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How do you 'Bake' your Makeup

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: November 12, 2020
How do you 'Bake' your Makeup

Makeup trends are constantly evolving. First there was contouring then strobing and now a strong competitor has emerged: baking. If you don't know what it is, pay attention to this OneHowTo article where we reveal all the sweet details about this technique. With it, you can camouflage wrinkles and hide your pores, pigmentation and blemishes in a spectacular way. Baking will make your skin look natural, smooth and radiant. Read and discover how do makeup baking. We'll cover it all step by step.

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What exactly is 'baking'?

This novel makeup technique consists of applying a generous amount of translucent powder over the concealer cream. It is placed in some areas of the face so that the latter is 'cooking'. It may sound strange, but the technique is gaining popularity. The main objective is to leave it there for 10 to 20 minutes to penetrate well into the skin and the result is then much more durable makeup, obtaining both a radiant look and simply incredible 'natural' skin.

It has been noted that the technique is ideal for a flawless finish, reducing the visibility of nasty wrinkles and open pores. It also serves to prevent makeup products creating garish lines all over your body. It works because the heat generated by the same natural warmth of the skin, powder and concealer cream will be merged dramatically, creating a natural and bright makeup almost instantly.

How do you 'Bake' your Makeup - Step 1

To apply the 'baking' technique, follow these steps:

  • The first step is to moisturise your skin as you usually do and then apply a primer or a pre-base so the makeup will have a more even coverage and will last longer.
  • Next, apply foundation evenly using a brush or a sponge that has been slightly moistened.
  • The next step is to dab some concealer in those areas where you want to reduce the look of wrinkles and open pores. Our recommendation is to place it mainly in the area of dark circles, cheeks, forehead and the top of the nose. Blend it with a brush to integrate well with the skin.
  • Now is the turn of the key 'baking': apply a generous layer of translucent powder on the same areas where you have placed the corrector and blur instead, let it sit and act on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes. The effect of your body heat on both products will melt them, filling in any imperfections or wrinkles in the area.
  • After this time, you have to remove excess powder with thick brush and then integrate it with the rest of the make-up. After that you're ready to hit the town!
How do you 'Bake' your Makeup - Step 2

This type of makeup can work for everyone, but especially those of us who have oily skin or acne. It provides magical coverage and reduces the oiliness of the face in areas like the T-zone, which prevents that sometimes off-putting glare at the end of the day.

In the case of acne, try opting for makeup products of a good quality, hypoallergenic and free of nasty or harmful oils. The makeup will be more gentle on your skin.

How do you 'Bake' your Makeup - Step 3

The 'baking' process is also perfect for women who have very dark and marked dark circles, eye bags or hyperpigmentation around their eyes. Although it may seem laborious, 'baking' the affected areas will cover the pigments and blemishes.

If you also want to see more makeup tricks to completely erase dark circles under your eyes, you might be interested in our article on how to cover dark circles with makeup.

How do you 'Bake' your Makeup - Step 4

After applying the 'baking' technique on your face, continue with your regular makeup routine. If you want your look to stay intact for longer, we recommend you buy a fixative makeup and rub it across your face at the end. A good option is thermal water. If you don't know what thermal water is, you can read about it in our article benefits of thermal water. The result is a fresh, beautiful and luminous skin all over your body.

How do you 'Bake' your Makeup - Step 5

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