When you hear the word baking, the first thoughts that probably pop into your head are delicious muffins or some other baked goods. Well, that’s not the case for any beauty-obsessed person, for us it’s makeup! Yup baking is a technique in makeup favoured by many that help your makeup stay on for longer and better! Read on to see what baking in makeup is and how to do it.
What is Baking in Makeup?
Baking in makeup is a technique used to set your makeup, it is favoured by many celebrities including Kylie Jenner. The technique was started by the drag community, it gives your makeup a better, longer-lasting, seamless hold that hides all your pores. It’s a genius technique for those who are desperate to minimize and hide those annoying pores! It also helps to set your makeup so that there will be no creases. I love this technique and it only takes a few minutes of your time.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that it takes a long time – wrong, wrong. It’s super easy and super quick. It’s also pretty much fool-proof, you can’t really make a mistake with it. The way it’s achieved is by placing loose powder on top of your makeup and letting it ‘bake’ aka set into your skin for about 3-10 minutes before brushing it away with a brush.
What do you need for baking?
Before I tell you the steps of baking, first you need to know what you’ll need. To get the right effect, it’s very important that you use a liquid foundation and concealer so that the loose powder has something to cling to. You will also need a makeup blender or a brush with packed bristles to apply the powder and then a soft fluffy brush to brush the excess powder away after.
How to bake?
I like to bake in the areas that are most likely to crease and shine, like under my eyes and the T-zone. Baking helps to stop any smudging and movement of your makeup during the day. The most common places to bake are in the T-zone, but if you suffer from oily skin everywhere, then do so everywhere. I also love baking my contour. After I’ve applied contour, I dab some setting powder under the cheekbone line. This creates a dramatic contour which in my opinion looks fab! It is also an easy way to clean up the contour if it goes too low which often happens to me.
Baking step by step
Step 1: Apply your foundation and concealer as you usually do, remember both have to be liquid for the baking to work properly.
Step 2: Apply your setting powder, it can be translucent or coloured but the most important part is that it’s loose. Apply it with a beauty blender or a brush with packed bristles. With baking, you are supposed to apply too much so hey, go wild! Try one of my favourite setting powders.
Step 3: Once you have let the powder sit for up to 10 minutes, you can brush it off with the fluffy brush and voila, your makeup will last you the whole day. If you only need your makeup on for a few hours, you don’t need to use the powder for more than 5 minutes.
The finished look is beautiful, flawless skin which will not crease or smudge throughout the day. For me, baking in makeup is like the icing on the cake in baking! I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how you bake in the comments below.
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