Just like everything related to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, the phrase ‘baking your face’ flooded the internet after the sisters revealed their makeup routine and was widely raved by other makeup artists and celebrities. But is baking really as good as it seems?
Baking is basically applying loose translucent powder on areas you want to highlight on your face, such as under-eye and under your contours. This step can take up to 15 minutes, allowing your body heat to warm up and set it. After that, gently dust off excess powder with a brush.
PRO #1 – Baking has been acknowledged as one of the top ways to make your makeup last the entire day, and it has proven itself right time and time again with many celebrities and makeup artists adopting this method.
PRO #2 – Baking gives an illusion of a flawless and poreless complexion as your pores open and absorb the fine powders with help from the heat of your skin.
PRO #3 – Baking under the eyes can be beneficial when doing an eyeshadow look with potential fallout, it can just be swept away.
CON #1 – Too much makeup can clog your pores and that’s what baking essentially is: layering foundation, concealer, and powder on top of one another. The powder does its job within seconds of touching the skin, which makes baking pointless.
CON #2 – Baking actually breaks down your skin’s natural oils, which can cause dehydration, and that isn’t the kind of treatment your skin needs. Dehydration is also known to be the cause of more wrinkles.
CON #3 – If the wrong powder is used (HD powders…), it can create terrible flashback in photos!
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether to use the baking technique or not. Consider your skin type, the mill of the powder, whether you’ll be photographed, and other factors. For example, someone with very oily areas on the sides of the nose or a chin can benefit from slightly basking that area and wiping off the powder in no more than a minute or two.
Do you use the baking technique? Let me know in the comments below!