Wearing makeup has become a daily routine in the morning like taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
But for special occasions such as weddings, women need more than just “regular” makeup. To ensure an even, natural look that holds up for a long time, or during a photoshoot, one of the most popular makeup techniques is the airbrush technique.
The airbrush technique was first used in the entertainment industry, and has become popular among Malaysian women for fashion shoots and weddings.
Why Professional Makeup Artists Love Their Airbrush
Vivi Tan is a bridal makeup artist on Recommend.my who has been using the airbrush technique for the last 11 years. Based in Kuala Lumpur, she explains that, when the foundation is applied with this technique, it will create a more flawless look.
“The result will look more natural. Unlike the traditional technique of using sponge where your face will look more cakey and powdery” – Vivi Tan, Bridal Makeup Artist on Recommend.my
Abby Foo, another airbrush makeup artist on Recommend.my, also loves the effect of airbrushing technique. Since she introduced the technique to her clients three years ago, most of her clients say that it feels as if they aren’t even wearing makeup. The smaller droplets created by the airbrush gives a lighter feel to the face.
“The finished makeup looks more flawless, has higher radiancy, and lasts longer compared to conventional makeup.” – Abby Foo, Bridal Makeup Artist on Recommend.my
No lines or caking
The airbrush technique is essential for those who will be having a photo or video shoot. That’s because today’s high-definition cameras can easily pick up visible lines or cakey, unblended makeup. But since airbrushing uses no brushes or sponges, it gives a smoother, seamless result on the skin.
Long lasting look
Airbrushing is also a preferred technique for clients who need to their makeup to last longer. The small droplets sprayed on the face will create an even look that can last for more than 12 hours if applied correctly.
An added advantage: the products used by the airbrush makeup artist will not transfer its colours onto your clothes. This is very important for those who wear a headscarf.
Professional makeup artists make it a point to wash and dry their brushes after every use, and use a new sponge for every new client. This is good practice for hygiene reasons. In a similar way, airbrush makeup artists have even stricter cleaning rules. Airbrush kits require extensive cleaning after every use. If not, the makeup residue will dry and clog up the airbrush nozzle.
How much to hire an airbrush makeup artist?
Although the airbrush kit is widely available at cosmetic stores, it can be a large investment, unless you are planning to be an airbrush makeup artist yourself!
Vivi Tan has spent almost RM1,000 for her airbrush kit alone. And, the foundation used with the airbrush gun costs her RM220 per bottle. Not to mention all the hours of practise needed to master the techniques and adapt them to the Asian market.
“To get the perfect airbrush finish, it’s all about finding the right pressure and distance from the face. There are lots of YouTube tutorials out there, but the best results only come with experience and practice,” said Abby Foo.
I sometimes have clients asking me for the ‘Hollywood movie’ look. It’s possible, but the colour palette, contour technique and eyeshadow colours may not suit Asian faces. Caucasian faces have more dimensional features compared to Asians,” – Vivi Tan.
With such a high investment needed, it’s not unreasonable for an airbrush makeup artist to charge a higher rate. Typical rates can start from RM250 for normal dinner airbrush makeup. For wedding airbrush makeup, prices can start from RM500, with additional charges for an early morning call.
But, it’s money well spent, as the results are often superior to regular makeup, and doesn’t require any touch up for up to 12 hours.
“The time taken to apply airbrush makeup is definitely worth it. The smiling face on my clients after airbrush makeup keeps me motivated to keep improving my skills,” said Abby Foo.