Baking or cooking your face is yet another viral makeup trend that has changed the lives of many makeup artists. Mario Dedivanovic, one of the most skilled makeup artist who works with Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner swears by using banana powders for baking to create a flawless finish.
“To bake your makeup” is to set your concealer with a loose setting powder for 5 to 10 mins before dusting it off, allowing the heat produced by your body to causing the concealer to melt into your skin and appear well blended and seemless like it is your second skin. This prevents the concealer from creasing or settling into the fine lines.
Baking isn’t really an essential part of everyday makeup as much as contouring is, but baking is for those of you who want to accentuate and emphasise on a particular feature. For instance, those of you with darker under eye, can bake to conceal and brighten up your under eye area. You could also bake your forehead to make it appear brighter or create illusions by highlighting and brightening up your jaw line or chin or where ever required.
People may say that contouring is off the table and is not a trend anymore but in my personal opinion, Contouring and baking go hand in hand and are absolutely vital to create a balance of shadows and highlights, thereby adding definition.
Some of the best setting powders that are great for baking are:
- Laura mercier translucent setting powder
- Ben Nye Banana luxury powder
- Sasha buttercup powder
- RCMA no colour powder
You could even try using the Johnson’s Baby powder for baking, if you are of lighter skin tones..
The Ben Nye Banana powder is a finely milled translucent, yellow toned setting powder that suits just about any skin tone. It also colour corrects surface redness and neutralises any under eye discolouration. This could also work as a great all over face powder to instantly brighten up.
How do I bake ?
Baking is what you do after concealing.I usually use the Nars radiant concealer or the Mac pro long wear concealer under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, forehead and below my cheek contour line. I like to blend it and gently pat it into the skin with a damp beauty blender. Now I layer it with a small amount of banana powder, a little does go a long way. I prefer to apply the banana powder with a wedge sponge to precisely reach the area around the eye and to chisel beneath the hollows of the cheeks.
Typically you allow this powder to bake on your face for 10 minutes whilst you go ahead and do the rest of you’re makeup. Once you’re done, gently swipe off the excess powder with a fluffy powder brush with a light hand. The powder helps to set the cream or liquid concealer and ensures it stays put without budging or moving around. This instantly brightens up your face and looks amazing on photographs.
Why banana powder?
- Great for highlighting and contouring
- Instantly brightens your under eyes
- Colour corrects surface redness
- Mattifies your skin and is much loved by oily skinned beauties
- Sets your makeup to last longer
The Ben Nye powders come in various shades such as Caramel, Dolce, Olive sand, Clay, Nutmeg, and Dark cocoa suitable for different skin tones. The banana powder however is known to be perfect for a wide variety of asian or olive skin tones because of its yellow undertone. They come in 3oz dome jar, 1.5oz and .93z packaging depending on how much of the product you are looking to buy. These luxury powders are available online on Amazon and eBay. For those of you from India, you could even get it at the beautytales website. I grabbed it during their sale at ₹1520 for 1.5oz.
Have you tried baking your face? Share your experiences and thoughts.