not only does it last all day but it’s sweatproof and waterproof so no worries if the happy tears flow, it gets a little hot at the ceremony, or you get smothered with hugs and kisses from your family. It’s transfer resistant too which means it won’t rub off on other people’s clothes when hugging or on your own dress or veil! With airbrush makeup, there’s no wasting time touching it up. It can also give you the complexion of your dreams for your wedding photos!
If You’re A Makeup Artist, You Should Be Offering Both Airbrushing & Traditional Foundation
It’s always important to offer your clients what they want. Airbrushing is becoming more and more popular for bridal and editorial shoots. Sometimes it’s a personal preference and you want to be able to accommodate everyone. Adding airbrush services can help grow your business enormously.
COVID & Airbrushing
In today’s world, keeping a distance and touching as little as possible is a good thing. Airbrushing is a touch free system – need I say more during COVID times? The less contact, the more comfortable many clients are at this time. Having airbrush as an option makes sense for so many reasons!