In todays post I want to address one of the hottest topics in the beauty-community and why I’m just not in love with it and probably never will be: The „baking“ hype. Kinda sounds like it has something to do with the kitchen, doesn’t it? And although I’m sitting in mine at the moment, this trend has nothing to do with cooking 😀
So what’s baking?
To „bake“ or „cook“ your face (this are the used terms) means, that your let your concealer sit on your face for a given time period (around 10-20 minutes) . Why? Because you want your makeup melt into your skin with the help of your own body heat. The thing with this technique is, that it will highlight some of your facial features even more, as if you would just use a concealer and blend it right away, because it’ll the makeup will change color and texture during this process. But that’s what you want. It also is supposed to prevent your concealer from moving throughout the day and to keep your complexion flawless and crease free.
Where does it come from?
Baking is an old thing which goes back to ancient Egypt, but was brought back to the makeup community through the Drag Scene. Some might seen it on „Drag Race“ (if that’s a TV format your familiar with) or got tips directly from some of the beautiful Drag Queens out there. And some might caught this trend when Kim K.’s makeup artist revealed the secrets behind her flawless complexion. And suddenly everyone baked their face…
What products do you need?
- a concealer
- a damp beautyblender or other makeup sponge
- a loose powder (I prefer translucent powder, some use banana powder or even white powder)
- a fluffy brush
- a hell lot of time
This is the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, which I prefer to use for baking (if I bake)
Pic taken from: Official Sephora
How to? The Process of baking (at least how I do it)
- After moisturizing my skin and applying my primer, I apply my foundation and contour my face
- Next I apply my concealer, where I think it’s needed. The important thing is, use a cream concealer, because it’ll show the best results. And keep in mind to apply the concealer in a triangular shape under your eyes
- Do not blend! Not yet! I let the concealer unblended for at least 10 minutes. Most of the time I go for 15 minutes
- Then I blend everything with my beautyblender and set the concealer with a loose powder. (I let the powder sit on the blended concealer for around 5 minutes)
- Then I brush away the excess powder with a fluffy brush.
- I set everything with my Finishing Spray.
There might be some other techniques, some people do not let their concealer sit unblended for that long and blend it right after applying and set it then with a coat of loose powder and let the powder sit for around 15-20 minutes on their face, but this is something that’s not working for me because of my very dry skin. I have the feeling, the longer I let my powder sit on my face, the drier my skin tends to look, even with finishing spray.
This might be one of the most popular pictures on baking your face. I took it from Heidi Hamoud’s youtube channel. I do not have a pic of me baking, therefore I took her’s, because to be honest, she looks gorgeous in it.
When should you bake?
Well apparently there is no exact answer to this question, as everyone should do as they please and some might find it good to bake everyday, some may think it’s totally overboard. The thing with baking is, that it does help, if you’re having a shooting or you’re doing your makeup just for the purpose of taking a bunch of selfies. It tend to help against smudging and looking like a panda throughout the day and if you want a smooth, „flawless“ complexion… But beware. The flawlessness is just real in some distance, because without all the filters and face tunes and all this stuff you are able to tell, when someone’s baked their face.
So why am I not into baking?
I do think, that it’s a great method to achieve a flawless finish for a short amount of time and to take some pretty darn good pictures. There are some benefits to bake your face, there’s no doubt in it. But (!!!) – and here’s comes my problem with this trend – it’s incredible time consuming and I do think that although it may look good in pictures it does not really look that good in person. Imagine you’re applying layer, after layer, after layer, after layer on your skin. This might not look that harmful in some areas of your face, but especially on such delicate areas, where the skin is so thin and sensitive, like in your under eye section, it is so damn visible. Not only will you clearly see that you’ve baked, when using it under your eyes – at least on my dry skin – it will emphasize all the small lines and creases I have in this area. And there is no difference if I moisturize my skin or not. I’ve tried it in so many different ways and used this method on such a good moisturized skin, that it’s almost ridiculous, but every time it looked so damn dry and just not pretty that I’m not willing to go through this procedure every time to get such results. And there is the thing, that your skin will feel kinda smooth in the spots you’ve baked, but I do not like the feeling after a couple of hours, because it feels like the powder sinks in even more and dries out my already dry skin. So that’s why I won’t fall in love with this trend like others did. But it has it perks. So feel free to bath your skin in loose powder and concealer. Just don’t bake your face every day – it just isn’t good for your skin – it needs to breathe too 😉
And and be careful when baking! Use a powder that won’t kick back with some horrible white stains while using a flash for pictures. I guess we’ve all seen celebrities on the red carpet, where the powder wasn’t flash-proved 😀
Here you have some examples 😀
Pictures taken from Perez Hilton.
Some powders that won’t reflect with white stains while being photographed with a flash are the Ben Nye Powders and for example the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.