Alright, I know this sounds a little unusual, but believe me it isn’t as strange as you think.

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The newest trend in beauty after highlighting and contouring is baking. Many celebrities and their makeup artists use the baking technique to allow the makeup to set and create a smooth, flawless look on the skin. Baking is a simple procedure, but it takes up just a little extra time in your daily makeup routine.

What is baking?

Baking is the process of applying a translucent powder to your face to create a smooth or matte highlighted look.

How to Bake Your Face:

Apply an eye cream or moisturizer to the area surrounding your eyes.

Then, apply two coats of concealer to the under-eye area. The first coat should be thicker than the second.

A photo of before and after baking. Photo from
A photo of before and after baking. Photo from

Next, you will dust translucent powder onto your face with a regular fluffy makeup brush. The powder should be applied to the under-eyes, chin, and jawbone, or any other areas you like to highlight.

This is where the “baking” comes in. Take a sponge (wedge sponges work best) and dampen in with setting spray. Take the damp sponge and pat on some extra translucent powder. Let the powder bake onto your face from anywhere between 5 – 20 minutes. Take this time to do your eye makeup or anything else to pass the time.

After the time is up, use your fluffy makeup brush with some pressed powder to dust off the leftover powder. Once this is finished, you are all done!

This process can be a bit time consuming especially since it does not include the rest of your makeup routine. If you need to lower the amount of time it takes to bake, you can omit the pre-dust (Step 3) and the pressed powder.

Benefits of Baking Your Face:

Smooth, highlighted skin.
If you have oily skin, it eliminates the shine on your face and it typically lasts all day.
Covers creases and unevenness in skin.

Products Used in Baking:

Translucent Powders
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38
Ben Nye Bella Luxury Banana Powder, $15
L’Oreal Hydra Perfecte Powder, $12

Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $31
Nyx Makeup Setting Spray, $8
e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set, $6

Lancôme Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, $31
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer, $9

Eye Cream
Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream, $25
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream, $36