When I first started exploring this trend on YouTube I had so many questions! Firstly, SHIT, that’s a lot of powder you’re chucking on your face there! Is it not a massive waste? Where does it go? Can you zoom in so I can see the texture of your skin after you’ve emptied what looks like a bag of flour onto your face? I was pretty turned off.
Let’s go through the baking basics…
The Baking Basics
bake: (v) To set your liquid makeup base with a thick layer of powder that you allow to sit on the skin to set before dusting most of it away.
strobe: (v) To place highlighter in larger amounts on the high points of your face (particularly along the cheekbone). Done instead of contouring to increase depths of the face.
Baking has been around for years and was first started on the drag queen scene. They way it works is to let the heat of the skin merge with the powder and makeup to set the makeup in one uniform, sort of, layer. The results are supposed to give you a creaseless and flawless finish to the skin. Not to mention longevity.
How to do it
Step 1. Hydration. I can’t even imagine putting that much makeup on my face without hydrating the skin with a solid skincare routine. If you don’t your skin is likely to suck up all the moisture in the makeup you put on it leaving you with cracked and dried out makeup. Remember to hydrate the under eye area in particular as this is always slightly dry.
I love Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream.
Step 2. Apply any colour correction followed by a thick layer of concealer in an upside down triangle winging all the way up to your temple and down to your nasal labial folds. Blend with a damp makeup sponge with a dabbing motion.
I recommend my fav, high coverage concealer Lock it Concealer by Kat Von D that seems to be made for the baking trend.
Step 3. Dust on translucent powder. Using the Sigma Bake Kabuki Brush dab on a layer of powder to the under eye area on top of concealer. The powder needs to be visible so if you can’t really see it layer it up again. Don’t blend, just let is sit there, nice and quietly.
My ultimate favourite setting powder is By Terry Hyaluronic powder.
Step 4. Bake it. There are two things you can do here. If you really want to go for it you can take a makeup sponge and spritz setting spray on it then pack the powder into the face to lock it in. If you don’t think your face can take anymore just leave the heat of your skin to “cook” the makeup. After 5-10 mins just dust off the remaining loose powder with a fluffy brush.
Boom, you’re baked.
If you guys follow my YouTube channel you’ll know that I always strive to create super wearable makeup looks, even the glam ones that have contouring and highlighting but not so much that it’s un wearable.
“Baking” always felt like a step too far. I’ve watched many talented makeup YouTuber’s create flawless looks on their faces using the baking and strobing techniques but in reality these “insta-girl” looks are not wearable outside of an indoor studio lighting set up. Believe me I’ve been to the blogging events and seen it in flesh!
That’s not to say we can’t take something away from these techniques and dilute it for our own use. I will always use highlighting in my makeup routine and Strobing showed me new ways to use and place my highlighter for a better glow. Baking will always be too extreme for me but I have started to set my under eye makeup for less creasing and subsequently found my dream setting/baking powder that doesn’t dry me out – By Terry Hyaluronic powder is the dream! (see in action here).
What are your thoughts on these 2016 makeup trends? Do you “bake” or does it just seem like a step too far?