While traditional makeup has been around for centuries, mineral makeup (like Bare Minerals) and airbrush makeup (like Luminess Air) have become the talk of the entertainment industry recently. These new forms of makeup offer promises of easier and quicker application while increasing your overall beauty. Do either of them live up to the hype? When comparing airbrush makeup and mineral makeup, which is best for you?
Mineral makeup gained popularity when environmental groups brought to light the chemicals found in traditional makeup brands. Anything mineral-based or organic in nature appeals to huge crowd, so the popularity of more natural makeup is not surprising. Bare Minerals is the most well known of the companies offering mineral makeup due to their heavy infomercial marketing campaigns.
While mineral makeup is quick to apply and feels light on the skin, it does not offer heavy coverage. While that may be a benefit to some, those with age spots, acne, or other skin imperfections may not be pleased with its results. Powdered based, those with dry skin may run into flaky appearances as well. Depending on the brand you choose, mineral makeup can also have an issue with staying power throughout the day. On the plus side, it is less expensive that many professional makeup brands and is easy to travel with.
Airbrush makeup consists of specialized formula of makeup that is thinly sprayed on the face or body by a wand and compressed air. When applied, if offers the same a flawless finish often seen in magazine spreads. Like Bare Minerals, Luminess Air has a strong television presence via infomercials and home shopping channels.
While not perfect, airbrush makeup offers many positive features. When applied, the makeup has amazing staying power, often lasting 16-24 hours. It will not rub on clothes or anything else for that matter. Depending on the brand you use, you can easily mix eye shadow or blush colors, giving you an unlimited number of unique shades of makeup. On the downside, the start-up costs for equipment can be costly. Also, if your face becomes moist (whether from rain, sweat, or other sources of water), the makeup can become streaky and once airbrushed makeup streaks, it is difficult (if not impossible) to touch up.
Our final verdict? If you can afford an airbrush makeup kit, we highly recommend it. After a little bit of practice, you will soon be able to apply professional looking makeup every day of the week!