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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  • Pamela

    I've always wanted to try airbrush makeup but I feel like it would be such a waste for me. I have super oily and red skin and I feel like I'd have the same issues as you. It's always disappointing when you get your makeup done and it doesn't last πŸ™

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  • I had mine done for my wedding, and I absolutely loved it! However, I got married in January in Ohio, so that could have been part of it. I have always been curious about how it would work as an every day option, but based on how they did it for the wedding, I really doubt I could do it to myself successfully.

    Sorry to hear it didn't work well for you. I always hate when you have to worry about whether your skin is looking shiny, especially when there are pictures being taken.

  • I can relate to the sweating/oil slick issue! But Grandma claims her oily skin saved her from getting wrinkles, so we will see what happens! Lol

  • Bummer that it didn't work out, I always seem to be the odd one out too! At least you know what does work for you. I wonder if it had more to do with the brand versus the application? I'd be curious to try it out.

  • Mia- MakeMeUpMia

    Well you sure looked gorgeous so you must have done a great job "fixing" it haha. Bummer that it didn't work well for you πŸ™ I've never tried it!

  • I agree! I always opt to do my own makeup, but I didn't want to be "that" bridesmaid that went in the other room to get ready while everyone else was getting their makeup done. You live and learn, I guess!

  • Well, thank you! I'm glad that my face doesn't look super oily in the photos. πŸ™‚ It is frustrating though, especially when a service isn't cheap!

  • Like I said, I think I'm one of the exceptions to people who didn't have a good experience with airbrush. Most people, like you, rave about it!

  • Right?! It was a constant stress factor for me all day, and I wasn't even in the bride! But as a bridesmaid, I still wanted to look good, you know? My experience probably did have a lot to do with the rain and humidity that day, so I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again, but we'll see.

  • I wondered that, too! The makeup artists used the Dinair brand, which I've heard is great. Who knows! At the end of the day, I'm typically just better off doing my own makeup, airbrush or traditional – I'm too picky and know what works best!

  • Awe, well thanks lady! I'm glad it looks OK in pictures so far – trust me, blotting papers and powder were basically in my hand all day long.

  • Britt @Perpetually Daydreaming

    That is a bummer! You still looked amazing in your pictures I've seen though. I've never tried airbrush makeup, but I would have trouble letting go of control for sure!

  • Karly, I've always wanted to try airbrush foundation. It seems like we have similar skin – sometimes oily, sometimes dry (worst kind of skin in my opinion – most products just tackle one issue, and I find combination skin products don't do anything except make me oilier!). I was bit disappointed to hear your experience, because I had the thought that airbrush makeup was suppose to last all day etc. But at least ya tried! I probably still will..

    Lauren xo
    http://thedrawingmannequin.blogspot.ca/

  • I'm so happy I read this! I've always wondered about airbrushed makeup and how it would look. I have pretty oily skin, so I think I'd be in your boat of not liking it!

    Isn’t That Charming.

  • That is such a bummer! What brand did they use? I've had it done a few times and am obsessed! Although when I've had it done, they've only airbrushed the foundation… the rest of the makeup was traditional stuff so maybe that's the difference.

  • It's definitely difficult for me to let someone else do my makeup – I'm just so picky! Glad I'm not the only one. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren, I had heard the same things! I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again when it's not so humid outside, but I definitely wasn't impressed with the first go around.

  • I believe they used the brand Dinair, which I had heard a lot about – a lot of YouTube beauty gurus use that system. It's possible that the additional airbrushed bronzer, blush, etc. didn't help the cause!

  • Becky M

    Well that stinks! I had airbrush done for my and my sisters wedding and it turned out awesome! I loved it – too bad you can't do it everyday! Thats no fun that your experience wasn't too great!

    http://www.madeintheshadeblog.com

  • You totally couldn't tell from any of the photos so those blotting papers must have worked their magic! So frustrating though- especially if you (or the bride) probably paid extra to get the airbrushed makeup done!