Makeup By Marla: Baking… Cook Your Look!

Baking is not only something you do in the kitchen, but an integral part of a good makeup routine. Baking ensures that foundation and especially concealers placed on the face have a smooth flawless finish that last without creasing during the day. In a nutshell, this technique is performed directly after you put on your foundation and concealer under your eyes . Translucent powder is then liberally placed over foundation and concealer and allowed to sit on the face for five to ten minutes. The heat from your face will then set the foundation and concealer. Finally, the powder is dusted off the face, leaving a finish that is without creases, smooth and flawless.

My Personal Baking Recipe:

I start off with a good face primer such as The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit. This product helps to smooth away the appearance of pores and fine lines while creating a perfect canvas for your foundation. I also really like L'Oreal's Infallible Glow-Lock or Matte-Lock Primers for their efficiency and reasonable price. The former has a slight Illuminating effect that subtly enhances the hue of foundations while smoothing their application. The latter primes the face with a matte canvas.

Once my Foundation is applied, I then apply my favorite concealer (yes that usually means Shape Tape by Tarte). Concealer is a must under the eye area and on other strategic areas of the face needing camouflage and/or color correction.  

Next, it is time to bake...(No oven mitts required). Makeup baking products are available in loose powders or powders that are pressed into a cake. Powders can be translucent or slightly tinted. Translucent powders are generally the most popular choice for baking as they easily brush away after the baking process, avoiding you having to worry about properly matching your foundation with the powder that has baked into your skin.

Next I use a Beautyblender or synthetic powder brush and heavily pack the powder over my concealer leaving it set there for at least 5 and ideally 10 minutes. ( The time is the same for those living at high altitudes, lol.) It is at this point that I usually do my brows as by the time my brows are on fleek I am sufficiently baked!

Once the time is up, I use a loose fluffy brush to lightly dust off the excess powder from my face and voila, I am left with a flawless long lasting finish.

My Favorite Ingredients:

Loose Powders:

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder is my all time personal favorite. This product has been on the market and popular...since 1935! I love Coty's Translucent Extra Coverage formulation for baking my makeup, but Coty also offers the product in regular translucent and a variety of  tints. This powder is readily available at Walmart in the USA.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Translucent Setting Powder leaves a beautiful soft feel on my skin. I just love it!

Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a high quality product that is popular with many renowned makeup artists with good reason. It brushes off easily and the product locks in place like a charm!

Pressed Powders:

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder amazes me as this formula features Photochromic Technology that actually diffuses light and adjusts to different lighting conditions. I swear it actually works! This is the powder to choose if you're out clubbing or on stage.

Essence Cosmetic's All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder is a fabulous setting powder that is waterproof and wonderful quality at a very reasonable price. 

Elf Perfect Finish HD Powder is another efficient pressed powder at a reasonable price that I would recommend.

Tinted Powders:

Maybelline Dream Wonder Pressed Powder is my tinted powder of choice to secure my look. It lasts all day and the price is right!

Worthy of mention is Kat Von D's Lock It Mini Baking Duo. This is a perfect kit for baking beginners or for travel as it features a wonderful concealer and setting powder that are both in convenient miniature sizes.

If you are going to be photographed or on camera you should choose your powders with caution as some may not be finely milled or contain too much shimmer and can settle into fine lines and enhance them or cause an unsightly flashback effect in photos or on camera. 

Powder is also used for setting an entire makeup look by lightly dusting it over your finished product . Powders can also be used as a touch-up during the day to absorb excess oils and mattify shine to refresh your look. NB: There are some formulas that are solely marketed as finishing powders and are best used to set an entire makeup look. These are not my choice for baking and have their distinct purpose. I recommend  NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder or Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed or Translucent Loose Finishing Powder as "icing" on the cake :). 

So....Happy cooking good looking ;)

Until next time my Baked Beauties, remember you are gorgeous and Rock Your Beauty! 

Marla xxx 

Marla Overland BSW, PSW is a Professional Social Worker in practice for over 30 years in the Public Health Care system and privately. Marla has also been a long-standing, avid follower of makeup and beauty trends and enjoys to share her suggestions and beauty world scoops with friends and readers of her online blog.