Although airbrushing has been used in television, tanning, and Hollywood photo-shoots for years, the mechanized spray is now a popular option in mainstream bridal beauty. So, what is airbrush? Makeup artists load a specially diluted pigment into a tiny spray gun that evenly distributes featherweight foundation particles over your skin, creating an even, flawless finish. But many Beauties still have reservations about the high-tech effect, fearing a cakey, heavy finish. "The number one question brides ask me is 'will it make me look older?'," says makeup artist and airbrush guru Levi Vieira (check out his fabulous work, above and below!). We chatted with Levi to discover the pros and cons of this new trend.
Why is bridal airbrush on the rise?
It's no surprise that airbrush makeup has migrated to the wedding industry. A bride's big day is one of the most important beauty moments in her life. Most Beauties turn to professionals equipped with the latest tools and practices for their walk down the aisle. But why is airbrush better than traditional makeup? "Airbrushing lasts up to 18 hours, won't melt in extreme heat, and has a flawless finish—no brush stroke lines!" says Levi. Most importantly, airbrush is ideal for creating a natural-looking, budge-proof base. Levi uses a small spray gun to apply foundation, contour, highlight, and even add blush. For eyes, however, he sticks with traditional powders and creams using makeup brushes.
The different formulas
There are three main airbrush formulas: water-based, silicone-based, and alcohol-based. "Water-based formulas can look thicker on the skin, usually have a matte finish, and sometimes dry out your complexion," says Levi. Water-resistant, silicone-based airbrush is a lighter, dewier alternative. “It’s also more flexible on the surface, fills in fine lines, and looks and feels like skin," he adds. Alcohol-based formulas are usually used for special effects body painting and should never be used on the face. However, Levi suggests an alcohol-based formula for a bride who needs a tattoo cover up on the body.
Another reason many brides are reluctant to try airbrushing? The price tag! Luckily, nowadays airbrushing is a speciality most bridal makeup artists are trained in. "Airbrush is usually about $30 to $60 more than traditional makeup,” says Levi. So if you’re ready for the future in matrimonial makeup, find your perfect artist and experiment with the spray finish to see how your skin likes it!