The Ins & Outs of ‘Airbrush’ v/s ‘Manual Makeup’: Which is Better & Why?

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Iconic makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur Pat McGrath once said “Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.” And here at The Wedding Brigade, we stand by this powerful statement. Ever since the dawn of time, makeup has been an inseparable part of a bride’s journey. Whether you look at Cleopatra’s pomegranate lipstick or Kim Kardashian’s nude contour—makeup choices are as diverse as the brides that don them.

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With advancements in technology, certain techniques have started to challenge the traditional ways of applying makeup, and “airbrush makeup” comes at the top of that list. We have been noticing a lot of bridal MUA’s opting for this trendy new application technique, but is it really worth the hype? We spoke to Mausam Gandhi, Internationally certified Bridal Make-up Artist & Hairstylist, seeking answers. And here they are.

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What’s the difference between airbrush and manual makeup?

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The main point of difference between airbrush makeup and manual makeup is the way the product is applied to the skin. Manual makeup is applied—you guessed it right—manually, with the help of common tools like brushes, sponges, and beauty blenders. While on the other hand, airbrush makeup makes use of a gadget that gently shoots out a fine mist of controlled air that pushes out foundation through an opening. Basically, you are spraying a thin layer of foundation on your skin, as opposed to slathering it on manually. (Related Reads: From ‘Fixing Dark Circles’ to ‘Building a Stronger Skin Care Routine’ – a celeb dermatologist answers all.)

What are some pros and cons of Airbrush make-up vis-a-vis manual makeup according to you? And, out of these two, which technique would you recommend?

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Just like there are pros and cons to everything, airbrush makeup comes with its own! The pros are that it gives a very skin finish effect, it feels very thin and light, and it’s long-lasting. It also looks super blended, and won’t ever look patchy. The cons would be that it’s not suitable for sensitive skin types at all, it could make you break out almost instantly within a few hours. You also can’t touch it up, so that’s a little inconvenient in case a little touch-up needs to be done. It comes at a heavy price and is not very easily accessible.

Do you think manual makeup gives more room for experimentation and creativity on the artist’s part?



I feel it’s all about the vision, you can create what you want with either. It really depends on the skin type of the client, and whether they want a skin finish or full coverage.

What are some of the misconceptions about airbrush makeup? And is it suitable for all kinds of weather/skin types?

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There’s a huge misconception that airbrush is much better than HD, which is not true. Nowadays foundations that are extremely lightweight and thin are available, which give you the same look. I wouldn’t recommend it in humid weather, as it could look a little too shiny to feel comfortable. Sensitive and oily skin groups should avoid using it, as it could cause breakouts and irritation.

Speaking about the time part, which of these is more time-consuming? Please talk about that a bit

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Both of them take about the same time, the airbrush machine needs to be charged and cleaned. So I guess it takes more effort and time compared to regular foundations.

So now that you have all your concerns addressed—are you willing to experiment with airbrush makeup for your upcoming nuptials or do you feel safe with the manual application style? Let us know!

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