Airbrush vs Conventional

“What is the difference between airbrush make-up and conventional make-up?”

This is a question I get asked all of the time. How do you choose the best type of base for you and what are the differences between the two? It is important to choose the correct one for you. Everyone is different and make-up can be a very personal thing; so it’s important that when having your make-up done for your occasion, wedding etc. you choose a make-up style and make-up artist that resembles you and what you are used to. You want to still look like yourself, just a polished version… ;)

Conventional Make-Up

This is just the professional name for your regular, everyday make-up. This make-up comes in a few different forms. From liquids and creams to pressed powders etc. The liquids and creams can be applied in a few different ways. For most people it can be applied using your fingertips, but for the professionals and for others it is applied using brushes and sponges. The make-up can be painted onto the skin with the brushes, or dabbed on with the sponges to create a bit more coverage. The pressed powders are applied with brushes or sponges.

Typically, this make-up is oil based and isn’t waterproof. For those with greasy skin, the liquids and creams will wear away quicker and will probably need a slight touch up throughout the day or night.

The liquids and creams give a more ‘dewy’ finish to the skin and is a favourite for those who prefer to have a slight glow to their faces.

Airbrush Make-Up

This form of make-up is applied through a small airbrush gun. The best way of describing it is by comparing it to a spray tan machine, but a smaller, daintier version that is perfect for the face. A small amount of make-up (specially designed for the airbrush machine) is put into the top of the gun. Depending on your skin colour, a few different colours can be mixed to find the best shade for you. The make-up is then sprayed onto your face, coming out as a fine mist. It creates a flawless finish, as it is sprayed on, and can be built up to cover any blemishes perfectly.

This form of make-up is waterproof. Just simply blot away (don’t wipe) any sweat/tears to help the make-up last. It is known to last 16+ hours and I’ve even had brides telling me that after their trials, they’ve slept in it and woken up with it still on the next morning.

Airbrush make-up provides a very matt finish, compared to the conventional and looks very good in photographs.

I really hope this helps clear up a few of the differences between the two forms of make-up….

Jess x

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