Sunday, December 12, 2010

Airbrush Makeup: Pros and Cons

Airbrush makeup recently became accessible and affordable for mainstream consumers.  The question is, do you need airbrush makeup? What makes it better or worse than traditional makeup?

  • Cleanliness - Airbrush makeup is sprayed directly onto your face and there is no actual "brush" to touch your face.  This is an advantage for sanitation, and the airbrush is less likely to harbor bacteria than traditional brushes.  However, the airbrush must be cleaned daily.  If the same care was taken for a traditional brush, it would also be sanitary.
  • Long-lasting - Many airbrush cosmetics are formulated to be long-lasting, and some even help improve complexions.
  • Light application - The application process means that tiny particles are being sprayed across your skin, which makes it easy to control the amount of makeup applied.
  • Body Painting - Airbrushes create a very polished look, so they are utilized by many body painters.
  • Spray Tanning - Tanning products can be applied with airbrushes, similar to many spray tans in tanning salons.
  • Cost - The airbrush is expensive to buy, and there is usually around a $150-$300 investment involved.
  • Time - It takes time to set up the airbrush, put in the makeup, plug it in, and apply it in small amounts to the desired area.  The brush must also be cleaned each day.
  • Electricity - This product requires an electrical outlet, which may make it difficult for travel and for use in certain locations.
  • Size - Although most airbrushes are relatively small, they still take up quite a bit of space in a makeup kit or a small suitcase.
  • Complication - Only certain brands of makeup can be used in each airbrush.  You must clean it out to switch colors, such as going between foundation and blush.  It can also be more difficult to match foundation colors.
  • Difficult to touch up - Once applied, it may be inconvenient to touch up makeup throughout the day.  Wiping your nose, brushing your teeth, or itching your eye may wipe of the makeup.
  • No natural airbrush formulations - Many eco-friendly makeup artists can't offer airbrush makeup because there are currently no natural formulations.
  • Noise - Depending on the type of airbrush, it may make some noise.  After all, they are tiny compressors.  This may detract from the otherwise relaxing experience of putting on makeup.

I offer airbrush makeup to my clients but it is rarely requested.  I find that I can get the same quality, if not better, with traditional makeup.  Airbrush makeup works well for some people, but I prefer to use natural products that I can apply with sanitized hands, brushes, or sponges.

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  1. Airbrush makeup is growing in popularity across the world and is moving from television studios to small salons and even homes. This change has meant that hundreds of new products have appeared on the market making it difficult to tell which ones are worth the money.

  2. This was written quite awhile ago, but thanks. Thank you for this. I have been agonizing over -to airbrush or not to airbrush. The idea of "flawless" has me all enchanted, but at the same time, I barely wear makeup as it is! I'm getting older. That's what we do. We age. Life's' cruel joke. Being a woman, and having just turned 43, I so desperately want that dewy, gorgeous skin I had at even 30. I do look young for my age, and am often told this by strangers and friends alike, yet... I'm 43, and I know I'm 43. I have the cheapest airbrush kit I could find on Amazon sitting in my cart, and I'm going to head over to remove it. Fill my cart with other little things that I'll enjoy. After reading this, I have a feeling that it would end up sitting on my makeup shelf in the closet, while I slap on my usual It CC+ (BEST. FOUNDATION.EVER) and go. It's just not worth it. I mean, really? I get an itch on my face, scratch it, and suddenly theres a weird empty spot on my airbrushed, porcelain mask that I can't fix? That sounds frustrating. Again, thank you for taking the time to write an honest review/article exposing the facts and nothing but the facts.


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