Why Baking Your Makeup Is The Best Way To Get Flawless Skin

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The moment we think that we might have finally covered all the latest makeup looks, a new trend pops up. 2015 was the year that contouring took over magazine pages, blogs and our Instagram feeds. Although it was a trend that was being used for years earlier, the props can be given to the Kardashian/Jenner glam sisters for making it a household name. By now we’re experts in contouring and have all the products needed to strobe our faces to perfection, so now let’s talk about the trend of the moment - baking your makeup. Here’s a lowdown on everything you need to know about baking your face and latest makeup looks to pair with it.

Before we begin let’s clear up the first misconception you may have about this method - it has no connection to cooking and neither does it involve physically heating your makeup. It’s a trick for people who’re constantly having to redo their makeup midway through the day - baking helps your makeup look stay in place until you want it to, not the other way around. It’s the best alternative to setting sprays but requires a ton of patience.

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So what exactly is baking? Once you’re done applying your choice of foundation and concealer, let translucent powder sit on your face for 5-10 minutes (depending on how much time you have), before brushing it of. Once you’ve dusted off the powder you will notice that not only has your base set entirely but it is also creaseless.

Here’s how you perfectly bake your face : Start by hydrating your skin well, apply Burt’s Bees Face Care Radiance Day Cream With Royal Jelly £13.99 all over your face. It contains royal jelly which is one of the world’s most nutritious substances and helps instantly hydrate your skin, making it plumper and giving you a more awake look. Next, apply a thick layer of concealer under your eyes - we love Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer For Under Eye £27.00 as it helps de-puff and brighten dark under-eye circles. Once you’re done, cover your face evenly with your preferred shade and brand of foundation. Now coming to the baking part, generously apply translucent loose powder on the area where you have applied concealer, under your eyes. The loose powder needs to stay there for a minimum of five minutes, this is important because in this time it uses your body heat to warm it and evenly stick to your skin. You don’t need to necessarily sit around waiting for it to work, we use this time to do our eye makeup. Apply your eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara and once you’re done use a fluffy eye shadow brush to remove the excess loose powder. Voilà! Your skin is "baked".

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If you’re looking to invest in a powder then a product that we love is Estee Lauder’s Perfecting Loose Powder £39.50. Its ultra-light texture seamlessly blends into our skin, giving it a sheer natural coverage. Another choice would be Dior’s Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder £34.67 as it is formulated with transparent airy pigments that allow our skin to breathe through the day.

The advantage of this method is not only that it helps your makeup stay fresh all day and night but it also give you the picture-perfect skin which looks naturally radiant. Yes, there is a reason why celebrities can’t stop raving about it. We’ve been a fan of this technique for a while and if you haven't already tried it then it’s time to start baking!

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Want to find out about other trend setting make up tips? Read all about sun stripping, the latest way to bronze here.