It’s time to break out those aprons and frying pans, ladies.
Just kidding – your face is safe. Baking your makeup has nothing to do with putting your precious products in the oven. Baking, or “cooking”, your makeup is actually the key to a flawless face. This trick has become much more well-known over the last couple of months but if you’re still scratching your head don’t worry – we’re here to fill you in.
So what is baking, exactly? The baking technique refers to setting your makeup with a thick layer of powder and letting that powder sit on your face for about ten minutes. The heat from your face melts the powder into your skin so that when you sweep it away your makeup underneath stays locked in all day.
Although you can bake your entire face, baking your undereye area is more popular because it prevents those dreaded undereye creases that like to creep up throughout the day.
First, apply the creamy concealer of your choice underneath your eyes. Use a square sponge to pat a thick layer of yellow powder (like the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder) on top of the concealer and let it bake. For maximum productivity, start baking early in your makeup routine. Use this downtime to finish up your eyebrows, eyeshadow, and mascara.
After lightly sweeping off the excess powder, finish off your look with blush, contour, highlight, and lipstick, if desired.
If you want to take your makeup game to the next level, you can focus on baking the high points of your face with a yellow powder for a more highlighted effect. Think of the areas where the sun naturally hits your face, like your forehead, chin and the bridge of your nose. Also bake the tops of your cheekbones for a lifted look and the cupid’s bow to make your lips look more full. This is an easy way to complete all your highlighting in one step, but if you want to take it one step further go ahead and go over these areas again with a light dusting of a highlighting powder or liquid.
This trend is the perfect way to set your makeup before stepping out on a humid day, or to make sure it lasts from dawn to dusk. It’s an extra step in your makeup routine that’s worth the effort. Have you tried baking your makeup yet?