Tip Tuesday: Baking 101

No, I’m not talking about baking as in cookies and breads. I’m talking about baking your face (don’t run away!) with concealer and powder. Haven’t heard of it? That’s why I’m sharing about my tips today (it is Tuesday after all). Keep reading to see what it is, how to do it, and some of my favorite products!

WHAT BAKING MEANS:

We’re finally understanding contouring and color correcting but I’m going to throw one my term at you. Baking, or cooking, your makeup. It really isn’t as hard as it sounds, but it does take time. Baking your face just means putting a heavy coat of concealer on your face and letting translucent powder sit on your face. This allows the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer, and then after your time is up, just dust off all the excess powder. This leaves you with a creaseless and flawless finish (Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanoic swears by this, so we know it works!).

HOW TO DO IT:::

1. Hydrate your eye area. Apply eye cream around your eye area to hydrate your skin and plump it up, minimizing the appearance of any fine lines or creases.

2. Apply a thick concealer under your eyes. While concealer usually contains oils and has a tendency to crease, it won’t if it’s set right. Apply it upward from the apples of your cheeks toward your temples all the way underneath your eye. Then, blend it in with a damp makeup sponge. I love my BeautyBlender and it works perfectly for this!

3. Coat on more concealer. At this point, you might be thinking, This is a ton makeup, and yes, it is. So, you can skip this step and still get great results, but for lasting power, a sheer second coat can lock in the first formula. After you apply the second layer of concealer, blend it in again with your damp makeup sponge. Make sure to cover and smooth out all the creases before setting your concealer in the next step. I use a mixture between Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (great for a lighter coverage) or itCosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (heavy heavy coverage).

4. Dust on translucent powder. Use a fluffy eye shadow brush to apply translucent powder over the entire patch of concealer to set the base makeup. If you don’t have translucent powder try Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder or Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.

5. Now it’s time to bake your makeup. Use a sponge and dampen it with a setting spray, like MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Fix+. Then, dip the wedge into the translucent powder you used in step 4 to pack the loose powder generously over the area where you applied the concealer. Leave the powder on for five to 10 minutes.

6. Dust it off. Using the same fluffy eye shadow brush from step 4 and a pressed powder, like Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, swirl the fluffy eye shadow brush over the formula and dust away the powder as you add more coverage to blend any harsh edges.

TIPS & TRICKS:::

• Using a sponge is crucial to make sure you get a flawless finish. If you don’t want to break the bank, try using this Real Techniques sponge (only $5 each)

• Even though you can bake your face using cornstarch, I wouldn’t recommend it. It can cause bacteria on your face. Instead, try getting a drugstore loose powder like Sephora Collection’s Loose Finishing Powder or NYX Studio Finishing Powder

• Leave your powder on your face for 5-10 minute for a lighter finish and 15-20  if you want a heavier finish

• For even more help, check out Huda Kattan’s video on how she bakes her face!


Who’s going to attempt to try this tomorrow? Thanks for reading!

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