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What Are The Pros & Cons Of Using Airbrush Makeup?

Professionals have been using airbrush makeup for many years, but it is only recently that personal users have started using it on a widespread basis. Airbrush makeup differs from traditional makeup in that it is essentially misted onto the skin using an airbrush gun instead of being applied by hand using sponges, brushes, or fingers as is the case with traditional (regular) makeup.

The Pros
  1. Hygienic Application

The most obvious benefit of airbrush makeup is just how hygienic it actually is when it comes to application. You never actually have to touch the product at all and the stylus never touches your skin. It means that you won’t transfer oil, dirt, or bacteria to the skin when applying your makeup.

The fact that it is a hygienic option makes airbrush makeup great for individuals prone to breakouts unlike traditional makeup that requires using sponges, brushes, or fingers, all of which harbor lots of bacteria.

The stylus used in the application of airbrush makeup is also very easy and quick to clean since all it requires is flushing through with a solution and wiping. Most airbrush makeup application kits come with a cleaning solution, but you can always buy it separately.

  1. Longer Lasting Applications

Airbrush makeup is a lot more resilient compared to traditional makeup, which means that it is capable of withstanding tears, sweat, rain, better than traditional makeup. You can even increase its resilience by adding a waterproof finish or sealant, which is great for special occasions but still gentle enough for everyday use.

  1. Longer Lasting Product

If stored the right way, airbrush makeup can last for up to 2 years once opened, unlike traditional makeup that has a typical expiration date of 1 year. Secondly, you will be using far less product for every application when you use airbrush makeup compared to traditional makeup.

Airbrush makeup lasts for much longer because the nature of applying it in mist-form means that the product provides excellent coverage, but still goes further. It means that while airbrush makeup might cost more, it definitely lasts much longer.

  1. Looks Great in Photos

Airbrush makeup never appears reflective or shiny in photos. It also does not appear flat and dull. Instead, it creates a lovely natural glow that looks great in photos, both in person, up close as well as from a distance.

  1. Works Great in Layers

You should ideally build up airbrush makeup gradually in thin layers. It means that each layer dries incredibly fast and you are free to build your desired coverage. The stylus ensures consistent production of makeup, which means that makeup is distributed evenly across the skin.

Airbrush makeup is a great option for contouring because of the simple, even application. The majority of kits come with bronzer, highlighter, and blush included, which is everything you need to come up with a complete look and it looks even more natural since you apply it in the same way.

  1. Breathable and Lightweight

People that use airbrush makeup often report that it feels incredibly light that they sometimes don’t even feel like they are wearing some. In contrast, traditional makeup usually feels greasy and thicker after several hours.

Airbrush makeup is also great for the skin too, since it allows it to breathe and does not block the pores. This is an excellent feature for people with acne-prone or sensitive skin.

  1. Natural Healthy Appearance

The mist of airbrush makeup looks perfectly natural whether the coverage is full or sheer, and you won’t get smudges or brush marks across your skin unlike with traditional makeup. Airbrush makeup is built up in very thin and light layers that it doesn’t give the caked-on appearance associated with traditional makeup, despite providing excellent coverage.

  1. Personal Color Matching

Airbrush makeup comes in a wide range of colors, and each kit comes with several shades to match your skin tone. It means that it is great for all skin types, ages, and colors. You can even blend two or more colors to make a perfect match for your skin color.

The fact that it matches your skin color perfectly means that it appears more natural since it perfectly matches your complexion. It also means that in case your skin color changes for example due to tanning that it is still possible to get a perfect match using the same colors.

The Cons
  1. Initial Cost

Airbrush makeup kits tend to cost more to buy compared to traditional makeup. However, these products also last much longer, which means that airbrush makeup is far more cost-effective over time. The equipment used to apply airbrush makeup can be used for years costs the same or even less than one application of makeup by professional makeup artists, which also makes it very cost effective.

  1. Smaller Range of Colors Available

Airbrush makeup kits comes with about 4 shades of makeup, typically grouped by skin tone. While you can invest in extra shades, it means that there’s less choice of shades to match your skin compared to traditional makeup, which comes in hundreds of different skin shades because of the number of brands that produce them.

Fortunately, you can easily solve this problem by blending colors to match your skin tone perfectly. You can easily do this with airbrush makeup and considering the fact that you only require a small amount of product for a full face of makeup, you never have to worry about wastage when it comes to testing the colors out.

  1. Touch Ups Are Harder

Once you have worn the airbrush makeup for a while and it has dried, you might find it hard to do touch ups. Fortunately, since it exhibits more resilience than traditional makeup, you will be far less likely to need touch ups.

Airbrush makeup has its pros and cons, but it is rather clear that you will enjoy far more benefits by choosing airbrush makeup over traditional makeup. While it has its drawbacks, most, if not all of these issues are easily resolved.


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