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Once upon a time, airbrushing was reserved exclusively for spray tanners and celebrity makeup artists, but in the last couple of years the spray-on makeup has become increasingly popular with brides. (With Birchbox staffers, too!) So what's the big deal? And how is airbrush makeup different from traditional bridal makeup? Let us walk you through it.
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Because there are no brushes or sponges involved, a talented airbrush artist will leave your skin looking streak-free. The makeup is sprayed all over your face in a fine mist and generally feels lighter than traditional foundation.
When primed and set correctly, airbrush foundations and blushes typically last longer than high-quality traditional makeup. And for those summer weddings, spray makeup creates a very strong foundation that's not likely to melt in the heat or crease with your smile.
Airbrush makeup is applied using a gentle air-powered spray gun, so while the application is even, there's little room to play around. If you're going for a more contoured look, or have areas of your face that require more coverage, traditional makeup application is more likely to offer the precision required. Keep in mind that foundations, blushes, and highlights can be applied with an airbrush gun, but for eyes and lips your makeup artist will still use brushes and sponges.
If you have markings on your skin that you'd prefer to cover on the big day, airbrush makeup will be a more effective choice than traditional makeup. Talk to your makeup artist to find out how best to cover up any birthmarks or tattoos you'd rather not show off.
Because airbrush equipment and training are more expensive than traditional makeup tools and classes, it's going to cost you more for airbrushed bridal beauty. Expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $60 more per application for airbrush makeup.
We recommend testing out airbrush makeup before committing to it for your bridal look. Because airbrush and traditional makeup look very similar when applied by skilled professionals, the choice between them really depends on your personal preference. If you love the flawless, dewy look and don't mind the spraying sensation, go for airbrush makeup. And if you'd prefer to save some cash (or your skin reacts badly to airbrushing), skip it and opt for traditional makeup. The choice is yours!
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