Airbrush Makeup Vs. Traditional Makeup Application : Which Is Better?

Have you ever considered switching from your traditional makeup application to airbrushing? Many have considered the transition. There are pros and cons to each. When it comes down to it, price and options have a lot to do with it. This article is here to inform you on both types of makeup application.

Keep in mind if you are working as a professional makeup artist knowing the proper skills of both makeup applications are crucial as your clients will want you to be knowledgeable in both. If you feel you are lacking in any of these fields Multimedia Makeup Academy provides makeup courses to better prepare you.

Traditional Makeup Application: 

Foundation being applied on girl in makeup school

Traditional makeup requires the use of a liquid, cream or powder foundation applied using a variety of tools; This may include makeup brushes, sponges or in less advanced situations even your fingers. Traditional makeup is more common for the average person. It can be applied much heavier depending on what you may prefer. There is much more of a selection of textures, shades and levels of coverage with traditional makeup. 

Your chances of finding the best foundation for your skin type may be easiest through using traditional makeup. This is why it is a more “popular” selection for the average person applying makeup on a daily basis at home. Having options is great, as your skin goes through stages and what was great at one point in your life may not be down the road.

Airbrush Makeup Application: 

Airbrush foundation being applied on girl in makeup school

Airbrush makeup requires an airbrush gun and a makeup air compressor. This technique is applied in even thin layers giving off a flawless complexion and finish. Unlike traditional makeup, airbrush makeup is known to last for longer periods of time. This is why it is most commonly used in photoshoots and weddings! Also known to stay flawless in different weather conditions. Whereas traditional makeup may become sticky or sweat off after a long day. 

Which Makeup Tackles Acne and Imperfections Better?

Girl learning how to use makeup to cover acne

There is such a wide variety of traditional makeup foundations. Therefore, if applied properly and with the proper amount of coverage, traditional foundations would be better to cover imperfections and blemishes. You can try multiple brands and shades to see what coverage you prefer most.

Airbrush makeup is more appropriate for an even distribution of foundation. It is not as heavy which is why it may not cover as much. If applied properly you will get a very balanced layer of makeup over your skin. However, this light/thin layer of foundation may not give the coverage you want. This is something to keep in mind on your wedding day. Although, it may stand up better to tears and weather, it may not cover an impromptu breakout. 

In conclusion, traditional makeup is more suitable to handle bad breakouts and or covering more dominant imperfections. Whereas, light coverage makeup applied by thin layers may not.

Is One More Expensive Than the Other? 

Traditional makeup
Airbrush makeup application

Airbrush makeup application is more expensive, and a big reason for it being less popular. Supplies to get started and buying refills surpasses the cost of traditional foundation. Look at this as a look to keep in mind for special occasions so you’re not always breaking the bank. 

To conclude, people enjoy using both! Those that choose airbrushing enjoy the longevity and even application, rather than a heavier makeup look with more coverage. Airbrushing works best on those with moist skin rather than dry. Again, if you are looking for more of a full coverage or struggle with dry skin than traditional foundation will be a better option. There is more of a variety with traditional makeup. For example, you can use powder, liquid or cream. You are limited with one option when it comes to airbrushing. Being every person’s skin type is different, it is important to choose the one that best suits you. 

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