Having flawless skin and makeup on your face is crucial for an adorable and sexy look. Over the past years, there have been many techniques that help you achieve that elusive flawless makeup.
Kim Kardashian, for example, is one of the biggest supporters of contouring. But that is not the only technique. Lately, we’ve seen a rise of baking or cooking as some say it.
How to bake your face? And what is it? Basically, baking is making your makeup itself a part of the mix.
What is baking?
The technique was started by the drag community. Fun fact, a lot of makeup trends nowadays were basically started by the drag community.
The term has been used in the drag community for years. It refers to letting translucent powder sit on your face, which allows the heat from your face to set your base foundation and concealer.
Then, you just dust it off your face, and the result is creaseless and flawless finish.
A lot of people think that baking takes a lot of time. But basically, it is just a minute more in your mourning routine. And when you consider there will be fewer touch-ups, creasing, and less eyeliner smudging throughout the day, it is well worth it.
While you let the powder bake, you can spend time doing other aspects of your makeup, like filling in your brows.
What do you need?
Before we get to bake your face guide, let’s talk about the essentials you need. It doesn’t matter which brand you chose, as long as you stick to the products that are crucial for creating this poreless and creaseless look.
- First of all, setting powder, and look for one that is finely milled, and which will blend and melt more seamlessly with your makeup. And most importantly, the powder has to be translucent
- Look for a powder that doesn’t contain minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as they will cause flashback and give your face white look in photos
- You need a damp makeup sponge that will grip the powder. You could alternatively use a densely packed brush
- Creamy and easy to blend concealer
- Eye cream, an essential part of the baking technique
- Liquid foundation is a must, which will be less likely to look cakey when baking and overdone
Step by Step Guide
Now that we have the baking essentials, let’s talk about the most important part, and that is how to bake your face.
Step 1 – Moisturize
The first step in baking your face is to hydrate your eye area. It is important that your eye area is hydrated, soft, and healthy.
Apply eye cream around the eye area to moisturize and plump it up. Applying moisturizing eye cream will minimize the appearance of any fine lines and creases and prepare your face for what follows.
Step 2 – Conceal imperfections
Next on the menu is applying concealer. As mentioned previously, creamy and easy to blend concealer works best. Apply the thick concealer under your eyes. While the concealer contains oils and can crease, this will not happen if set right.
How to do that? Apply the concealer upward from the apples of your cheeks and towards the temples all the way underneath the eye. At this point, blend the concealer with a damp makeup sponge.
Step 3 – Apply even more concealer
You are probably thinking, why I need more concealer? Yes, it is probably a lot of makeup. Some people choose to skip this step, but others go for full concealer treatment.
If you want a lasting power, the second coat of concealer will lock in the first formula. Once you apply the second coat, blend it again using a damp makeup sponge.
While you are at it, make sure to cover and smooth out all the creases before setting the concealer.
Step 4 – Apply translucent powder
Some might say this is the most important step in how to bake your face. The translucent powder is the difference between baking and regular makeup treatment.
Use a fluffy eye shadow brush to apply the powder over the entire patch of concealer. This will set the base makeup.
Step 5 – Start baking
Get a wedge sponge, damp it with a setting spray, and then dip it into the translucent powder. Pack the loose powder generously over the area. Leave the powder to sit for five to ten minutes.
Step – 6 Dust it off
It is time to remove the excess. You can use the same fluffy eye shadow brush and pressed powder. Swirl the brush over the formula and dust away from the powder as you add more coverage. Blend any harsh edges.
Baking makeup is a technique you use when you want to wear a full face of makeup. Now that you are done with the foundation, you should move onto the other parts of your makeup look.
Here is what you can do to round out your makeup look.
- Contour your cheekbones, as contouring works perfectly in combination with baking. Since you have powder applied already, there is no need to layer a cream or liquid over the top. You just need contour powder
- Add blush to prevent your face from falling flat, especially since you are wearing a lot of powder products. Sweep some blush onto the apples of your cheeks to get a natural look
- Line your eyes with liquid and pencil eyeliner, and do not limit yourself to just one eyeliner
- Coat your lashes, as mascara is the way to go for finishing touches. Sweep just one or two coats of mascara onto your lashes. And of course, do not forget to coat the bottom lashes as well
- Last, but not least, apply some liquid lipstick. We leave the color choice up to you, depending on whether you want something subtle, or you want to add some more color, like a rich purple shade