The “baking” make up technique has become widely popular thanks to Kim Kardashian’s make up artist.“Baking” allows the heat from you face to set your powder / concealer together creating a super highlighted and flawless finish. This technique also creates the look of your skin being creaseless, and pore-less. The most common places to bake are under your eyes, bridge of nose, forehead, chin, and under your cheek contour.
“Baking” requires A LOT of make up so we do not recommend you do this everyday (It can look a little unnatural)! The best time to bake would be for a photo shoot or a special occasion. Sometimes baked makeup can look a little intense in person but in photos it looks great!
How to Bake Your Make Up
What you’ll need:
- Translucent Powder (I use Ben Nye Banana Powder –great for medium –dark skin tones or Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – great for light – medium skin tones )
- A makeup wedge (you can find these at any drugstore or Ulta)
- A fluffy brush (I use Real Techniques Setting Brush)
2. Correct your Undereye Circles: For anyone who has awful undereye circles like I do, make sure to correct before you conceal. This prevents your undereye area from looking grey. I use Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Orange. You can skip this step if your undereye circles are not severe.
3. Conceal: Apply a thick layer of concealer under your eyes, nose bridge, center of forehead, and chin. Use a concealer with a thick consistency. Our favorite for baking is Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. Use a damp BeautyBlender to blending the product out making sure the there are no creases.
4. Set: Take your fluffy setting brush and lightly dust translucent powder over the concealer to set it. Do not use too much powder as you will be adding a lot more in the next steps.
5. Bake: Take your make up wedge and spray it with a setting spray. I either use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water or Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Dip the tip of the wedge into your translucent or banana powder and pack on the powder under your eye and anywhere else you would like to bake. Keep the powder on for 5-10 min. While this is baking your can finish with other parts of your face.
6. Dust off the Powder: Use your fluffy brush that you used to set your concealer and swirl around pressed or loose powder that is more like your skin tone. Dust off the baked powder on your face while adding more powder to make the baked areas look less harsh.
And Voila! Now you have the look of smooth, creaseless, and highlighted makeup!