Why You Need to Know How To Bake Makeup

I keep seeing Pinterest Pins and blog posts on “How to bake makeup.”   I can’t be the only one thinking…

What the heck is baking makeup?

I’m going to heat up my makeup?

Is this like when I learned to heat my eye liner with a lighter and it glides on more smoothly? [Use a hair dryer, it’s safer].

Or like the time I was taught to use my hair dryer to heat my eye lash curler and I burned my eyelid?

No thank you.  I’m good.

But this trend is sustainable and people keep talking about it, so I listened.  It’s not really even a trend, makeup artists and drag queens have been doing this forever.  You know what… it works!

How to bake makeup and why you'll never go back!

What Does it Mean to Bake Makeup?

Baking makeup doesn’t actually have anything to do with applying heat to your beloved makeup collection.  The term “bake” is referring to allowing setting powder to heat up by body heat.  You pile on loads of setting powder to just  a few areas of your face, let it sit for anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the kind of time you have and that extra time combined with body heat sets makeup for all day wear.  There are a few tricky points to follow in order to achieve the best full makeup look without caking or creasing.  Check out the video for the detailed recipe and instructions.

Why Does Baking Makeup Work?

I mention in the video that this was my first attempt at baking makeup.  I usually try things out myself before jumping right into a video, but I already knew this technique was solid.  I stumbled upon the principle for this a while back with my air brush makeup.  I mistakenly sprayed my brush when I still had a few steps to go, so I put the brush down while I finished.  When I applied my makeup, the foundation wasn’t cold, it had warmed considerably on the brush before I used it.  It also applied much more evenly and didn’t require as much as I usually need.  This is why makeup artists pump foundation onto the back of their hand before applying it directly to a client.  The makeup warms on the skin and applies better.  The same principle applies to baking.  Leaving setting spray and powder on for a longer duration, gives it a chance to warm on the skin and set properly before the excess is removed.

How to Bake Makeup

Shop the Products:

Hourglass Vanish(TM) Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – Warm Beige:  My base layer used prior to starting the video.  Great for overall coverage.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream:  Under eye cream is key to hydrating beneath your eye and stopping creasing before it starts.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Concealer: This concealer was perfect for baked makeup.  The consistency is exactly what you should be looking for.

Bobbie Brown Tinted Under Eye Brightener:  My go to for days when I don’t need as much coverage.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer:  This stuff is a dream.  If I were going for a full long-wear look, I would have used this.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush:  Smaller, precision, powder brush is best for depositing powder under the eyes without smudging it up onto your eyelids.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder:  Definitely use the loose powder over pressed.  Laura Mercier setting powder is the way to go.  This stuff is so fine and lightweight; it goes on smooth every time.

Dior ‘Diorskin Nude Air’ Healthy Glow Invisible Powder – 030 Medium Beige:  This powder should be used to remove excess setting powder.  The consistency is fine and it applies lightly.  I’ve been using it for years, but lately, my preggo skin has been so dry, I don’t need powder, so I had no clue I was out.

What makeup trend have tried lately?


The Luxicon

Kate Thakkar

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