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So what’s the big fuss about Airbrush Makeup?

October 14, 2015 | Nikita Pere Makeup Artist

You will either hear Beauty Bloggers raving about Airbrush Makeup like its the bees knees (what’s so good about a bees knees anyways?), or you will see Makeup Artists rolling their eyes at the word right before they spit out ... Read More

Brisbane Fashion Label: Black Mob The Label

August 21, 2015 | Nikita Pere Makeup Artist

When Leilani contacted me to do Makeup & Photography for her latest collection, I was keen to jump on board! This talented little designer is the mastermind behind Brisbane fashion label “Black Mob The Label”

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Bridal Shoot for Anatomy of Flowers

June 23, 2015 | Nikita Pere Makeup Artist

Life is grand, when you have a bunch of creative friends with creative/fun ideas, and can just plan an entire day of playing makeups/styling and photo taking! Which was exactly the case with the gorgeous Kim Brindell from Anatomy of ... Read More

What is the big fuss about Airbrush Makeup?

Airbrush vs Traditional Makeup by Nikita Pere

Airbrush vs Traditional Makeup by Nikita Pere

You will either hear Beauty Bloggers raving about Airbrush Makeup like its the bees knees (what’s so good about a bees knees anyways?), or you will see Makeup Artists rolling their eyes at the word right before they spit out a well-versed ramble explaining why you shouldn’t get caught up in the hype.

So how do you distinguish the melodrama from the truth?

There is no real winner, to be honest. They are, put simply, just different application methods. Both Airbrush and Traditional makeup applications can produce beautiful, flawless results – the trick is working out which method will best work for you and your needs!

Let’s explore Airbrush first: NOT to be mistaken with the “airbrush” tool in

Airbrush Makeup by Nikita Pere. Brisbane Makeup Artist.

Airbrush Makeup by Nikita Pere. Brisbane Makeup Artist.

Photoshop (which is a common misconception by the consumer), Airbrush refers to the method in which your makeup is applied via a small air gun and compressor kit to achieve a lightweight, natural finish. It is common to assume that Airbrush in Photoshop smooths out the skin, so it’s only natural that airbrush makeup would do the same, right? Well, not entirely. While it is possible to produce a beautiful flawless finish with the airbrush gun, generally speaking, your skin has to be in pretty fantastic condition to begin with! A common problem with the airbrush, is its capability to enhance fine lines and skin texture – and let’s face it who wants enhance that business when we’re trying to fool the world in to thinking we’ve won the genetic lotto! This is not to say that you can’t achieve a beautiful finish if you have textured skin, but it will take an experienced airbrush artist to do that for you.

A few other advantages of airbrush makeup is: the longevity, its lightweight and its non-transferrable – which is why I use this method a lot for my Brides. It’s perfect for this humid Queensland weather! It’s also great for those who might have sensitive/irritated skin and would prefer the “touchy-facey” time to be minimised! If you’re wanting to choose airbrush for your big day, I would highly recommend you book in a trial with your makeup artist, to see if this sort of application and finish is right for you.

Traditional Makeup Application by Nikita Pere. Brisbane Makeup Artist

Traditional Makeup Application by Nikita Pere. Brisbane Makeup Artist

Traditional application is commonly favoured by makeup artists, because they tend to feel like they have more control with hand-applied makeup. You can really work the foundation in to the skin, using your preferred method of application (brushes, sponges, beauty blenders etc) that you have mastered over years of applying makeup. If done properly, traditional can be made to last just as long as airbrush. But you may still experience some product transfer if your makeup comes in to contact with clothing/significant others/Tinder dates.

Neither application method is better than the other. You can achieve the same results with both. You can build up from a light coverage to a medium/full coverage using both methods, and your makeup artist should be able to set your makeup in a way that will give you the longevity you’re needing for your event. The method that is best suited for you is completely dependent upon the desired result you want to achieve, and the condition of your skin!

Think Airbrush if you don’t particularly want or need much coverage in your foundation, you’re wanting more of a lightweight, natural feel/finish to your makeup, and your skin is in pretty great condition already

Think Traditional for liquid/cream/powder applications to be buffed in to the skin with a buildable coverage that doesn’t look cakey (however if applied heavy handed, it can – again, it depends upon the technique used).

Do bear in mind, that either method can produce both amazing or disastrous results depending on what products are being used and the technique in which they are being applied. Always seek out a Professional Makeup Artist to help you achieve your desired results – Unless you already kill it with your own makeup and are able to give Rembrandt a run for his money with a brush! In that case: Right on, Sista! Giddy Up and play!

Nikita Pere
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