We have a lot of brides asking us what the difference is between airbrush makeup application and traditional makeup application? So we are here to shed light on this subject and break down the differences between the two.

Traditional Makeup:

 

What is it?

When makeup artists use the term ‘Traditional Makeup’ they are referring to the application and use of foundation applied with tools you’d use at home. So whether it be liquid, cream or a powder foundation used with a foundation brush, sponge or a duo fiber brush (a.k.a. skunk brush). With traditional makeup there are a plethora of formulations for all types of skin, offering anything from light to full coverage.​

 

Pros:

  1. Wide range of shades and formulations available on the market that can tailor to each individuals ‘ skin color tone and skin conditions

 

Airbrush Makeup:

 

What is it?

Airbrush makeup utilizes a small makeup air compressor, an airbrush gun, and special airbrush foundation. This foundation – which is either water based or silicone based – is thinner than regular liquid foundation as it needs to pass through the airbrush gun. The airbrushing sprays a very fine mist on the skin pushed through with gentle air pressure from the compressor. This allows, when sprayed on properly, an even and consistent application of foundation, which sits evenly on the skin. Whether you have oily skin or dry, airbrush is light enough where you will not sweat away your makeup and heavy enough where it can cover one’s imperfections, such as pimples and hyperpigmentation. Though airbrush is longer lasting compared to regular makeup in theory, the longevity really depends on the health of the person's skin.

 

What are the pros?

  1. Long lasting and ideal for all-day wear. Most airbrushed makeup is silicone based, which means it lasts longer and is more water resistant than regular makeup. It’s able to withstand rainy and hot sunny weather as well as all the hugging and kissing that will inevitably happen throughout the wedding day!
  2. Airbrush gives the skin a porcelain finish in pictures. Perfect for creating an impeccably smooth, flawless, and natural finish for the hundreds of pictures that you’ll be taking all day.
  3. Requires much less product for maximum coverage (compared to traditional makeup), thus provides a lightweight yet great coverage without “caking” the skin. It is ideally for evening out the problematic skin conditions such as oiliness, hyperpigmentation, and acne-prone skin.
  4. Coverage is buildable. As each layer of applied airbrush makeup dries, you can add layers for more coverage.
  5. It is quick and sanitary; nothing but air and makeup touch the face.

Why Airbrush Makeup Cost More?

Airbrush makeup requires specialized foundation, an air gun and compressor to apply, which is costly for the artist. Airbrushing techniques also required special trainings and skills, which is also add on additional cost for the artist.

The makeup you end up using should be based on your skin concerns. As discussed in this post, airbrush makeup and traditional makeup each have merits. Just like anything in beauty, one size doesn't fit all. Your makeup artist will make the judgment call in the end to give you the best tool for the job!

The best time to secure the wedding day would be 6 to 9 months prior to the wedding day.

Yes, a signed bridal contract and a minimum of $300 deposit are required in order to reserve your date.  Be advised that no date will be reserved until the contract has been signed and the retainer has been paid.  The retainer will be put towards your final bill and it is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Work Station: Please have tables and chairs ready with adequate lighting to perform the makeup services. We recommend you wear a buttoned down shirt, bridal robe, or anything you don't have to pull over your head.

Hair: Wash your hair the night before without conditioner and dry well completely.  If you prefer to wash hair daily, it would be best to have your hair completely dry before our makeup team arrives on site.  Have photos of desired bridal makeup look and hairstyles will always be helpful.

Face: Should be cleansed with a daily skincare system. Please state any allergies pertaining to any makeup products to your stylist before the service.

Gratuity: Though not expected nor required, it is greatly appreciated and can be given to your stylists directly.

Remark: Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

We customize our makeup routine for each of our clients,  so it depends on your skin type, skin conditions, and your skin tone. All of the hair and makeup products that we use are luxury high-end  professional brands that were designed to give long lasting results and photograph beautifully.  Some brands we carry in our kit include Chanel, YSL, Armani, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Bobbie Brown, Makeup Forever, NARS, Smashbox, Benefit, Hourglass, Anastasia, Urban Decay, Motives Cosmetics (just to name a few). For airbrushing, we use Temptu.

Some of our favorite brands of hairstyling products include Redken, Sebastian, Kenra, Big Sexy Hair, and Schwarzkopf.

Hair: Wash your hair the night before without conditioner and dry well completely.  If you prefer to wash hair daily, it would be best to have your hair completely dry before our makeup team arrives on site.  Have photos of desired bridal makeup look and hairstyles will always be helpful.

Face: Should be cleansed with a daily skincare system. Please state any allergies pertaining to any makeup products to your stylist before the service. Use your skincare moisturizer as you normally would. You can skip SPF.

Photos: We ask that you bring inspirational photos of makeup and hair looks to share with us. We recommend that you also bring pictures of your veil, bridal gown, or any other traditional outfits that you will be wearing for the wedding day so we can help you to custom design a perfect look for you. If you have hair accessories, you can also bring it to the trial session so we can help you to incorporate it into the hairstyle to give you a beautiful complete bridal look.

Outfit: Wear a white tank or tube top that has similar neckline to your wedding gown.

Trial session will take 2-3 hours long. During the trial session, we will do a quick consultation and assessment on your skin condition. You will get to try on a full bridal makeup and hairstyles. We will start with makeup application and make small adjustments or try different things to ensure that you love your makeup look before we move on to try the hairstyles. After the trial session we will collect feedbacks from you so we can make all the necessary small adjustment before the big day.

Most of our brides secure our service 9 months out and sometimes up to 1 year in advanced. Then they come back to schedule the trial session 2 to 3 months prior to the wedding day after they pick out their bridal gown and accessories. But there’s no set time on when you can do your trial. If your schedule allows, you can certainly do your trial session a bit sooner as well.

A: Yes, we provide on-location service for wedding day and event (travel fee may apply). Please inquire for more information on our traveling policy and out-of-county or destination services.

We usually schedule the Bride and Bridal Party to have makeup and hair done simultaneously so we can get everyone ready in 3-4 hours. In the case of larger bridal parties, the get-ready time may be longer. We will provide a detailed wedding makeup schedule/timeline to you three weeks before the wedding day.


Bridal makeup and hair session usually requires two hours on the day of the wedding. Bridesmaids/moms usually will take 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on style.

We will provide multiple artists for any large bridal parties if necessary.

A: The number of stylists we send will depend on the amount of services booked. For a typical wedding with a bride and 4 ladies' (bridesmaids and/or moms) makeup and hair services, we will usually schedule 3 stylists for the wedding.
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