Hello! Just wanted to do a quick post about baking and if it’s really necessary! I know this isn’t a new trend but it’s fairly popular and I see it used constantly in YouTube tutorials or just scrolling through instagram so I figured i’d put it to the test to see if it’s really that big of a deal!
Okay you may be thinking: “you can bake your face?? why? how?” and before you stick your head in the oven let me explain; baking is where you press a loose setting powder on top of your concealer under your eyes to set it in place and make it crease-free and flawless. How does it work? The heat from your skin “cooks” the powder in a way and makes it melt into your concealer making it look smooth and eliminating the dreaded cake face (ha, irony: cake, baking heh). You might think smacking a bunch of powder on your face would look awful and overload and cause cakeyness but your concealer/skin only soaks up the amount to set and you just brush the rest away!
So it sounds good in theory, but it also sounds like a lot of work, and is it really a necessity for everyday when you just need to run out of the door? And most importantly, does it even work? Well, let’s see!
To do a fair test I first used a fairly good concealer; the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (it’s not my shade so I didn’t mind using it for this test but it’s not my regular concealer) and then I took photos with and without flash.
Alright, so to give it a fair comparison i’ve set my left eye with regular pressed matte powder (I used the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder) and you can see it looks very powdery and a little dry, and my under eye looks slightly creased. It looked a lot more cakey in person than it’s showing up on camera and i’ve found that setting my under eye like this makes is kinda bunch up and crease a lot more as the day goes on.
On my right eye I “baked” with the Coty Airspun loose setting powder, again in translucent, and as you can see it looks a lot more like my own skin, which is kind of a good thing since it’s not cakey. My under eye area looks a little more creasy, but it felt soft to touch and didn’t feel like I had anything on my skin, and i’ve found that it still looks pretty much the same as the days goes on.
So? I feel like it’s not 100% necessary, but if you have a major problem with creasing or your concealer not lasting very long then this may be something to try, but for everyday then it’s probably not a step you need to add into your routine. I only do it if I have extra time or in my makeup looks because I know it photographs well (it would work well for events with photography too!) From experience I know that it can make a difference if you’re wearing a full face of foundation, concealer etc, but if you’re just wearing casual everyday makeup then nah, not really needed.
But it’s personal preference, if you wanna bake your face then bake yo face! If you wanna just set it regularly then you do that, or if you don’t set it at all then you do you! All a matter of opinion!
Thanks for stopping by, see ya next time! x