A term made popular by Drag Queens, it’s not a new thing. But with the help of the infamous Kim Kardashian Baking has become one of the biggest trends of 2016.
Baking involves applying your make up as normal but adding lots of extra powder to areas you’d like to highlight – under your eyes, your jawline to accentuate your contour etc. The term Baking or Cooking comes from leaving the powder on for a substantial amount of time – not for the girl in a rush before work. In leaving the powder on it helps it almost melt into your features – helping you achieve that dewy, flawless look – no filter needed!
Here’s my take on Baking for you to get your head around!
These days, we are all guilty of nipping and tucking our photos, some more than others. And I think almost all of us would be open to admitting to using filters – whether that’s from Instagram or Snapchat. So, the idea of baking is that you don’t need to resort to those filters to blur out your eye bags, blemishes or any spots. Baking does all of that for you.
I warn you, it has been rumored as wasteful and I get that! By that I mean, it takes a look of powder to get to that caked on look. And, as you can see from the pictures of Mrs Kardashian-West, it almost all gets wiped off to complete the look!
To Bake your face you must:
- Apply your make up as usual
- Hydrate your face as much as possible – moisturize and use a good primer to make sure your make up stays in place
- Hydrate but don’t go crazy around the under eye area – it’ll get the coverage needed, don’t worry!
- I use beauty blenders to blend my foundation, concealer etc. Only, recently on the advice of a fellow blogger, I’ve started only using my third finger to blend under my eye to deter skin damage – it’s a super sensitive area!
- Contour if you must! If you know me, you’ll know I am a huge contour/strobing fan! In fact, find my contour/strobing posts here!
- Then get applying your Baking powder – see below for my top picks!
- I use a common make up wedge sponge instead of my beauty blender to apply it – no idea why, just seems like the right thing to do!
- Once the allotted time (all depends on how Baked you want to look – I go for ten minutes and that works for me!) is up, use a fluffy/wide make u brush to sweep away excess powder.
- Apply your eye make up and finishing touches
You’re all Baked and ready to go!
I WILL be trying this look out for a post in the very near future so stay tuned for how it goes!
Here’s my pick of the best Baking Powders out there:
What do you think? Will you try Baking this Summer?