It’s your big day, and you’re naturally going to want to look your best – from the dress right up to your amazing dewy complexion. Opting for ‘airbrush’ is one way to get flawless skin for the wedding – but when it comes to airbrush makeup, there are pros and cons to the technique. When done correctly, it can give you the complexion of your dreams – but there are some drawbacks to consider before committing.

So how do you decide if airbrush makeup is right for you? Check out these common pros and cons, and if you’re not sure, work with a makeup artist to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident on your special day – whether that’s with or without an airbrush!

Pro: It lasts all day.

On your wedding day, you won’t want to have to fiddle about touching up foundation because your makeup has faded. One of the major advantages of airbrush makeup is that it performs well, as it tends to be silicone-based, so lasts longer and is more water-resistant than regular makeup. So you can be sure it will withstand all the hugging and kissing that will be showered upon you through the day.

Con: It can be flaky.

Airbrush makeup looks amazing  on moisturised, hydrated skin, but if your skin is on the drier side, the spray-on product may begin to flake. Since the formula is waterproof, the consistency is a lot less creamy than traditional foundation so if you have dry skin, be sure to consult a specialist to see if you can make airbrush work for you.

Pro: It’s known for its flawless finish.

This one is a given: just look at the name. Airbrushing allows for makeup to be applied evenly, allowing for an impeccably smooth finish. The best part is that it’s perfect for the hundreds of pictures you’ll be taking all day.

Con: It can be hard to re-blend.

Bad news for those who are prone to tears is that if you end up crying and your makeup streaks, it’s difficult to fill those spots in with more airbrushing or even regular makeup, making it a lot harder to re-create your original, flawless look. However, if it’s applied properly and dries completely, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Pro: A little goes a long way.

If you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a heavy coat of foundation, airbrush might be right for you. It requires less product and it gives you more coverage because of the spray application process.

Con: Your shade options may be more limited.

One of the drawbacks of this particular beauty service is the lack of shade ranges. The type of foundation formula used with an airbrush is different from everyday foundation, with a more limited selection of shades and brands to choose from. You may find that your skin matches better with traditional foundation.

Pro: It’s easy to layer.

This is a major pro. The application method is totally customisable—whether you prefer light coverage or love a full face. Since airbrush makeup can be applied in such fine layers, it dries super quickly, so you can add more layers for extra coverage if you choose to.

Con: It’s more expensive.

Most professional makeup artists will consider airbrush an add-on service, meaning it’s typically more expensive than a normal makeup application. If you’re curious, it’s best to ask about it during your makeup trial, and decide then if you think airbrush makeup is worth the price tag.