I am not a makeup person but for my birthday weekend I wanted to have my makeup done by a professional for once! So I went to Sephora where they offer makeup services. It was then when I chatted with my makeup artist, Ashley to learn a little more about some techniques. She told me about the baking technique, my very first reaction, What?! Did I hear correctly? I had to ask her to repeat herself! Lol it was better that she just showed me
Later, when I had the time, I had to look up this baking technique for myself!
Did you know? That this term has been used by the drag queen community for years?! So this was not just made up!
“Baking” is basically letting powder, translucent powder to be exact, sit on your face for anywhere between 5 -10 minutes! This time is meant to let the natural heat from your face set your concealer! (Clearly this may not be part of everyone’s daily routine!) After leaving it set for those minutes you dust it off and according to makeup artists, you will be left with a flawless finish, crease-less even! Some celebrities and their makeup artists swear by it! There is a procedure for this though!
1. First, hydrate your eye area: Make sure to apply eye cream around your eye area to hydrate your skin. This will minimize the appearance of any fine lines or creases.
2. Secondly, apply a thick eye concealer: While most concealers contain oils which make it crease, it actually won’t if you set it right. (Trick: Apply it upward from your cheeks toward your temples all the way underneath your eye. Blend it in with a damp makeup sponge, preferably the famous Beauty Blender.)
3. Apply more concealer!: Yes, I know a lot of you must be thinking, really?! isn’t that too much makeup? If you’re not comfortable wearing too much makeup then you can skip this step but if you want your concealer to last more apply a second layer so that you can lock in the first formula. Blend again with the Beauty Blender. Make sure to smooth out all creases before moving to next step.
4. Dust on translucent powder: Fluff on your favorite translucent powder over whole patches of concealer to set the base makeup.
5. Now you’re “cooking” ! or (“Baking”): Use a wedge 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.