Q: What is the difference between traditional and airbrush makeup?
A: Every type of makeup has it’s own pros and cons. Every makeup artist will have their own opinion on what they prefer to use on their clients. Ultimately, it all depends on your personal preference. If you can’t decide between the two, do a trial with both and see what you’re most comfortable with. Almost 80% of all clients of ours choose and prefer airbrush.
Airbrush is a light-weight liquid makeup applied through an air gun and compressor that produces a thin, even layer of makeup in a spraying motion. It is the most HD (high definition) foundation created. The fine mist of color covers the skin and gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. Bri Stein Artistry will mix foundation colors for a perfect blend to match your skin tone. Airbrush is ideal for clients who are not used to wearing makeup or prefer a more natural finish and feel. Airbrush makeup is sweat, tear and transfer resistant and photographs beautifully. Airbrush makeup is not to be confused with the ever so popular "airbrush" tool used on the program "photoshop" to smooth texture of the skin. Airbrush makeup will even out skin tone, but does not correct texture problems with the skin such as pores, acne, moles, scars etc. Other products will be applied to smooth out the skins texture as much as possible if texture is an issue.
Traditional makeup is a Liquid, cream, and/or pressed powder that is usually applied with a sponge, brush or finger tips. Traditional makeup comes in the widest variety of any other makeup, with every shade available. It’s also the most versatile of all the makeup; it can be as basic as a sheer tint of coverage, or combined with other properties to create a makeup that targets specific problems. Most traditional makeup is sweat, tear and transfer resistant. Traditional makeup is ideal for clients who need very full coverage, or have facial hair as the product can be pressed into the skin.
Airbrush is just a different way of applying foundation. The airbrush pixelates a fine mist of foundation on to the face resulting in a flawless, even, and long-lasting finish, as opposed to a traditional application with sponges and brushes. Both are beautiful and traditional can be made just as long-lasting as airbrush if done properly.
When makeup artists use the term ‘Traditional Makeup’ they are referring to the application and use of foundation applied with tools you’d use at home. So whether it be liquid, cream or a powder foundation used with a foundation brush, sponge or a duo fiber brush (a.k.a. skunk brush).
So as you would suspect, the application of traditional foundation will be of thicker consistency. And depending on the artist, it usually takes a bit longer applying it on the skin as well. However, because there are many more cosmetics companies developing traditional foundation, there is an array of products that may be used spanning from light to full coverage, oil-free, etc.
Airbrush makeup utilizes a small makeup air compressor, an airbrush gun, and special airbrush foundation. This foundation – which is either water based or silicone based – is thinner than regular liquid foundation as it needs to pass through the airbrush gun. The airbrushing sprays a very fine mist on the skin pushed through with gentle air pressure from the compressor. This allows, when sprayed on properly, an even and consistent application of foundation which sits evenly on the skin.
Because of the fine misted spray, airbrush makeup provides a flawless coverage, evening out skin’s imperfections while still allowing your skin to breath. (Yes, it’s really THAT light weight!) The final result gives you a very natural, yet very finished and polished look.
With all that said, if you do have a brilliant artist, their traditional makeup application could be at par with airbrush makeup applications when using the right tools, products and techniques.
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