Summer 2015 is the season of makeup techniques galore. From strobing to baking your makeup, the collective beauty industry is abuzz with methods to take your makeup to a whole other level. We’ve talked about strobing here in the past, so let’s take a look at what baking your makeup means.
To be clear, “baking” your makeup does not mean sticking your beauty products into the oven. Sounds like it, but the only heat we’re relying on in this tutorial is your own body heat. The ingredients for this tutorial are simple. All you need is a powder that’s a bit lighter than the powder you use to set your makeup, and either a brush or a sponge to apply to powder.
The powder I’m using in this tutorial is Mustaev Silky Cotton Loose Powder, a really lightweight powder I picked up at The Makeup Show LA recently. It’s super silky! This powder is a bit too light for me to use as a setting powder, but it works perfectly for baking and strobing. Some love using Ben Nye Banana Powder for baking makeup, it’s all a matter of personal preference. I’m also using my handy Beauty Blender and a small highlighting brush from Real Techniques.
Derived from drag culture, baking your makeup is the final step of your makeup application. that means applying an extra level of a light, loose powder on the areas where you would apply highlighter.
I use a brush under my eyes, forehead, and chin, and a Beauty Blender down the center of my nose and on my cupid’s bow.
Once the powder has been applied, it’s time to bake! Baking your makeup simply means letting this extra layer of powder set for 5- 10 minutes. File your paperwork, wash some brushes, then come back to your face.
After waiting for a bit, come back and brush off the excess powder, which by this point has warmed up by your body heat. At this point, I go back and add a bit more contour around my nose. My nose loves a good contour!
The end result? Highlighted strobing fantastic-ness! When you bake your makeup, you’ll find the areas you’ve baked look brighter, smoother,and perfectly melded into your skin.
While I wouldn’t say baking your makeup is necessarily a technique you’ll use every day, but it does add a really pretty extra touch for those occasions you want to take your makeup up a notch.
Here’s to happy baking! Here’s a quick video tutorial to show you more about makeup baking.