Airbrush makeup

Airbrush makeup – everything you need to know

Airbrush makeup is a lightweight makeup sprayed onto the skin using an air gun machine (instead of using the conventional sponges, brushes, fingers) that produces a thin, even layer of makeup and creates a matte finish (click here to see what matte finish looks like).Traditional makeup on the other hand is applied with sponges or brushes and comes in a variety of shades to suit each and every complexion color. In this post, I have tried my best to simplify all the tiny details on airbrush and traditional makeup and I hope this will help you choose the best for yourself.

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What is airbrush makeup?

Airbrush makeup has become more popular in the last few years with the advent of high-definition video and television (HD) and due to the ‘perfect complexioned models’ giving their body a flawless finish. Airbrush makeup does not transfer, i.e. slight rubbing or brushing against something will not cause the makeup to come off. As the makeup is sprayed on, it connects with the skin as millions of droplets creating a sheer, natural appearance to the skin. Cameras see your face as tiny pixels and since airbrush makeup comes out as a spray, it very closely mimics the skin texture. Also, with airbrush blending is never a hassle. Airbrush works best on skin that is already in good condition and should never be applied heavily.

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Why should one use airbrush makeup?

Airbrush makeup has the ability to last for 16–24 hours! This technique is more sanitary than traditional makeup application as the artist never physically touches the skin. It’s faster if done by a trained artist and is most often used to camouflage tattoos, or any unwanted skin discoloration or imperfections.

How is airbrush makeup used?

A small amount of liquid makeup (designed for airbrush use) is put into the chamber of a gun. When the machine is turned on and the gun trigger pulled, a light spray of makeup comes out of the gun in the form of a fine mist.

Now everything has its share of pros and cons. The same goes for airbrush makeup too. On one hand, once the makeup is on, rubbing or tugging will not make it transfer. On the other hand, if some liquid or water falls on it, the makeup can cause streaking and there is nothing than can be done to blend it. Even airbrushing over the area will not blend the streak. Yeah, that’s sad! Moreover, airbrush makeup is not suitable for skin with acne, scars, wrinkles or even dry skin as it’s way too thin. Ideally, a professional makeup artist will lay down an entire face full of foundation and concealer with traditional makeup, giving you a flawless look and then maybe give a coat of airbrush for a finer finish once most of the work has been done.

What is traditional makeup?

Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of shades and can be applied as a sheer tint, or pack on more product for a heavier coverage that targets specific problems. Since the finish is in hand-blending, you can work the product into skin filling in all the nooks and corners. You don’t have to worry about ruining a finish since the finish is largely contingent upon your skill as an artist and not a machine.

Why should one use traditional makeup?

This particular makeup is the only makeup that, with the right formula for the right skin type, can look like a million bucks. Using a cream based foundation on women with dry or mature skin is the best as their skin typically needs large amounts of hydration with the oils present in cream based foundations.

How is it used?

Can be in the form of liquid, cream, or powder that is usually applied with sponges, fingers or brushes (click here to know all about brushes). The good thing about traditional makeup is that if rubbed off, it can be blended and fixed within seconds.

It is a myth that airbrush makeup will make your skin look flawless. Honestly, the correct application is more important. The texture of your skin can never be changed – only Photoshop can!

ZURI’S FINAL VERDICT: In my opinion, traditional makeup is the most versatile, therefore the best option, for personal as well as professional wedding makeup. There are some cases where airbrush is ideal, especially with HD camera’s being used in films where durability isn’t an issue as there is a makeup artist standing by for touch ups. It is equally awesome when covering large portions of the body to cover a tattoo or for body painting.

Below is a quick and easy reference table to tell you the difference between both – airbrush and traditional makeup. Do let me know in the comments segment what you thought about it and also if you have any queries.

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