Q & A | Airbrush Makeup vs Traditional Makeup

We've created the perfect makeup artist questionaire and cheat sheet. Here's a list of all the questions you should ask your makeup artist. We've also provided you with our very own insight to all the Q & A with our Beauty Asylum [BA] answers. 


Do you prefer traditional makeup or airbrush makeup? 

[BA] Each artist will prefer one application over the other. This is their comfort zone and area of knowledge. It's important to allow them to work with the technique they are most comfortable using on clients. It will 100% show through their work.

Does airbrush makeup have any cons?

[BA] Like many things, airbrush has a couple flaws. If you have an excess amount of facial hair (peach fuzz) airbrush may not be a great option. The fine mist will pick up fine hairs like morning dew on a hot summer day.  Another thing to consider, once airbrush is on, it's on. Blending the product is not an option. Why? Silcone based airbrush acts as a protective barrier over the skin. Meaning, the product will not absorb into the skin (which is why it is non comedogenic). By blending or adding product over airbrush it will break down the bond and create a splotchy look. 

How do I touch up my airbrush makeup? 

Your makeup artist will have a consultation to have a clear understanding about your skin. They will determine whether you are dry, oily or combination. Based on this information your makeup artist will prep your skin accordingly with moisturizer and primer. The selection of airbrush production is key based on the over all finish you are trying to achieve. We prefer to work with silicone based airbrush products for the longevity of wear. After 4-6 hours you might see a little shine. This is ok. The key is to take a napkin or blotting paper (anything absorbent) and blot. Do not wipe because this will take the coverage right off. After 6-8 hours of wear airbrush will start to mix with the oils of your skin and look like traditional makeup. Then it is ok to add a translucent powder to absorb the shine.

How do I get off the airbrush product?

Your normal wash routine will breakdown the product. 

Is there a reason why I shouldn't use traditional makeup on my big day?

[BA]  If you love traditional makeup definitely stick with it. Traditional makeup is great for blending multiple products together. The workability allows you to work the product into the skin and effortlessly blend blush, bronzer, and highlight. When done properly traditional makeup can offer an amazing dewy, real skin finish or a full matte finish that can be touched up at anytime!

What is the main difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup? 

[BA] Airbrush takes on a layering effect and traditional makeup takes on a blending effect. Airbrush is meant to wear 6-8 hrs. Once it's on it's on. Traditional makeup can be touched up. Touch ups are not preferred with airbrush makeup. 

How long does a makeup application typically take?

[BA] A professional makeup application takes 45 minutes to an hour. A 30 minute makeup application is doable but it will be a more rushed experience unless the desired makeup is very minimal.

Do you offer strip lashes and individual lashes?

[BA] Lashes are essential for pictures. They make all the difference by making the eyes pop. Strip lashes (a band of lashes) come in a variety of looks ranging from dramatic to soft and pretty.  If you have not worn lashes before we recommend individual lashes so they will not feel heavy on the eyes. Individual lashes can also be layered for the desired effect.

How do you keep your brushes clean and sanitary?

[BA] Each artist should have 3-4 brushes of the exact same brush. This will prevent them from having to use the same brush on everyone. In addition they should have sponges, q-tips, mascara wands, and anything else that will keep the application process sanitary. 

Interested in learning more? You can read more about Airbrush vs Traditional Makeup application, here.



Airbrush Makeup vs Traditional Makeup

The search for a great wedding vendor can be daunting at first. Whether you're recently engaged or shopping around, either way you want to enjoy and surround yourself with people that make you happy (and in our case, pretty). Especially since the wedding process can be an extended period of time.

During the inquiry stage it is important to ask as many questions as possible. This will give you a chance to get to know each vendor. Questions help create a clear line of communication and it will make our job easier as wedding professionals. As airbrush makeup artists we receive one common question before each beauty consultation. Beauty Asylum brides ask, "What is the difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup?" Better yet, "What is airbrush makeup?"   

Example 1: Shows the difference between traditional makeup and airbrush makeup after 3 hours of wear. Both achieving a natural finish.

Example 1: Shows the difference between traditional makeup and airbrush makeup after 3 hours of wear. Both achieving a natural finish.

Imagine if you were spraying paint across a white wall in your bedroom. We're repainting this wall white to freshen it up and make it pop again. Naturally, the previously painted white wall displays every little detail. We want our wall to be perfect and flawless again. It does not mean we want it to be a totally different color nor do we want a heavy amount of paint layered on. The overall goal is to enhance the wall again and give it a fresh look. The same idea goes into play for airbrush makeup and perfecting the skin for a flawless finish. 

"Airbrush makeup is a fine mist of controlled air that pushes out color (foundation) with a compressor. The soft mist creates an even product finish. It can be sprayed onto the face for a flawless coverage and long wear. Or the makeup can be applied with the intention of a soft natural look. Different airbrush products can be used for foundation, bronzer, blush, and highlight. Think of airbrush as a fun approach to extended wear foundation."

Example 2: Shows the difference between traditional makeup and airbrush makeup after 4 hours of wear. Both achieving a full flawless coverage.

Example 2: Shows the difference between traditional makeup and airbrush makeup after 4 hours of wear. Both achieving a full flawless coverage.

Airbrush Pros: seamless coverage, flawless natural finish, non-comodegenic (it won't clog your pores), hypoallergenic, light-weight, and it offers a bond that will stay strong for 6 to 8 hours. Both airbrush and traditional makeup applications are great options for an important event. The key factor for amazing wedding day makeup is the person behind the product. Make sure your wedding pro has a clear understanding of both makeup applications and the look you are trying to achieve. 

Read here to find some great questions (and our answers) to ask your traditional/airbrush makeup artist.






Beauty Asylum Hair & Makeup Charleston!

We are officially launching our newest location, Beauty Asylum Charleston

Charleston is an old stomping ground for owner and senior stylist Jessica Lyness Kendall. “The College of Charleston will always have a special place in my heart. With the business growing so quickly and moving along so well, Charleston fell right at our feet. I am a big believer of not forcing things to happen that do not naturally fall into place. Local Charleston weddings along with hair and makeup requests came tumbling in and there isn’t a better time than the present to announce our newest venture!"


This means we are gearing up to provide you with a top notch team right in historic downtown Charleston. Each stylist will be available to travel on-location to local areas such as Kiawah Island and Isle of Palms. We currently have local hairstylists and makeup artists on the Charleston team. The goal is to have a small team available to service a large wedding of 10-15. We will start with a group of 4-5 ladies to represent our elite crew of published stylists. Interviews will take place July 2017 and we could not be more excited to meet the amazing people eager to join us! Inquires can be made, here

Check out our most recent engagement shoot in Charleston, SC with All Bliss Photo! Our bride Arianne requested an updo that could easily transform to a romantic down style. Gorgeous hair paired with a glam bronzed eye make for some stellar engagement pictures! Our stylists Kristin and Lizzy nailed it! 

Wedding Hairstyles Trending for Fall 2017

Many brides and wedding guest attendee's have not started the process of the wedding hairstyle search. And, guess what? That's ok. We are here to help guide you through the process of finding the right hairstyle. Our stylists at Beauty Asylum Hair & Makeup stay current on the bridal hair and makeup trends every season.

With summer fast approaching and fall right around the corner our lead stylists get to see first hand the most popular hairstyles our brides, wedding guests, and bridesmaids select for their wedding day style. From tousled tresses to chic updos, we picked out the best wedding day looks. Let's dive right into the looks trending this fall! 


Tousled Hair

Nothing speaks romance like tousled hair. This slightly disheveled hairstyle is a great way to incorporate boho and chic for the perfect look.

Off the Face Sophistication

Rather than opting for something super slick opt for something super chic like this off the face sophisticated hairstyle. This style is great for showing off beautiful bone structure, amazing earrings, and fabulous makeup. 

Loads of Texture

If tousled hair and curled hair had a baby it would become loads of texture for this modern day twist. This look is so versatile we can combine the option to have pieces hanging down or keep all the hair pinned up. 

Braids & Knots

Braids and twisted knots are trendy and fun. If you pick a style that is super trendy it is important to make sure the look is timeless, like this elegant style below. 

Whether your style is courageously beautiful, or elegant and soft, all eyes will be on you!


Game of Thrones Styled Shoot- Goes VIRAL!

Makeup Artist does Game of Thrones styled shoot. The pictures go viral after the shoot is published on Huffington Post. Since the write up the shoot has been seen on multiple media outlets such as Time, Elite Daily, People, MSN, Refinery 29, and even BBC!

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