Airbrush vs. Traditional Makeup... What exactly are the differences?

I recently gave an interview to Oak & Honey Events on the differences between Airbrush and Traditional Makeup.  I thought it would also be great to share my thoughts here.  Hope you enjoy this breakdown!

What is considered a “traditional” makeup application and how is that different from an “airbrushed” makeup application?

There are a lot of misconceptions about traditional makeup versus airbrushed makeup, so I’m happy to break that down for you. A traditional makeup application includes liquid, cream, and powder face products applied with brushes. An airbrushed makeup application uses special formulas of liquid makeup that are applied using an airbrush gun. The formulas are very thin in density and can be run through an airbrush system to deliver the evenest distribution of product possible. Think about how other things are painted when airbrushed – such as cars, walls in a house, or artwork. The airbrush delivery system is the best tool to give the effect of a flawless and evenly painted surface.

Within the realm of airbrushed makeup, there are several different formulas that can be used, including water-based, silicone-based, and alcohol-based products. Depending on the type of airbrush foundation used, a different coverage, finish, and wear time can be achieved.

A professional airbrush makeup artist should offer different formulas of airbrush makeup to customize looks for their clients. The skin should be prepped properly before the airbrush makeup is applied to achieve the best look for each individual’s skin type and situation. I personally believe that the airbrush makeup should not be touched with powder, blush, or any other makeup product once it’s completed because it compromises the airbrush effect.  Not only foundation, but also blush, bronzer, highlight, and contour can all be achieved with an airbrush. There are mattefying sprays and setting sprays that can help set makeup and keep it looking fabulous all day.

  This bride never wore foundation and really wanted to look and feel like herself on her wedding day. We airbrushed with a  water-based  formula to give the most natural look possible. We used a minimal amount of concealer on the skin and under eyes before airbrushing. You can still see her skin, and every freckle possible, but she photographs beautifully.

This bride never wore foundation and really wanted to look and feel like herself on her wedding day. We airbrushed with a water-based formula to give the most natural look possible. We used a minimal amount of concealer on the skin and under eyes before airbrushing. You can still see her skin, and every freckle possible, but she photographs beautifully.

  This bride wanted full-on glam for her makeup look, so we layered different cream products under the airbrush formula to give a dense look that really pops on camera. 

This bride wanted full-on glam for her makeup look, so we layered different cream products under the airbrush formula to give a dense look that really pops on camera. 

Most people think that the advantage of airbrushed makeup is that it is extremely longwearing. While there are longwearing formulas, they might not be right for everyone. It’s important to work with your makeup artist to choose the right application technique and formula of makeup that will work best for your personal style and skin type.

What are the benefits of traditional makeup? Are there any negative considerations of this makeup application?

The biggest benefit of traditional makeup is that there is so much variety in formula and colors available on the market, so you can really customize a formula, color, and style that is right for you. Another great benefit is that it can be easily mixed on a palette with skincare or other products to create new customized options. Many makeup artists will carry one or two formulas of foundations and concealers, along with different pigments, color correctors, and mixing mediums in order to achieve the ideal skin look for each individual they touch.

A challenge for makeup artists regarding traditional makeup is keeping up to date on all of the products available. The beauty industry is always growing and changing. New technologies for different formulas are always being updated. It can be tough for us as makeup artists, as well as for the average consumer, to know where to start when looking for the perfect foundation.  We could spend hours in a department store, Sephora, or drugstore looking through the different options. For that reason, many of us tend to stick with what we know works best, versus choosing the new product or gimmick that’s available on the market.

What are the benefits of airbrushed makeup? Are there any negative considerations of this makeup application?

Airbrushed makeup is simply the most flawless way that any product can be applied to a surface. With that being said, it may not be right for everyone. In order to get the smoothest look, the surface being worked on has to be smooth as well. If an uneven surface is airbrushed, the product can’t have the even distribution that the tool is intended for. For that reason, skin should be prepped and primed properly before beginning. It’s important that skin is exfoliated so that all dead skin cells are removed. I also recommend removing vellus hair (also known as peach fuzz), as airbrushed makeup can sit on top of this. For skin with severe texture or fine lines, airbrush might not be the best option.

  This client was the Grandmother of the Groom. She had never had her makeup professionally done before and wanted to go all out for her grandson’s wedding. We used a traditional foundation applied with brushes to give her skin the most youthful, radiant look. 

This client was the Grandmother of the Groom. She had never had her makeup professionally done before and wanted to go all out for her grandson’s wedding. We used a traditional foundation applied with brushes to give her skin the most youthful, radiant look. 

Does airbrushed makeup feel different when it’s applied than traditional makeup?

As it’s being applied, airbrush makeup feels luxurious and relaxing. Once the application is finished, many clients point out that they can’t feel it on the skin at all. There’s an element of skill and control that the makeup artist employs, using minimal product stretched as far as possible to give this effect.

When is traditional makeup the best option for a bride? When is airbrushed makeup a better option?

Traditional makeup may be best for a bride with severe fine lines or texture on the skin. Otherwise, regardless of the type of coverage, finish, and wearability a bride is going for, airbrushed makeup provides the most event application of product to the skin. I believe that a bride deserves the best on her wedding day, and that there is really no better option for a flawless look than airbrushed makeup.

Does Cleveland Makeup Artistry offer both traditional and airbrushed makeup options?

Yes, we offer not only a tradition and airbrushed options, but a third service called Express Makeup. The Express Makeup Application is 20 minutes long (half the time of the traditional or airbrushed application), and uses a minimal amount of products and techniques. This service is great for brides who don’t usually wear makeup day to day, but who want to look and feel their best for their wedding day. It also works well for junior bridesmaids, large bridal parties who don’t have a lot of time for getting ready before an early ceremony, and those on a budget.

Alisha's Maternity Photo Shoot

Alisha reached out to us for Airbrush Makeup Services for her Maternity Photo Shoot with Photographer Kate Graffi.  Alisha isn't a big makeup wearer day to day, and was concerned about looking too made up for her photos.  We were extra conscious about creating a look that would leave her looking beautiful in photos, and feeling like herself.  We were so excited to see these final photos!  Alisha is as glowing and beautiful as ever in her Maternity Photo Shoot!

Photographer: Kate Graffi

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Callie's Wedding by Lead Makeup Artist Mylinh Zagorsky

Callie and Mark's summer wedding was truly a fairy tale dream come true!  Our Lead Makeup Artist, Mylinh Zagorsky, was on site to help the Bride and Bridal Party look their absolute best.  We love this soft and romantic look that Mylinh designed for Callie.  We also love that the family pooch wasn't left out of these gorgeous shots!  Thank you to Andrew Smith Photography for capturing our work perfectly!

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New Fashion Work

Check out our latest collaboration with an incredible team!  Our inspiration was pink pastels.

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Photography: Leann Christine Photography- www.leannchristinephotography.com 

Model: Samantha with Collective Casting- www.instagram.com/5am7all

Styling: Ashley Patterson- www.instagram.com/ir_ie

 

Building our Makeup Kit with ViseArt Eyeshadow Palettes

I had heard a ton of great things from other Makeup Artists about ViseArt Eyeshadows, but I wasn't really interested in adding more eyeshadows to my kit.  I have enough MAC Eyeshadows to build several kits and last several lifetimes.  I've always worked with MAC Eyeshadows, and tend to be very loyal to them.  Like they say, "If it's not broke, don't fix it!"  

Then I saw that www.musebeautypro.com was having a BIG SALE, and figured, why not just give them a shot.  I ordered a few palettes at a great discount, and didn't expect much.  WOW, was I WRONG!!!  These palettes have completely changed the way my shadows look.  They give INSTANT full coverage pigment, and blend together like butter spreading on warm toast.  The textures and color choices are perfect, and I find myself working faster and more efficiently, with a much better result.  

If you're on the fence about adding more eyeshadow palettes to your kit, I HIGHLY recommend giving the ViseArt Shadows a shot.  You won't be disappointed!

Styled Wedding Shoot with Love Is All You Need Photography

So excited to share this beautiful collaboration between some of Cleveland's most talented and sought after wedding vendors.  We were so excited to be a part of this shoot!

 
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Cleveland Makeup Artist Karin Dodge Airbrush Bridal Weddings
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Cleveland Makeup Artist Karin Dodge Airbrush Bridal Weddings
Cleveland Makeup Artist Karin Dodge Airbrush Bridal Weddings
Photo: Katrina and Mark www.loveisallyouneedphoto.com
Videographer: Ryan www.loveisallyouneedphoto.com

Makeup: Karin www.clevelandmakeupartistry.com

Hair: Kristen www.workofheartbeauty.com

Coordinator: Kate from White Poppy Events

Models: Lyndsey & Alex

Venue: www.whitehallcolumbia.com 

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Flowers: www.theurbanorchid.com

Jewelry: www.imgjewelers.com

Linens: www.lnique.com

Invitations: www.impresseventbranding.com

Dress: www.radiantbridecle.com

Giving Back During Our Glam Squad Beauty Night for the Residents of Hope Lodge

Cleveland Makeup Artistry has a passion for giving back to our community.  We were honored to host the second quarterly Glam Squad Beauty Night in order to doll up the residents.  Residents of Hope Lodge are offered complimentary housing and food while they receive treatment at the Cleveland Clinic for cancer. Hope Lodge offers evening activities to get the residents out of their room and socializing with each other.  What better reason to come out and socialize than for Makeup, Hair, and a Photo Shoot!  Check out the photos of our lovely evening below.

 

Thanks so much to all of the volunteers including Senior Artist Karin Dodge, Lead Artists Vershante White and Mylinh Zagorsky, Junior Artist Jennifer Jackson, and partner Makeup Artists Stephanie Walkiewicz and Christine Jurcsisn.  We also had Kristin Demko (Bridal Hair by K) and Kristen Teschler (Work of Heart Beauty) helping with hair, and Marina Claire Photo taking all of the following beauty shots.

Beautiful Photos from Cara's Wedding by Rachel Clarke Photography

What a rewarding feeling to see the results of our work with Cara and her bridal party on her wedding day.  Rachel Clarke Photography beautifully captured our work.  Congrats to Cara, and we hope all you enjoy these photos as much as we do!

Makeup: Senior Artist Karin Dodge   Flowers: Lush and Lovely Florist

Photography: Rachel Clarke     Venue: Glidden House

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Saturday Wedding with Makeup Artist Maggie Kleinman

We're so happy to have joined MKleinman Artistry this Saturday for a beautiful wedding at The Club at Hillbrook.  The bride, Alyssa, and all of her Bridesmaids looked absolutely beautiful!  Melanie, Lauren, and Sue from Oak and Honey Events was there setting up shop, along with Luna Bakery.  We loved how Haley Delzani and her team completed our beauty looks with their beautiful hairstyling skills!  Hope to work with this wonderful team again soon.  Here are some highlights of our work.

Getting Our Name Out There - Thanks to RUPAUL!

Many of the people who know me know that I LOVE RUPAUL!  I recently submitted an email to Rupaul and Michelle Visage for their podcast, "What's the Tee?", where they talk about Squarespace.  I decided to build Cleveland Makeup Artistry on Squarespace, thanks to their recommendation, so it only made sense for me to let them know.  All of my dreams came true yesterday when Michelle and Ru read my email LIVE on their show!  Please click the image below to listen to our ad spot!

 

We were also recently featured in the Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer.  Thanks to Diane DiPiero for featuring us in your column!

"Discovering the foundation for a career in Makeup Artistry," by Diane DiPiero - April 2, 2017

Thirteen Models, Three Photo Shoots, Two Trials, and a Wedding...

It's amazing how much can get accomplished in seven days!  This week, CLE MUA has continued to build our business through our collaborations with photographers (Julianna Arendash, Casey Rearick, David Wingate, Love is All You Need Photography), Hair Stylists (Jess Bueno, Kristen Demko, Kristen Teschler, Rachel Weinschreider), and models (there are SO MANY!).  

CASEY REARICK STYLIZED FASHION SHOOT

Karin collaborated with Photographer Casey Rearick, America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 contestant Courtney Nicole Duperow, and Jess Bueno Hair Stylist on a stylized fashion shoot.  Here are some sneak peeks from on set. 

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JULIANNA ARENDASH STYLIZED FASHION SHOOT

We also took part in a HUGE photo shoot with 11 models, 2 hair stylists, a team of wardrobe, and 3 of CLE MUA's Makeup Artists.  Thanks to Julianna Arendash Photography, Elements of Style by Marchel'e, Intro Boutique, Miranda's Vintage Bridal, Wicked Sugar Jewelry, and Kristin Demko and Andrea for beautiful hair.  And of course,  thank you to our ELEVEN MODELS who gave up their sunday to help us out.  Here's a sneak peek of the shoot.

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DAVID WINGATE STYLIZED FASHION SHOOTS WITH VERSHANTE AND JENNIFER

Both Jennifer and Vershante had a chance to collaborate with David Wingate this week.  They both had a great time working with him and the team, and have new images of their work for their portfolios!  Thanks to David and team for the great collaborations!

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KARIN BRIDAL WORK

Our Bridal Inquires have been in full force this week.  We have booked several 2017 weddings, and also had the pleasure of conducting trials and a wedding on Saturday.  We love our brides, and look forward to a fabulous 2017 wedding season!

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Another Busy Week Full of Photo Shoots, Education, and Giving Back

DAVID WINGATE PHOTO SHOOT

We've had another incredibly busy week at Cleveland Makeup Artistry.  I am excited to have worked with the incredibly talented David Wingate Photography, Jess Bueno Hairstyling, and Jessie Neundorf model on this collaborative shoot.  We decided to build looks slowly, from something softer and more natural to something over the top. Influences of Audrey Hepburn, and 80's Rocker Girls were used as inspiration pieces in these images.  Thank you to David and the team for this successful shoot!  

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Photographer: David Wingate Photography                                                                                     Makeup: Karin Dodge - Cleveland Makeup Artistry                                                                         Hair: Jess Bueno                                                                                                                                 Model: Jessie Neundorf

NIGHT TO SHINE EVENT

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Cleveland Makeup Artistry was also approached with an opportunity to volunteer and give back to our community this weekend.  We joined Makeup Artist Stephanie Walkiewicz, and Kristen Teschler from Work of Heart Beauty to complete the Beauty Team for the Night to Shine Event.  Night to Shine is a Prom that is put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation.  It was created to honor and celebrate people with special needs.  We were fortunate enough to use our talents to help make the evening extra special for all of the guests.  It was an absolute honor to partner with our friends for this special evening!

Welcome to Cleveland Makeup Artistry's Revamped Website

Hello and welcome to our new website!  We are thrilled to show you even more of our work, and to be expanding our team due to high demand.  Although I (Karin) have been doing makeup for over 13 years, my presence in Cleveland is still fresh.  I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with the community - brides, makeup artist, and all makeup wearers and lovers!  
 
Please follow us on social media to keep up with our latest and greatest endeavors, and we will promise to keep you inspired and engaged!  Here's a sneak peak of a music video from the talented vocalist Kaydence Jayne, who I had the pleasure of doing makeup on.