Have you ever wondered how Hollywood starlets manage to rock a flawless complexion as they strut the red carpet? It’s not just good genes or expensive skincare. Often, it’s down to an innovative cosmetic application technique called airbrush makeup. And the good news is that you can get airbrush makeup for your wedding too! After all, if there’s one day you want to look and feel like the most beautiful, polished version of yourself, it’s your wedding day. When done correctly, an airbrush application can provide you with a perfect finish. But how do you know if airbrush makeup is right for you? We asked Make Me Bridal pro, Stephanie Alexandra Makeup Artist, to share some pros of the technique with us.
What is Airbrush Makeup?
First, it’s important to understand what airbrush makeup is. In a nutshell, airbrushing is a technique that uses compressed air to spray a fine mist of foundation, contour, highlight, and blush on to the skin gently and evenly. As opposed to traditional or standard makeup application (i.e. liquid products applied with a brush or sponge), airbrushing is applied using a special applicator pen or gun. Some airbrush makeup is silicone-based, while others are water-based, and they come in a wide variety of shades and formulations. Some of the main brands include Airbase, MAC, and Temptu, and vegan products are also available.
The Key Benefits of Airbrush Makeup
Airbrush makeup is long lasting. One of the best things about choosing airbrush makeup for your wedding is that it lasts all day long! Says Stephanie: “On your wedding day, you most certainly do not want to waste your precious time being stuck in the bathroom touching up your base where foundation has worn.” Most airbrush makeup brands promise up to eighteen hours of wear, especially those that are silicone-based. Stephanie adds: “Not only do they last longer but they are more water resistant, allowing for those tears, hugging, and kissing that inevitably come as part of the wedding day.”
Airbrush makeup creates a flawless finish. It’s no surprise, given its name, that airbrushing is known for the impeccably smooth look it gives your skin. Just what you need for a day where you’ll be in hundreds of photos! Stephanie explains: “The product leaves the applicator in micro-fine pieces, which sit on top of the skin like a veil, meaning it tends not to cling to dryness and blemishes and allows for a more even and smoother application.”
Airbrush makeup is lightweight and easy to layer. As a bride, you want to look just as good in person as you do on film. And that means you probably don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a heavy mask of makeup all day. Fortunately, a little goes a long way with airbrush makeup, and many brides say they feel as if they aren’t even wearing any. Your makeup artist has complete control of how much product they apply, so they can apply fuller coverage only where necessary. “It is also super simple to layer the product as it dries quite quickly,” Stephanie says, “so if you would prefer to opt for a fuller coverage this can be done without creating an uncomfortable, cakey finish.”
So if you’re a bride who wants to ensure her makeup will last without touch-ups all day, and who wants a smooth, flawless finish with a lightweight feel, airbrush makeup could be right for you. And if you’re not sure, Stephanie suggests doing a test run at your makeup trial. “This is the perfect opportunity to know how it works, experience how it feels, and see how it looks,” she says. “Your makeup artist will be able to provide you with advice and answers to any questions you may have.”