It’s hard to keep up with the makeup industry sometimes, there is a new trend popping up every second day. Just when you finally managed to nail your contouring routine, “baking” is now the next big thing. But what exactly is baking and what does it have to do with makeup?
Baking is a technique that was popularized by celebrity makeup artists to achieve a flawless even complexion without any creasing. Baking involves layering a loose powder foundation or translucent setting powder on your concealer or liquid foundation and letting it sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes before dusting it off. Primarily used to prevent creasing in the under-eye area, baking is also used to define the nose and cheek contour.
Like any makeup look or trend, start your makeup with a clean, hydrated, and primed skin. Skincare plays a huge role in how the makeup applies and appears on your skin. Wash your face with a mild cleanser to get rid of all the dirt, grime, oil, and sweat from your face. Apply a toner to clean out your pores and minimize their appearance. A moisturiser helps nourish the skin and hydrate it. Primers not only blur out your pores and create a smooth base for your liquid foundation but also extend the wear of your makeup.
Once your skin is ready for makeup, apply your favourite liquid foundation all over your face. Work in light layers to prevent your foundation from looking patchy and cakey. You can try the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation, a medium-coverage buildable foundation that gives your skin a natural-looking matte finish. Blend the foundation into your skin using a foundation brush or makeup sponge.
Use a rich and creamy concealer to cover your dark circles and any other scarring or hyperpigmentation that you might have on your face. You can also use a light and brightening concealer on your dark circles to highlight and brighten the under-eye area.
This step is optional but if you want to add some more dimension to your face and define your cheekbones and jawline, use a brown cream or powder contour to contour your face. Use your bone structure as a guideline and draw lines just below your cheekbone (in the hollows of your cheek) starting from the ear and going halfway towards the lips. Also, draw a line just under your jawline to make your face structure look sharper and hide the pesky double chin. Blend the lines out and make sure you do not have any harsh and unnatural contour lines on your face.
Now comes the fun part – baking! Make sure to use loose powder foundation or translucent powder for this step, pressed powders or compact powders won’t work. Bake with the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder to add the perfect finishing touch to your liquid foundation.
To start baking, take out the loose powder foundation into its lid and dip a slightly damp makeup sponge in the powder to pick up a generous amount. Press this loose powder on your concealer in the under-eye area. You can also use the powder to bake just below your cheek contour to make it stand out.
Let this thick layer of loose powder foundation sit on your face for a few minutes. This is where your makeup “bakes” using the trapped heat to set your makeup in your skin, giving it an airbrushed look. You can use this time to do the rest of your makeup like applying eyeshadow and filling in your eyebrows. Once a couple of minutes have passed, use a fluffy brush and lightly dust off the excess powder that is sitting on your face.
Once all of your makeup is done, lock everything in place with a makeup setting spray. Use the Maybelline Lasting Fix Setting Spray to set and extend your makeup with a matte finish that lasts all day. The Lasting Fix will prevent makeup from melting or fading.
Baking gives your skin an airbrushed and poreless look and is perfect for making sure your liquid foundation and creamy concealers do not budge throughout the day. Head over to the Maybelline India website and get yourself the Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation and the Loose Finishing Powder and get ready to give baking a shot.
Want to know how to find the perfect foundation for your skin tone and skin type? Check out the Ultimate Foundation Guide.