The airbrush...what is it? How does it work? Is it better? Does it last longer? What's the difference? All questions I'm asked often. Many artists, including myself, use this method for all sorts of mediums such as bridal, photoshoots, film etc. Do I use it because it's better, easier, faster? Nope! I use it because it's what I felt like using that particular day.
What is airbrush & how does it work?
Airbrush makeup is makeup in liquid form sprayed onto the skin using compressed air instead of sponges or brushes. The foundation is thinner than hand-applied foundation so that it runs through the airbrush applicator without clogging it. There are different types of foundations such as silicone based, water based and alcohol based (mostly used for special effects or tattoo covering).
What's the difference and is it better?
Apples and oranges...it's not exactly better, it's different. The airbrush system is basically just another tool, another way of applying makeup. The same way some artists prefer to use sponges to apply makeup, some prefer brushes. Some use both. I even know artists who apply airbrush foundation with a sponge. It's really all in what the artist prefers or feels most comfortable using. No two artists make art the same way and there are no rules. I like to use this analogy with my clients -- It's like asking someone if they'd like a $1 in paper or $1 in coins. In the end, it's still the same amount of money.
Does it last longer?
Yes and no. I know, I know. I'm not really answering the question. The thing is, because the airbrush is just another tool of application, the tool is only as good as the artist behind it. My artistry methods, whether I use hand applied foundation or airbrush foundation, is meant to last through dancing, kissing, hugging and sweating. In fact, I recently had a bride with an overzealous husband who smudged a bit of cake on her face. She told me that the makeup didn't budge even after carefully removing the cake off her face. And I used hand applied.
Does it feel lighter?
Depends on who you're asking. I've had clients specifically ask me NOT to airbrush because they didn't like the feel of it. Some didn't like the air blowing in their face. Some say it felt heavier. Then I have clients who love the airbrush because to them it feels lighter. If you've never been airbrushed before, you can ask your artist to do both at the time of your trial. Many times I've done half the face airbrushed and the other half hand applied and I let them choose which they preferred.
In the end, choose what you feel works best for YOU. Try them both if you'd like and wear it for a while once your trial is over. Good luck and happy makeup-ing ;)