Airbrush Bridal Makeup – Is it for you?

airbrush bridal makeupAirbrush makeup is super trendy and continues to grow in popularity. The big question is always: Is it right for me?  I have tried to simplify bridal airbrush for you so that you can better decide if airbrush is the way to go for your wedding day.

The Basics

First of all, the main difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup is the application.  The actual “airbrush” foundation is not dramatically different from “traditional” foundation. Traditional makeup application is done with a brush, fingers or a sponge. With airbrush makeup, the foundation is applied by being “blown” through a gun with the help of an air compressor. Each type of foundation can be applied using different methods. I have applied “airbrush foundation” traditionally with a sponge and my fingers. There are also some “traditional foundations” that can be used through an airbrush.

Not All Airbrush is Created Equal

Just like traditional foundation, airbrush foundations differ from brand to brand. I hate MAC airbrush foundation (although I LOVE their traditional foundation). I have used MAC’s Face and Body foundation through the airbrush machine with beautiful results. My favorite airbrush foundations are Temptu and Dinair. I’ve found that they are easier to work with than other airbrush makeup and they create a better finished product. It is also important to remember that, just like with any other aspect of makeup, it is important to find an artist who is good at what they do!  An airbrush gun is not a magic wand so don’t expect to get beautiful results every time, especially if the wrong product or artist is used.

Who Is It Best For

Like I mentioned before, the main difference when using airbrush is the application. If you think about it logically, traditional foundation gets rubbed in and airbrush foundation gets blown and therefore “lays” on top of your face.  It’s like staining a wall as opposed to painting it. Because of the application, airbrush can be a bit heavier looking and feeling than traditional so it is going to be best for someone who is comfortable wearing makeup or someone who wants or needs full coverage due to severe acne, scars or discoloration. If you want a more natural, clean look, traditional makeup is probably the best option for you. I typically prefer not to use it on “mature” skin, because I feel that it can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.

Airbrush Blush, Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

I am personally not a fan of applying anything other than foundation with an airbrush. It is just too hard to blend (which is critical for a soft, natural look). There may be someone out there who is a genius artist at blending blush, eyeshadow or liner with an airbrush. However, I have never met or seen one.  Plus, there is really not any benefits that I can think of for applying anything but foundation with an airbrush.

Pros and Cons of Airbrush

Pros- Quick application, great for covering large areas of imperfections (acne, scars), creates a perfect, polished look.

Cons- Typically more expensive, can look blotchy if not applied correctly or if it did not dry sufficiently before other makeup was applied, may look and feel heavy.

Overall, my opinion is that airbrush is great for the right person.   If flawless coverage is more important than looking natural and/or you have major discoloration, scars or acne that you want to cover, airbrush may be a good choice for you.  If on the other hand, you like a more natural look and you have fairly clear, even skin, I say go with traditional foundation.  Either way though, I would say you should certainly give it a try and see if you like it.   I would actually ask your stylist if they would be willing to try it for free at your trial and then if you like it you can pay for it at the wedding.  OR, find a stylist who includes airbrush for free (like we do at Hair Comes the Bride).  But, remember what I said earlier about not all airbrush makeup and/or airbrush artists being created equal so, if you don’t like it the first time, don’t completely write it off, you may want to give it one or two more tries before you decide for sure if airbrush is or isn’t for you.

Find an airbrush bridal makeup artist in your area!

What I’m Obsessed With This Week…..Reality TV!

Ok, well….. not just this week- LOL.  I love ALL of the Real Housewives although I am partial to the OC since that is where I live.  I have even run into many of the OC housewives out around town.  But my favorite by far is anything that has to do with weddings or brides!  I, of course,  ADORE my David Tutera and Randy Fenoli!!!   I am also a huge fan of Brides of Beverly Hills so I was thrilled when I recently got a chance to meet Renee Strauss and Kevin Lee!  Beverly Hills….Dawwwwwling!  How cool is that???

Win $200 Cash ~ Facebook Photo Contest

Hair Comes the Bride Facebook Photo Contest – Favorite Holiday Look

We LOVE a good giveaway!  From now until December 15th we are having a Facebook Photo contest.  We want to see your favorite holiday look.  It can be a past photo of yourself, maybe a cute dress you saw online, a favorite celebrity hair and makeup look?  Post whatever inspires you to get ready for the holidays, get your friends to vote on your photo and you could win $200 holiday cash!  CLICK HERE to enter or to vote!  Or visit Hair Comes the Bride on Facebook and looks for the photo contest tab!

Planning a Last Minute Wedding?

Wanted to let everyone know about a cool new concept in planning a last minute wedding, www.LastMinuteWeddingDeals.com.  Ok, I have a confession to make, I actually started the site!  How cool is that?  Up until now, there have been very few resources for the bride who is planning a wedding last minute or maybe just needs one or two last minute wedding vendors.  The site is very easy to use and we (Hair Comes the Bride) will be posting our last minute wedding deals soon!

I hope you will take a minute and check it out!

Vendors available through Last Minute Wedding Deals:

Last Minute Wedding Photography, Last Minute Wedding Venues, Last Minute Wedding Videography, Last Minute Wedding Flowers, Last Minute Bridal Hair, Last Minute Wedding DJs and more…

“Coming Out” as a Gay Friendly Wedding Company

Hair Comes the Bride has always been a “gay friendly” company.  It feels weird to even call ourselves that because to me, it is a complete non-issue.  We did our first same sex commitment ceremony over 14 years ago and I am thrilled that we are now able to do same sex weddings (for our New York couples anyways).  I look forward to the day in which it is a non-issue for everyone and all gay couples will have the right to marry in whatever state they live.  So, with that being said, when we recently did a photo shoot for popular same sex wedding website www.EquallyWed.com I was suprised by my initial fear in posting the pics on our site and here on our blog.  I guess my fear was in offending potential clients who may be against gay marriage.  But, I am proud to say that my fear was short lived when I quickly came to my senses and realized that those are exactly the type of clients who we don’t really care to work with anyways.  I have such strong feelings about this issue and I kept thinking of the saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”  Well, I am standing for equality!  Love is love and Hair Comes the Bride is proud to “come out” in support of gay marriage!

Here are the photos and video of the Equally Wed shoot….enjoy!

My Fair Wedding- Safari Bride featuring Hair Comes the Bride

It has taken a while for me to get these up on our blog but this is a short clip of Hair Comes the Bride on our first episode of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera!  David is such a pro, it was amazing working with him and of course, our gorgeous bride Shelby!  Hair Comes the Bride did wedding hair and provided hair accessories for all of the girls, including the bride.

Marine Corps Ball Day of Beauty

The Hair Comes the Bride team is built on a foundation, believing that gratitude and giving back are just as important as workmanship and so for the first time we going all out to let the Women of the Marine Corps know that we appreciate them and the sacrifices they have made to ensure our safety and way of life. We know that many of these women did not have a wedding, they never had the opportunity to feel like queen for a day and so we are dedicated to providing them with a day of pampered beauty.

“The “Marine Corps Ball Day of Beauty”, sponsored by Hair Comes the Bride, is free to all participants. All participants will receive a day of pampering which will include hair & makeup styling, manicures, food, music, and a “goodie bag” filled by event sponsors in preparation for the Marine Corps Ball.

“This is our way of saying thanks to the wonderful servicewoman and wives of our servicemen as they prepare for the Marine Corps Ball” said Gina Ludwig, CEO of Hair Comes the Bride. “With the help of our sponsors and local businesses we guarantee a day of relaxation and fun for all our ladies!”

The event starts at 11:00am and will continue until 5:00pm, with several “appointment times” available throughout the day.”

For more information or to register or volunteer, please visit http://www.haircomesthebride.com/marine_corp_ball_day_of_pampering.htm or email info@haircomesthebride.com.

We have had an overwhelming response from volunteers and cannot wait for this joyous day to arrive!

We hope to see you there!