Airbrush Makeup: Worth the Hype?

I have heard and read a lot about airbrush makeup over the years. A majority of beauty gurus and makeup artists swear by it, claiming it lasts longer and gives a more natural and seamless appearance on the skin, without sacrificing coverage.

So, as you can imagine, I was pretty excited when I found out that we were having airbrush makeup done for the wedding that I was in last weekend.

I, of course, quickly volunteered to go first, and I spent the first few minutes just chatting with the makeup artist about what I wanted my look to be, any dislikes, coverage level, etc. The girl even told me that she isn’t able to “talk makeup” with most clients like we were able to – I took that as a compliment!

Everything started out great – the makeup artist was a sweet girl, and clearly knew what she was doing. I trusted her, which helped put my nerves at ease. I’m not good at giving up control over my makeup. I was amazed at how quick the airbrush foundation went on and set on my face, and it gave a clean canvas for the rest of the products. She proceeded to apply blush, bronzer and highlighter with the airbrush system, as well as my brows. The brows process was what I was most impressed by; they simply use a stencil, and swoosh! They blow the airbrush right over the stencil, and I was left with picture perfect eyebrows.

My whole makeup look took approximately 30 minutes, including application of false lashes. I was thrilled with the end result … but then, an hour or so passed.

I went to the bathroom to look in the mirror, and I couldn’t believe I already was shiny and oily. I mean, my face basically looked like an oil slick. Dry and red patches were showing through, and it just wasn’t a good look. I reapplied some of my own powder (MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural), and that seemed to help for the time being.

Well, that pretty much set the schedule for the rest of the day when it came to my face. I used almost an entire pack of blotting papers, and I continually had to use my own powder and concealer to do touch ups. I even tried spraying my holy grail Urban Decay DeSlick setting spray on my face to help, but it had no effect whatsoever on the airbrush makeup.

Well, that pretty much set the schedule for the rest of the day when it came to my face. I used almost an entire pack of blotting papers, and I continually had to use my own powder and concealer to do touch ups. I even tried spraying my holy grail Urban Decay DeSlick setting spray on my face to help, but it had no effect whatsoever on the airbrush makeup. Hey, no shame here to admit that. However, I thought airbrush makeup was supposed to fight against those external factors … not in my case. It was pretty humid on my wedding day, too, and with traditional liquid foundation on, I only touched up once!

Overall, I definitely was not impressed. I felt like my face was melting off the whole day, and I was continually frustrated having to get out my blotting papers and powder to touch up before photos. In the end, I suppose it just reaffirmed my suscipicions that regardless of the products or type of makeup used, I simply am better off putting on my own face for special occasions!

Have you ever tried airbrush makeup? What was your experience?

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