Airbrush Makeup? Is it worth it?

Back in 2010, right after Mr. Woodpecker and I got engaged, I started reading lots of wedding chat boards. They are such a useful piece of information, and I especially like when you can get lots of good recommendations from local brides in your area.

Reading these also helped me a lot in general in my wedding planning, and opened my eyes to things I hadn’t ever heard about in my life. One of these things:

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Airbrush makeup! I personally thought it was something only movie stars did, and was surprised at how many brides in the area swore by it on their wedding days.

I’m a girl who straightens her hair every day, and throws on some general makeup/bronzer/lip gloss, but I by no means go crazy. I rarely visit the MAC counter, and have been using the same Sephora makeup for years and years. So when I thought about it initially, I figured makeup wasn’t a huge deal. The more I thought about it however, I decided to get mine done for a few reasons:

  • I want my makeup to last for the whole day. I have no idea how to do that on my own. Now, my makeup barely lasts until the end of the workday.

  • Although I do my own makeup every day, I cannot apply eye shadow for the life of me.

  • Recently, Little Sis WP saw me putting eyeliner on, and told me I have apparently been doing it wrong since I was 16. This squashed any belief that I knew anything about makeup in general.

Once I started looking at regular versus airbrush makeup, I was sold when I went to chat with the hair stylist at the salon we are going to. My big concern with airbrush was that it would look too “fake.” She assured me that although it might appear a little bit different, her philosophy was to make a bride look gorgeous, but still look like herself. I also was pretty swayed with the airbrush makeup primarily because of its long-lasting effects, and the fact that it could be hot on wedding day, and I do not want my makeup melting off, which has happened to me before during the summer with regular makeup.

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In the end, the cost is also not too bad. If I was going to do my own makeup for our day, I know I’d have to go out and buy some special stuff anyways, and in the grand scheme of our wedding budget, the cost is not too bad. Plus, I have no idea how much getting your makeup done costs anyways, since I’ve never done it, and totally over-budgeted. Win!

Is airbrush makeup as popular where you are? What are your thoughts? Is it worth it?


Mrs. Woodpecker

Branford, CT
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September 2012
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    profiterole 856 posts, Busy bee @ 8:18 am

    i was told that it was the way to go. we went to a mock wedding at our venue and our event director highly recommended it. she said you will wake up in the AM with your makeup still in place. my sis in law had airbrush makeup for her wedding and one of my best friends also had it for he wedding. i booked airbrushed makeup, lash extension, and hair for me and all my girls.

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    Dandelion D 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:40 am

    I went back and forth on whether I would airbrush or not. I think I’m going to do my own though, using Mrs. Rainbow’s tutorial. I’ve been playing around with her tute for faking an airbrushed look and I really like it!

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    PeacocksAndCandy 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:52 am

    I did airbrush makeup and I do not regret it at all. My face was flawless all night and I didn’t have to worry about touchups. The price was totally worth it to me.

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    emilyv85, Guest @ 8:03 am

    If airbrushed makeup looks unnatural, it’s because the makeup artist did it wrong, since it’s meant to blend in better with your skin. I got airbrushed for my wedding and it was amazing. I’m so glad I got it — it looked so natural isn’t as heavy looking as normal makup. And it lasted from 10am to 11pm the day of my hot July wedding without any reapplication, and I didn’t look sweaty at all. The only thing I had to get touchups on was my lips and get my eyelashes reglued on the edges, but the airbrushing stayed put all day. Everybody commented on how good it looked without looking like I had stage makeup on!

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    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 9:34 am

    @emilyv85: That is great to know, that it is meant to blend better with your skin. Plus, 13 hours on a hot July day? Amazing!

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    r, Guest @ 7:21 pm

    If you’re under 45 it’s okay. If you do your own makeup great then do your own makeup. Don’t give in to pressure.

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