It feels like every year the tips and tricks for applying your makeup get crazier and crazier! This year the newest trend seems to be “baking” your makeup.
Now when we first heard about this, we automatically thought people were sticking their heads in the oven after applying the makeup! But that isn’t it at all.
Baking involves using your powder as a highlighter and a flawless finished look that eliminates creases. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to be an expert to figure out how to do it and how to become an expert at it. It’s a fairly simple concept that allows everyone to use and most of us will already have the tools required to do it.
Here are some steps to help you try baking your makeup under your eyes today;
- Moisturize the area underneath your eye. Although this is something you should do everyday to prevent wrinkles/dark circles, this is used as a primer for the makeup to come.
- Apply concealer underneath your eye. Many people who are experts in baking say that this layer needs to be fairly thick as it is the initial layer of makeup applied in this process. To apply the concealer you should start from your tear duct area all the way to your temple, followed by blending with a damp sponge (preferably a beauty blender – Purchase Sephora’s Beauty Blender Here).
- Apply more concealer? I know, it sounds like a lot of concealer right? Experts say another layer is needed in order for the makeup to set properly. Now with this being said, they also say you can skip this step, but suggest not to. If you do decide to do another layer, you would follow the same method above (apply from tear duct to temple under the eye, blending with a damp sponge).
- Apply a translucent powder.Â Using one of your powder brushes, apply the translucent powder over all of the concealer you have applied. This is used as the initial setting powder to hold your concealer.
- Time to bake your under-eye. Take your sponge (or beauty blender) from earlier and dampen it with a setting spray you use. After this, press the sponge (or beauty blender) into the translucent powder you used earlier. Now cake on this powder under your eye to where you put your concealer. Let this sit for at least 10 minutes (you could move on to your eyebrows or eye shadow during this time).
- Sweep it off. Take your powder brush from earlier and press it into a compressed powder you have. Now with a sweeping motion you can sweep off the excess translucent powder from the tear duct, out towards the temple. You can continue sweeping around until you are satisfied, adding further product to areas that may need it to have a smooth finish.
There you have it, you have officially completed the under eye baking method! As you can see it doesn’t take much time, skill, money or effort to complete all these steps.
When you feel you have mastered this method of applying makeup, then you can try it on other areas of your face as highlighter or for better coverage. The best places to highlight are below the eye, the bridge of your nose, your chin and below your contour line, to enhance your contour effect. Keep in mind though, everyone’s face is different. Your face shape will determine where you should highlight and contour.
So try this new baking method and let us know if this is something you will start to do!