Baking continues to be a leading trend in the world of makeup. And rightfully so. The technique leads to your base setting for all day long, and keeps oil at bay. Baking was introduced to the mortal world by Drag Queens – and we can’t thank them enough. However, I wish a different form of baking were involved – the kind that gave us desserts. Either way, let’s get into this real quick.

For the uninitiated, what is baking exactly?

THE TECHNIQUE

As mentioned multiple times in separate articles before, baking involves letting translucent powder sit on your face for five to 10 minutes. This allows the heat from your face to set your base foundation and concealer. The final step includes dusting the powder off your face, leaving you with a creaseless, flawless finish.

STEP BY STEP
Hydrate Your Under Eye –

Baking mattifies your under eye area, which can lead it to feeling dry. So before you start, make sure that the area is nice and moist.

Apply Concealer –

Concealers usually have the tendency to crease, but it won’t if you set it right. Apply it under your eyes and blend it out using either a dense brush or a damp blender – whatever floats your boat. You can go over it with another layer if you’re feeling boujee.

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Bake Off –

Using the same brush or dampened blender, dip it into powder and then on the areas you applied your concealer. Pack the loose powder generously and let it sit for 3-10 minutes. Make your coffee, do your eye makeup, fight with your husband – however you’re feeling, in the meantime.

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Dust It Off –

Once you’ve let it sit, dust off the excess for la finesse!

 

You can also bake underneath your contour to sharpen it, or get rid of any excess bronzer. You can also use the baking layer underneath your eye to catch any shadow fall out. Go around your nose with powder in case that’s where you feel your product moves.

Basically, one technique, multiple uses.

PS: You don’t have to have oily skin to bake. Dry skin folks can, too. Just make sure your skin is well hydrated, and that you don’t let the powder sit for far too long.